Park is still closed. Lots of road noise...also the constant sound of leaf blowers around the south east area. Might want to save this hike for the summer when the leaves will dampen some of the noise. Trails are not marked very well (which may be due to the park being closed for months). Yet there is a ton of fresh trash all over the trails. Come on people! Pack your trash out!
One of the "paths" isn't really a path, I guess. After an hour of hiking and getting through fallen trees, the path just disappeared. Also, we were really excited to see a waterfall (lots of great hiking and waterfalls in the mountains, where we are from), and we were very disappointed to find it was just taller than my husband and had an unsightly pipe across it. (Picture of my husband and child in front of waterfall in uploaded pictures.)
Brian D. on Miller Springs Nature Center Trail ...
If you start at the South parking lot there is another set of biking trails with a connection across the dam to the biking trails down in the prairie. You can make a nice 6 mile loop out of it all. Good 150ft elevation change that translates to a couple of good technical climbs mixed with open prairie single track that's hard and fast. All around good, basic trails to call home base.
Great trails, well marked, and good elevation to challenge. Great views throughout. Hiked about four miles altogether. Lots of choices of trails to include a wheelchair friendly path and boardwalk out to a deck overlooking a great view of the entire park.
Visiting this area for work and was very happy to find this wonderful preserve to explore. A little bit of everything: wetlands, ponds, woods, cliffs, caves, and little waterfalls. Herons, hawks, and kingfisher too. A wonderful Saturday morning. Thanks to those who created and maintain it for the enjoyment of all.
My go to running trail. I saw multiple reviews stating the trail was closed. This is inaccurate. The south entrance off of Lake Rd (FM 439) is closed. The west entrance off FM 2271 is and has been open. The maintenance only affects the spillway portion of the park. None of the trails are closed because of this. The trail that encircles the park is approximately 3.0 miles. It has a couple steep ascents and descents of not more than approximately 100 feet. It is also a loop trail so you get to explore without retracing your steps. For being a small park their is much to see. It has ravines with little streams, some smaller waterfalls, and a couple ponds. The only negative aspect is you are not supposed to bring your pets.