If just getting out and about is your interest, try the park's three hiking trails. The 5 mile Houseboat Cove Trail north of the beach is easy to moderate in difficulty and follows the shoreline and comes back through the woods. The 9.3 mile North Fork Trail is more challenging, running through the steeply wooded banks of the lake, and providing unparalleled views of the lake and opportunities to view wildlife. There are no exits anywhere, so be prepared for 4.2 miles up and 5.1 miles back. There's also a 40-acre restored prairie along the North Fork, but beautiful wildflowers can be seen along both trails. A ten mile equestrian/hiking/cross-county ski trail is located on the north side of the lake east of the Parnell Access Area. Horse trailer parking is at that location. The area is now equipped with a wheelchair ramp for mounting horses. All equestrian trails are closed to horses from Oct. 1 to the end of archery deer season.
Trail length: 27 miles
Posted by TrailAPI on January 9, 2013
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