Lake · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife
Paris Mountain State Park requires an entrance fee. Normally this is $5 per person. You can purchase a year long park pass that covers all occupants in your vehicle for $50 and can be used in all inland state parks. Park hours during summer are 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and during winter are 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
This is a great trail to run as it hugs the lake for nice views and is a fun, rolling singletrack. As the loop is mapped, you'll hug the lake then go down some steps by the waterfall (man-made though it may be, it is still pleasant), returning up via some rock steps.
Hug the lake on your left along the north edge of the loop until you get to the next left turn. The west end of the loop gets out of sight of the lake and passes through some swampy area before turning left and passing by the park headquarters. You'll end the loop through an open picnic space and crossing a nice bridge crossing over a creek.
During weekends, there is an abundance of activity on the lake with kayaks and swimming at the designated swimming spot in the lake.
The starting point noted on this loop is at the first parking lot in the park, but you can start anywhere on the south edge of the loop. I use this as a warm-up for longer runs up into the park, but it would be an excellent loop to repeat a few times, or as an entry-level trail to get started into running. Enjoy!
Flora & Fauna
I have seen geese, ducks, deer, beavers, and of course... squirrels. I am no plant expert, but there are rhododendrons, mountain laurel, pine and hardwoods.
Shared By: David Miller