We offer two different scenic trails for our guests' enjoyment. The Creekside Trail (1.7 miles) showcases the natural beauty of our valley. The trail takes you along farm fields and springs which are source of the creek and the creek bottoms. One of the springs turns into a quiet brook which feeds into the creek at the bottom of a natural ravine which is full of lush ferns, mosses and the giant leaves of skunk cabbage. The creek bottoms change seasonally, with wild marsh marigolds -- also known as cowslips -- in the spring and other foliage.
The Bluff Trail (1.4 miles) follows a mown path up a steep hill to panoramic views engulfing miles of countryside. The road takes you through shaded woody areas and open ridgetops past wild apple trees, hickory nut trees, white birch and blackberry brambles. There is a scenic overlook on an outcropping of rock at the top of the bluff. Two chairs on this overlook make this a favorite picnic spot of guests.
Wildflowers are abundant in spring, including the rare wild lupine, which is the only habitat of the endangered Karner Blue butterfly. There are several wild apple trees which perfume the air in spring. Wild columbine, wild phlox and mayflowers dot the roadside.
You are certain to see some of our abundant wildlife, which include deer, turkey, rabbits, squirrels and hawks, along with many bird species. You may also hear the drumming sounds of a partridge.
Benches are available on some spots along the trails for you to relax, reflect and enjoy the wonders of nature. These spots also make wonderful locations for a picnic lunch or dinner. Two picnic tables are placed along the trails for your use. Bring your own bottle of wine to make it special. We have picnic baskets and blankets available. We also have muck boots, if you wish, when the creek bottom is damp.
We also have nature guides in our lounge for identification of animals, birds, wild flowers and trees that you may see on our trails.