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

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2 months ago

This was a great little hike for our kids, 6 & 10. There are many trail options throughout this Mary S. Young park. definitely going back.

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4 months ago

Great little hike for my young family. The trail is well maintained and not too difficult.

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5 months ago

Today I hiked this general loop along with nearly every other trail in Mary S. Young State Recreation Area. It's a nice chunk of the park, though I also recommend incorporating a visit to the river since it's relatively close.

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5 months ago

Today I hiked this loop along with nearly every other trail in Mary S. Young State Recreation Area. This corner of the park gives a warm, nostalgic feeling. It's one of those places I would want to just hang out with a bunch of loved ones, eating good food, watching the kids have a blast. Like I wanted to just pause here and collect my thoughts. Had I brought my journal I probably would have done just that. It's the corner that speaks with the loudest effervescence "Yep, I'm a state park indeed." You almost expect there to be campsites around the corner, but unfortunately there are not. Day use only. A bunch of nicely situated picnic tables and a wonderful, covered gazebo-ish structure (reservations required) complete the set. The nature trail loop is a nice appendage where kids can be constrained to without worrying about them wandering off too far.

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5 months ago

Today I hiked this route along with nearly every other trail in Mary S. Young State Recreation Area. I didn't rate this route as high as the others because it's kind of a weird route. It's not just the Fern Trail, but also a random section of Trillium Trail. Plus, it's a needless out-and-back when there are tons of ways to make it into a loop without adding much if any distance. It's also one of the less interesting sections of trail, especially the Trillium section that passes near the sports fields and playground.

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5 months ago

Today I hiked this route along with nearly every other trail in Mary S. Young State Recreation Area. There is no lame trail within this awesome park, but I gave this one 3 stars only because it is "less interesting" than most of the others. The diagonal route skirts the side of the sports fields, so there is less a feel of walking through untouched nature. Plus, with all the available loop options in the park, it doesn't really make sense to do an out-and back. Even so, this section is nice in its own right. If you keep looking to the west there is nature - big trees and wetlands to be exact. I found it quite interesting to see how the level of the water was higher than the trail, but the park staff magically kept the water from flooding the trail by using logs and sandbags. Impressive.

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5 months ago

Today I hiked nearly every segment of this loop along with nearly every other trail in Mary S. Young State Recreation Area. I have to say this general vicinity is one of my favorites in the park, primarily because of the proximity to water views. The bridge at the southeast corner was completely submerged in water, so it took a little Naruto never-give-up-my-way-of-ninja persistence to cross without getting my feet wet.

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5 months ago

Today I hiked nearly every segment of this outer park loop along with nearly every other trail in Mary S. Young State Recreation Area. While this route isn't necessarily the "best of" the park in one loop, it offers a well rounded, satisfying experience. I recommend including some of the trails with elevation change and more "raw" scenery near the river, especially to the northeast of the park.

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