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Old Indian Trail, Empire

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • Easy little trail to the overlook. We took a BOB stroller on the main trail without a problem. Took the little one out and walked to the top of the first dune.  more »
  • My husband and I walked here several days while staying in the area. We did the one mile trail (there and back about 2.5 miles) and the black arrow trail as well (over 3 miles). The shorter trail...  more »
  • The hike through the forest was beautiful and not too challenging. I was quite disappointed, however, to get to very steep the entrance for the overlook ( which is apparently part of the beach?) and find a notice prohibiting dogs. I understand and respect the nesting Plovers. That is not my issue. I wish there had been mention at the trailhead ( on either of the two signs) that the overlook was considered part of the beach, and I could have taken him elsewhere. Leave your dog at home ( or bring a friend to hold him). Use insect repellent ( I use natural stuff, but I’ll go chemical in future!) They bit through long sleeves and long pants. Plan on it taking longer than you thought. Watch for poison ivy!
  • We usually walk the 1.7 mile trail to the dune as a family hike. It is a moderate trail as it is quite rolling in many parts. There are some steep but short hills. However we had an 8 month old who road on mom’s chest the entire trail. As others have said bring bug repellent as the mosquitos can be bad in the summer. Plenty of families use this hike. You will see a few groups during most walks but not usually crowds of people. We love the woods and all the greenery dying the summer. And it is an annual tradition to do at least one round trip every week we are in the area.

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