Enjoy this lightly-trafficked figure-eight hike that accesses the northeast corner of Black Hill above Little Seneca Lake. The woods and margins around the lake are frequently used by birds and other wildlife. Though not very strenuous, these trails are a great way to stretch the legs and get some fresh air with easy access off 270.
Unless marked, trails are open to hikers, bikes, and equestrians. Beware of car traffic at road crossings or connectors.
From the main park entrance on Lake Ridge Dr., continue south toward the lake and turn right onto Black Hill Rd. Look for the equestrian parking lot on the right (north) and the main lot with the boat ramp to the left (south).
From the main lot, find the Cabin Branch Trail
heading north through a field before it ducks into the woods. The trail is flat through this first section, providing an easy warmup. After just over a mile, the trail will bend around to the south (ignore the Hamilton Trail
spur heading left and north). Continue on the Cabin Branch Trail
as it heads left (east) to begin the gradual ascent across Lake Ridge Dr. toward the Hard Rock Trail
Cross Lake Ridge Rd. and continue the uphill on the Hard Rock Trail
, which is a hidden gem at Black Hill, as it winds through the woods toward the Maintenance Yard. On the north side of the yard, turn left onto the Field Crest Spur Trail
to begin the return trip. Just over three miles from the start, look for the Hard Rock-Field Crest Spur
connector to the left (southeast) to rejoin the Hard Rock Trail
. This section should look familiar as you retrace your steps back to the Lake Ridge Dr. crossing onto the Cabin Branch Trail
With less than a mile left, look for the Hamilton Trail
heading left (south) as way to explore a new section of trail before following Black Hill Rd. across the dam bridge to the main parking area and starting point.
Beautiful meadow near the boat ramp that can attract lots of pollinators in the warmer months. Deer, turtles, foxes, songbirds, waterfowl, fish, etc.