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“Mainly forested singletrack rocky and rooty trail great for running, riding or hiking.”
— Carl Templeton
This route is along the white and blue trails that cover 80% of the system. There is also a red trail for a few miles along the lake shore that is a bit more technical.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Need to Know
Summer can bring ticks, and two types of poisonous snakes that you should be aware of; the copperhead and rattlesnakes. There is also some poison ivy in spots.
Starting from Overlook Park the trail winds around along the lake with many stopping points for water if needed. You'll skirt many of the park's campgrounds as well as the swimming beach, two boat ramps and the marina. There is also a small loop around Lake Henry, a popular trout fishing lake in the early Spring. There are many connector trails that you can use to loop back to the beginning or follow the trail all the way around to Cactus Ridge where it changes from white-blue and continue back to Overlook park on the opposite trail.
Flora & Fauna
There are many local and migratory birds as well as raccoons, possums, deer, rabbits, squirrels, and maybe even a snake or two.
History & Background
There is an old homestead with a stone foundation on Cactus Ridge.