“A popular short nature loop that highlights old and new growth forest.”
— Julie Jones
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Spring — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
Access is from the Chimneys picnic area, and a self-guiding brochure is available at the trailhead for a small donation. This easy trail is popular, offers something for everyone, and is lovely throughout the year. Alternating between areas that were logged in the early 1900s and areas that remained untouched, visitors can see the forest transition over a fairly short distance. Along the trail, several old growth trees are featured, including a yellow buckeye (over 12 feet in circumference) and a sugar maple (over 7 feet in circumference).
Beginning with early spring, this trail is a favorite destination for wildflower viewing. Bloodroot, hepatica, dwarf iris, and trillium bloom in large numbers. A more careful observer might also see Dutchman's breeches and Jack-in-the-Pulpit in season.
For those willing to sit quietly, the areas near the stream crossings provide wildlife viewing opportunities. Chipmunks and ground squirrels will watch a curious visitor, and in the warm season, salamanders may also be observed.