Fall Season Hike, 8.4 miles

An 8.4-mile hike mostly on the Rachel Carson Trail, climbing 1487 ft, descending 1465 ft

COVID-19 Changes

To avoid stranger carpooling, the hike will meet at the start location at 9:45 AM. If you do not have a ride share, you can meet at the start and hike as far as you want then turn around and hike back to your car.

Join us for our annual fall hike on the Rachel Carson Trail! We'll start at the Middle Road parking lot in Hartwood Acres Park and hike through the park to the red-blazed Rachel Carson Trail connector near the mansion, then follow it to the Trail and continue west through Hampton Community Park, Crouse Run, Rocky Dell Run, and into North Park, ending at the Harmar Shelter.

We are starting at the Middle Road parking lot because of an ongoing Sculpture Garden construction project which has closed the Mansion parking lot.

  • You don't need to notify the hike leader that you plan to attend. Simply show up on time.
  • Please carry water (more if the temperature will be warm) and some energy snacks (e.g. Powerbar).
  • If it's hunting season, please wear safety orange.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate attire for the weather. There will be some creek crossings, but they're "usually" shallow and can be crossed on rocks.
  • Although dogs are wonderful, please don't bring them on this hike.
  • The minimum unaccompanied age is 12.
  • The hike is free and open to everyone.