Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Indian River Lakes Conservancy with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I went on this trail for the second time today and was very excited to see some springtime wildflowers. It was great for my first hike this season. I got pretty lazy over the winter. This trail gave me a good workout without exhausting me.

Great trail to search for birds. Many wild flowers right now. A little muddy through the section nearing the lake but manageable.Eagle Marsh section is a must. Great overlooks to catch some breeze.Large scenic wetlands.A bunch of cool rock formations . Very quiet here.

A great set of trails!Well planned with beautiful overlooks.Very few wet spots even after heavy rains. I have been across it a couple times this spring.Will provide a good workout.Quiet and pristine.Black fly season but still worth the time.

Walked it yesterday with a group to assess wind storm damage.An easy walk with a great view of Butterfield Lakewith partial ice out.Large burly white oaks are a nice addition to this trail.

An easy walk for any season! Great view over the lake, stand of big old oaks, and the new classroom all make for nice features. It can be tricky when waterlogged.

This trail is fantastic in the height of summer and colors of fall. The terrain and flora are extremely diverse, from a stand of shagbark hickory, to little gorge-like valleys, to rocky overlooks, to hilltop maple strolls with cast iron-strewn ruins. The length of the trail is perfect for a morning or afternoon walk. Some of the trail gets waterlogged, so footwear with that in mind is probably a good idea.

paddle sports
7 months ago

excellent

By exploring side trails this beautiful hike is well in excess of 3 miles. Norm's Path and Woodcutter Loop are easy hikes. Other trails are moderate. All afford Adirondack like habitats and views in close proximity to Ft. Drum, Carthage, Natural Bridge and Harrisville.

The Baker Woods trails have a distinctly Adirondack feel and many interesting features both natural and man-made. Bog bridging allows hikers to pass comfortably through striking cedar bogs and explore a large beaver pond and pass through mature forests of hemlock, pine, cherry and spruce etc. A deck overlooking the Indian River headwaters is easily accessible and affords excellent views. River access is available near the deck and paddlers willing to pull over a few beaver dams will be rewarded with beautiful views and virtually no sign of other people / paddlers.

My first visit to the Baker Woods Preserve was beautiful! BWP hikes start from a newly finished parking pad along Factory Road in Natural Bridge, NY. From there head down the path towards the visitor kiosk to snag a map and sign-in. Go take in beautiful panoramic views of the Indian River from Doris’ Deck before starting down Norm’s Path. Signs along the path greet hikers with stanzas from Wallace Stevens’ The Snow Man. Follow Norm’s Path across the road as it turns into Woodcutter Loop, surrounded by raspberries and white, red, and scotch pines. Take Norm’s Path to any of the beautiful views or cozily-nestled benches along Beaversprite Pond. If you’re lucky, you might catch beavers or wood ducks along the pond in summer or fall. From there the hike heads along the Hemlock Hill Trail across bog bridges that take you alongside wetlands and amongst cedars and hemlocks. Hemlock Hill takes you back to the parking pad where you stared.
It’s a lovely hike and is well-suited to lots of different hiking abilities and ages.