Although a small park, Nelson-Kennedy Ledges provides a thrilling experience to visitors with its rugged cliffs and diverse plant life typical of a more northern climate. A day-use park, Nelson-Kennedy Ledges is popular for picnicking and hiking.
I love this place, I see it more as an adult playground than an actually hiking trail. You can climb on things and explore dark watery caves. The trail isn't marked very well, but it doesn't really matter, it's not a huge place. It's not a place to bring small children, people have died here. Instead, bring waterproof boots, some good pants and maybe a flashlight. It's really a beautiful place to see during mid October.
Wonderful trail; no lengthy preamble from the parking lot to the trailhead—the action starts right away. Lots of fun scrambling over, under, and between rocks. On the red (difficult) trail, some crevices are too narrow to pass through with a backpack (or child) on your back. Oh, and the red-trail markers just disappeared at (what I assumed is) the end.
Ashley K. on Nelson's Ledges Trail
Nice little area to explore. My husband and I joked that someone painted the trail markers while drunk - some don't make sense at all! The loop isn't 2 miles, you need to do basically every tiny offset of the trails to make it a full 2 miles.
I came here to hike with my 1 year old, my friend and her 2 young children. It was a little scary for young ones as they wanted to run ahead, and being on top of a cliff, that wasn't a good idea. It was very beautiful though, and just enough of a challenge to make it fun with my son on my back. This is close to my home, I would definitely go again. We camped at the quarry park, I would want to bring a raft or kayak next time to take it out on the water as well.
Renee M. on Cascade Falls to Devil's Icebox Loo...
Beautiful! I took my 3 and 4 year old and they were amazed at all the "big rocks" they thought they were climbing mountains . Loved it will come back again!
This trail is in the Nelson-Kennedy ledges park, a wonderful outcropping of the classic 'lucky stone' conglomerate created by glaciers as they melted away... It is slippery at times and muddy - and there are a number of low passageways within the ledges that can lead to whacking your head on rocks...
It is a beautiful place to play, though!!
It was rather difficult to find the trails at first. Start at the steps. The yellow trail is to your right. Blue is immediately to your left. White and red are to your left too, but up a bit. If there is two of the same marker, it means the trail is turning. I ended up getting lost, walking down the road and trying again. Beautiful area, glad I gave it a second chance.
There is this park to hike and explore. Up the street there is the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park which has a spring fed quarry, hiking/biking/walking trails in the woods. It's probably the most scenic, beautiful place around. They allow dogs/pets, It's a music festival venue, and wonderful camping all year round. Check out the NLQP over the state park any day. Super kind and friendly people too.
Stephanie K. on Nelson's Ledges Trail
I think I've been here....