Trails

Trail Name: Chestnut Ridge Interpretive Trail
Open Season: Year-round, walking/wheelchair only
Length: 0.4 mile
Location of trail: Visitor center
Surface: Paved, ADA compliant
Difficulty: Easy
Information: The Chestnut Ridge Interpretive Trail begins at the west edge of the visitor center parking lot and winds along a forested ridge which overlooks a seep spring area in the floodplain of Storm Creek. For those who are mobile, there is a short boardwalk loop available, off the paved trail, that traverses the wetland at the base of the ridge.

Trail Name: Hunt-Richart Trail
Open Season: Year-round, walking only
Length: 0.9 mile
Location of trail: Just south of Richart Lake spillway on County Line Road
Surface: Grass
Difficulty: Easy, very short slope to traverse on northwest side
Information: The trail is a loop which goes steeply downhill for a short distance on the northwest side to the Hackman Overlook structure structure
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on Richart Lake. The trail follows a farm road for a distance, then goes through brushy fields and an upland woods before bending back to the parking lot.

Trail Name: Bird and Turkey Trail
Open Season: Year-round, walking only
Length: 1.8 mile loop (together)
Location of trail: Northwest side of 4-way intersection, north of Stanfield Lake
Surface: Grass/gravel
Difficulty: Easy
Information: Trails connect with each other and go through a diverse mix of old-field, woodlands, pine woodlands and wetland edge.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                       

Trail Name:  Wood Duck Trail

Open Season: Year-round, walking only
Length: 0.5 mile.
Location of trail: Northeast side of 4-way intersection, north of Stanfield Lake
Surface: Dirt/gravel.
Difficulty: Easy
Information: Trail goes through an old beech woods flatwoods and contains some very large old oaks. Ground is often wet. You will probably not see wood ducks here, but owls nest in the area annually. 

 

Unofficial Trails

Old roads and farm lanes can also provide pleasant hiking experiences. One interesting walk is to walk from the Endicott Observation Deck parking area, west on the old gravel road (E. County Road 500 N.) past the deck. The old road, which is closed to vehicles and grassy, takes you past Mutton Creek and Mini Marsh to an old farm lane on the left that eventually connects to the West Entrance Road (E. County Road 400 N.). The lane may be muddy in spots, but is a pleasant, moderately-easy walk past old house sites, reverting farm fields and beautiful woodlands. The old lane goes up two short hills. If you follow the lane all the way to the West Entrance Road, you will travel a little under two miles.

For a shorter hike, drive to the south end of County Line Road and parking near the closed gate. If you walk past the gate, you can follow an old county road straight south to the Muscatatuck River. This is about a 0.75 mile walk, one way and is easy with a gravel surface. Please note that this trail is for hikers only, but it is often very wet given that you it goes through bottomland forest in the river floodplain. The river is narrow with high muddy banks in this area and is full of log jams. While the river almost dries up in the summer months, after heavy rains it can rise quickly and flood in a short time, spreading water over much of this end of the refuge.

Wood Duck Trail

Wood Duck trail circles through a mature beech woods and contains some very large old oaks that once grew in a housesite yard.  The habitat a wet flatwoods so the trail tends to be damp most of the year.
Trail Length (mi)
0.59
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
20 Minutes
Route Type
Lollipop
Trail Activities
Biking
Dog walking
Painting and drawing
Photography
Running
Wild edible foraging
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
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Hunt-Richart Trail

The Hunt-Richart Trail is a short grass-covered loop that goes down a small slope to the Hackman Overlook Structure on Richart Lake.  From the overlook the trail winds back through old farmland and passes through a beech woods before returning to the parking lot. 
Trail Length (mi)
0.88
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
30 Minutes
Route Type
Loop
Trail Activities
Birding
Dog walking
Fishing
Painting and drawing
Photography
Running
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
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Sandhill Ponds Trail

Bird Trail and Turkey Trail are two trails that loop together in a figure 8 and share a trailhead parking lot.  Bird trail winds in a circular loop through a hardwood forest before approaching the edge of a moist soil unit and a small creek, then traveling through a pine forest back to the junction with Turkey Trail. 
Trail Length (mi)
0.29
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
30 Minutes
Route Type
Loop
Trail Activities
Biking
Dog walking
Painting and drawing
Photography
Running
Wild edible foraging
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
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Myers Cabin Trail

This short trail runs from a gravel parking lot on the road to Myers Barn then swings up the hill to Myers Cabin where it rejoins the road.
Trail Length (mi)
0.15
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
30 Minutes
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Birding
Painting and drawing
Photography
Wild edible foraging
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
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Persimmon Ponds Trail

This trail is used as access to the Persimmon Ponds Fishing area from the parking lot.
Trail Length (mi)
0.32
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
10 Minutes
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Birding
Dog walking
Fishing
Wild edible foraging
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
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Endicott Overlook Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.19
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Turkey-Bird Trail

Turkey Trail shares a trailhead parking lot with Bird Trail.  Turkey Trail winds through hardforest past several small creeks, a large pond, and along an old farm field reverting to brush.  The trail also follows the edge of a moist soil unit for a time and winds in and out of forested habitat and past old home sites.
Trail Length (mi)
1.68
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
45 Minutes
Route Type
Loop
Trail Activities
Biking
Dog walking
Painting and drawing
Photography
Running
Wild edible foraging
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
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Chestnut Ridge Trail

The Chestnut Ridge Trail is hard-surfaced asphalt and starts and ends at the Visitor Center parking lot.  A small loop off the ridge trail desends down a staircase to a boardwalk over a small seep spring before returning up a hill to the main trail on the ridge.
Trail Length (mi)
0.46
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
15 Minutes
Route Type
Loop
Trail Activities
Biking
Dog walking
Painting and drawing
Photography
Running
Wild edible foraging
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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Discovery Pond Trail

The Sandhill Ponds Trail is a concrete sidewalk that provides access to the largest of the Sandhill Ponds.
Trail Length (mi)
0.16
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
10 Minutes
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Birding
Dog walking
Fishing
Painting and drawing
Photography
Wild edible foraging
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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