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Thompson Park Big Loop Trail

 
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2.4 Miles 3.8 Kilometers

 

98% 

Runnable

5%

Singletrack

167' 51 m

Ascent

-167' -51 m

Descent

159' 48 m

High

56' 17 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Unknown

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This is a big loop combining red, blue, yellow, and orange trails.

Nick Bandura

Overview

Closes at night
Mostly rolling hills with some steeper sections. There are many opportunities to get close to the water for some great photos.
Features: Fall Colors — Spring — Wildlife
Dogs: Off-leash

Need to Know

Sneakers are acceptable, unless its rainy out

There is a natural water spring at one of the trailheads

Runner Notes

While most of the trails are great for trail running, some of them are heavily covered in roots.

Description

Getting to the trail: There are at least a half dozen trailheads for this park, any of which are good starts. For first timers, it would be a good idea to begin next to the dog park, where a box holds maps that can be taken along with you.

Starting at the dog park, you'll immediately head down hill until you reach a small stream. Along this stream will be 2 bridges that cross over to where the bulk of the trails are located. Head left for a longer loop (~2mi) and right for a short loop (~1mi). If you've decided to venture left, continue along the river until you're at the waters level. There are multiple directions you can go at this point. To finish up your walk, head on the trail that leads away from the stream and do not cross any of the side streams. As you walk up this hill there will be many trails that intersect, however maintain a straight path and you'll exit the woods in a field and the dog park with be visible on your right.

Enjoy your walks! It is a great park that allows you to explore any distance. Most people are hikers, but you'll run into the very rare cyclist.

Flora & Fauna

There are a lot of wild deer. You'll also find many varieties of mushrooms.

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