Geological Significance · River/Creek · Wildflowers
This loop links the Feldspar Trail
, Buck Trail
, and Doe Trail
together with easy access from the McPherson Lake trailhead. Because the trails are open to two-way travel and have been seeing closures due to logging, visitors can adapt their runs to better suit their needs or the available trails.
Look for posted signs or visit the Park Office for more information on closures.
Need to Know
Wide trails and fairly flat tread with an unusual ecological environment make for a great spot to explore.
From the McPherson Lake trailhead, head east on the connector to access the Feldspar Trail
. Turn right at this first intersection and continue south past the Doe Trail
to cross a bridge before coming to the Mystery Hole historic quarry site, which has a fence around it.
Continue past the old quarry site to meet up with the red-blazed Buck Trail
, the longest trail in the park, and the only somewhat steep hill climb along this run. Turn left onto the Buck Trail
to continue south making sure to follow the red blazes, avoiding the firebreak trails that head to the boundary of the park. When in doubt, stay left at each intersection or keep an eye on the Trail Run Project mobile app
for on-trail navigation.
After crossing the Serpentine Savannah, just before the two-mile mark, look for the white-blazed Doe Trail
to the left. This provides the final mile of trail to return to the Feldspar Trail
and parking area.
Flora & Fauna
Unfortunately, Nottingham Park been affected by pine beetles, which has lead to logging efforts and thinning forests.
History & Background
Serpentine barrens refer to the type of rock (serpentine) found in only a few areas across North America and the area that it's located in (barrens), which is characterized by low nutrient levels in soil and as a result, varying or minimal plant growth. Many barrens are named after the predominant tree in the area like the well-known New Jersey Pine Barrens.
Shared By: Zander Göpfert