Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Park open 7 a.m. to dusk.
Need to Know
Ticks are a concern here. There are notices at the informational maps stating just that. Wear insect repellent, then shower and check yourself after the run.
The trail is predominantly flat but the trail changes often from dirt to light sand to spongy mud to wood chips and even boardwalk sections.
This park has something to offer in all seasons whether it be birding and wildflowers in the spring, osprey fledglings and crab in the summer, foliage in the fall, and snowshoeing / XC skiing in the winter, but my sense is that running is more enjoyable in the cooler temperatures given humidity, insects, and minimal shade come with the territory in the summer heat.
Despite the fact the blazes are frequent and close together, each trail crosses over numerous other trails both marked and unmarked. If you're new to the park, it doesn't hurt to pause at trail crossings.
There are several trail maps floating around whether they are online or in the park. There are clear differences between each of them. The trail maps shared near the Cooper Environmental Center appear to be the most accurate.
Flora & Fauna
There are about a dozen osprey nests within the park and deer are common.
There is also a swath of interesting trees and plants including black gum trees, red oak, green briar, red maple, swamp maple, pine trees, reeds, American white cedar, salt water and fresh water marsh.
Shared By: Rory Nugent