Nestled behind one of our local churches, this hiking preserve has three different trailheads ranging from very easy and family friendly, to much more elevated and advanced. Since we were testing it out for the first time we did the straightforward Jones Valley loop:
This little loop is a walk around a long stream.
It is only about a mile from start to finish and great for younger kiddos, or ones who love looking for rocks and minerals like J:
It’s beautifully shaded, and the light streams through the trees while you’re walking which is really fun to see:
At about the halfway point of the loop, there is a fork in the trail that takes you up an incline of the Bailey Cove Trail portion. In addition, at the very beginning of the trailhead is the Fanning trail which is a 3.8 mile trail that is a much steeper elevation. We were not prepared for that trail, but have plans to go back and do it in the future. All three are great hikes for the weekend!