Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views
If it has been raining (or if it is spring, or for no apparent reason at all) expect to find mud in this section.
The trail starts with a broad, easy section leading through tall pines. You'll often find that a large pine has fallen across the trail in this section. After a straightaway, you'll veer to the right through another easy section of trail before starting a slight descent to an earth-covered culvert providing way for a small stream.
Shortly after the culvert, the trail veers sharply to the right (or keep straight ahead for a shorter, often muddy exit from this section). As you follow the trail to the right, it becomes tight singletrack with close trees and starts a subtle ascent and crosses a boardwalk over a muddy section of ground. The trail twists a fair amount in this section (more than is obvious on the map) before T-ing at a broad trail.
At this point, you can loop back to the beginning (or head back to the Rec Park via The Meadow
) by taking a right or follow the trail to the left to complete the trail. Following the trail to the left, you'll run through an often muddy section of trail with boardwalks (and parts of boardwalks) haphazardly strewn about (choose to use them or not, you'll get your shoes muddy either way if there is mud about).
The trail leads to the Rum River at which point it takes a turn to the left to follow the river upstream. Proceeding along the river, you'll come to a park bench marking the intersection with the previously mentioned shortcut and starting point of Rum River Run