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Open year round, sunrise to sunset. Foot traffic only
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
You may experience:
• Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
• Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail
• Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
• Bridges and/or structural crossings
• Water/stream crossings without bridges
• Occasional water over trail
Much of the tread of Savanna Ridge Trail was originally old roads and is therefore a hard packed gravel/grass surface; other trail sections are rocky in some places. The extended trail is narrow and winds through an open woodland formerly known as Savanna. White Connector 1 divides the larger loop in the middle to allow for a shorter 2-mile loop.
The eastern side of this trail is combined with Natural Tunnel Trail
. From the trailhead, these two trails head west crossing Spring Hollow via a low water bridge and share a fairly wide path to the first of two junctions. The hiker then gets the option of traveling west uphill on Savanna Ridge Trail, which goes up a steep hill, then down toward a small tributary. The white connector trail defines the shorter option to the loop with a more or less east-west trail defined on the south primarily by a fence. The main trail crosses the creek via stepping stones, and travels an extra mile up the hill and around in a counter-clockwise direction before rejoining the white connector trail. A short distance downhill is a junction with Natural Tunnel Trail
. Continuing in a counter-clockwise direction down a steep trail, re-crossing the tributary, and traveling along Spring Hollow closes the loop.
A creek divides the loop. Frequent rains make this a pleasant stop.
Special Features: The trail winds along a ridge overlooking the east side of Spring Hollow. The open woodlands and glades are glorious with wildflowers during spring and fall. Ticks abound on the trail through the summer months.
The trail is a combination of roads used by people living in the area from the 1840s to present and became part of a road system that accessed ponds and grazing areas. When the park purchased the property, the road became a 1 ½-mile loop trail called Spring Valley Trail. In the early 1990s (when additional property was purchased), the trail was extended across a small creek and up along the ridge of a long hill overlooking Spring Valley. At that time, the trail, renamed Savanna Ridge, became a larger loop of 2 ½ miles with the original small loop becoming the white connector trail. Portions of the extension trail were constructed by seasonal labor and volunteers. Flooding in the valley has caused problems with erosion at the eastern section, especially at stream crossings and steep hills. The area is occasionally burned to enhance the complex of open woodlands.
Flora & Fauna
. The wooded areas support abundant wildlife including deer, squirrels, chipmunks, many woodland birds and insects, including ticks. The open woodlands and glades are glorious with wildflowers during spring and fall.