“Take a loop around Whipple Lake in Whipple Dam State Park.”
— Jes Sica
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This trail's fun nature and moderate grades make it a great option for families who don't mind getting a little muddy.
Please use reflective colors such as orange or yellow since hunting is allowed on some parts of the trail.
I normally start this trail clockwise. You'll cross a bridge and keep hiking until you find a sign that says "Whipple Lake
Trail, 3 miles." The trail starts to its right-hand side. The first part of the trail is uphill, but it isn't steep at all. Just follow the yellow signs, and you won't get lost in the many intersections that you'll find. Once you reach the top of this uphill segment, be careful, you'll have to share this small part of the trail with vehicles (although drivers rarely use this trail).
Keep hiking and you'll enter a part of the trail where vehicles aren't allowed but hunting is (I have never seen any hunter here). It is indicated by a yellow signal on a tree. From here, go downhill and reach the river. You'll cross a few wooden bridges (I think there are 5 bridges in total). Some parts of this trail are really muddy but are fun to hike. The river will always be to your right-hand side.
Whipple Dam State Park allows its visitors to have barbecues, fish, play volleyball (it has a volleyball net), sunbathe (on a small artificial beach), and kayak.
Flora & Fauna
Woodpeckers, deer, wildflowers, turtles, frogs, and fish can all be found along this trail.