Tree Farm Trail
By Nicole Brown, Girls Who Hike Ohio Ambassador
I just discovered that Tree Farm Trail is under the radar in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is a beautiful almost 3 mile loop trail that offers a little bit of everything for all hikers. I would recommend hiking this trail in the winter, summer, or fall. I wouldn’t go during the spring rainy days. Definitely pick dry day because when I went, the mud was INSANE. I went in March right after a rainfall, so it was the muddiest hike I’ve ever done but totally worth it. I got the most insane pine tree pictures that I’m really in love with.
I live in Akron so it was an easy drive since it’s at the center of the park in Peninsula, Ohio. I went early in the day so the parking lot was pretty much empty but on a busy day I would say it’s a medium size parking lot. Unfortunately, from the storms, some trees or branches cover parts of the trail, so you will need to go around. I love having trails to myself, so I suggest going before 11AM.
After parking, you can walk down a short path to the Horseshoe Pond. It is a beautiful view and it is surrounded by spruce trees and pine. I have seen people fish there as well. Do not go left if you want to do the trail. I went left the first time I was there and ended up getting lost. To go left, that will lead you to this picnic area by the pond but that is not part of the trail. Go back to the parking lot and look for the sign with an arrow to the right.
This trail is mostly flat but I found it to be a great workout because of all the trees or branches blocking the way. Stepping over rocks and branches was kind of fun! Again, I don’t suggest going after a heavy rain because the trail will be covered in mud. It was a great workout for my calves though. The thing that drew me to this place was all the pine tree pictures I saw on Instagram. I LOVE PINE TREES. So I fell in love and had to check it out. It literally feels like you are in this pine tree tunnel! Absolutely amazing. Of course, you end up going by the pine trees that are being grown at the Bishop family Christmas Tree Farm. There are different shapes and sizes of the trees growing which is really cool to see. I can’t imagine what it looks like near Christmas time! I would definitely check out this trail next time you want to hike in the CVNP! It’s a wonderful gem. It is located at 2167 Major Rd in Peninsula.