“The Rock Trail (RT) Loop passes by six of the "Rock" features of the trails in Ward Pound Ridge Rez.
— Rob Cummings
Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife
This loop passes the following six rock features of the park: Indian Rock Shelter, Castle Rock, Bear Rock, Dancing Rock, Raven Rocks, and Spy Rock. Both Spy Rock and Raven Rocks have scenic overlooks. Below Spy Rock is a rough stone staircase that ascends 300 vertical feet in about 2/10ths of a mile.
This access is shown from Michigan Rd., but you can also access the RT loop from Honey Hollow Rd. (limited parking).
This is a demanding 7-mile loop. Go in any season -- better views in the winter and early spring -- but fun in all seasons. The terrain is rough at points with large trees coming down after storms and trails re-routing around them. Chances are you'll not see too many others on this trail in the colder seasons but summertime and warmer days it can be very popular. Bring a map or the Hiking Project mobile app
-- all intersections are numbered so once you find one you can get oriented.
Flora & Fauna
Enjoy swaths of mountain laurel in the higher elevations. Additionally, spring vernal ponds dot the trail (seasonal).