Hi Everyone! I am so happy to be leading this hike, and excited to have us all at Valley Falls Park in Vernon. It is pretty close to where we hiked at Belding Managment in June.
There are a total of 8.5 miles of blazed trails at this location, as well as a playground, picnic pavilion, restrooms, and a swimming beach. Portions of the park contain ruins of textile mills and early trout hatchery and have been declared a national historic site. The Hop River Rails-To-Trails travels through this location, and you are rewarded with a scenic vista if you take the time to climb to the top.
We will be following a relatively easy and flat trail that follows the brook, and starts and ends at the pond. From the parking lot, we will follow the Main Road Trail (red blazes) south until it intersects the VF Loop Trail (blue/yellow blazes) for the second time (also dead ends). We will continue to the right on the VF Loop Trail until becomes the Railroad Brook Trail (yellow blazes). This trail leads us back to the pond and the parking lot (total distance = 2.75 - 3 miles).
You can take a look at the trails at the following web address (page 13 of the document):
The dogs have the opportunity to run in and out of the brook and then a chance to swim both before and after the hike. Those who would like to see the lookout point, its a 15 minute steep hike up the hill.
Parking is located on site right off Valley Falls Road. Follow this link to get directions to the parking lot. Be careful entering and exiting the lot, as the driveway is one way. There is ample room for everyone!
Please make sure you bring/wear the following items:
- Layered clothing. I suggest a wind-breaker just in case.
- Waterproof hiking shoes or boots. It gets really wet on the trail following the brook.
- Water for you and the dog.
- A smile!
Hope to see you there! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
UPDATE: Change in time. Also, the pond has been drained for some upkeep, so I suggest keeping the dogs away from it. The river seemed in pretty good shape, so that is still an option for some good ol' fashioned romping. I hope to see you there!