“This trail provides a bit of everything from grassy fields of wildflowers to impenetrable thick forests.”
— John Shuttlesworth
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
One Way Only:
This is designated as a directional trail.
Need to Know
This trail is featured as a mountain bike trail and receives a fair amount of traffic. Ensure that you are traveling in the appropriate direction to avoid any unnecessary accidents. Running with no headphones is strongly encouraged as well to also reduce the risk of accidents.
This is a wonderful trail that travels through impenetrable thick forests, along steep river banks, and through grassy fields of flowers. It is very important that you run this trail in a counter clockwise direction. This trail is also utilized by mountain bikes, which travel in the opposite direction.
You'll begin your journey from a well marked parking lot that is typically not empty, regardless of time of day. The running and biking entrances are clearly marked, with the running entrance being on the northern side of the lot. This trail is largely, if not entirely, dirt singletrack that is fairly well worn in several spots. From the recorded track you can see that this trail twists and turns numerous times, often causing some confusion about exact location. The best advice, if you intend to do the entire trail, is to always stay to your right. If you follow that bit of advice you'll enjoy the full beauty of this local respite. If you desire a shorter run there are many exits/cut-offs that will bypass entire loops allowing for a more customized run. On the trail you'll likely have many opportunities to view bird and wildlife, so bring your camera or binoculars.
Overall this is an excellent local trail that is well maintained and a joy to run, especially if you are looking for a longer trail without a long drive. A special thanks to DORBA, our local bike association, for being such excellent stewards of this trail.