The freshwater Black River briskly cuts its way through rocky Hacklebarney State Park, cascading around boulders in the hemlock-lined ravine. Two tributaries, Rinehart and Trout Brooks, also course their way through this glacial valley, feeding the Black River. Even in the heat of midsummer, the temperature of Black River gorge is cool and refreshing. Today Hacklebarney is a favorite place for avid anglers, hikers and picnickers, yet in the 19th century the park was a mined iron ore site. The gushing river against the grey boulders and dark green hemlocks creates a majestic beauty in any season. Three rare and endangered plant species exist within the park: American ginseng, leatherwood and Virginia pennywort. Over a hundred bird species and wildlife such as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live in the park. Horseback riding is not permitted in the park.

It’s a great moderate trail. There are others trails that link each other throughout the park. The red trail goes along the river with some beautiful spots to stop.

Lots of fun climbing over rocks alongside river

Get there early, grab a map, and watch out for the occasional path scat. A number of trails to suit various fitness levels. Today was my second visit and I followed the red to the blue connect. There's a good amount of rocky terrain along the banks by the water. I recommend the red to anyone who's got some experience hiking and can go between 1 and 2 hours. Bathrooms serve their purpose and trail stops don't have running water. Still a beautiful park, nonetheless. Enjoy.

Easy hike. Lots of people and dogs.

5 months ago

We did the on a cool day with about a zillion kids. Did red which starts with paved and gravel ... along a stream and waterfall with many broken down picnic areas (sad that they were allowed to fall into disrepair). Kids loved climbing some "scary" steps (be careful tho for real) down to the stream.

Follow the red around and it loops up and back
to the river. Nice places to stop and rest and hop around the rocks, dip your toes, etc. All
a sudden the trail along the river gets GOOD... rocks, roots, real hiking. Hard for the littlest kids but big kids loved. Tons do huge rocks to climb and jump around.

We rested near a bridge and decided to cut it short due to hunger complaints from the kids... we did white and blue back up to the lot. Uphill so much complaining ... there's a crappy playground .... and then it got crowded so we were thankful we came early.

Hit with the kids ! We enjoyed it also and will be back.

Well maintained. very well marked. varied greatly from smooth travels to very rocky sections.

Great fun with young kids

It's dope

Had a good morning out with the dog.

8 months ago

This park is very small and the waterfall is small as well. A nice park if you live near by and want to walk on a daily basis. The waterfall is close to the beginning of the red trail only a few hundred feet down the stairs. Most of the trails are paved so no real hiking involved in places. There are pick nick areas all over and in some prestige places. Saw about 3 restroom spots along the trails. Definitely a pretty place.

Nice relaxing trail especially when you're trailing by the river

9 months ago

Followed the red trail all the way around. Nice views! Hung out on a rock in the river. Peaceful.

9 months ago

Great for a stroll through the woods. Fun mix of easy level trails and a few steeper climbs. Trails along the river.

11 months ago

Went on this hike last week and there was a decent amount of cars in the lot due to the nice weather, but it never felt crowded. There's some great spots by small waterfalls to relax and read a book.

11 months ago

Took the White trail to the Red, well marked and a nice brisk hike. Some nice views and easy hiking. Took 1.5 hours.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Pleasantly surprised with this hike. No elevation or views, but a beautiful scenic walk along the river. Really beautiful in the fall when the leaves change. Perfect place to take your dog.
Did this in the rain, and it was awesome!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fun, easy, great scenery.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

This point is NOT accurate.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Great hike.

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