Table Mound Hiking Trail is a beautiful point-to-point trail that takes you up bluffs and through scenic woodland areas filled with wildlife. Dogs are welcome to join you on this pawesome trail on-leash.
Table Mound Hiking Trail has two trailheads: the Overlook Trailhead, which is at the northernmost point on the trail, and the Squaw Creek Trailhead, which is at the southern end of the trail. Both trailheads have parking and restrooms, but only the Squaw Creek Trailhead has drinking water. If you choose to start at the Overlook Trailhead, be sure to bring plenty of water with you.
The northern section of the trail features limestone bluffs that offer great views of Elk City Lake and the valley near the lake. You’ll walk over the bluffs for about 0.2 miles, and then you’ll climb down and walk under them. For the next 0.5 miles, you’ll walk around boulder fields, along rock walls, and under beautiful limestone outcroppings. Because of these outcroppings and boulders, this part of the trail can be a bit tricky to navigate, so be sure to take your time here.
The southern section of the trail goes through a tranquil woodland area that’s filled with native trees, including oak and cedar trees. This part of the trail is 1.9 miles long. As you go through the woods, you may see some of the forest’s native wildlife, including unique pileated woodpeckers, wild turkeys, squirrels, and deer. You’ll also cross three small creeks as you walk through this part of the woods. On hot days, your dog can splash around and cool down in these lovely little creeks.
Table Mound Hiking Trail is a furrific trail that takes you through diverse landscapes and provides stunning views. Bring some doggy bags with you so you can clean up after your pup, and have fun trekking here!
There are loose rocks on the limestone bluff portion of the trail. Be sure to watch your step here. There are also snakes in the woods around the trail — make sure to look out for them as you’re hiking. Also, be aware that there’s limited shade on some portions of the trail. Make sure to give your dog plenty of water as you trek through these sections.