hiking
5 months ago

Trails are short but have some steep areas. Some trails are rather narrow, but others are wide and paved with gravel. Good wildlife viewing; I saw ground hog, deer, Canada geese, and turtles, among the more common wildlife. Reserve consists entirely of reverting farmland, so do not expect mature woods. Overall, not bad considering the reserve's suburban setting.

very nice park. Terrain is a little rough in spots but still navigable.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Awesome trail. big hills

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

great mix of trail and road. A few stream crossings made it fun for the dog and stopping for a break at the mansion was relaxing.

Although it's rated "easy" this is a beautiful trail for all seasons. The grassy meadows surrounding the pond provide a wonderful introduction to the wooded trails that lay beyond.
Take note that the upper trails cross a private paved driveway.
Pine Hollow Trail is my favorite~

The tree lookout is really something and totally worth it. Very relaxing yet does challenge you enough while you hike. I love it here.

hiking
Monday, June 02, 2014

Hiked the Purple Trail. After we got past the car parts, scrap wood, and horse manure on the trail it turned out to be a nice and challenging trail. There are some nice fern patches and an overlook on Trail 10 that should look especially nice in the Fall. The Hartwood Acres Mansion is a bonus if you have the time to see it.

This is a good trail but very narrow in most places. There is a limited view and the vegetation is quite thick is some places and extend into the trail. The trails are marked very well.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 29, 2013

Great mountain biking trails. Some technical, some easy, some hills, some flats, it has it all. Great place for all riders. Very beautiful and lots of wildlife.

Love this place. I can take my toddler for a walk and it's not too much for him. Very well kept trails and well marked. Great trails for the whole family.

walking
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

This is a scenic area and quite peaceful; however, as another reviewer noted, there are coyotes in the surrounding woods. Coyotes are not usually threatening to humans, but it's worth reading up on them ahead of time and feeling prepared before hearing their not-so distant howls in the trees.

mountain biking
Sunday, April 07, 2013

Don't have a ton to compare to, today was my first time back on singletrack in YEARS, but it was a fun short ride. I did the Orange Trail starting at Hartwood Mansion. It was an even 1 mile. Lots of up & down, but could mostly keep a good rhythm. Mostly dry on a nice spring day with the exception of one muddy stream crossing. Some tough up hills for an out of shape newbie, but easily manageable. Just a small amount of roots & small log hops to make it fun. Multiple more trails from the same trailhead to try next time. Great starter ride.

hiking
Saturday, September 22, 2012

I met my wife and toddler at Beechwood Farms after work. My wife packed a dinner for us and we ate on some of the benches at the Nature Center before starting the hike shortly after 6pm. We hiked a loop combining the Spring Hollow, Meadow View, and Pine Hollow trails. My son traveled on my back in our Sherpani backpack. It was a beautiful evening and we really enjoyed the hike. There were plenty of fall flowers in bloom, mostly goldenrod. While we were on the western side of Pine Hollow in the vicinity of the Bridle Path we were treated to something unexpected. A few nearby fire sirens began to sound and we were not the only creatures to take notice. Promptly a chorus of howling began a not so far distance off. My wife and I are convinced that it was coyotes though can't be sure as we didn't see them. I did some searching on the internet today to see if there was any mention of coyotes specifically in the area, but I did not find anything. My wife was a bit nervous and we quickened pace a bit as dusk was approaching. At the end of our hike we stopped for a short while at the pond. Beechwood Farms is a great place to take a family hike.

hiking
Saturday, September 15, 2012

Felt trailhead was difficult to find. Some over grown areas. A fair number of hills. Much prefer north park

hiking
Saturday, September 15, 2012

Felt the trail head was difficult to find. Some over grown area. Decent amount of hill I much prefer northbpark

mountain biking
Saturday, September 15, 2012

Good single track. Some small technical areas. Overall good trail. Not for young kids

walking
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A very nice and easy walk with slight uphill area. But the best trick ever is to get to the Middle Road parking area around 4 pm to 4:30 pm in the winter when the Festival of Lights is running. Walk up to the mansion (all paved road)and by the time you get there it will be almost dusk. The Christmas lights come on and then you walk back down to your car through all the Christmas lights and music, before the gate actually opens for the cars to come through. You have to get the timing right. If you start too late they will be telling you to get out of there!
Hartwood acres also has a bunch of hiking trails in the woods. Some are used for high school cross country meets and others may just be deer paths, I'm not sure. They do have the rear trails marked with colored blazes and in the summer it is nice to wonder off the paved road into the woods. It's a nice place for a run too.

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