Pond Hopper trail

Pond Hopper offers many features in a short 1.1 mile, with both historic and natural sights. At the start of the trail in River Campground, you will first go through denser forest before opening into beautiful oak savanna. Be sure to stop by the historic Brutsche cabin along the way before continuing back into forest and passing two fishing ponds. At the end of the trail, meet back up with the main loop for a faster route back to River Campground or simply turnaround and walk/ride the same way back! Pond hopper’s variety of habitats is a great way to see wildlife.

Pond Hopper: oak savanna at Sunset
Pond Hopper: oak savanna at Sunset

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Intersection of Pond Hopper and Main Loop Trails with fishing pond
Intersection of Pond Hopper and Main Loop Trails with fishing pond

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Pond Hopper passes through open savanna and denser forest sections
Pond Hopper passes through open savanna and denser forest sections

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Pond Hopper: oak savanna at Sunset
Pond Hopper: oak savanna at Sunset

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Type: Hike, Bike

Length: 1.1 miles

Shade: Partial

Parking/Access: Park at River Campground. Trailhead is in the campground, behind the horse pens at the tree line, look for the educational sign near the trailhead.

Accessibility: Material: dirt, gravel patches, and open grassy areas. Width: narrow at Riverside end of trail, but mostly wide by the ponds. This trail has a variety of trail materials and goes through multiple habitat areas. The first section of trail by the River Campground has the most terrain changes, but overall, the trail is has very few inclines and no stream crossings.