Hiking at Elk State Park
Elk State Park Map (PDF)
0.5 mile | Easiest hiking | Out-and-back trail | No blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: modern restrooms, benches
This family-friendly, gravel trail travels up a slight slope and offers sweeping vistas of East Branch Dam and East Branch lake. Hikers who venture to the end are rewarded with views of Swamp Creek Bay.
Easiest -- For beginner trail users. Grade is gentle with few obstacles.
More Difficult -- For the majority of trail users. Grade is steeper and trails narrower with embedded rocks or roots on the trail surface.
Most Difficult -- For trail users with advanced skills. Grade is steep and provides a definite physical challenge. Routes may not be well marked. Elevation gain or loss is severe.
Trail Route Type
Loop -- Start and end at the same location and follow a single trail to form a loop.
Out-and-back -- Start and end at a trailhead and follow a single trail to an endpoint or specific point of interest, then return along the same route.
Point-to-point -- Trails are generally longer in distance and parks may often contain only a portion of the trail within their boundary. Hiker starts and ends in different locations, often requiring a shuttle.
Connector -- Begin and end in connection with another trail or trails but do not terminate at a trailhead.