The Friends maintain 14.85 miles of trails througout Salt Springs Park and the adjoining Friends' land. Trail descriptions are provided below the Trail Map.
Helpful hint: When using a trail map
Access this trail across the bridge from the Wheaton House. It follows Fall Brook and climbs steeply along the three waterfalls. Use extreme caution on slippery rocks and near the edge of the falls. After the third waterfall, the trail flattens out and follows the brook past Buckley Road until it ends at the intersection with the Bunny Trail.
Access this trail at the northeast end of the picnic area, past the salt spring. Follow right and climb steeply up the hill into the old-growth hemlock forest. Just past the intersection with Woodland Trail, Hemlock Trail becomes a raised boardwalk. It follows the east rim of the gorge past Penny Rock to where a right spur leads to an observation platform overlooking the falls. Use extreme caution near cliffs and steep drop-offs. The trail continues until it eventually intersects Fall Brook and Overlook trails.
Reached from Hemlock Trail, this trail circles around the east side of the old-growth stand. Explore a hemlock almost 300 years old that has fallen across the path. The trail ends at Hardwood Trail.
Access this trail at the northeast end of the picnic area, past the salt spring. Ascend the moderate slope along the edge of the hill. The trail swings south and climbs gently through mixed hardwoods before leveling out and turning west to where it intersects Woodland Trail.
This trail extends the loop of Hardwood Trail, climbing steadily up the mountain through mixed hardwoods, before circling back to rejoin it.
The trail runs south from the Wheaton House. After a sharp but short ascent, it levels out and follows the gorge rim. It goes through remnants of an old flagstone quarry and along a meadow's edge before returning to the woods and connecting with Buckley Road.
The trail begins behind the Williams Pavilion, crosses Silver Creek (no bridge), and runs west through meadows and wild apple trees along the meandering creek, which creates scenic views. After re-crossing Silver Creek (no bridge), it joins Silver Creek Trail.
This trail is accessed from behind the dairy barn and parallels Silver Creek through hemlocks and carpets of ferns. It follows the creek, climbing gradually through mixed hardwoods, and then up a steep climb to where it connects with Meadow Trail. An old stone wall makes an interesting rest stop.
Because of its elevation changes, this is the second hardest trail to hike. From the north it is accessed from the West Meadow. Together with Silver Creek Trail, it runs parallel to a ridge while overlooking Silver Creek. It splits from Silver Creek Trail, proceeds up a steep climb through the most western part of the park, and crosses Buckley Road before ending at Wetlands Trail.
Accessed from either Buckley Road or Silver Creek Trail, this largely flat trail loops through meadows and by old foundations, stone walls, and an interesting shale outcropping.
This loop is best accessed from a small parking lot on Buckley Road, east of where Fall Brook crosses the road. The trail ascends gently along Fall Brook to a small clearing which was once a log landing. It then climbs steeply for a short distance through hardwood forest before intersecting and paralleling Cliff Trail through forest and old fields, with some excellent views. It leaves Cliff Trail, passes a delightful spring, and then descends through a forest back to the parking lot.
The trail starts at Hardwood Trail and heads south out of the forest and through a meadow to Buckley Road. From there it meanders through another meadow before reentering the forest. It eventually heads west to join the Summit Trail near the highest point in the park. It can also be accessed from the Friends Parking Lot on Buckley Road.
This trail can be reached from either Bunny Trail or the Friends Parking Lot. After a short climb, Cliff Trail then follows the contours of the land, gently climbing to the southwest corner of the property where there is an interesting spring area and Frog Pond (a vernal pool). All along this section are boulders and cliffs worth exploring for ferns and wildflowers. From the pond, the trail follows an old logging road and then descends to where it intersects Bunny Trail and then back to the parking lot.
This loop consists of a short climb of about 0.3 mile from Frog Pond to the hightest point on the Friends' property, returning to Frog Pond via an old logging road. The summit is a relatively flat area, with large, widely spaced trees.
This trail begins at the far western edge of the park, where Border Trail crosses Buckley Road. The trail follows an easy grade through a magnificent grove of towering spruce trees planted during a reforestation project. It ends near the beginning of Wetland Trail at Salt Springs Road.
This trail starts at the Buckley Road bridge and traverses the wetlands north of Fall Brook. Signs of beaver activity and wetland plants and shrubs can be seen along this trail. It ends at Fall Brook Trail, just after crossing Fall Brook (no bridge).
Designed specifically for accessibility, this short, wide trail begins at a parking lot on the north side of Buckley Road. The trail and winds through light and dense forest on generally level land and connects to Hemlock Trail near the overlook to the falls.