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Excellent hike! Great workout! Well marked trails. The entire trail can be long winded and takes about 3 hours (give or take) to complete so not the best for little ones, but we often do part of the trail with the kiddos! Be aware of hunting season though-almost every time we hike here we cross paths with many hunters and we see tons of shotgun shells scattered about. Wear the right gear/colors and this trail is sure to be a favorite!
Eva A. on Wolf Hill Forest Perserve Trail
Nov 2016: this hike is adequately challenging for relatively active people but not so much that we couldn't enjoy our afternoon outing.
The trails are well maintained and well marked. We were able to get up and back in two hours, even with missing one turn.
DIRECTIONS ON GOOGLE MAPS: if you search Wolf Hill Forest Preserve, and it takes you to Farrar Lane, that's a PRIVATE driveway. Use the directions in this app instead or look for the Smithfield Police Station and go up Waterview Drive.
A local favorite with many choices in trails. The Alltrails suggested trail is actually a combination of trails that takes you around the perimeter of the preserve. That being said, the trails are the best marked I've encountered with numerous markings, "you are here" maps throughout. So pick your trail, or cover them all!
Decent trails - pretty flat but very rocky so you need good sneakers to hike it. Trails very poorly marked in some places. We lost the orange trail about a mile in and ended up just following the road which lead us back to the car. It's fairly pretty, though there is a lot of hunting in the area, so wear orange during hunting season!
Eva A. on Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge
We hiked this trail in late October, but still enjoyed a beautiful foliage. We imagined this trail would be gorgeous in early spring and at peak leaf turning season.
The path is easy and relatively flat, although there are sections where you have to pay attention due to limbs and rocks. There is a lot of variation of foliage and scenery which kept it interesting and delightful. Would definitely do this again when where in the mood for a light afternoon walk.
Our bonus: when we arrived at the car, I almost missed that there was a frog hiding in the well of our rear tire! We scooched it along with a twig into safety. Check out the photo.