The occasional root might trip you up, as will a few minor ups and downs.
Near the Ritchie Ledges
, the Pine Grove Trail mirrors the Ledges Loop at a moderate 2.2 miles in length. Most can complete the trail in about 90 minutes. Hikers and trail runners alike will love the scenic views and the opportunity to combine with other trails for a longer route.
What Makes It Great:
This is a beautiful trail, filled with deciduous greenery as well as hemlock, oak, wildflowers, switchgrass, and other foliage. While Pine Grove is moderately strenuous, it’s not steep or so perilous as to separate friends and family based on skill set. With the right footwear, everyone in your group can enjoy a hike or run here and still have plenty of time and energy to explore other sections of the park. For a full-day adventure, bring along a picnic and spend some time enjoying a meal together. What makes it great beyond that is versatility: the grounds are quite nice and make a great added value when combined with any of the surrounding trails visitors choose to take.
Who is Going to Love It:
These are really family-friendly trails that cater to kids and beginners. Experts have plenty around this trail to take in that offer heft and cardio. If you like learning from your field guide, you'll have ample cause to page through it, because there’s plenty of undisturbed prairie vegetation to look up here. Outdoorsy families looking for a rental location for a family reunion spot are going to love it, too.