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.

nice afternoon hike.

Hiked this park in October. Very nice views. Use caution along river as it is very rocky. We got a good workout and our dog enjoyed it as well. I would rate the terrain as moderate. The picnic tables could use some repairs.

2 months ago

Went there on Nov 12 2018. Maybe nice park but for me did end up as terrifying day. The first one hour of hiking was very nice. On one of the trails I saw huge maybe 300 pounds black bear crossing the river toward our direction. Thankfully the bear did not see us I might think, so we run as fast as possible to the car parked 0.5 miles from the place we saw the bear. Also, my dog end up with two dear ticks crawling over his fur. I was able to remove those before they dig in into the skin. Hoping now there was no more.

Very pretty trail in the fall

10/31/18. Very beautiful, well marked trail, the second third of which tracks the bank of the Lamington (Black) River. We started doing the Loop trail but ended up doing most of the Red, Yellow and White trail which lengthens the hike by half a mile or so. Not challenging, although there are some rocky parts by the river. Including stopping for the views of the river, the whole thing took a leisurely 1.75 hours.

5 months ago

Clearly laid out trails to walk. Great spots along the river to explore. So many picnic tables and some grills setup throughout the park. Be prepared for steep stairs and hills, but not too challenging.

7 months ago

Beautiful hike by the water with many spots to take pretty pictures.

I have been going on hikes and exploring here for almost 20 years- it's a lovely place for a walk, to experience nature. It's a very kid friendly trail with lots of streams to play in and nature to experience. It needs a little maintenance and more people need to respect the "leave no trace" policy. I think there's too much trash along the trail (I pick up as much as I can when I visit.)

Sunday, November 05, 2017

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.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Lots of fun climbing over rocks alongside river

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Easy hike. Lots of people and dogs.

Friday, September 01, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

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

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Great fun with young kids

Sunday, July 16, 2017

It's dope

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Had a good morning out with the dog.

Friday, June 09, 2017

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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Nice hike this morning. A little bit of everything... hiking, light climbing, hills, all along the Lamington river.

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