Winter Overview: Access only from the Parkhurst Road parking area. This is a snowplow turnaround, so parking here is limited.
The trail is flat and easy, and only 0.75 mile long. It winds through a beech forest and opens up on to a small mountain lake. This lake freezes early, but caution must be taken if you wish to explore the frozen surface. If you take the trail downstream to Limekiln Lake, be sure to hop the rocks back upstream to Fawn Lake. The 50-year-old beaver dam holds back the quiet waters, where dragonflies and large bullfrogs chorus.
Location: Travel north on Route 28 for 0.75 mile, right on Limekiln Road, and turn left in 2 miles onto Parkhurst Road (0.75 mile dead end road). Park at the Sandy tunaround and hike 0.06 mile from the driveway on the left to the trailhead.
Alternate Route: Enter the Moose River Recreation Area and park at mile marker 1. You will see a large, open pull-off on the right. An old Jeep logging road just 60 yards back will take you to the lake in a very short — and usually muddy — walk. This is not recommended for winter access as the Moose River Plains is a snowmobile corridor and not open to cars or trucks in the winter.
Distances: It's 0.75 mile to the lake.
Family with Young Kids: A 1-hour round-trip hike; a 25-minute mountain bike
Experienced Hiker: A 30-minute round-trip hike; a 20-minute mountain bike
Out of Shape Hiker: A 1-hour round-trip hike; a 25-minute mountain bike