All park trails are multi-use trails and can be used by walkers, dogs on leashes, joggers, bike riders and horses. Please use caution and consideration for other trail users.
Besides, the small scale of the park provides the perfect opportunity for practicing trail etiquette. On a multi-use loop, one often encounters hikers (sometimes with dogs or children), equestrians and other cyclists. Since you are likely to see these other trail users again (either back at the parking lot or on your next lap), there is strong incentive to be friendly and yield the right of way.
The Meadow Loop:
This 2.2 mile trail circles the meadow historically known as Tooby Flat. Visitors may spot a variety of birds including the Western Meadowlark or Grasshopper sparrow. Check the kiosk near the Kimtu Road entrance for a bird checklist and a self-guided plant walk brochure. It is designed to be navigable by families with cross-country baby strollers and/or adventurous preschoolers.
The Woods Trail:
This trail is a 1 mile loop off the Meadow Loop Trail. It continues straight into the woods from Wedding Grove. From there it travels through the oak and bay laurel forest at the edge of the hillside before returning to the Meadow Loop Trail. This trail is also family friendly.
New Forestry-Demonstration Forest Trail:
The New Forestry Trail is a steep loop (not suitable for baby strollers). It takes off from and rejoins the Meadow Loop trail along the forest access road, . This trail was a project of the Institute for Sustainable Forestry (ISF) and Nick’s Interns, a youth career training program. The trail provides access for the general public to witness restoration activities and sustainable forest practices.
The Park is the perfect setting for this project because it incorporates healthy working models into the everyday lives of our community. It will contribute to making these practices understood and accepted as commonplace. The Institute for Sustainable Forestry is thankful to Cereus Fund for providing this opportunity.
In addition to the above trails, disc golfers and bicycle riders have created new trails. Anyone contemplating an addition to the Park trail system should check with Park Caretakers before blazing new trails. New trails may create erosion and/or damage habitat. We ask all Park users to protect the landscape by staying on mapped trails. Please resist the urge to make shortcuts.
Future Trail Heads
The Upland Forest Exploration Trail:
This trail will meander through 130 acres of upland forest. Dense, second-growth mixed-hardwood Douglas-fir forest with scattered residual old-growth Douglas-fir and several large seasonal springs dominate the area. This approximately one-mile trail will switchback through forest overlooking the rest of the Community Park and the South Fork Eel River. The forest offers opportunities for shaded relaxation; benches and picnic tables will someday be located at points along this trail.