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.

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.

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1 month 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.