Wouldn't recommend for dog owners. Dogs are not allowed on a large portion of the trail which means you walk to a certain point and have to turn around and head back. Trail was overcrowded with families and children that did not have good dog manners. With all the other options for dog friendly trails in the area, I'd skip this one.
Winter walk unsatisfying with dead trees and hardly any animals out. Early summer has birds, beavers, turtles, etc. If you're looking for a peaceful and quiet walk, you may want to go early in the morning because there are lots of noisy kids and families.
I brought my son's cub scout troop here in late August and they loved it. The trail and boardwalk are wide enough for a large group and there's plenty to see. We must have seen 10 snapping turtles, dragonflies of every color, and the marsh mallows were is spectacular bloom. The boys were also happy to see beaver lodges and a great blue heron. The visitor center has a nice little museum and restrooms, which makes for a handy stop after the trip. Great intro site with creature comforts for the younger ones but plenty of wildlife to keep the older ones interested too.
thom w. on Cedar Trail, Deer Trail, and Heron ...
A really nice and easy out and back and great for kids. Lots to see along the way from the multitude of turtles, tadpools, birds, signs of beavers and the occasional snake in the marsh. Raised walkways can get crowded during the nice weather and lots of school groups there during the day.
Water has been almost dry lately, but still teaming with wild activity.
Went on 10/13/2011 and the boardwalk was brand new. Hike includes informational signs, several benches, and an observation tower. For any adventurous folk: there is a trail (looks like it might've been a fire road at one time), that branches off the main trail just slightly past the observation tower that roughly doubles the distance of the hike and takes you to the back of the park. There is a sign saying use at your own risk because it is not maintained by the park but I found it to be great for wildlife and solitude. I followed the trail all the way to the power lines but once you get in the grass the trail gets hard to follow. I didn't want to blaze a trail through a wildlife preserve so I turned around at this point. The trail runs parallel to the main flow of water down through the wetlands and since it is rarely used, i observed a couple white-tail deer and a group of mating turtles. Points to note on this section: about 1/4 mile in a tree blocks the trail (you can see where everyone else has walked around it), bring bug spray because there are a ton of Mosquitos, wear waterproof boots because the trail becomes a stream for about 20 yards and I imagine It can get worse after it rains, look out for giant spiders that spin their webs across the trail. Also, this extension does not have gravel, benches, or signs. It is not maintained and should be used only at the hikers own risk. Other than the noisy group of pre-schoolers coming down from the observation tower, this trail makes for a nice stroll through the woods with no elevation change, but great views of wildlife.