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Fairfield Glade Hikes

List of Hikes

1 Canyon Loop Hike, 2.4 miles, 2.0 hours, Moderate
2 Overlook Hike, 1.8 miles, 2.5 hours, Strenuous
3 Bluff View Hike, 4.0 miles, 3.0 hours, Moderate
4 Rotherham Trail Hike, 2.5 miles, 1.5 hours, Moderate
5 Kirkstone Hike, 1.9 miles, 1.5 hour, Easy
6 Thornhill Trail Hike, 1.8 miles, 1.5 hour, Easy
7 Kingsboro Loop Hike, 3.0 miles, 1.5 hours, Easy
8 Mirror Lake Walk, 1.7 miles, 1.0 hour, Easy
9 McGinnis Creek Hike, 2.7 miles, 2.0 hours, Strenuous
10 North Trail Hike, 4.3 miles, 3.0 hours, Strenuous
11 Extended McGinnis Hike, 3.6 miles, 2.5 hours, Strenuous
12 Stonehenge-Wexford Hike, 4.4 miles, 2.0 hours, Easy
13 Good Samaritan Hike, 2.0 miles, 1.0 hour, Easy




NOTE: The times given are rough estimates of the duration of the hike from arriving at the 4-way stop at 9am until returning to the 4-way stop after the hike. This includes any briefing time and travel time.









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Hike Description
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1

Canyon Loop Hike
This is a section of the North Trail. We will start at the Catoosa Boulevard parking lot and walk up the hill, past the cave,(0.2 miles) to Hickory Ridge Lane.(0.4 miles) We will follow the road and pick up the Catoosa Boulevard sidewalk(0.6 miles) to the gravel road (0.7 miles) leading up to the water tower.(0.9 miles) At the water tower we will head into the woods to the Yoga Rocks (1.1miles) where we will pause to admire the view. From there we will continue to the Canyon (1.7M miles) for another short break as we admire the rock formations. After the canyon we will begin the long steady descent down the mountain(2.1 miles) before passing a small stream and beginning the final climb back to our starting point at the parking lot.(2.4 miles)

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LENGTH: 2.4 miles
TIME: 2.0 hours
RATING: Moderate

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Overlook Hike
We will start at the Overlook where there is parking for about a dozen vehicles. We will walk back up the gravel road and turn right into the woods at the Overlook Trail sign (0.1 miles). We will follow the trail until it comes out onto Wanford Way Drive a gravel road. (0.2 miles) As we follow the gravel road we can admire spring flowers and also not the severe water erosion as we make the climb up the road. We turn right into the woods (0.5 miles) and begin the long descent to Daddy's Creek. We pass a bench (0.6 miles) that is very useful if you are coming up the hill. The trail make a sharp right tuen (0.7 miles) and the hillside is covered in Rhododenrenons. Mountain Laurel begins to appear. A short while later the vegetation changes to Mountain Laurel and the trail gets steeper(0.8 miles) and will get our first sighting of the creek.

We will reach the creek (0.9 miles) and notice the first of many Hemlock trees and the sand on the trail caused by deposits during flood surges. A huge slab or rock can be seen in the middle of the creek. We will pass a bench and a map of the trail before reaching a rock cave (1.0 miles) and a rocky cliff. We will follow the wide and slow moving creek until turning away from the creek (1.4 miles) briefly.

A little further on we will come across a creekside bench(1.6 miles) before climbing the steep switchbacks up the Overlook (1.8 miles).

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LENGTH: 1.8 miles
TIME: 2.5 hours
RATING: Strenuous

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Bluff View Hike
(Sections of this hike are on trails that are still under construction.)

This is a loop starting and ending at the turning circle on Bluff View Terrace.

We walk a short distance along bluff View Terrace to Catoosa Boulevard where will turn left and walk along the grassy side of the road (.....or cross the road and walk along the sidewalk)before turning left again into the woods.

Follow this section of the North Trail around the Good Samaritan Society, crossing the 70-foot bridge on the way. Admire the rock formations along this section of trail. After about a mile we will come to the trail junction with a right turn to th water tower but we will turn left on the Rotherham Trail towards Lake Dartmoor. We will immediately pass below the Yoga Rocks and then start the long, steep, descent down the mountain.

At the end of the descent we will turn left and enter a more wooded stretch of trail along Lick Creek, North Branch. For half a mile the trail meanders alongside the creek, crossing it at one point on a new wooden bridge. The Rotherham Trail ends in small meadow and we will cross Rotherham Drive to the small parking lot at the end of Lake Dartmoor.

After a brief stop to rest and admire the view across the lake we will follow the lakeshore to the left and pick up the start of the Hemlock Trail. As it leaves the lake the trail follows Lick Creek, South Branch through a heavily wooded section that leads to the trail's namesake a giant Hemlock Tree. The trail starts to climb at this point and you will will notice that we are entering a large natural bowl with steep slopes to the right and straight ahead. As we continueup the trail, getting depressed at the thought of the steep climb ahead there is a pleasant surprise as the trail turns right onto Rotherham Court a gravel road that leads us to Rotherham Drive while avoiding the steep climb up the hillside.

We carefully cross Rotherham Drive as the trail continues gently uphill for a third of a mile to Catoosa Boulevard. The trail becomes a natural sidewalk along Catoosa Boulevard to the start of Bluff View Terrace. We follow Bluff View Terrace past the little waterfall up the steep hill and along the ridge, past the large homes with majestic views, completing our hike where we left the vehicles.

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LENGTH: 4.0 miles
TIME: 3.0 hours
RATING: Moderate

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Rotherham Trail Hike
Starting from the parking lot at the end of Lake Dartmoor we cross Rotherham Drive into the small meadow and pick up the start of the Rotherham Trail. The trail meanders through the woods alonside Lick Creek, North Branch. The trail crosses the creek on a new wooden bridge (0.2 miles) and continues along the valley floor until the trail makes a sharp turn to the right (0.6 miles) just beyond a bench. The trail starts up a side valley and the slope increases significantly. A short distance up this valley (0.7 miles) the trail turns left into yet another side valley. The trail goes past a log bench and under an arch formed by a large fallen tree. Shortly after the tree arch the trail starts to climb steeply up a series of switchbacks and reaches another bench (0.8 miles). Further on the trails goes by a huge mossy slb of rock.(0.9) The trail continues up hill until is passes immediately below the Yoga Rocks. Beyond the rocks we will come to the junction with the North Trail and its large sign.(1.1 miles) Continuing on the trail it runs alongside the large green watertown and terminates in a gravel turning circle with room for many vehicles to park. (1.2 miles)

At this point we will reverse our steps back down the mountain and along the creek to Lake Dartmoor. (2.5 miles)

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LENGTH: 2.5 miles
TIME: 1.5 hours
RATING: Moderate

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Kirkstone Hike
This is an all-year hike as it follows a well defined gravel road with very little grass so ticks and chiggers are rarely a problem in the summer and it never gets very muddy even after heavy rain. It does goes through the woods but the trees are on either side of the trail so you will be walking in full sun most of the time - bring a hat and sunglasses. There is some change in elevation but it is a relatively easy hike.

Starting at the trailhead turn right on to Christopher Lane, where the map post is located. At the end of Christopher Lane, (0.5 miles) turn left onto Marmaduke Drive. Follow Marmaduke Drive back the trailhead. On the way you will pass(0.8 miles) an unofficial entrance to Faifield Glade used by off-road vehicles.The road turns a corner (1.1 miles) for the final staight section. You will pass (1.4 miles) interesting expanse of flat rocks at ground level. (There is a geocache hidden nearby.)

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LENGTH: 1.9 miles
TIME: 1.5 hours
RATING: Easy
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Thornhill Trail Hike
This is a grassy road hike. The grass can get rather long but is is mown about once a month. Ticks and chiggers can be a problem in the summer. The hike does goes through the woods but the trees are on either side of the trail so you will be walking in full sun most of the time - bring a hat and sunglasses. There is some change in elevation but it is a relatively easy hike.

This is a fairly flat loop trail of approximately 1.8 miles along grassy and gravel roads. The Trailhead is in the parking lot of the Dorchester Golf Club where there is ample parking, a snack bar and restrooms. To begin your hike there is a short "bridge" over a ditch providing easy access from the parking lot to cross Westchester Drive to Thornhill Road and then follow the yellow stakes and arrows at road junctions along the route. There are three benches at various points for you to rest and enjoy your surroundings. A short walk onto the dam, using the stepping stones to cross the splillway if necessary, will take you to the bench facing Lake Malvern where you can enjoy the stunning lake view. Retrace your steps across the spillway and rejoin the trail to follow the marker posts back to the parking lot.

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LENGTH: 1.8 miles
TIME: 1.5 hours
RATING: Easy

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Kingsboro Loop Hike
This is an easy walk on paved trails starting at the Peavine 4-way stop so no carpooling is required. Start off by going passed the Whyndham Check-in Building towards Mirror Lake. Go past the tunnel under Peavine Road and head through the parking lot of the old lodge. Continue under the old reception canopy and look for the trail leaving the parking lot and meandering through the Sterling Forest condominiums.Come out onto Fairfield Boulevar turn left then, at Village Drive, turn right and follow the sidewalk to Catoosa Boulevard. Turn left up Catoosa Boulevard to then turn left onto Kingsboro Drive. Walk the length of Kingsboro Drive then turn left onto Stonehenge Drive. Turn Left onto Village Drive and a shor while later turn right into the woods. Follow the trail behind the Wellness Center and Community Center, past Mrror Lake and then turn right in front of the Check-in building and return to the parking lot.

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LENGTH: 3.0 miles
TIME: 1.5 hours
RATING: Easy

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Mirror Lake Walk
This is an easy walk appropriate for when it is raining or if there is some other reason for not going into the woods. The walk is along paved trails all the way. Start off by going passed the Whyndham Check-in Building towards Mirror Lake. Turn right and head through the tunnel under Peavine Road. Follow the trail for half a mile to the Art Guild Sculpture trail. Take a moment to admire the sculpture around the Art Gallery. Retrace your steps to the Peavine Road tunnel. Imediately after the tunnel turn right and head through the parking lot of the old lodge. Continue under the old reception canopy and look for the trail leaving the parking lot and meandering through the Sterling Forest condominiums. Head towards the path across the dam. Immediately after passing the spillway turn left and travel towards the Baptist Church. Pass behind the church, alongside Mirror Lake. Turn right through the Whyndham Check-in building and return to the starting point.

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LENGTH: 1.7 miles
TIME: 1.5 hours
RATING: Easy

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McGinnis Creek Hike
This is a strenuous hike but the scenery is worth the effort. It is a loop and the only disadvantage of this hike is that it requires a little over a half-mile walk along the Catoosa Boulevard sidwalk.

Head uphill for 0.1 miles and turn left towards Catoosa boulevard at the junction with the Hickory Connector Trail. Follow the trail as it crosses the first creek (0.4 miles) and take a break on the bench at the top of "Lombard Street" (0.5 miles). A short distance after the bench there is mileage sign showing 1.1. miles to Catoosa Boulevard. Continue to enjoy the scenery as you meander down to the McGuinnis creek crossing (0.9 miles). After crossing the creek there is a steady uphill climb and you will come across a second mileage marker showing 0.5 miles to Catoosa Boulevard. You will come across a low bridge (1.1 miles) and another bench ( 1.3 miles). The trail continues upwards, passed another bench ( 1.5 miles) before coming out onto Catoosa Boulevard. Turn right and follow the sidewalk. Ignore the trail that re-enters the woods across the road.

You will pass the main entrance to the Good Samaritan Society (1.9 miles). Continue along the sidewalk , passed the gravel road to the water tower and turn right onto Hickory Ridge Lane.(2.2 miles).

Follow this quiet road until the nature trail enters the woods on the left. (2.3 miles) Follow the trail past the cave with the bench (2.6 miles) and continue a short way to the junction where you turn left and return to the parking lot.

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LENGTH: 2.7 miles
TIME: 2.0 hours
RATING: Strenuous

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North Trail Hike
This is a strenuous loop hike but the scenery is worth the effort.

Head uphill for 0.1 miles and turn left towards Catoosa boulevard at the junction with the Hickory Connector Trail. Follow the trail as it crosses the first creek (0.4 miles) and take a break on the bench at the top of "Lombard Street" (0.5 miles). A short distance after the bench there is mileage sign showing 1.1. miles to Catoosa Boulevard. Continue to enjoy the scenery as you meander down to the McGuinnis creek crossing (0.9 miles). After crossing the creek there is a steady uphill climb and you will come across a second mileage marker showing 0.5 miles to Catoosa Boulevard. You will come across a low bridge (1.1 miles) and another bench ( 1.3 miles). The trail continues upwards, passed another bench ( 1.5 miles) before coming out onto Catoosa Boulevard. Turn right and follow the sidewalk. After crossing Northridge Drive look for the entrance to the trail that re-enters the woods across the road.

Follow this nature trail into the woods where you will cross a long boardwalk bridge keeping the Good Samaritan assisted living facility on your right. You will pass a number of interesting rock formations. The junction with the Rotherham Trail is marked with a large sign. Continue on the North Trail following the signs to the Catoosa Parking Lot. Just after the junction you will see the bench on Yoga Rocks and much further on you pass through the Canyon. Folow the trail back to the parking lot.

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LENGTH: 4.3 miles
TIME: 3.0 hours
RATING: Strenuous

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Extended McGinnis Creek Hike
This is a strenuous hike but the scenery is worth the effort. It is a loop and the only disadvantage of this hike is that it requires a little over a half-mile walk along the Catoosa Boulevard sidwalk.

Head uphill for 0.1 miles and turn left towards Catoosa boulevard at the junction with the Hickory Connector Trail. Follow the trail as it crosses the first creek (0.4 miles) and take a break on the bench at the top of "Lombard Street" (0.5 miles). A short distance after the bench there is mileage sign showing 1.1. miles to Catoosa Boulevard. Continue to enjoy the scenery as you meander down to the McGuinnis creek crossing (0.9 miles). After crossing the creek there is a steady uphill climb and you will come across a second mileage marker showing 0.5 miles to Catoosa Boulevard. You will come across a low bridge (1.1 miles) and another bench ( 1.3 miles). The trail continues upwards, passed another bench ( 1.5 miles) before coming out onto Catoosa Boulevard. Turn right and follow the sidewalk. After crossing Northridge Drive look to the left for the entrance to the trail that re-enters the woods across the road.

Follow this nature trail into the woods where you will cross a long boardwalk bridge keeping the Good Samaritan assisted living facility on your right. You will pass a number of interesting rock formations. The junction with the Rotherham Trail is marked with a large sign. Turn right towards the water tower. Go past the water tower and follow the gravel road to Catoosa Boulevard. Cross the road and turn left onto the sidewalk and turn right onto Hickory Ridge Lane..

Follow this quiet road until the nature trail enters the woods on the left. Follow the trail past the cave with the bench and continue a short way to the junction where you turn left and return to the parking lot.

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LENGTH: 3.6 miles
TIME: 2.5 hours
RATING: Strenuous

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Stonehenge-Wexford Hike
This is an easy hike half of it along paved paths the other half along a woodland path. It is a linear hike so when you reach Wexford Lane after 2.2 miles you reverse direction back to the starting point.

This hike starts at the Peavine 4-way stop. Cross Stonehenge drive and walk through the parking lot in front of the Wynham Check-in building to pick up the trail by Mirror Lake. Turn left and head north up the trail behind the Vilage Green Mall, past the Community Center and Wellness Center until you come out onto Village Drive. Turn left and walk the short distance to Stonehenge Drive and turn right to head north along the Stonhenge Drive sidewalk.

When you reach Kingsboro Drive turn left and carefully cross Stonehenge Drive to the entrance to the Wexford woodland trail. Follow this trail for about 0.9 miles as it gently climbs up to Wexford Lane. This is a the half-way point of the hike. Turn around and retrace your steps for the 2.2 mile hike back t othe starting point.

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LENGTH: 4.4 miles
TIME: 2.0 hours
RATING: Easy

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Good Samaritan Hike
This is an easy hike, half of it along paved sidewalk the other half along a very pretty woodland path. (The hike could be modified into a linear hike: there and back through the woods.)

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LENGTH: 2.0 miles
TIME: 2.0 hours
RATING: Easy