Walk 20 – Ridge Runner Walk

This is one of the best walks on the park if you love wildlife and nature. It parallels the Sidewalk Trail for much of the route. It is on an unofficial trail, which is on top of a major sand ridge created by Lake Erie over two hundred years ago. Because it is not an official trail, most of this walk is not groomed nor maintained by the park staff. Therefore, it is rough in certain sections. An assortment of field guides is helpful on this trip, as you may see many unfamiliar bids, trees, flowers, and plants.

Route

Start at the Sidewalk Trail parking lot and walk 100 yards down the footpath. Turn right onto the Marsh Trail. Walk the junction with the Ridge Trail, but continue straight for roughly twenty yards up a small hill. At the top of this hill is an unmarked sand path to the right. Take this path, walking its full length as it weaves its way across the park. At the 1.1-mile point in the walk, this sand and grass path will curve back to the left and reconnect with the Sidewalk Trail. Turn left, and follow this concrete walkway back to your car, about 9/10 of a mile away.

Special Features:

  1. Birding
  2. Wildlife
  3. Ponds
  4. Oak/maple forest

Distance:

2 miles

Type Walk:

Loop

Approximate time:

1.5-2 hours

Difficulty:

Moderately difficult

Surface conditions:

Sandy, rough, and grassy, ending on concrete path