Big Walnut Creek
Hall Woods offers mature woods and access to Big Walnut Creek, one of the highest-quality streams in the state. This preserve is part of a complex of protected land along Big Walnut Creek that encompasses several thousand acres.
A mowed path leads from the parking area, soon veering right to follow a ridge top. Continue straight at the post that marks the start of the loop. The path descends, passing a small and enigmatic but well-maintained cabin on the left, before heading down a wooden staircase to the confluence of Big Walnut Creek and one of its minor tributaries. The path turns and heads upstream through floodplain forest; look for the bright red, five-part blossoms of fire pink along here in summer.
Cerulean, northern Parula, and yellow-throated warblers call from the treetops, and worm-eating warblers hold forth in the ravines. The gradual ascent meanders slowly through stands of broad beech, fragile, and maidenhair ferns. On reaching a bluff overlooking a small stream, the trail angles left to the start of the loop.
TRAIL MAP (Click to enlarge)