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hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful flat area but trails are inaccurate.

I've gone on a few different trails in this area. Some are definitely more well marked than others, so depending on how adventurous I am feeling I stick to the marked trails, or I may venture off into one of the longer not as marked areas and even then wander off trail occasionally for a few minutes. I have been out there in fresh iced over snow and regretted it as I was just in crappy boots and had soaked feet 1/2 mile in, but I also don't like to quit so I kept going and ended up walking over 3 miles down and back.

love going out here after work (1 PM to 3 PM usually) as I don't run into many people and I can just relax and enjoy the scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice stroll in the new snow with SCOUT

hiking
2 months ago

Hike 2 with Scout

You get lost a lot

hiking
2 months ago

I did a short 1.5 mile walk on the Bird Watching trail this morning. The trail conditions were a little muddy and the cold wind was howling. They must have listened to the comments about trails being poorly marked as I noticed plenty of markers and signs.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short hike along flat terrain. Muddy in some places but otherwise very well made trails. Well marked and well maintained. Lots of birds too.

hiking
3 months ago

This place is great for beginners. It’s all flat, but curly trails. I went November 30th and walked all of the trails, including the blue trail because it was open. All of the trails were extremely muddy (which seems to be the census). There defiantly needs to be a lot of stepping stones put into place, unless everyone is going to walk around the giant water patches and expand the trail even wider (which obviously isn’t a good idea if you’re trying to preserve the land). I also think who ever marked the trail needs a little more guidance. Most of the markers on the blue trail were on dead trees (and they were new markers) or super far apart and easily could “get lost” (you can’t really get lost because it’s a small trail/area, but you can defiantly walk off path). Also coming from the yellow trail to the white trail you would have no idea to turn at the end of the yellow trail to head back to the entrance. There needs to be better placement of the markers and just more of them in general.
Overall it was a great trail just to get out there and walk and find your way around.

hiking
4 months ago

We go there everyday

Could definitely use some more markings, but it’s not difficult to find your way around. Very pretty!

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful trail but not well marked at all.

Well maintained and beautiful fields of wildflowers. Will be back.

Cool wildlife but it smelt really gross.

The trail is wonderful and I would give it a 5 star rating were it not for very poor sign posts.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful summer afternoon for a hike. The bright sun and cool breeze made for an enjoyable walk to Lock 19. We saw several blue herons and a huge snapping turtle in the old canal.

The only drawback today was the copious amount of goose poop in several locations along the path. There was so much that it smelled like the poultry barn at the county fair.

Lovely but poorly marked trails.

walking
9 months ago

Beautiful and quiet. However, the trails along the river a not all that well marked. The tow path along the old canal is straight and flat good for an easy walk, bike or run.

walking
9 months ago

Easy trail...very buggy at dusk!

walking
9 months ago

Very easy walk in the woods at lunch time; easy to find, almost right off the Northway. Very nice area.

hiking
10 months ago

We walked the boundrary when we found trails we took them. Came out short distant from lock 19. Beautiful place...

Thought it was a good trail, went during spring time and was kinda muddy but you could walk around most of it. Couple side trails that were nice also since part of it was closed due to bird nest during the spring and summer.

hiking
11 months ago

Extrmely easy, short walk. Nice area.

bird watching
11 months ago

Walked the tow path down to Lock 19. Trail was in good shape. Plenty of people out enjoying a blustery day. Tons of migrating waterfowl.

road biking
11 months ago

I absolutely love this trail for walking with my family and dog. It is nice because it is only a 3 minute walk from my house. It is a lot of fun to bike on too.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Well labeled but trail go over water streams so we’re proper shoes.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Really nice trail brought my dog for a walk

hiking
Sunday, December 03, 2017

Nice and easy. They also have 4 park benches scattered around to sit on and watch for birds. I saw some noisy woodpecker type birds, is that what a woodcock is? My dog loved running around this place. This place is made of 4 small interconnected trails: white, yellow, red and blue. The blue trail that runs south is closed spring and summer for bird nesting. I got kind of lost on the red trail (pre winter, leaves everywhere) so glad I had this GPS to help me out. Check out this trail sometime, great exercise.

trail running
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

There are a few different trails that connect to a perimeters here. The outer path near the river has reeds 10 to 15 feet tall. Lots of geese flying in this time of year. Pretty highly trafficked, but I've gone twice, and plan to again. The airport is close by though, and some planes come close overhead.

trail running
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

9.22.17
The northern section of the loop mapped in this app, 3 stars. Primary: Well kept & maintained mostly cinder path. Secondary: wide & narrow of dirt, grass, & roots. Apparently well traveled by horses as there was manure throughout.
The southern section of the loop mapped in this app, 1 star. Primary path: Beginning on Tyhe western end traveling south east was a cleared path of dirt, grass, & rocks. After about 1200 meters it devolved into an uneven rocky path only vehicles or hikers in covered gear should attempt & then further down only if on horseback. After that it becomes blocked by thick brush & virtually impassable even with a machete. Thankfully I had GPS & a signal seeing how much further I had to go. The only reason I even contemplated going further is due to all the brush I suffered through to get to where I was, but now seeing the trail was all but non-existant I turned back. Half maybe three quarters of the south east loop mapped here is nonexistent. I became very anxious as I was alone. Eventually I made it back feet & legs wet, muddy (see photos), & somehow tick free. Started out a good experience that ended horribly.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Trails were overgrown in some spots, but generally well-marked. We explored the yellow and red trails. Too close to sunset to venture out down the furthest blue trail... perhaps on our next outing.

The display at the trailhead was nice and informative. And the laminated trail maps were a nice touch for helping navigating the preserve.

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