Open 24/7 if you park up near the tennis courts as there is no gate. You'll often see folks exercising at night.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Trail is actually 6.5 miles long in total. Follow the yellow arrows and white flagging. Keep an ear out, as this trail is frequently used by cyclists.
This trail is actually 6.5 miles long! I've measured it with a wheel to be sure. Due to the density of the route, the GPS cuts many turns off.
Park by the tennis courts and picnic shelter. Start down the paved greenway and the trailhead will be on your left after the double gates. The entrance is marked with course tape and a yellow arrow on tree, but there is an obvious path heading in the woods.
The trail dives into the woods for a fast section that will get your heart going right out of the car. After about 1.5 miles you'll cross the greenway and continue on the trail straight ahead. This section will twist and turn for about 0.7 miles until you cross the greenway again. Go straight across and follow this section with some steeper hills.
At around 3 miles, you'll see a white sign with the option of short loop (right turn) or long loop (left turn). The short loop dumps you back onto the greenway for an easy cruise back to the car or the long loop heads down towards the lake and gives you a lung and leg burning climb back up to the greenway before the nice and easy last section snakes back towards the parking lot.
Once you are back out onto the greenway near where you crossed it the first time after the remnants of the dirt jumps, hang a left on the greenway and that will take you back to your car or you can take another lap when you see the trailhead on your right this time.
Hickory City Park is a local favorite and a great place for a post work or evening jaunt.
Flora & Fauna
The trail winds through eastern hardwood forests.