Short distance, combined with smooth terrain and a lack of any steep drops, roots, or rocks, makes this loop very family/beginner friendly.
- The 214 Trailhead requires a parking pass ($5 daily/$30 Annually).
- Similar to Catamount Trail, bikes and pedestrians are welcome, but horses are not permitted. Please inform any equestrian riders you come across that these trails are not built for horse travel, and notify park officials as well.
This trail proceeds through some lovely areas, and is a great place to take out-of-town visitors for a hike in the woods if you are looking to get away from the crowds at the nearby waterfalls.
From the 214 Trailhead parking lot, cross the gravel road and proceed down the 214 Trail
a short distance to the Newt Loop entrance on the right. This trail can be traveled in either direction, but most bikers will be traveling counter-clockwise so it's recommended hikers travel clockwise (as mapped).
The trail itself is mostly smooth hardpack dirt, with a few sections of gravel. The grade is never steep, and the terrain is never technical. The singletrack will work its way through a beautiful section of woods dotted with tight turns and optional jumps used by descending bikers.
At the top of a rise, the trail intersects with 29 Turns
, a short trail packed with tight turns used by the two-wheeled crowd to practice turning. At the bottom of the hill the Newt Loop encounters an access road where 29 Turns
will feed back in from. Cross over the road to return into the trees for a gradual climb.
A connector to the Catamount Trail
departs to the left part way through a large turn. From there, the trail soon passes over the same access road before starting the retuning leg of meandering singletrack back to the 214 Trail
and the nearby parking area.
Shared By: Kevin Hill