Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails near Stuart with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
11 days ago

Not really a trail more like a walk in the park runs beside the river really nice it has a couple of benches and picnic tables along the walk

Nice hike with lots of water views. It's not a difficult hike though there is one part that is elevated that could be slightly challenging for those who are beginner hikers.

This is a pretty nice trail in good condition that gets little use this time of year. The trails in the park are well marked and blazed, but finding the start of this one can be a little difficult. Following the GPS to the "trailhead" on AllTrails is a good start (bear left after entering the park and paying at the kiosk, drive past the beach parking & shelter 1, then park on the left where it says "trailhead parking"). You'll then cross the road to the trails and follow the Beach trail straight ahead through the campground and soon meet up with the Little Mountain Falls trail. The waterfall is very nice and surprisingly impressive; definitely makes the trail. There's also a nice overlook shortly in when you hike counterclockwise. Don't forget $5 for the park fee.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice out and back trail with only a couple elevation changes, which works for me as I am a beginner. The trail ends at the dam/spillway into Philpott Lake. Nice views of the lake all along the way, and I'd recommend this trail.

Beautiful! Clearly marked trail.

This is not “out & back” ; it is a loop. The paper map from the park is kinda vague. Was not clear where to park or begin. My advice: Park at the first “trailhead parking” lot on the left a little ways past the beach parking. You’ll see a little amphitheater. The trails begin across the street from this lot. Hike straight towards the campground past 2 yurts. The bathroom in the campgrounds is exceptionally clean! I did not see any trail markers in the campground. Right beside the first campsite you’ll see a paved road blocked by a park gate. This is where the orange trail starts. I hiked counterclockwise. Great little trail. Pretty rocks & ferns. Nice bench with a view. There are 5 creek crossings on the second half of the trail. No bridges, but easy to hop. When the orange trail markers end, you’ll momentarily follow the blue trail, then it changes to yellow, then white and shortly brings you back past the yurts to the parking lot where you started. Only saw one human the whole day :)

7 months ago

Offers a little bit of everything - modest climb, well maintained trails, water crossings, and a scenic view. Didn't find it to been too challenging, but was pleased to see very little trail traffic.

horseback riding
7 months ago

Great for riding horses. Great short day trail!

horseback riding
7 months ago

Great horse trail. Only takes about 3 hours . Great day ride

hiking
10 months ago

Combine Turkey Ridge Trail and Lake Shore Trail for an extra adventure. Loved It.

hiking
Friday, January 26, 2018

It’s important to mention that this is a trail someone mapped out on their own, on All Trails, it is a combination of the Beach Trail and Little Mountain Trail. Once on the trails, they’re nicely marked and distinguished. Because it seems we hike every trail backwards, by accident, it’s also important to mention that hiking this trail clockwise (heading towards the over look and then to The waterfall) is probably easier. Going counter clockwise isn’t super difficult, it’s just a steady incline for a longer period of time.
Beautiful views at the lookout.

hiking
Saturday, December 30, 2017

Easy but nice walk along the water. Dam isn’t much to look at but the trail was calming with predominant lake view

hiking
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Easy trail with a pretty overlook of the lake and finally to a dam area. Very little grade hills.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

A great trail that has a nice rest stop with a great view and the dam/spillway was a great place for a picnic. Trail was very easy very little up or down.

Very nice trail with no people

Overall, I enjoyed the trail. However, while on it I was wondering why it was labeled hard, there wasn't too many inclines. As we were approaching the waterfall it was a moderately steep down hill slope. It seems as though if we started going to the left side of the loop from the trail head we would have done more climbing. Wish we would have known that from the beginning! It would be worth going back again and trying the trail counterclockwise!

hiking
Saturday, November 19, 2016

A very family-friendly state park with several nice trails and a lot to do and explore. We will need to come back in the summer with the kids to take full advantage of it. This was initially a general entry for the park trails. More trails have since been added to the database.

camping
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Amazing Park! Camped for a weekend. Campground was small and private. Fished, swam in beached area with a "Lilly pad" filled with kid friendly floats anchored to beach. Trails were beautiful with water. Overall great experience and many plans to return.

don't even waste your time Park is a waste of money nobody knows how to maintain a trail nothing is Mark and whoever that heck decided to make a map use to go back to Matt drawings class cuz they're morons

hiking
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

I visited in September. The waterfall was barely a trickle, but I can see how it would be a nice sight when the creek is running higher. The trail is about half up, then half down. Demanding in a few sections, but okay otherwise. A few creek crossings may be muddy. There are some sections that are steep, but it's not too bad. Good views at the top. This trail connects with several others in the park.

hiking
Friday, January 23, 2015

Beautiful lake located in Ferrum near the park. Secluded and undeveloped I will go back a bring my kayak. Fairy stone is nice and would be a good place for kids to hike and look for fairy stones.

A great park for family camping. The lake is a great place to swim and play in the summer. Campsites are well maintained and in close proximity to a bath house. The bath house was clean and well lit.

Campsites have a picnic table, fire ring with grate, and flat tent pad. There are RV spots with all the appropriate hook ups as well.

hiking
2 days ago

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