HBS has 6 main trails and 2 small connecting trails. Please note the following about our trails:
- Part of Lindenwood Lake travels along Lower Lake Road. Lower Lake Road is not a busy street but we advise visitors to use extra caution while walking along this portion of the trail.
- You can access the Highlands Plateau Greenway from the Ilges Overlook Trail and the southern entrance of Woodland Way.
- The Coker Old Growth Trail continues beyond the map below. This trail receives minimal maintenance and much of the trail is on a steep incline.
- We are currently overhauling our trail signage so there is currently minimal signage on the trails. We recommend you plan your route in advance.
- Trails are open dawn to dusk 365 days a year. Staff are only available during normal business hours so hike at your own risk.
- Do NOT feed wildlife you see along the trails.
- Stay only on the marked trails to avoid disrupting wildlife.
- For their own safety as well as that of the wild plants and animals, all pets MUST stay on their leash during your visit.
Coker Old Growth Trail
This trail winds through old-growth forest with some of the oldest hemlocks in the area. It is about .25 miles (one way), and has several portions with steep inclines and/or steps. This trail also receives the least maintenance so it is not recommended for individuals with mobility issues.
This .1 mile (1 way) trail runs along a shaded stream. At the far end there is a small cascade waterfall right on the edge of our property. This trail is relatively easy, but there are roots, slight inclines, and stairs.
This trail runs for .1 miles through a hemlock-hardwood forest. This trail does have some steep inclines and steps.
Lindenwood Lake Loop
This is the longest trail, and as its name suggests, makes a complete loop around Lindenwood Lake. This trail goes past several of our Gardens, including the Bog Garden (pictured here), the Pollinator Garden, and the Fern Garden. Portions of it are accessible via boardwalks and Lower Lake Road, but unfortunately much of it is still dirt trails with roots and slight inclines.
This .1 mile loop goes through a hardwood forest that is typical of the Highlands area. Depending on the season you can see a variety of native wildflowers and shrubs.
This trail takes you past several of our smaller gardens, including the Woodland Way Garden and the Homeowner’s Demonstration Garden. This trail also connects the Nature Center to the main entrance of the Botanical Garden. It is a relatively easy trail but not recommended for strollers or wheelchairs. It is approximately .1 miles each way.