“A nice, easy run on well-groomed trails and even terrain, great for a recovery day.”
— Alex Rollins
This run is nothing special, but it gets the job done. This run is super easy, with no rough terrain and no major hills, which makes it my go to recovery run. It's mostly on gravel and in the woods, which is nice, but some sections can get crowded when the weather is good. There is some pretty good fall scenery once the leaves start to change. There are endless variations and add-ons on this route, so have fun!
Need to Know
There are more bathrooms and water fountains than you could ever wish for (bathrooms around miles 0, 2, 3, 4; water at miles 2, 4). The water is shut off in the winter.
Mostly well groomed gravel, some asphalt.
This is probably way more detail than anyone needs, but this is my first upload, so sue me.
Park at the forest picnic area and start on the on the obvious trailhead. Almost immediately, take the first left turn onto the Bridle Trail. In about half a mile, it goes down a small hill and across the road. You'll cross a bridge shortly afterwards.
Take the Bridle Trail to the Strawberry Picnic Area, then after taking a detour to run the White Pine Trail
(about 1000m), follow the All-Purpose Trail
(asphalt), which runs parallel to the road, until it ends. At that point, cross the road and head back south along the gravel trail. It follows the road for a bit, then climbs a tiny, somewhat steep hill before going into the woods.
The trail goes back through strawberry, across the field from the parking lot. Keep following it as it crosses a closed (yet for some reason, recently repaved?) road, and take a right at the fork. You'll keep on going, running through the woods for a bit, and will eventually cross the All-Purpose Trail
The trail will cross the main road, where you'll turn right to get back on the Bridle Trail that you took in the beginning of the run. Follow it back towards the starting location.
After crossing the bridge on the way back, you get to choose your own adventure:
a) Go back the way you came in the beginning
b) Cross the road and follow the All-Purpose Trail
as it wraps around and passes the nature center
c) Run through the nature center parking lot, then cross the road and sprint down the straight gravel trail to the parking lot (yes, you must sprint!)
Flora & Fauna
Lots of deer, sometimes a few wild turkeys.