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can extend this trail to many other loops and connector trails. less trafficked area of unionmills/hashawa

horseback riding
1 month ago

We have been horseback riding here many times and it has always been enjoyable. Majority of trails are wooded and some of the trails can be a little overgrown during the summer. If there has been a lot of rain it can get pretty mucky as well. Various trail types as well. Some are narrow and wind around and others are wide and pretty straight. Sometimes have to make your own trail if a tree has come down. Bicyclists are usually pretty considerate about moving to the side as well.

1 month ago

I'm giving this three stars only because today it was a bit of a mess. This is really a horse trail. This time of year there are places that are very overgrown, and the trails are more like wildlife paths. The worst part was that the trail connections aren't there anymore. Saw Mill Road west to Saw Mill Road trail was blocked by tree trunks and debris from bulldozer cleanup (we were hoping to get to loop 2 and back to Hashawa). So instead, we continued through the zig zags, a ground wasp nest (ouch)and was stopped by the Big Pike Creek. I don't know if this is normally walkable, but it definitely wasn't crossable by foot today. We have had a lot of rain, so it was very deep, and there was no bridge in sight. We had to double back , and after three hours of hiking, we just had a friend pick us up, lol! See my uploaded photo.

4 months ago

fun hike, lots of different scenery from tall forests on sloped hills to dense bushes and valleys. this loop is actually a few different trails, so the markings were inconsistent and we kept checking the map. some muddy spots but nothing bad. there is a spot where you have to wade through Big Pipe Creek. there was no bridge so we found a shallow spot to cross. we also had to walk along the road for a bit.

there are lots of branching trails and shortcuts that I will most likely take next time. overall it was a cool hike, good elevation changes and nice views

been hiking here since I was a kid. love the wildlife and views. some of the unmarked trails are overgrown and ambiguous. we went last fall and it was much more accessible. great place to explore!

mountain biking
5 months ago

Easy to make a wrong turn which introduces interesting variations to the ride. Overall this is a nice beginner trail if you don't mind a bit of adventure and exploration. Take a map, snack plenty of water and enjoy the tide.

The trail wasn’t very scenic and was pretty muddy. If you count the mud piles from wheel spins maybe you could get some climbing in.

7 months ago

if you don't stick with this route, there are many more that offer a better hike

I live about 5 minutes from this trail and would rather go elsewhere. There are a few unmarked trails and if you accidentally take one you could end up in the middle of an empty cornfield not knowing which way you should go. Even for the “marked” trails, you end up in corn fields unsure where to go. Very frustrating!

8 months ago

I wouldn't rate this as rugged or strenuous. The walking surface, although muddy in places, is actually pleasant compared to other trails I've been on. The terrain is rolling with any steep sections being short bursts. The most difficult part of this hike was crossing the streams on a chilly March day. I would suggest extra socks and shoes for the crossings unless you're on a bike or horse.

8 months ago

Started out of the parking lot on the wrong trail. There are quite a few unmarked trails and roads but I generally stayed on the ridge for the first half of my hike then picked up the trail in the recording for the second half. Hiked 5.2 miles on a windy day after a big nor'easter. I was surprised to find very few blowdowns.

9 months ago

GPS lost signal and ended up doing a crazy long hike here hahaha

11 months ago

Great hike

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Great Hike. Also, check out the nature center.

Monday, October 16, 2017

When I come here I hike a combination of the Hashawa loop trail and the Union Mills trail. It is challenging if you try to make it that way. I usually do a 7 mile loop while carrying my heaviest backpack then try to get under 2 hours. It is also great for a moderate leisurely hike. I rarely see anyone on the trail. Go get after it!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

I love this place. The trail and scenery constantly change. Not light smooth hiking but that just adds to the fun. A lot of trails that aren't on the map but I like that actually. Makes it more fun to explore. Just be sure to bring your compass

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lots of
Hills which was not so bad but
Too many rocks for
Barefoot horse

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Not very well marked, and the map here does not inclue a lot of the existing trails. Nonetheless, it was nice hike.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beautiful scenery but trail is overgrown in parts. Also full trail not shown in alltrails app. Creek crossing deep and very muddy.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I live local,and this was my first time doing the whole loop. The beginning part of the trail is wide, well groomed and flatish. I think of it as an upper and a lower loop. The upper loop is a steeper, moderate hike, the trail is single track and fairly overgrown in some spots. We saw lots of local wildlife, including a turtle, and many birds, and a beaver dam. There was a also a house from the 1800's and a 300 yr old white oak tree to see. I enjoyed the hike!

mountain biking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

I ride here often and would consider myself an intermediate rider. There are plenty of challenges and miles and miles of trails. Many of which I have never ventured into. Lots of challenging climbs, long downhills and some challenges you will discover. Be wary of hikers and dog walkers closer to the nature center as bikers must give right of way to hikers and an occasional horse. Map your ride and if you find yourself "lost", just head towards the nature center direction.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Not marked well

Friday, February 24, 2017

I hike and run here often with my dogs. The main loop is about 1.8 miles but there are offshoot trails that go further up and back. Off the fire road it's mostly single-track trails that are thickly overgrown with thorny bushes. Nearly impossible to see blazes and god forbid the trailhead or internet have an accurate map. The trails also overlap with the equestrian trails. Pretty easy to get turned around.

Decent parking, most everyone is friendly, dogs welcome, lots of wildlife.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Few different trails to choose from. my favorite is the vista trail aka white trail takes you next to the raptor cages. I have pictures posted. I love looking at the birds especially the bald eagle.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Family friendly!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

TH is on John ownings road, before you reach the Hashawa entrance.
I enjoyed doing this as a night hike,once you get through the pine trees,the rest is pretty straight forward.
Not sure I would rate this as a moderate hike,closer to easy.
That's just my personal opinion.
For a quick hike fix this works.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

One of my favorites !!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Closed Monday Wednesday and Friday Sept 1st through Feb 15th. Just a heads up. A bit disappointed I couldn't go today.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

It's an okay hike but not well marked at all.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

The trails are poorly marked. I would also rate as easy, not moderate. Nice place for a family gathering.

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