Nice walk around the lake. Good views of the fall colors were on display when I was there. Unfortunately mosquitoes and ticks were bad also! I recommend not doing this after a lot of rain (as was the case when I went). No pets, running, or biking according to the signs.
What a beautiful lake! I think it is even prettier than Oak Grove and without the heavy traffic. The Lake Ballard Trail is the main loop around the lake but you can add some little side loops to add interest and mileage. Make sure you use your tick spray and stay out of the tall grass.
By itself it is a pleasant walk in the woods. It meets the main trail, (Ballard Trail) at each end so it can be looped with the main trail or just used to add mileage to the main trail. There are flyers telling the story of the old homestead that once was in it's glory here. Many plants and trees are identified along the trail.
Meriwether B. on Lake Ballard Trail
This beautiful preserve has two downfalls: no running, no cycling. While it is too short to cycle, it would be fun for children. Anyway, the positives so outweigh the negatives. This place is simply stunning. It is a short walk, less than 2 miles, but perfect for an ethereal departure from reality. Lots of stops worth sitting and enjoying breathtaking views.