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Upon entering the park you may want to grab a trail map. The trails are named and well marked. For seniors like me, this place is a plus. All the trails and the 1-mile road into the park is completely flat terrain. In the open fields area there were lots of geese and redwing blackbirds in the marshy areas. We saw lot of holly trees on the Old Oak and Beaver Pond trail. The Wetlands trail loop feature a marsh, pond and observation platform. I loved this spot the most because of all the pine trees. Millions of small pine you can’t even see through. Great spot for lunch. I grow up in this area. My mom and dad came here when it was an amusement park. It think it was then called Bay Shore Park. The area is still being re-discovered. In the main office building are pictures of the old days. Main restrooms are closed for off-season. 2 Spot-a-pots are available. There is one by main entrance and the other is by the Trolley Station.
This was a fun trail--as others have said, not easy but an enjoyable moderate. The ranger told me that Switchback is actually 4.5 mi. Muddy and rocky in sections. If u follow the white hash marks u will not get off the trail. Saw pileated woodpecker and belted kingfisher. Less enjoyable was hearing the firing range nearby, very loud on the last 1/4 of the trail.