Explore the most popular walking trails near Sylvan 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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20 days ago

Spring Pond Loop is a nice little trail. I'd recommend the Bog Trail or the Lowland loop over Spring Pond if you just want to do one short trail at the Discovery Center.

hiking
20 days ago

The Lowland loop is a nice little trail. It has a spectacular, albeit damaged, American Beech and a number of smaller examples as well. The trail is well-maintained, with only a few areas having a bit of dampness - very superficial muddiness - despite recent rains.

hiking
20 days ago

The Bog Trail was a very pleasant surprise. Its varied flora more than compensates for being an out-and-back trail. It offers rare glimpses of Beech-Maple forest along the ridges, with more and more ferns interspersed as you get into the boggier areas. Looking forward to revisiting in the spring. The trail was well maintained and very dry, another surprise given the rain a couple days ago.

The Lakeview part of this trail is an ugly 1.3 mile loop that would benefit from a controlled burn, or maybe an uncontrolled one. Adding to the insult, getting there is a mile each way on an out-and-back that is part of the Waterloo-Pinckney (and is a nice trail, but boring the 2nd time through in a day). There is only one spot on the Lakeview Loop from which you actually get any views of the lake and that is about 0.2 miles from the start of the loop (when coming from the Discovery Center direction). Do yourself a favor - just go out to the lookout, see the lake, then go back to Waterloo-Pinckney and continue to wherever you were going; other parts of the Waterloo SRA woods are far prettier than what you'll miss around the Lakeview Loop. The only reason it doesn't get 1-star rating is the trail is well maintained and the Waterloo-Pinckney part is pretty woods.

Beautiful lush canopy. Nicely shaded. Great hike today. Very little traffic.

Loved this little loop. My pup enjoyed the muddy “pond”.

hiking
11 months ago

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Saturday, August 05, 2017