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The trails at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Hike the trails that wind through the surrounding forest, vast lake and teeming salt marsh environments. Download our trail map below for an overview of the Preserve and learn more about each trail below.  

1. Lake Ballard

This wide gentle trail takes you around Lake Ballard, the centerpiece of our property, and includes the Lake Ballard Overlook, Memorial Bird Blind, Oyster Pier, Kayak Pier and Lab. This one-mile trail gives visitors an introduction to each ecological zone: forest, lake and marsh. 

*The trail accommodates strollers and wheelchairs. (Occasional tree roots may offer challenges for each.)*

2. Bluebird

Named for the bluebird boxes lining the trail, this short meadow trail leads to the Salt Marsh Overlook. The Bluebird Trail is accessible from the Lake Ballard Trail. Gravel underlayment makes this trail accessible to strollers and wheelchairs.

3. Riparian


Located between the Bluebird Trail and the Lake Ballard Trail, this trail provides a comfortable woodland walk with some subtle changes in elevation. A stop at the White Bird Blind, dedicated to Clark White, founding HCWF member and avid birder, allows for quiet observation of birds along the salt marsh.

4. Homestead

The longest of Hoffler Creek’s side trails, the Homestead Trail offers a stroll through the former site of the Ballard family home. An unusual mixture of forest and landscape flora gives this trail its own personality. The Willett Blind, named after a branch of the Ballard family, provides a quiet, secluded view of the marsh near the mouth of Hoffler Creek.

5. Kids Trail
The kids trail is a short, kid-friendly path with ferns, vine tunnels and decaying logs for an exploratory forest adventure. A small amphitheater invites stopping to have a story or simply sitting to listen to the sounds of the forest.