Ryan K. on Schramm Park National Recreation Tr...
Nice & short. Somewhat of a rough trail for a 2 yr old, although she was able to manage the shorter of the 2 trails. Peaceful as you get up high, especially on the flatter parts of the trail. Keep an eye out for a Christmas tree.
This was a wonderful little trail. I did backwoods trail number 2, which was the longer of the two.
At times the trail wasn't marked the best, but it wasn't too hard to find the correct route. Trail number 1 was moderately trafficked, but number 2 only had a couple of runners, who helped with navigation.
Parking passes for the trail can be purchased at the little aquarium. This lets you park right next to the trailhead. I believe it was only about $5.
Trail number two wove through beautiful trees, past a cool meditation building, over a suspension bridge, past a little archery place, past a waterfowl display where you could feed ducks, and past a little fishing 'museum'.
It was beautiful. I went in September in the afternoon and the sun lit up a couple of pristine spider webs which was awesome. I saw a deer on my way in but not on the hike.
The only thing I wished I had brought was a better bug spray. The one I had did not have deet and I found myself power hiking to keep ahead of the mosquitos.
Although this park is small, it's quiet and totally a family hangout place rather than a backpacking / hiking visit. I came for a picnic to celebrate Mothers day. This park has quite a bit of scenic views which really adds to it's enjoyment. It's a great visit and I'll go again soon to hit the trails. I'll update my review once I do that.
Schramm is a hidden gem, though small in scale its variety of scenic nooks and niches along trails 1 & 2 were wonderfully pleasant. Even passing time amongst the lower ponds can fill an entire afternoon just watching the abundant wild and pond life flourish around you (mostly geese, ducks, red squirrels, fish and turtles).
I did a figure 8 and completed both nature trails (1 and 2) in under an hour. The weather was nice and the trails were in good condition. Saw some wildlife and medium traffic on the trails. There are also fire pits and shelters along the path for picnicking or whatever suits your fancy. Overall, pretty decent.