Lums Pond State Park: Swamp Forest Trail
Swamp Forest Trail
Length: 7 miles (loop)
Elevation Gain: The Hike has a total ascent of 108.27 ft and has a maximum elevation of 111.55 ft.
Trail Head: Across the road from the Nature Center
Comments: Swamp Forest is the perfect name for this trail, because it goes through a swampy forest around the entirety of Lums Pond. Much of the trail is tranquil forested areas with beautiful views of the pond. There are a few things to take note of, though. There is an off-leash dog area very close to the trail, so you will likely encounter off-leash dogs on the trail near the dog park. The northern border of the trail goes through many of the activity areas of the park, including picnic grounds and the boat rental docks. If you can't find the trail where it picks up on the other side, just go close to the water and you'll be able to find it again.
Map of the trail, which loops Lums Pond.
As you can tell from the elevation, its pretty flat here.
You can park at the nature center, and then cross the street for the trail head.
This is what the trail entrance looks like on the other side of the road.
Boardwalks above some of the muddy parts of the trail.
The swamp forest is quite pleasant.
Was the wetland forest "filled in" to make this trail?
Bridges cross a few small streams.
You could picnic here.
The boat rental area and picnic grounds.
Quiet views of the pond.
The trail widens near the picnic grounds.
Thursday, October 11, 2012