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Perkins Trail

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 4.4 (16)

A hilly, technical trek through a quiet, scenic area of the park.


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Map Key

2.6

Miles

4.2

KM

Point to Point

1,023' 312 m

High

748' 228 m

Low

427' 130 m

Up

291' 89 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Description

For those looking for something a little more advanced, the Perkins Trail is a great choice. This 2.75-miler is one of four trails in the park to have earned CVNP’s most difficult rating, and for good reason: it’s tough. This trail makes for a fun and challenging hike, run, or ride: it’s open to horses, but people on foot are welcome too. The Perkins Trail starts at Everett Covered Bridge, and while the beginning of the trail may seem a bit mellow, you won’t have to wait long for the challenging part to kick in. And, if some benevolent individual leaves a pair of walking sticks next to Perkins Trail’s initial post, take a hint and grab them. You’ll need them to steady yourself and to judge the depth of the upcoming mud pits.

What Makes It Great:

As mentioned above, the trail starts out pretty mellow, but just as you begin to question why the rating is so difficult, it leads you on a grown-up game of Chutes and Ladders up switchbacks, around muddy sections, down steep, pebbly slopes, and across a shallow, stone-filled creek all while trying to identify wild berries, yielding the right of way to toads and miniature frogs, and marveling at Mother Nature’s art. It’s a workout.

One of the coolest things you'll see along the trail is the result of a 1996 thunderstorm that damaged a slew of trees. So, in addition to a forest full of tall, healthy oaks, beeches, hawthorns, and hickories, that are wonderful for shielding you 100 percent from the summer sun, you’ll encounter a stump peeled like a banana, a couple of moss-covered logs resembling rolls of Astroturf, and a perfectly parallel trio of toppled trees that look like the makings of a lean-to.

Another great part about this trail is that if you find this shorter trail isn’t long enough, you can connect to the Riding Run Trail and add on another four miles of moderate to difficult hiking.

Who Will Love It:

Avid hikers in search of a new challenge will appreciate the cardio workout that Perkins Trail provides. Less experienced visitors will revel in the sense of accomplishment they feel once they’ve completed their trek. The solitude and silence will appeal to creative types and deep thinkers in need of a serene source of inspiration, a place to meditate, or a detox from daily stressors. Nature lovers who enjoy hitting the trail but hate dodging branches will find this trail to their liking.

Flora & Fauna

Woodpeckers are often spotted along this trail, as are eastern bluebirds and other smaller birds.

Contacts

Shared By:

Maggie Olson with improvements by Sarah Burkett

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  4.4 from 16 votes

#498

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  4.4 from 16 votes
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Steep climbs are a rewarding challenge. Photo: NPS/DJ Reiser
Apr 20, 2016 near Peninsula, OH

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Jul 11, 2021
Benjamin Kerner
Enter from Everett covered bridge, half is a loop. Cross over three creeks. No other people seem during hike. 3.2mi
May 31, 2021
David Bar-Shain
May 23, 2021
Tom Herr
Moderate forested hike with many up-and-downs. It would be harder if there was more mud. Peaceful 2.6mi
May 16, 2021
David Bar-Shain
May 8, 2021
George Coghill
Mar 26, 2021
Matthew Stockman
Mar 16, 2021
Dragan Gajic
1h 45m
Jan 23, 2021
Sarah Burkett
Combined with riding run 4.3mi — 2h 00m