WINDING HILLS

1) From the parking lot, a trail labeled the Heritage Trail begins at the left of the ranger station. As it proceeds to the lake you will encounter red maple, slippery elm, spicebush, hemlock, green ash, bitternut hickory, and fir trees. As you walk along the shore to where the Nature Trail joins the Heritage Trail you can see red maple, hawthorn, and black cherry.


2) There is a second trail, the Nature Trail, which proceeds to the lake from the right corner of the parking lot (as you face the lake). As you walk along this path you will encounter black locust, green ash, sugar maple, slippery elm, northern arrowwood, spicebush, and black birch.

3) As you walk along the shore and into the woods beyond you will pass gray birch, red cedar, red oak, chestnut oak, shagbark hickory, black cherry, red panicle dogwood, blackjack oak, and nannyberry. Instead of going straight towards the yellow gate, you will turn onto the trail on the left to go around the lake.

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5) As you approach a small stream you will pass apple, red maple, slippery elm (a dominant tree in this forest), black cherry, nannyberry, shagbark hickory, and mapleleaf viburnum. After the stream, the trail will divide into an upper trail and a lower trail. The lower trail follows the shore of the lake. Both will reunite.

6) In addition to the trees already mentioned (such as slippery elm, nannyberry, and maple leaf viburnum) you will species such as hemlock, bitternut hickory, sugar maple, firs, beech, white oak, red oak, and black walnut. There are a number of benches along the side of the lake.

7) As you walk up the hill you can encounter beech trees in addition to those already mentioned. The trail turns to the left and you can observe red oak, sugar maple, black cherry, and red maple. There is a bench under a very large red oak tree. Before going downhill to rejoin the trail by the lakeside, you can observer American chestnut and hemlock.

1) The tree species are similar to those already encountered such as slippery elm, green ash, nannyberry, and mapleleaf viburnum.

2) The trail leaves the woods to travel over an open causeway.

3) As the trail enters the woods again, you can observe similar tree species including a few prominent hemlock trees. A group of red pines are present with long needles in bundles of two. The trail will pass a boat house and meet with the road. At the dumpsters where the trail meets the road, you can see witch hazel, spicebush, and mapleleaf viburnum. As you walk along the road, you will observe beech trees in addition to those already mentioned. Just after the flagpole there is a small jack pine on the side of the road.

4) If you proceed straight instead of going around the lake, you will pass red cedar, black cherry, shagbark hickory, and hemlock. There are several trails which proceed a short distance before reaching private property. The center trail goes through a small hemlock grove.

5) There is a second parking area above the first which leads to a small pond with several trails around it. A playground is also located here.



1) After walking over the bridge, you will see red cedar, red oak, slippery elm, sugar maple, and red maple.

2) If you follow the upper trail up the steep hill, you will enter an evergreen stand in which the majority of the trees are red pine, hemlock or fir.