The Big Lefty
ElevationAscent: 217' 66 m
Descent: -207' -63 m
High: 885' 270 m
Low: 801' 244 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“An approximately five-mile loop that gives runners a good sample of what the park has to offer.”— Erik Olsen
The wooden bridges can be slick after a rain. All of the trails are well-marked with blazes on the trees and signs at intersections, and the main maps at the trailhead kiosks now have all the trails labeled.
Follow Raccoon Run Trail, then left onto Dragonfly Way around and down the hill to the lake view. Then follow Raccoon Run Trail along the bank of the river and along the boardwalk. You'll come to the paved trail intersection with Sparkleberry Connector (SBC); turn left and cross the the big steel bridge. Take the left turn off the bridge onto Possum Run and the take the left down onto Froggy Bottom Link. Look for mucky swampy bottoms and the fun jump up on the walk bridges.
Froggy Bottom will twist around and you'll arrive at "T" intersection with the River Otter Way boardwalk section, and turn right. This will lead back up and become Possum Run before you see the paved SBC - turn left on the pavement and then look for your first left onto Woodie Walk - another scenic boardwalk. At the end of this section, turn left onto Flat Tail Trail(FTT). Follow FTT past the bird's nest overlook and onto another boardwalk.
At the end of boardwalk, turn RIGHT on the paved Swamp Rabbit Trail (SRT). At the 3-way intersection, turn left onto Stone House Spur AKA park HQ, staying on the pavement. At the top of the hill, look for the right turn onto White Tail Trail, and run up the hill around LARGE old oak trees and picnic tables. This brings you back to SRT and another left turn on to pavement.
Turn right onto the paved Sparkleberry Connector (SBC). Run up the hill and look left for the steep downhill and the LEFT fork onto Box Turtle Trail. Take the right fork across short bridge to a nice little climb and a good downhill that will bring you back to SBC pavement where you'll want to turn left.
Stay on the pavement and it will take you back across the steel bridge and to the final left into the challenging last section of Raccoon Run Trail. There are some technical sections along the river and some hard rocky ups and downs. Upon exiting the Raccoon Run Trail continue up the grassy hill then turn to run down it straight to the finish line at the pavilion crosswalk.
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