“All the rugged single and doubletrack through Marcella Vivrette Smith Park.”
— Hiking Project Staff
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This route follows all the well-marked Black, Blue, Green, and Red Trail
in Marcella Vivrette Smith Park. There are mostly rolling hills, but also a few step climbs. Some sections of the Black and Blue Trail
are moderately technical with loose rocky footing. The Blue Trail
follows the perimeter of the park. The Red Trail
up to a viewpoint is a very steep climb.
Need to Know
The trailhead has restrooms. The trails are multipurpose for walking/hiking/running, and dogs are allowed on leash. There are several small creek crossings, especially after rainy weather, on the Blue/Green Trail
. Trails can also be very muddy. Portions of the Black and Blue Trail
are very rocky.
From the trailhead, take the Future Roadway
up to the Crossover Trail
, then continue right onto the Black Trail
. When at the intersection of the Black/Blue trail, continue left. At the next trail divergence (after you pass the water tanks), take the Blue Trail
to the right. This is a steeper portion of the trail with some technical areas of loose rocks and roots.
At the bottom of the hill, take a right onto the Blue/Green Trail
, then veer left along the edge of the trees through the fields. There are several small runoff streams in this area during wet weather. At the next trail intersection, take a left onto the Green Trail
. This will take you back to the steep hill on the Blue trail.
Here you'll go up the hill this time, then take a right onto the Black trail. This will bring you back to the crossover trail where you started. Here you'll go down and across the roadway to the Blue Trail
and veer left, then right up the hill on the Red Trail
. This is the steepest portion of the trail up to Enid's Eyrie. Once at the top, you can enjoy the view, then turn around and go back down the Red Trail
, and hand a right onto the Red/Blue Trail
. This is almost completely downhill and takes you back to the trailhead.
History & Background
With forested wildlife habitats in their natural state, and hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts, Smith Park adds a new feature to Brentwood City's comprehensive park system.
The property also includes the historic Ravenswood mansion. Ravenswood was built in 1825 by James Hazard Wilson II. It was named for Sam Houston whom the indigenous people in the area called the Raven. Houston was best man at the wedding ceremony of Wilson and his bride Emeline in 1821.