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Hiked here in the fall, great trail with nice variation and well marked. Only passed a couple bikers.
Technically this is the Hall Lake Trail. It's the most scenic of any of the trails in the Yankee Springs area and also, the most used. Part of this trail pairs up with The North Country Trail. It's a nice hike and the portion along Hall Lake is very pretty year round.
Enjoyed many sections of the trail but from description of 7 miles in trail info, I was expecting the length of trails to be longer but found only short sections. The 7 miles must include bike trails which were extremely busy in the fall ( visited 4 times). The bike and waking trails extremely close to each other sometimes so when bikes came flying by, you can be startled easily. Just not quite what I expected.
This is my "go to" trail. Very well marked trail with lots of variation. Makes me feel like I am out there in nature and not just in the neighborhood. Lots of other smaller trails available for added variation in the park. If wearing hiking boots, consider trying the horse trails for extra fun and change of pace.
Again, kayaking. I've done the whole entire (paddleable) river but it'll take you longer than you think 11 miles would take....like an entire summer's day! An excellent way to spend it, but I think it's much more fun to break it up into chunks. Love this river, with its natural scenery, beautiful houses and the fun of paddling thru downtown TC right into West Bay! A word of caution, there are some fun class II rapids along the way so be sure you're prepared to rescue yourself/others along the way. Also, I would recommend taking out at the tubes that run under South Airport Rd.....unless you don't mind tons of spiders (I learned the hard way)!
Actually kayaking....but the Boardman is neither the sea nor does it have significant whitewater. For the area, it has some swift water with narrow turns and is very lovely as you pass by natural areas and beautiful housing along the banks. The trip takes about an hour and a half at a leisurely pace with a few areas to be able to get out of your ride and play along the banks. I bring a small grill and cook out a few burgers for my friends and I.....mmmm, no better burgers anywhere! Even if you don't have two vehicles, you can drop off your kayak at Schumsky's, drive your van back to the Beitner parking lot and Rudd your bike back up to the kayaks (be sure and bring a lock!) in no more than an easy 20 minute ride.
It was great. Get going early to find a good spot to stay the night. Lots of people and dogs but everyone was friendly. I didn't see any bears but was prepared just the same. I want to go back. I also want to kayak the river. The water was so inviting. Make sure and have a lot of water on the dry side.