This trail ascends through some lovely woods and then crosses a footbridge leading to a view of our neighbor’s hay field.

Quick Trail Description

Hilly, slick in wet weather, woods, hay field view, succession field, valley overview, creek; approximately 0.5 mile

Length of Trail

Approximately .5 miles

Detailed Trail Description

Park in the main lot and return to the trailhead by walking back up the lane, cross the road bridge, pass the campground entrance and Wildflower trailhead, and continue until the trailhead on the right comes into view.

  • After crossing a short footbridge, the trail splits. Follow the left branch…you will return on the right.
  • This trail ascends through some lovely woods and then crosses a footbridge leading to a view of our neighbor’s hay field. The trail then enters a locust stand and joins Woodpecker Trail.
  • Turning right, these two trails share a common path for a hundred yards and then enter an old-field successional opening. The Woodpecker Trail continues straight ahead while the Cardinal Loop turns right and returns to the forest.
  • After walking along the ridge, the trail descends, steeply. Caution must be used during wet weather conditions as this can be slippery.
  • At the bottom of the descent, a bridge takes you across the creek. The trail walks along the creek and then returns you to your starting place.

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