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The trail is not so difficult that smaller children cannot walk it.
A $3 donation is requested to access the trail. Price options are the following:
$3 trail use fee
$7 monthly membership fee
$80 yearly membership fee
Find out more on the Ruffner Mountain website
A great hike for families or beginners or a good loop to start a longer hike at Ruffner Mountain.
Need to Know
Bathroom access is at the main parking area. It is free to park and free to access Ruffner, although a $3 donation is requested to access the trail.
There are two ways to get to the Nature Trail (pink markers). You can access via the Geology Trail
which will dead end where you can go right or left onto the Nature Trail, or you can access the trail to the left of the facility at the trailhead.
This map marker was accessed at the trailhead to the left of the facility. The trail map says Marian Harnach Nature Trail, but all signage just says "Nature Trail."
It is an easy trail that can be done at a leisurely pace. If taking dogs, there are spots with a good bit of burs that can get in their fur, so be mindful of them wandering too far off trail.
The trail is narrow and mostly singletrack for its entirety. There are several spots where only one person can pass at a time. Scattered on the trail are benches and informative posts that display information about the limestone, foliage, and fauna off the trail.
This would be great for curious kids to take a easy walk while also learning about about their surroundings.
Shared By: Chelsea Root