Explore the most popular birding trails in Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hike is fairly easy as most of it is flat ground. Great scenery through the woods, well marked trail. Turnaround point has a great view of Beaver lake.

My kids and I enjoyed this trail!

me and my husband Absolutely loved it

hiking
1 month ago

nice trail, well marked, solitude!

Nice trail, well maintained, well marked with white blazes and fairly gentle grades for this area. Very enjoyable day hike. Bring water and a lunch and make a great day of it!

backpacking
2 months ago

Nice trail. Several distance options to choose, so good trail for pretty much anyone.

Good trail well maintained. This is a 9 mile trail per Hobbs State Park.

backpacking
2 months ago

Excellent trail for beginners. It is a little rocky at times, but if you’re paying attention there is no problem. We hiked in counterclockwise to campsite 3. Very easy lake access, so be sure to bring a water filter if you’re staying overnight. Hiked out the next morning. Trail took a total of about 4 hours, but we stopped several times to rest and take in a sight or two.

Campsite was nice. There are two pads for tents at site 3 as well as a lantern/trash pole. A nice fire pit too with plenty of firewood within walking distance. The campsite is off the trail a little bit, but with all of the leaves down you can see traffic from the trail. I’d suspect in spring or summer the leaves would make it feel more secluded.

camping
3 months ago

Great little overnight hike. Trail was very well marked and clean. Was able to catch a couple pictures of a bald eagle while staying at the campsite across the lake. Staff at the state park where very nice and helpful.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail is in really good condition. The warm day made for some soggy areas but nothing drastic. Great hike, well maintained, can't wait to go again!

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy hike-can be done quickly too. We did all 8.4 in 4 hours today. We were hoping to see some big birds/eagles but I guess 20 degree weather isn't for them. Very well maintained, too short for backpacking in my opinion since it's a quick easy trail. Also, there aren't great water sources for backpacking. It's a good ways to the lake from the campsites and it's a lake so the water isn't flowing. If you have good filtration gear you're fine. Sight #1 and #3 are the only ones with lake views FYI. Good place for a backpacking beginner.

hiking
5 months ago

Well marked, well maintained, rolling terrain, and a couple of cool views of the lake. Took a little over 4 hours to complete 9 miles, with a couple of photography stops along the way.

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Went today with my boyfriend. Did the 4 mile loop. The "overlook" isn't what we would consider an overlook. All in all an enjoyable hike and we would like to return and do the full 8 miles. I'm sure when fall foliage is at its peak it's beautiful.
Perfect temps today, low 60's and a light breeze. Took 1.5 hours.

hiking
5 months ago

Boring.

hiking
6 months ago

What a nice little hike. The trail is clearly marked and pretty clean. It took us about 3.5 hours to complete the trail while we stopped briefly along the way.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. We'd like to take this trail again in the summer. Rocky path. Lots of time alone on the trail. We always bring a bag to pick up trash on the trails, and this trail was very clean

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike! We started around 11:00 and ended at 3:00 or so. We brought a small snack with us and enjoyed it by the lake. The hike was never especially difficult, just a lot of gradual ups and downs.

The weather was perfect (in the upper 70s), and there was plenty of shade from the leaves which haven't yet changed. As other reviews have said it is super rocky and there are plenty of bugs. Be sure to bring/apply some bug spray and wear the appropriate footwear.

hiking
7 months ago

The trail was pretty much up and down, so I will need some more work outs since it kicked my behind going uphill so much. Other than the problem was me it was a pleasant well marked trail with a view of a part of the lake. My dog loved it.

hiking
7 months ago

I liked it. Was very pretty. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. Agreed on all the comments about hard-soled shoes, it was very rocky. Lots of webs and spiders to watch out for as you're walking. Got my heart rate up on my way out, as it was uphill. There was a nice little lake area and some benches to sit at. Very calm and serene. I got pelted in the face by ginormous flying bugs, but past that, I survived ;D. Overall, very good hike.

The map on this app doesn't show the connection between the two loops, yes there are TWO loops. You can do only 4.4 miles if you want.

It was ordinary, thus three stars

backpacking
9 months ago

Great trail! Ticks were bad, and the campsites are all gathered pretty close together.

on Pigeon Roost Trail

hiking
9 months ago

Took my dog over this trail last week. We did this on a Friday morning so there were very few people on the trail until the afternoon.
The trail is very rocky so a hard soled shoe is advised. There were lots of spider webs in the trail. I ended up picking up a stick to hold in front of me to catch them before they hit me in the face.

I had about 30 pounds of gear in case I ended up being out over night, but I did not need anything close to the estimated eight hours to get back to the car at what felt like a steady but leisurely pace. I even let the dog play in the lake for 20-30 minutes.

Start to finish we took four hours and 26 minutes. It was a good hike, but the rockiness of the trail did bother my knees near the end.

Super way to wile away a summer afternoon. Well-marked without feeling like a freeway, lots of shade and plenty of solitude! 1/3 (I think?) of the way through is a perfect place to slip right into the lake. There's a gravelly slope comfortable to sit on up to your waist and lounge. This trail.only achieves "moderate" status because it is long. There are enough inclines that you feel like you're getting your heart rate up but not so.much that you gasp for breath. Be sure to take a breather when you get to the sign 1.5 miles away from the trailhead on your way back, because the last mile is gradually uphill. I spent 5 hours here, with leisurely breaks and a swim, and covered the entire 8 miles loop.

Nice trail with plenty of scenic points for a short hike

I hiked this on a very warm day (90 degrees with 83% humidity.) The trail is just hard enough to make you run out of breathe about the time it flattens out again. I saw dozens of white-tail deer but unfortunately all saw me first. Only saw one rat snake that was maybe 1 foot long. I stayed at campsite 3 and it was only a short little hike straight down the hill to the lake. Make sure you bring extra water. I brought my filter but the lake was very warm. Found a nice rock that was about knee deep that I could stand on to do a little fishing. I caught a couple largemouth bass that were not keepers and had an alligator gar follow my lure within 2 feet of me. After my pup and myself were home we picked off 55 ticks (not counting the ones I pulled off on the trail) so make sure you take bug spray. I would have given this trail 5 stars but the ticks were ridiculous.

Did the Dry Creek Loop for the first time since winter time and it was nice and shaded for almost the entire trail. Trail is well maintained but I made sure to use sunscreen and insect repellent anyway. It took me two hours to complete the 4.2 mile loop and mostly saw birds and squirrels. Moderate trail but I did stop to catch my breath a few times as I'm used to running on flat, paved trails this year. Nice change and equally great workout.

Not well marked, but a good hike

hiking
11 months ago

Today I did a solo hike on the Pigeon Roost Trail at Hobbs State Park. It was a beautiful hike through pine and hardwood forest, down to the lake, and looping back. I didn't see any golden eagles as I did last time I was in the area, but I did see a few whitetail deer.

This trail is rated as moderate, due to the frequent hills. I took the 4 mile loop instead of the 8 mile one (which is great for overnight backpacking). I walked 4.12 miles in almost two hours. Max elevation gain was 594 feet, and elevation loss was 574 feet. My average heart rate was 100, with a max of 125, and I burned 647 calories. I was tired by the time I got back to the trail head. If you take this trail, I recommend that you wear thick-soled hiking boots with high ankles, because much of the trail is covered in rocks and gravel.

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