A trail is a journey. Enjoy the journey.
You can spend hours enjoying nature on more than 3 miles of peaceful trails at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve.
Get a preview of what's in store below!
Please note that walking pets, running, and biking are strictly prohibited.
Lake Ballard Trail
1 mile - Easy Terrain
The Lake Ballard Trail circles around Lake Ballard, which is the centerpiece of the Preserve. It is almost exactly one mile around, making it ideal for a perfect peaceful walk. This is the widest trail within the preserve and leads to decks overlooking the lake and creek.
1/4 mile - Even Terrain
The Bluebird Trail, which extends from the southeast corner of the Lake Ballard Trail, leads past the southern entrance to the Riparian Trail out to the Salt Marsh Deck. Make your way through this meadow habitat and enjoy the sweet-smelling mountain mint and wildflowers. Look out for the foxes which have made a home alongside this gorgeous trail!
1/4 mile - Uneven Terrain
The Kids Trail extends from the Pavilion through the northeast section of woodlands. It is an easy and neat hike for the little ones. Keep your eye out for fascinating creatures, plants, and fungi along the way for innumerable teachable moments.
1/2 mile - Uneven Terrain
The Riparian Trail curves along the shoreline of Hoffler Creek, winding through the Southern woodlands and alongside a rich salt marsh. Towards the western end of this trail, you will find the White Bird Blind, where you can peacefully observe egrets, herons, ospreys, and other wildlife from partial concealment.