Walnut

This 2.1 mile trail intersects twice with the extremely-difficult Schooner Trace trail.  It begins at Hesitation Point across the park road from the west end of the parking lot and terminates at Hoosier’s Nest.  Like other trails, it provides access into the beautiful and rugged backcountry portions of the park.  Take your time to enjoy the beauty and remoteness of this rugged topography not often experienced by park visitors.

Even though Walnut is one of the shorter mountain biking trails, it covers very challenging terrain - rock gardens, tree roots, tight turns, and a log jump that you won’t want to miss.  From Hesitation Point the trail intersects with Schooner Trace, the most difficult mountain bike trail in the park, at mile .27.  At mile .81 the trail crosses park road and the Walnut Shelter is to the left.  Traveling on to mile 1.97, Walnut intersects with the other end of Schooner Trace.  The curvy pine log bridge signals the end of this trail and is just a short distance from the Hoosier’s Nest Shelter and the Limekiln trail.

Begins: Across the road from the west end of Hesitation Point parking lot, and ends at the Hoosier’s Nest Shelter (near the Park Office)
Distance:  2.1 miles
Hiking: Rugged
Hiking Time:  60 minutes (one way)
Biking:  Advanced
Elevation Gain: 167 ft
Look for: whorled loosestrife, coral fungus, red raspberry slime mold