New trail at the Metolius Preserve

Nov 03, 2016
A new trail at the Metolius Preserve gets hikers off the road an onto a single-track trail.


This fall, a new trail was constructed at the Metolius Preserve! If you have hiked at the Preserve, you know there are many old logging roads that weave their way through the  property. Since the Land Trust acquired the property in 2003, we've been working hard to identify roads that will become part of a single-track trail system, and those that we need to decommission.

The new trail allows hikers to continue from the Becky Johnson Nature Trail and head south, across the road to connect to existing trails in the middle section of the Preserve. A portion of the trail in that section was also re-routed to create a better hiking experience for visitors.

These new hiking trails wind through a part of the Metolius Preserve that includes more rolling topography than is typical of the mostly flat Preserve. You'll also find more solitude in this section of the Preserve which is rarely visited by other hikers. Finally, the bracken fern is abundant along this loop and is beautiful in the fall, when it begins to display it's golden color.

We are excited to offer more true hiking trails at the Metolius Preserve and hope you will get out and explore them in the coming months! Check out the changes below.

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New trails at the Metolius Preserve, before and after:

A closer look at the former trail at the Metolius Preserve.
A closer look at the former trail at the Metolius Preserve.
 

A closer look at the new trail at the Metolius Preserve.
A closer look at the new trail at the Metolius Preserve.