“A nice trail that runs the length of the trail system.”
— Chris Coffee
The Anne Springs Close Greenway charges for access. Annual memberships are available. Trails are marked for hikers, bikers and horse riders. Bikers yield to hikers. Everyone yields to horse riders.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Spring — Wildlife
The Blue Star Trail is 7.2 miles and runs from the southeast corner of the park, north to the Dairy Barn, then heads southwest past Lake Haigler to the southwest corner by Airport Pond. Despite having elevation changes, this trail is rather easy (though a bit long). This trail can be done in its entirety, or it can be used to make your own loops around the green space, as there are many other options.
This trail has parking at the southeast end by the Recreation Complex Entrance, as well as parking at several other locations along the way (mostly near the Lake Haigler Park Entrance). All water crossings along this trail have a bridge, so the only hazards you may come across—other than snakes or other wildlife—will be stumps, roots, mud, etc. The trail is usually in excellent shape other than the heavily trafficked equestrian routes.
Check the Greenway's website for details, but there are kayak rentals on Lake Haigler and plenty of opportunities for picnicking around the space. Trail and facility maps are available at each entrance, and they list where to find all of the cool swing bridges. There's a small set of falls near the southeast corner of Lake Haigler (accessed via a separate trail) that's a neat place for pictures, wading, enjoying a picnic, or a quiet moment.
Though other trails in the area are open to foot traffic, horses, and bikes, the length of the Blue Star Trail is only open to foot traffic.