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

1 month ago

Kids enjoyed the ponds. End of trail near the beaver dam was a little difficult for the kids to get through.

Very nice. Very quite on a Monday morning. trails are left wild and not well marked but easy to follow. Loved it. Will Definatly come back often

Nice trail, beautiful views of water and streams. Not well marked

mountain biking
2 months ago

great place to ride. some easy trails but then there is much more challenging trails. The only thing tho, trails are not marked at all. I enjoy adventures so I dont really care about getting lost. Just ride smart and ride safe.

Beautiful woods and ponds. If you follow the suggested itinerary counterclockwise, when arriving near Tarbox Pond it seems to go off-trail, or the trails are no longer maintained, I don't know. I took the blue trail that stays away from Tarbox Pond and I reconnected with the suggested itinerary further south.

Haven't seen the place in 20 years, still beautiful as ever!

Loved it!
Great meadows and trails.
Just didn’t like the sounds of distant gun shots :(

I came in from Carrs Pond rd, near Middle rd. Its kind of marked...lol. Once I arrived at to the pond, I just walked the perimeter. I was a beautiful, wide open trail. Though it not well marked, Its still easy to get around, and was beautiful on a snowy day.

Great trail. Don't forget blaze orange during hunting stream. Loved the beaver dam.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Great trail with a lot of single track options as you go.

10 months ago

i haven't done this yet but plan on it but if it's anything like the carrs pond hike 4.1 miles the blazes will be awful and advise you have a fully charged cell to follow with gps or you're lost..other tgan poorly marked i loved it.

trail running
10 months ago

end of the trail was washed out, had to double back to the 328 off trail but a great easy trail. majority of it is a fire road with some minor ascents. tarbox pond isnt much to look at but carr is gorgeous.

10 months ago

Many trails . Lovely waterfalls and pond. Trails not well marked but I tried to stay on perimeter of the pond. No bugs!!!

Very disappointed in this trail. Trails are very poorly marked, there was broken glass everywhere on the trail. Many people with dogs off leash that were bothering my appropriately leashed dogs. Very highly trafficked, no time for a quiet moment.

Its very pretty, with lots of little breakoff trails to the water. Only caution is many dogs off leash which can be nerve wracking. Ive ducked and dodged with my own on leash dog several times because of off leash dogs who seemed to not have much training. If its a concern Id say off season or during the week to avoid the bulk of traffic. At least directly around the pond. Its a very nice hike and even during the peak of bug season I didnt have many problems.

11 months ago

Can someone tell me where those stone circles are? Can't find them

No trails are marked bring a gps or your phone with this app. Lots of trash everywhere, but other than that Nice views decent hike

Walked with my two dogs to the pond. As you can see from my photo there is a mud and stick dam. It was leaking and ready to burst. If it had let go me and my dogs would have been swept away. My 20 lb dog would not have serviced. I will never go back. The leaking mud stick dam is not visible until you are right in front of it. Scary, stay away!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Very pretty wooded trail, easy to maneuver. Wasn't super clearly marked, but the map feature on this app made it easy to figure out where to go! Bring bug spray if you're going in the afternoon.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Monday, May 01, 2017

No markers on the trails so it was a bit difficult to follow but we still had fun exploring! Easy enough for the kids to keep up with us (5 and 7 year old)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

i would give this place 5 stars because its so beautiful and large.. but there were no blazers on the trails, and when they were it was incredibly difficult to follow.
overall, love this place.. the trails are just difficult to follow

Monday, April 10, 2017

ok but thete was mountain bikes and dirt bike did see some bull frogs

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great all around trail and easy to follow

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nice hike. Not very difficult but long enough for some exercise if you do the full 4 miles or so. The only thing I would warn people about is the inconsiderate dog owners who refuse to leash their dogs.
I saw several people there today some of who had dogs with them. About half of them had their dogs unleashed. You know the situation, your walking with your family and LEASHED dog, when around the corner comes an unleashed dog that of course is going to come right up to your dog sniffing, then the barking starts, then the idiot owner says" she's friendly, don't worry." Meanwhile my wife nervous, kids are a little scared and I'm pissed off. Some people think the rules apply to them i guess. Thanks for screwing up an otherwise great afternoon.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

It's a bit treacherous crossing the streams with random planks of unstable wood. I had two of my sons and myself step into the river on a chilly day.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

I'm in the process of exploring all of the trails a little at a time. Loving it!!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hiked and geocached with the dog. Beautiful area! Lots of solitude. Saw a lot of cars, but only one person (mountain biking) during my 2 hour, 7.5 mile hike.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

From the parking area, we took the trail on the right side to Carr's pond, returning to the parking lot the same way. The trail was adequately marked and easy, except for a very wet swampy area. We managed to skirt along the edge of the trail there and walk over some downed trees without getting our feet wet. Part of the fun! We also passed the remains of an old car and stone foundation on the way to Carr's pond, which is pristine and beautiful! Out and back, it took about 1 1/2 hours. Would recommend taking a gps, as we needed to refer to it a couple of times on the return.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Great for a quick ride in the afternoon.

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