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RODNEY I. on Schooleys Mountain Park Trail
Decent overlook spot especially to see foliage. Good 2hr hike with the kids
I've been coming here for over 20 years as it's tradition to hike here with the family every fall. We have some older members that join us (mid-70's), and they aren't fatigued at all when complete with the trail. It's an easy hike, and it's especially beautiful if you hit it during the fall season. Also, if you're interested, down the road is a small place called the Cider Mill. They're only open from September-November (Thanksgiving), but their apple cider and cider donuts are phenomenal. Stop there, and snack on the donuts and cider during the hike, and voilà! A beautiful day indeed!
Different portions of this trail are very different. The section along the stream is quite rocky and involves some scrambles over rocks and fallen trees. It basically follows the white on the hill or the blue along the stream. The other half follows the yellow grand loop trail and the beeline trail. That portion is generally wider, less steep, and less rocky.
This park has a lot to offer for anybody. Has waterfalls, a lake, meadows with beautiful flowers, and an awesome view to top it off. The trails are kind of hard to follow but if you follow the colored marks on the trees then you will be fine. Don't take the highland cut if you want to see the view, follow the grand loop until you hit the sign for "overlook"