Directions: Take Highway 26 to Highway 211. Turn right and drive to Hayden Road. Drive one mile and turn right on Spring Water Road. Drive another 1.2 miles to the park entrance.
We started our hike in the South end of the park by the fish hatchery. We took the Dog Creek trail, which went right by the river, where we stopped to look at the view. Past the river, the trail wound behind the fish hatchery, and back towards the road.
After the fish hatchery the trail splits; we went up the hill here. We crossed the road near the campsite and continued on the trail, eventually coming to the equestrian parking area. This is good spot to stop for lunch, because there are covered picnic tables.
When lunch was finished we looped around the meadow, where there are different obstacles for horses. On the far side of the meadow is an old barn that’s home to Townsend’s Long-Eared Bats.
Finishing the loop around the meadow will drop you back by the equestrian parking area and the park access road. We crossed back over the road here and continued on the horse trail (watch out for poop). The horse trail winds downhill, and meets up with the trail we started out on. From here we retraced our back to the parking area, and our car.
Distance: 3.5 miles
Elevation: 250 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: $5 entrance fee
Overall: Nice scenery and lots of trail options make this a nice hike.