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Walking, Hiking and Biking in Lake of the Woods

(Note: All pictures on this page are linked to larger versions of the same image.)

Picture of two women walking along the clubhouse trail near the front entrance pondLake of the Woods offers many options for fulfilling one’s exercise needs. We have specific trails for walking; roads in each section for walking and biking; and adjoining properties for hiking. Walking is safe and it is inexpensive and can be done almost anywhere. Hiking is a little more rigorous but is also very inexpensive and reasonably safe. Biking is not inexpensive, can be very rigorous but has some limitations within Lake of the Woods.Our main opportunities for biking exist on our roads.

We also have a Worldtrail aerobic fitness trail located in Sweetbriar Park with multiple aerobic stations (approx. 12 stations). Whichever venue you choose, it can be used effectively to maintain or improve your health. Utilize good judgment in the length of your walks or hikes based on your own health and physical conditions. If new to exercise, check with your doctor before beginning your program. If you have a cell phone, it is advisable to carry it with you while walking, hiking or biking, especially if alone.

The distances indicated on the maps available on this page have been provided as an estimate, and are shown in tenths of miles, but are considered very close to the actual distance.

 

Tips for Walking, Biking or Hiking

Walk facing the traffic and bike with the traffic. When walking or biking on the roads within LOW, try to avoid the busiest roads such as Lakeview Parkway and Mt. Pleasant Drive. Wear light colored clothing especially if walking or biking at night. Walking or biking at night is not recommended, but if you must, then also carry a light and use it so that vehicular traffic can see you.

Plan your trip ahead of time and let someone know where you will be and when you should return. If hiking in the wooded areas carry a cell phone and snake bite kit just in case you run into unexpected trouble.

While walking or biking on LOWA roads, always be alert to possible traffic conflicts and never walk or bike on roads with a Walkman or radio plugged into your ears. If you must use a radio or walkman, keep the volume low so you can hear what is going on around you.

The level or hilly roads in each section of LOW offer varying levels of difficulty.  On most roads within LOW the traffic is light to non-existent.  Walking within LOW can provide/offer a variety of scenic pleasures. They offer a variety of environments, such as ballgames at parks; boating on the lakes, quiet serenity of wooded areas and rolling greens and freeways of the golf course.


Map Index

Lake Overview of Walking Trails

Maps of LOW Walking Trails
Maps of LOW Hiking Trails
Map of LOW Fitness Trail
Maps of LOW Section Roads

 

LOW WALKING TRAILS

Lake of the Woods has several places within the common property for walking enthusiasts. Our walking trails have been developed into Core Areas. They are: Clubhouse, Sweetbriar, Hollyfield, Greensprings, Spottswood, the Golf Course and the various Section roads (1-14). You may double click on any or all of these core areas to see a description and maps.

CLUBHOUSE CORE 2.15 miles

Picture of walkers in gazebo by front entrance pondThis trail begins in the lower level of the Clubhouse parking lot and encompasses the area around the Clubhouse, the Entrance Pond, the Spotswood Park and the upper and lower level of the main lake dam.

Picture of walkers on the clubhouse path near the lake and basketball courtThe recommended path to follow would be from the lower level parking area to Lake of the Woods Parkway either through Memory Garden or up the hill by the ECC Building, to the corner of Lake of the Woods Parkway and Lakeview Parkway, to the Entrance Pond, to Spottswood Park, to Entrance Pond, to trail through the woods at Lakeview Parkway and Lake of the Woods Parkway, to Clubhouse volleyball and basketball courts, around Clubhouse point, to upper level of dam, down the spillway face to Lakeview Parkway and back to the lower level Clubhouse parking lot.

Obviously, variations of this trail can be utilized to increase or decrease the workout. The younger group could go in reverse of the recommended path and climb the steeper grade at the dam spillway rather than walking down the grade. Shortened versions can also be utilized at the walker’s desire and health and physical condition. A programmed addition for this core section would be considered after the dam upgrade issue is settled and construction completed. This would be a floating pontoon base on a cable or a bridge to connect from the end of the dam to the Main Marina.

The trail in the Clubhouse area is linked to the entrance pond trail and the Spottswood Park trail. Although joined, they are illustrated on separate maps so that greater detail could be provided. The three trails total almost 2.4 miles. For an overall picture of the Clubhouse core trail, click on the Section 14 map below.

Map for Clubhouse Core (35kb to download map)

Map of Spottswood Park (29kb to download map)

Map of Entrance Pond (43kb to download map)

Map of Section 14 (42kb to download map)

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SWEETBRIAR PARK .47 miles ( 2463’)

This park contains an asphalt walking trail, two soccer fields, a covered pavilion, children's playground, and an outdoor pool with a parking lot. The perimeter of the park contains the walking trail and the aerobic fitness stations. This park combined with walking on the roads in sections 9 and 10 will provide a nice workout and a great view at the same time. Refer to the LOW Section Roads part of this website for maps of those sections.

Map of Sweetbriar Park and Section 10 (30kb to download map)

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HOLLYFIELD PARK .39 Miles (2070’)

Picture of gazebo and tennis courts at Hollyfield ParkThis park contains our tennis courts and our baseball/ softball field. The perimeter of the park is very level and easy to walk around without interfering with any athletic activities that may be in play at the time. Current plans do not call for a specific paved or gravel trail at this time because of the sound footing already available. There is a parking lot and a paved drive to the baseball field that can be used for walking. This park combined with walking on the roads in sections 8, 9 and 10 will provide a nice workout and a great view at the same time.

Map of Section 9 and Hollyfield Park (30kb to download map)

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GREENSPRINGS PARK .5 Miles (2640’)

This park contains a basketball court, playground equipment and an asphalt walking trail that has been completed. This trail is circular with some minor increases in grade level. This park combined with walking on the roads in section 7 will provide a nice workout and a great view of the children at play at the same time.

Map of Greensprings Park and Section 7 (35kb to download map)

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SPOTTSWOOD PARK .27 Miles (1441’)

This park is part of the Clubhouse Core Trail. The park contains playground equipment and contains the historic plantation site known as Orange Grove. Orange Grove’s founder was John Spottswood, a grandson of Gov. Alexander Spottswood. The bricks from one of the chimneys are all that remain today. A short distance away, off of Spottswood Road, is another historic site, the Spottswood Cemetery. This park combined with walking on the roads in section 1 and 14 will provide a nice workout, a great view of the children at play and a step back into history at the same time.

The trail in the Clubhouse area is linked to the one in the Spottswood Park area. Although joined, they are illustrated on separate maps so that greater detail could be provided. The two trails combined total almost 2.5 miles.

Map for Clubhouse Core (35kb to download map)

Map of Spottswood Park (29kb to download map)

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GOLF COURSE CART PATHS 4.5 Miles (23,760’)

Picture of golf course cart pathThis core trail complex has a primary purpose of supporting the golf carts while the golf course is open to play. NO WALKING/ JOGGING IS ALLOWED WHILE THE COURSE IS OPEN TO PLAYCheck with the golf pro shop or Lake Currents for the hours that the course is open for walking. You can walk or jog on the cart paths in the morning hours before golf play commences and after the golf play closes for the day and any time during the day that the course is closed entirely for play.

Maps for Golf Course Cart Paths:

Map of Section 1 (46kb to download map)

Map of Section 2 (59kb to download map)

Map of Section 3 (36kb to download map)

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LOW HIKING TRAILS

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE - GORDON FLANK ATTACK TRAIL 2 Miles

Picture of entrance to hiking trailWe are fortunate to have some National Park Service land adjoining Lake of the Woods, which can be used for horseback riding as well as hiking. The trail for hiking is approximately 2 miles in length. It actually begins on Route 20 at the Wilderness Park Shelter and the upper end of the trail loop touches our Equestrian Center area.

Lake of the Woods has been given permission to use the center trail as a horse trail. This trail is not a level-walking surface. It has exposed roots and rocks and is in a totally wooded area where wildlife, vermin and snakes may be seen while ticks are plentiful. The National Park Service calls it the Gordon Flank Attack Trail. The trail passes through a maze of earthworks built at various stages of the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5 and 6, 1864.

While hiking in this area it would be wise to carry a cell phone and snake bite kit for the unexpected. You should visit the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center on Route 3 to get maps and pay any fees that are required for use of the park. They have several park pass fees in their fee schedule.

The Wilderness Battlefield adjoins LOW Sections 2, 4, 5 and 13 can be seen on the maps for those sections in the LOW Section Roads part of this document.

Map of Gordon Flank Attack Trail (175kb to download)

National Park Service Wilderness Battlefield Web Page

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LOW FITNESS TRAIL

SWEETBRIAR FITNESS TRAIL .47 Miles (2463’)

Picture of start of campground fitness trailThe Sweetbriar Fitness Trail is an aerobic workout trail with twelve fitness stations that are connected by an asphalt trail, which surrounds the park. Sweetbriar Park is in Section 10. The fitness trail, combined with walking on the roads in sections 9 and 10 will provide a nice workout and a great view at the same time. Refer to the LOW Section Roads part of this website for maps of those sections.

Map of Sweetbriar Fitness Trail (70kb to download)

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LOW SECTION ROADS 40 Miles

Picture of mother and two children walking along the roads in LOWEach of the roads in the various sections of Lake of the Woods are excellent walking and biking surfaces. They are road surfaces that have either tar and chip or asphalt applied to them. They range from level to slightly hilly to hilly depending on the section chosen to walk in. Also, the views vary dramatically in each section. By looking at the various maps you can plot the walking/biking course that you plan to use and select the distance and views that are important to you.

You should be cautious when walking/biking the roads as you must share them with vehicles. You should walk facing the traffic and bike with the traffic. You should wear clothing that make you visible during the time of day or night that you are using the roads. It is not recommended to walk/bike during darkness; but if you must, you should carry a flashlight and wear light colored clothing.

You should never walk/bike with a radio or walkman plugged into your ears. If you must use a radio or walkman, turn the volume down low so that you can hear what is going on around you.

Map of Section 1 Monticello (46kb to download map)

Map of Section 2 Country Club Hills(59kb to download map)

Map of Section 3 Tara (36kb to download map)

Map of Section 4 Tarnwood (34kb to download map)

Map of Section 5 Tall-Pines (41kb to download map)

Map of Section 6 Shenandoah (40kb to download map)

Map of Greensprings Park and Section 7 (35kb to download map)

Map of Section 8 Wyndybrow (28kb to download map)

Map of Section 9 and Hollyfield Park (30kb to download map)

Map of Sweetbriar Park and Section 10 (30kb to download map)

Map of Section 11 Wakefield and Section 12 Breezewood (37kb to download map)

Map of Section 13 Wilderness (47kb to download map)

Map of Section 14 Windy Hill (42kb to download map)

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