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Hiking Trail Descriptions


Biking the TrailsThirteen miles of trails crisscross the forest offering everything from glimpses of rare Kate's Mountain flora to a fitness trail near the picnic area.  Several miles of forest management roads provide additional hiking and biking opportunities.

Black Bear Trail

2.0 miles one way. Starting points are three-tenths of a mile from the cabin area at an intersection with Old Roads Trail and two-tenths of a mile from the main forest road on Young's Nature Trail. The trail passes through two hollows with a gentle climb in elevation. This trail can be combined with Old Roads Trails to make a longer hike. Moderate in difficulty.

Holsapple Trail

2.3 miles one way. Following an old logging road for its entire length, this trail begins at the top of Kate's Mountain near Rocky Ridge Trail. After skirting the eastern side of Kate's Mountain it ends on Kate's Mountain Road south of Young's Nature Trail. It is moderate in difficulty.

Kate's Mountain Loop Trail

7.8 miles. Comprised of the Rocky Ridge, Holsapple, Young Nature, and the Mabel Dowdy Trails as well as the western service road completes the loop. This is a difficult hike. Adventurers with the backpacker spirit will enjoy the variety this loop offers. Nevertheless, you may want to pack a lunch for this walk.

Mabel Dowdy Nature Trail

1.3 mile This trail is named after a retired park employee, it begins and ends in the cabin area. A nice after-dinner trail, it visits a variety of plant and animal habitat including a mixed deciduous hardwood forest, a hemlock forest, a mountain stream habitat and an open meadow. This trail has a few gentle climbs in elevation but is moderate in difficulty.

Old Field Trail

1.5 miles one way. Beginning in the field just south of the campground, this trail meanders through the forest, old fields and old logging roads, before it ends near Picnic Shelter II. This is a good trail for seeing deer and other wildlife. Moderate hiking.

Old Roads Trail

1.6 miles one way. This is a self-guided nature trail, with trail heads across the road from the entrance to the cabin area and also in the service area, near the forest office. The trail will follow an old logging road for most of its length, except where it crosses a ridge.

Rocky Ridge Trail

2.1 miles one way. Starting at a point one-quarter mile from the service area where it intersects with Old Roads Trail, the trail winds its way to the top of Kate's Mountain, three tenths of a mile from the overlook. This is a strenuous walk and recommended for those in good health.

YCC Exercise Trail

1 mile. This trail begins and ends across the road from the entrance to Picnic Shelter II area. It is a "figure eight" trail which parallels a stream on very level terrain for easy walking or jogging. There are thirteen exercise stations situated along the trail. Completion time varies with the individual.

Young's Nature Trail

1.7 miles one way. Starting one-tenth of a mile north of the picnic area at the main forest road, this trail climbs gradually from the hollow and then follows a steep ridge line to the trail head on Kate's Mountain Road.

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