Love nature, hiking, or photography? You can spend endless hours taking it all in on the Huckleberry Trail. There are plenty of benches along the trail to stop and enjoy the surroundings, and free parking is available at both ends of the trail and at Warm Hearth Park.
A few things to look for along the trail include: dogwoods, cornfields, cow pastures, honeysuckles, dandelions, daffodils, creeks, meadows and more!
There are twenty native or naturalized wildflowers along the Huckleberry Trail, so as you spend some time on the trail you can look for some of the following wildflowers: Saponaria officinalis L. (Bouncing bet), Solanum dulcamara L. (Bittersweet nightshade), Cichorium intybus L. (Chicory), Impatiens capensis Meerb. (Spotted Touch-me-not), Eupatorium
fistulosum Barratt (Joe-pye-weed), Potentilla canadensis L. (Canada cinquefoil), Allaria petiolata (Garlic mustard), Centaurea cyanus L. (Cornflower or Bachelor’s buttons), Ranunculus bulbosus L. (Bulbous buttercup), Trifolium pratense L. (Red clover), Oxalis grandis (Wood sorrel), Lathyrus latifolius L. (Everlasting pea), Oenothera biennis L. (Common evening-primrose)
And don’t forget to stop and pick huckleberries – or wild blueberries – at mile 5. This is where the corps cadets would hop off the train cars to pick huckleberries and then board the train again as it made it’s slow ascent up the hill.
For the serious hiker, you will soon be able to extend your trek from the Huckleberry Trail to the Jefferson National Forest. The connection to Gateway Park will open in the near future to provide a “gateway” to the Jefferson National Forest, offering hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders access to recreation areas and 30 miles of trails that connect the Huckleberry Trail to Pandapas Pond.
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Click HERE to download a detailed map of the Huckleberry Trail.
|Photos from: Two Knobby Tires|