Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hiking Redwood Hill Preserve

Redwood Hill Preserve
1000 Islands #1000islands

Update: Hiking the Red Hill Preserve Trail, June 22, 2019:

We had not been to the Indian River Lakes Conservancy’s Redwood Hill Preserve in a while. Wow, have they been busy!  One of our favorite hiking trails just got even better with the addition of an observation deck overlooking Butterfield Lake. 

We first hiked the lovely 7 Oaks Trail (yes, there are at least 7 awesome oak trees along the way). 

We then took the Overlook Trail on the way back, and were shocked to see the new boardwalks leading to the new observation deck which now also includes a picnic table and bench! Next time we’ll know to bring our picnic lunch! 

The trail also includes portable restrooms, an outdoor fire pit, and the beautiful octagon-shaped education center we previously blogged about (which would also be very handy if one were caught in the rain). We give this trail our highest rating.   

Initial Redwood Hill Preserve Trail blog:

It was only last summer that Bob and I happened upon the hiking trails of the Indian River Lake Conservancy (IRLC). That is probably because several are relatively new. But if you are new to the area, or new to hiking the area, we could not possibly give a higher recommendation for the 51-acre Redwood Hill Preserve located at 44010 Stine Road in Redwood. The main trail is a little over a mile loop (the Seven Oaks Trail). There is  also a shorter Overlook Trail and an accessible trail to their beautiful trailside classroom.

The Overlook Trail takes you to a stunning of Butterfield Lake from the hillside bluff at the edge of the trail. There is a place to sit and just take in the beauty (or a sandwich) before heading on down the Seven Oaks Trail which is most definitely worth the hike. You will wander by several of the most magnificent and majestic old oak trees we have ever seen (better bring a camera). 

The trail follows along the ridge for a while then through the dense woods of hardwoods and white pines. It brings you back to where you started at the octagon-shaped classroom which was completed in 2016. It is used for education and public recreational programs but is open to the public when not in use. When we stopped in, there was also some beautiful photography on display. Though, the building itself is pretty photogenic. 

In our next blog we will take you to the sister property of the IRLC which is a series of trails just across the lake.

Be sure to see...
Hiking the Thousand Islands...Introduction

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Abbé Picquet Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Carnegie Bay Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Cerow Recreation Park Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Chaumont Barrens Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Chippewa Bay Preserve Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Coyote Flats State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Downybrook Nature Reserve 

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Foster Blake Woods Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...French Creek WMA 

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Grand Lake Reserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Grass Point State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Jacques Cartier State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Kanik Nature Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Keewaydin State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Lonesome Bay State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Macsherry Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Maple City Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Morgan Island

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Morristown Red Barn Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Otter Creek

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Pulpit Rock State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Red Lake Indian River Trail 

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Redwood Hill Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Rock Ridge Trail 

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Wellesley Island State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Zenda Farms Preserve