Recreation ~ Hiking at Hawk
When warm weather comes to Vermont, so rises the opportunity to throw on some hiking boots and explore the unique geological formations that exemplify Hawk's 1,200 acres. The extensive, circuitous network of 24 trails that winds throughout Hawk offers a wide variety of terrain for all abilities: beginner, intermediate and advanced. The Resort's high-ground trails reach far back into the forested Green Mountains and offer wonderful views of the finger lakes, hidden streams and the surrounding Black River Valley.
Eons ago, a small glacier was in residence at Hawk; and the enormous pressure of retreating snow and ice created a "cirque," or bowl, on the property. Today, you can hike right over this geological wonder, now cloaked solely by thick woodland. Only the undulating contours of the land, and a steep ridge, tell the tale of the drama enacted here in prehistoric times.
Advanced hikers will enjoy the Rim Run Trail, which circles high above the Resort, bringing you all the way to the summit, while providing hours of extremely varied hiking terrain. Alternatively, the Resort's low-land trails remain predominantly flat, meandering along the banks of the Black River and through Hawk's 70-acre Nature Preserve - one of New England's largest riparian watersheds. Here, you can embark on a leisurely hike over a series of walking bridges and nature trails, where you may come upon a deer bedded down in the long grass or view a solitary crane fishing in the shallow marshland.
Regardless of the path you choose to take, Hawk's hiking trails will lead to numerous observation areas where you can enjoy a tranquil picnic lunch while surveying the beauty of your natural surroundings.
Hawk Hiking Tips
- Never hike alone. Always tell someone where you're going and when you will return
- As all of our 24 trails are located on Hawk's private property, please notify our Recreation staff of your planned route prior to any hiking
- You should always remain on marked trails within Hawk property and not continue into Calvin Coolidge State Forest without first notifying the Park Service
- Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and hiking boots
- Bring along bug repellent, high socks and a hat. Go easy on the hair products as well - they attract flying insects better than almost anything
- A water bottle is especially necessary for longer hikes in order to keep hydrated. Fill it with water or juice preferably
- Do not hike in unfamiliar areas late in the day
- A compass and matches in a waterproof container is always a good idea.
- If you encounter a wild animal (regardless of the size, species, or how cute it is), do not approach it. Just quietly walk away
- Please leave the woods as clean and beautiful as you found them by carrying out everything you brought in with you
- Be safe and enjoy yourself
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