This 800 acre beautiful wooded area is managed primarily as a nature preserve, with a focus on protecting its wide variety of habitats, including ponds and other wetlands. The park’s trails are multi-use: popular for hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.
Several regional trails pass through the park. You can pick up a brochure — which includes a trail map — at the signboard near the parking lot. To see as much of the park as possible, make a 4.5-mile long loop starting from the parking lot. Take the Trillium Trail and the Siler’s Mill Trail by connecting them with multi-use trails. The grade is gentle and the trails are well maintained. The loop goes up and down and gains about 400 feet total in elevation.
The trails run through second-growth forest of Douglas firs, cedars, cottonwoods and maples. The trees are covered with moss and the ground is covered with sword ferns. Enjoy the chirping of birds, the croaking of frogs, and the smell of fir trees. In the interest of protecting the quality of these habitats, the preserve has enacted the following rules: no pets, no alcohol, no fires or smoking, and no firearms. Please abide by these rules in order to keep the outdoor experience pleasant for all trail users. The entrance is located off of 209th and is equestrian/hiking only with free parking at Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park.
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