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at Wallace State Park

Deer Run Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 3 Miles View map

This heavily wooded trail features Deer Run Loop and Deer Creek Loop. Beginning on the Deer Run Loop, the trail makes a low water crossing before climbing a steep incline. The hillside, covered with oak and hickory trees, is a favorite roosting site for turkey vultures. As the trail starts to level out, hikers will come to a white connector trail that will reduce the hike to about one mile. Hikers choosing to stay on the Deer Run Loop through the rolling wooded hills will see deep ravines and several footbridges before reaching the southern boundary of the park. This area has younger trees and a more open feel because it was once farmland. Along the trail, hikers will come to two old farm ponds.  At the second pond, hikers may choose to continue on the Deer Run Loop or take the Deer Creek Loop through more scenic bottomland area. The Deer Creek Loop follows the steep banks of this meandering creek. Hikers can expect to see small sand bars, small fish and amphibians, woodland birds, and numerous deer tracks before rejoining Deer Run Loop. The trail continues along a ridge in the woods providing wildlife viewing opportunities as it meanders its way back to Lake Allaman.

Deer Run Trail
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.75 Miles   Loop Red Across the footbridge at the spillway of Lake Allaman
Deer Creek Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.25 Miles   Loop Blue Across the footbridge at the spillway of Lake Allaman

Old Quarry Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 1.25 Miles View map

Old Quarry Trail begins on the boardwalk with excellent views of the lake and western sky. The trail passes across the footbridge in the backwater of the lake, crosses the main road and begins a steep incline before gradually becoming level. Along the trail, hikers will come to a natural limestone outcropping that has been quarried. The history is unknown but perhaps an early resident of the area used the rocks for building materials. Past the quarry, the trail exits the woods into an open field that was once farmland. The land is in transition with many new plants and trees growing since farming ended in the 1980s. Two trail spurs (black blazes) lead to the special-use area along the edge of the open field and through a stand of Scotch and shortleaf pine trees planted in the 1950s. White connector 1 provides a connection to additional park trails.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.25 Miles 1 hour Loop Green On the east side of Lake Allaman at the boardwalk

Rocky Ford Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .60 Mile View map

On Rocky Ford Trail, a long, gentle slope leads down through the oak trees toward Deer Creek.  In the spring, expect to see a multitude of wildflowers including spring beauty and Dutchman’s breeches. As the trail reaches the creek, it narrows and may be muddy or flooded following heavy rains. The trail name, Rocky Ford, describes the series of limestone shelves that cross the creek. This ford may have been a crossing on the Mormon Trail over 150 years ago.  Today it is a favorite spot for visitors to take pictures and play in the creek. Large sycamore and cottonwood trees are mixed in among the oaks along with poison ivy and stinging nettle. The trail eventually joins Deer Run Trail and ends at the Lake Allaman spillway.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.60 Mile 30 minutes, one way Linear Yellow Just north of the enclosed shelter house in the day-use area

Skunk Hollow Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 1.25 Miles View map

Skunk Hollow Trail has a gentle grade that takes hikers between wooded hillsides. Along the trail, an intermittent stream can produce a small waterfall. The path crosses several footbridges and the main park road as it encircles Campground 4. Skunk Hollow Trail provides access points for campgrounds 2 and 4, which are blazed in black. An access to Campground 1, also blazed in black, is located at the spillway footbridge before entering the trail. The trail shares a trailhead and a section with Deer Run Trail. White connector 1 connects to Old Quarry Trail to increase the length of the hike.  

 

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.25 Miles 1 hour Loop Brown Across the footbridge at the spillway of Lake Allaman