Rhiannon P. on Hitchcock Nature Area
Nice trails~well maintained. Love that they allow dogs!
Scott D. on Hitchcock Nature Area
Lots of native wild flowers and fauna. Birding, also.
Me and my wife brought our daughter on her first "backcountry" trip here. The trails are great with a mix of easy, moderate and difficult. After signing out the campsite we wanted and paying our $5 fee we hiked in from the main parking lot on Badger Ridge Trail, from there Wildwoods then Ironwood to our final destination of Westridge Trail. We stayed at the last campsite on that trail. The total hike there on my GPS was 1.99 miles. The views were great and saw plenty of wildlife on the hike in. There was very little shade during the day once we arrived at this site. We set up camp, gathered firewood, made dinner and stayed the night. The temps were warm during the day and cool/cold as soon as the sun went down. There are fire pits and gravel beds for tents at each of the hike in campsites. Same rules as other parks on firewood, dead fallen wood only. I usually end up hauling a good bit to leave at the site for the next person because I pack a good hand saw in with me. We love this park and will be back again and again.
ken k. on Hitchcock Nature Area
Great place to hike. Never was crowded during my visits here. The hills make it a good workout.
Fun set of trails. I did the Westridge and badger ridge beautiful views from both trails I was kind of shocked at the views. The mosquitoes in the hollers are pretty bad so stay up top on the ridge lines. Two reasons why I didn't give a five trails are maintained by a tractor so your kind of walking down a road and no switchbacks going up the hills. But would recommend it to you if you have a couple hours.
This is an excellent reserve to experience an unexpected amount of biodiversity and get a workout. Seriously, the numbers of species of birds and butterflies is completely unexpected. Bugs can be maddening in the hollows on wet years, so I stick to the ridges. It's an effort but you'll feel wonderful. If you can hack it (to be honest I barely can) backpack and stay the night at one of two sites on Westridge. The high winds keep the irritating bugs away and you'll be gazing ~down~ on bird activity.
Just be wary of ticks.