Ashland State Park has 470 acres including the 157 acre Ashland Reservoir. The park is operated seasonally and provides opportunities for swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing, bicycling and hiking. Beach improvements at the park include facilities for wheelchair access to the boathouse and by ramp into the pond.
Nice loop around the lake. Pretty and nice on a sunny day. Worn trails show lots of roots. Too many dogs off leash and there are signs saying dogs need to be on a leash. Witnessed an ugly confrontation between a lady, her loose dog, and a runner. Another lady had nine dogs off leashes and had a baby in a carrier. One of her dogs thankfully had a full muzzle on. Not a good combination...babies, dogs, and runners.
Two women, ages 61 & 66, hiked the loop on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The trees were pretty, the sun was shining and the weather was crisp. Perfect day for a hike. Every person and dog we encountered was friendly. This is an easy hike because the terrain is mostly level and it's not easy to get lost because the trail follows the water's edge. There are many places to stop and enjoy a snack, lunch or to just soak up the scenery. I would give it 10 stars if I could.
Beautiful hike around the reservoir. Less traveled on the east side of the reservoir. More people and dogs on the west side of the loop. Under control unleashed dogs are met with a warm welcome from other hikers and property owners bordering the state land. Should be stunning in the fall once the leaves change. Will be back. My tracker measured 4.75 but I went off the trails to investigate things like the beaver dam. (Photo of that included.)