Woodland Trail Spur 2
ElevationAscent: 46' 14 m
Descent: -56' -17 m
High: 857' 261 m
Low: 801' 244 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
Current trail conditions
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“The second spur off the main trail to explore the woodlands at Motor Mill's South Unit.”— Kenny Slocum
A wide trail takes users down into the woods a second time, with a moderate downhill grade leading past rocky outcrops and ancient boulders covered in mosses and lichen. These boulders are a good spot to look for Dutchman's Breeches in the early spring.
Just as soon as the trail gets to the bluff's edge again overlooking the Turkey River, it turns and begins to climb back uphill. A moderate grade becomes steeper as the trail begins to top out, again rejoining the south unit prairie firebreak/bridal trail.
Turn left at this second loop to follow the firebreak/bridal trail back towards the first spur trail. Going past this junction roughly 0.1 miles, another "no horses" sign leads to a trail down a steep hill and out the second trailhead, just a few hundred feet from the first.
The forest is a hotspot for birding, with several bald eagle nests in the vicinity and pileated woodpeckers being a common site. Sandhill cranes have been heard, but not seen, at Motor Mill.