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Tree Farm Trail



2.9 mile 4.6 kilometer loop


Ascent: 134' 41 m
Descent: -133' -41 m
High: 903' 275 m
Low: 841' 256 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)


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Trail shared by Maggie Olson

A great family-friendly trail with gently rolling hills and great views.

Maggie Olson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This trail is just long enough to feel like a real undertaking for kids, but is flat and without major obstacles, so kids can easily enjoy it.


At nearly 3 miles in length, the Tree Farm Trail represents one of the CVNP’s easier trails and includes the picturesque Horseshoe Pond—home to a fair amount of non-deciduous greenery, namely pine and spruce. The space earned its nickname from a former iteration as an evergreen tree farm. In the winter, this trail rocks. You’ll need an hour-plus to do the ski-trail justice (you can be aerobic about it, but we’re betting on a couple stops along the way just to soak up the view). Visit once, and you’re likely to want to beat the locals out of bed to get there as early as possible. Great sunrises here.

What Makes It Great:

A smooth, wide loop, Tree Farm Trail serves as home to a whole host of woodland creatures (rabbits, squirrels, moles, chipmunks and the occasional deer). It’s a bit like “Bambi” come to life, and families in particular are bound to enjoy everything about it. Hikes and trail runs are good here. It has everything great about the CVNP in one place: a beautiful pond (where anglers can be spotted occasionally tossing in a line) with a beautiful loop that doesn’t push visitors to their limits… unless they choose to push themselves with a pair of running shoes.

Who is Going to Love It:

This is one of the most mainstream locations in the park system, since it's a real people-pleaser: Hikers, trail runners, cross-country skiers, birders, photographers, and especially kids and families will love this trail. It’s hard to think of anyone who wouldn’t like it, unless you’re the type who is geared up for a more intense challenge. If that’s you, this might be a pass… but we think that when you get out of the car (or off your bike) you’re going to take a look around and want to explore anyway.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of small mammals here. This trail is also fantastic for bird watching, especially in the spring, when warblers are around! You also can see some waterfowl in the pond.

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Apr 3, 2019
Ashley Garvin
super duper muddy, very annoying lol 2.9mi — 1h 35m
Jan 13, 2019
Todd Hartong
Gently rolling wide trail. Saw 3 snow-skiing. Seems it would be muddy due to the lack of elevation but was nice snow covered.
Nov 23, 2018
Shelley Johnsen
Sep 29, 2018
Jeff Krause
Great hike. Good way to see all the fall colors! Fun with dogs. Can be a bit muddy in spots. 2.8mi
Aug 19, 2018
Genna Russell
Mar 3, 2018
AJ Mangan
Apr 30, 2017
Jacquelyn Sparks

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Tree Farm Trail is a great place to watch the stars! Photo by Claus Siebenhaar.
Apr 20, 2016 near Peninsula, OH
Bird watching at Horseshoe Pond. Photo by NPS/DJ Reiser
Apr 20, 2016 near Peninsula, OH
Horseshoe Pond with permission from Rumiana Koynova-Tenchova
Apr 20, 2016 near Peninsula, OH
Horseshoe Pond on a crisp day. with permission from Rumiana Koynova-Tenchova
Apr 20, 2016 near Peninsula, OH


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