Mountain Laurel Trails is a system of stacked-loop trails on 150 acres of privately-owned land, with a .5-mile Central Loop that is the starting point. Because the loops are all connected and continuous looped switchbacks with no intersections or cross-paths, getting lost is not a problem. You'll always end up where you started if you just keep moving forward.
The landscape features winding, almost slalom-like paths through trees, wooden and flat-stone bridges across streams, and paths through flat, wildflower-strewn fields and rock gardens. Along with the abundant wildflowers are spectacular bunches of rhododendron, hydrangeas, wisteria and dogwood that line the path and thrive in the dappled sunlight under the canopy of trees. This is a tranquil, peaceful hike with gentle inclines and well-maintained packed dirt trails that are kept free of debris and leaves. Some of the trail sections ascend to ridges while others border creeks and other refreshing places to have a drink and a splash on a warm day.
Besides well-maintained trails that are open year-round, Mountain Laurel Trails offers ample free parking with restrooms and drinking water at the entrance, along with good signage and maps. There's no fee to use the trails. Dog waste bags are not provided, however, so be sure to bring some and dispose of them in the waste containers at the parking lot. Camping, in tents, RVs or in one of the primitive cabins scattered on the property make this a furtastic destination for a retreat from everyday life. No camping amenities are provided, so bring everything you'll need for an overnight stay.
While you're on the trail, don't forget to look up for sightings of the many species of birds that make this their home or stop here during their migrations in the spring and fall. You might even see a hawk swooping down to capture lunch, and songbirds abound. Look also for small mammals darting across your path or rustling in the leaves, or climbing up a nearby tree.
Mountain Laurel Trails is a lovely place to walk with your pooch and share the outdoors!
Although this stacked-loop trail route was designed and built for mountain biking, hikers and horseback riders are welcome here. Be sure to keep a firm grip on Fido's leash.