OPEN HOURS for Hikers. All public hiking trails in the Arc of Appalachia as listed below are open to the public daily from open sunrise to sunset year-round EXCEPT during snowy or icy weather (parking lots are not winter maintained), and during our annual Deer Management Hunt: Monday through Sunday following Thanksgiving and Saturday and Sunday before Christmas, and special visitation hours for the Appalachian Forest Museum and Trailhead, located at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Please read complete regulations before visiting. Be sure to read each region's safety notices and download each destination's trail maps and trailhead directions before setting out. Most Arc trails do not permit dogs due to natural area dedication. There are exceptions: Click here for a complete list of dog-friendly trails.
Downloads: Trail Map
Hiking Trails are open sunrise to sunset year-round EXCEPT during snowy or icy weather (parking lots are not winter maintained), and during our annual Deer Management Hunt: Monday through Sunday following Thanksgiving and Saturday and Sunday before Christmas.
Notice: Signs for the preserve are currently on their way! There are no road or trail signs to guide you. This preserve has an unusually high number of very small deer ticks and chiggers during the growing season. Staying on trail will minimize contact. We also highly recommend using insect repellent on your socks and shoes. A natural option is spraying with rose geranium oil diluted 1:4 with alcohol. Please hike at your own risk and do thorough tick checks after hiking. Think small!
Cinnamon Fern Trail – 1.3 mile loop
Difficulty – Moderate
This trail meanders through hills and ravines on a natural surface trail with uneven surfaces, with a few moderate ascents and descents.
Description: The Cinnamon Fern Trail offers a variety of features, from rich and abundant ferns and acidic soil loving plants, a hemlock grove, towering oak trees, and a large natural recessed sandstone cave. The trail descends toward the recess cave, with a small 20 foot waterfall cascading over its edge, then follows along the rich banks of the McConnell Creek, where large verdant cinnamon ferns grow in profusion. As the seasons shift into fall, the ferns change into a brilliant yellow, along with the vibrant colors of fall forest foliage.