Walk 15 – East Pier, Sidwalk Trail, and Fox Trail Loop

This is a longer walk almost entirely on paved surfaces, except the short portion on Fox Trail. It skirts the Presque Isle Bay on the Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose Trail, passing the Perry Monument, Lagoon Boat Launch Ramp and picnic area, Pontoon Boat Pavilion, Lagoon Boat Rental Service, and Misery Bay. After the Misery Bay section, the walk curves inland. It crosses the road and traverses the park on the Sidewalk Trail. It then follows Fox Trail and returns to the East Pier on the Multi-Purpose Trail.

Route

This walk starts at the East Marina Pier parking lot and crosses the road, turning right onto the Multi-Purpose Trail at the 4.7-mile marker. Follow this paved walkway to the entrance of the Sidewalk Trail, which is at the 6.1-mile marker. Enter the trail, and walk almost the entire length. When you reach the juncture of Fox, Marsh, and Dead Pond Trails, turn left onto Fox Trail. Follow Fox Trail to the point where it reaches the park maintenance road and a branch of the Multi-Purpose Trail. Turn left, and walk about fifty yards to a continuation of the Fox Trail, entering on a small grassy road to your right. This short extension ends at Multi-Purpose Trail. Turn right and walk twenty yards to the main Multi-Purpose Trail, and then turn left following the paved walkway back to your car at the East Marina Pier parking lot.

Special Features:

  1. Wildlife
  2. Wetlands
  3. Oak and maple old growth forest
  4. Fishing
  5. Canoeing and kayaking
  6. Photographic vistas
  7. Handicapped accessible fishing pier

Distance:

4.2 miles

Type Walk:

Loop

Approximate time:

1.75 hours

Difficulty:

Moderate to easy

Surface conditions:

Paved surface, some sand and grass