The beautiful ornamental gardens are located on a portion of the park's 1,076 upland acres. The gardens were first planted in 1923 by Alfred B. and Louise Maclay after purchasing the property for their winter home. A masterpiece of floral architecture, the gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, a secret garden, a reflection pool, a walled garden and hundreds of azalea and camellia plants. Lake Hall offers swimming and fishing, along with non-motorized boating for canoers and kayakers. Pavilions and grills along the shore provide a perfect setting for picnicking. Two short nature trails through the woods overlooking the lake will enthrall walking enthusiasts, while hikers, bicyclists and equestrians can enjoy five miles of multi-use trails surrounding Lake Overstreet which adjoins the gardens. High blooming season is from January 1-April 30, peaking in mid-to-late March.

Beautiful trail. A lot of variation in terrain, elevation, and habitat. All of the trails (hiking, biking, equestrian) are very well marked and there are more facilities than other similar trails. And if you want to extend your walk, the Redbug trailhead is just across Meridian Rd to the southwest.

Maps and guides along the way, restrooms with rest area, picnic area. perfect

hiking
11 months ago

Lovely! I have done it twice—once I saw an alligator eat a duck and the other one I saw two deers because it was late.

Great Fall walk ........ about 5 miles -Water along the way ... Parked at Forest Meadows and walked across Meridian Rd to start .......

hiking
4 years ago

Nice trail! Not too many people and nice place to take dogs!

mountain biking
4 years ago

There are two tracks the Double Track and the Single Track Trails. Double Track trails are a Multi-Use trail where runners, hikers and bikers share the track fairly easy. Single-Tracks are off road tracks for mountain bikers to ride single file these are a little more challenging, moderately.

My husband and I took this trail and really enjoyed it.

We hiked this trail with my grandsons ages 4 & 5. There was so many things to keep them interested: a lake, an old cabin, picnic tables, box turtles and a large variety of wild flowers and other various fauna.

on Maclay State Gardens

mountain biking
5 years ago

My boys and I love to go biking, hiking, and kayaking here. They rent tandem kayaks so that I can bring one kid with me at a time. The bike trail is nice and the gardens are a nice walk. They have grills and a playground. The swimming area is okay as long as its not crowded. Overall, a great place to go!

Macclay hiking and bikng trails are available year round. Now is a great time to go. If you go early or really late without dogs and you are quiet, you can even get a glimpse of wildlife. Turkey and deer abound. Occasionally someone will bring a horse out to the trail, but that is rare. Buy a year round pass to save dollars.