The freshwater Black River briskly cuts its way through rocky Hacklebarney State Park, cascading around boulders in the hemlock-lined ravine. Two tributaries, Rinehart and Trout Brooks, also course their way through this glacial valley, feeding the Black River. Even in the heat of midsummer, the temperature of Black River gorge is cool and refreshing. Today Hacklebarney is a favorite place for avid anglers, hikers and picnickers, yet in the 19th century the park was a mined iron ore site. The gushing river against the grey boulders and dark green hemlocks creates a majestic beauty in any season. Three rare and endangered plant species exist within the park: American ginseng, leatherwood and Virginia pennywort. Over a hundred bird species and wildlife such as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live in the park. Horseback riding is not permitted in the park.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike.

I've been coming here for over 20 years as it's tradition to hike here with the family every fall. We have some older members that join us (mid-70's), and they aren't fatigued at all when complete with the trail. It's an easy hike, and it's especially beautiful if you hit it during the fall season. Also, if you're interested, down the road is a small place called the Cider Mill. They're only open from September-November (Thanksgiving), but their apple cider and cider donuts are phenomenal. Stop there, and snack on the donuts and cider during the hike, and voilà! A beautiful day indeed!

Nice hike this morning. A little bit of everything... hiking, light climbing, hills, all along the Lamington river.

Very scenic with river alongside. There are various trail choices spanning from easy to moderate.

Nice river

Awesome! Perfect for my 6 and 8 year old brothers to keep up and have fun clambering on the rocks

not too crazy about this park but it was a good hike

hiking
7 months ago

It was a very fun trail with the puppy

Very nice park. Crowded but nice and clean. Great river site.

hiking
10 months ago

I really enjoyed hiking here! Lots to see and explore, we did the red square trail which took you down by the river, with some rocky hiking along it. We missed the large waterfall but did see some pretty small ones. Hope to explore here more! Our shih tzu really liked exploring this park and there were a lot of other dogs here.

hiking
1 year ago

Very nice water trail, fully covered.

1 year ago

Nice trail walk for a stroll with my dog

Awesome hike. I took my 3yr, who loved the climbing the boulders to the Black River and learning how to maneuver to the small water falls. A slightly steeper walk up than I thought. Can't wait to go back.

Not a big fan of Hacklebarney State Park. For whatever reason it feels crammed into a ravine and very limited. If your just looking for a light day of strolling then this is a good place. Do not expect to do any heavy hiking here but none the less it's worth a visit!