This is a great trail for walking, hiking or running. There is plenty of free parking and it is just off of Highway 17 N.
It is fee free and was dedicated by a great family at the request of their beautiful Daughter. She wanted to share and preserve nature for all to enjoy. We just wanted to say thank you to a wonderful and selfless family. We love Abbey Nature Preserve. Especially the beautiful bridge over the lake and all the benches along the way. We also love the swing, stone wheels and bird houses.
Traci and Mike
We went to this location looking for a trail and didn't find anything but a residential area filled with homes. (See satellite map view)
There weren't any sidewalks so unless you want to walk on the neighborhood roads I wouldn't recommend it. We didn't see any Blue Clay signs or identifiers for this location. We drove around and back tracked just in case we missed something. If anyone else can confirm this location please update with details.
If you're looking to get away from it all and immerse yourself in the wild, this is not your place. However, it is great for dog walking, trail running, or just getting out of the house on a nice afternoon. Trails are easy and suitable for all skill levels. The scenery is great, especially in the fall. It takes you through several different varieties of forest environment. It can get a little busy on nice days, but overall a good place for some enjoyable hiking
Beautiful trails, very well taken care of! It's nice to see all the different areas, and everyone who was walking around was friendly and mindful of their dogs. Dogs are allowed off leash but it didn't seem to be a problem! Definitely going back!
Nice nature walk, wouldn't call it a hike however. Lots of runners and people with dogs, but everyone was friendly. A few places you could go off the trail a bit which made it more adventurous, but overall its just a well maintained access road on which you follow marked trails. The nice thing is that if you want to get a long walk in, the loops can be doubled or tripled and it's easy to do 5 or even 10 miles back in there.
My girlfriend and I spent nearly two hours on the trails. It was a great walk and not crowded at all since it was late in the day. The trails get dark before the sun sets so an earlier start would have been better. It rained some but we didn't get too wet. It was an all around great time.
The trail itself was amazing. The only problem was it was a little crowded today but probably because it's Sunday and there were a lot of unleashed dogs and owners who did not have the courtesy to leash their dogs when they were headed towards other dogs on leash.