Godfrey Pond Loop
ElevationAscent: 115' 35 m
Descent: -114' -35 m
High: 365' 111 m
Low: 276' 84 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“A short loop to visit Godfrey Pond, explore the remains of a sawmill site, and enjoy the woods of Devil's Den.”— Kristen Arendt
From the trailhead, head east and then north on the Laurel Trail. At the first junction with the Godfrey Trail, stay to the right (if running the loop in the counterclockwise direction—you can choose to do the loop in either direction). From here, the Laurel Trail will pass a connector on the left and a few houses on the right, which you may be able to see in the fall/winter when the leaves are off the trees, before coming to a junction with a second Connector Trail. Take this connector to the left to skirt around the east side of Godfrey Pond.
This connector ends at the Godfrey Trail where you'll want to turn left to loop around the northern shore of the pond. Eventually, you'll pass another junction with the Godfrey Connector Trail heading south. Stay on the Godfrey Trail to wind your way back to the Laurel Trail through a more wooded section, past the junction with the Cub Scout Trail and the Harrison Trail. You'll return to the Laurel Trail which you'll then follow back to the trailhead.
Most trail junctions are marked with numbered posts that correspond to numbers that can be found on the park map. The trails are blazed with directional signs that direct runners to the shortest route back to the parking area on Pent Road. You many encounter yellow, red, or white blazes, with yellow indicating hiking-only trails, red for XC skiing, and white for trails that are part of the Saugatuck Valley Trails system.
Many of the trails in the area are rocky, and while this loop is one of the more well-used routes near the trailhead, if you choose to extend your outing to a longer loop in the preserve keep in mind that the footing may make for more strenuous running.
The preserve is home to 145 species of birds including wood duck, ruffed grouse, and pileated woodpecker. For more information on the types of birds you can spot, click here.
While it is less likely that you'll encounter them, the park is also home to red fox, bobcats, coyotes, and eastern copperheads.
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Land Manager: The Nature Conservancy - Devil's Den Preserve