The Uihlein Foundation in Lake Placid has opened a four-mile trail system on the 940-acre Heaven Hill Farmhouse property on Bear Cub Lane.
The new Heaven Hill Trails augment the popular Henry’s Woods Trail System, about five miles of trails on the Heaven Hill property that opened in 2009. Both trail networks are open to walking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoes, but not motorized nor equestrian use.
There are three sets of trails in the new Heaven Hill Trails System. Most follow long established farm or woods roads and intersect with other trails to add variety.
- The 1 1/2-mile Old Orchard Loop begins in a wooded setting, then heading westerly over gently rolling terrain, one enters a field that was used to pasture the Uihlein’s prize winning Jersey cows. The trail loops around the edges of the field, past and among the remaining trees of the old apple orchard. There are views into the High Peaks Wilderness on the return to the trailhead.
- The Bear Cub Loop is a woodland route with very little terrain change headed east from the trailhead. The basic outer loop is 1 1/2 miles in length with the option of taking any one of five cross-trails to modify the distance.
The Big Field Loop has moderate ups and downs. It heads west from the trailhead and then swings north to the edge of the Big Field with views of the farm. The trail returns to the trail head through woodlands, making the loop distance .9 miles.
We walked all trails on a sunny afternoon. Really enjoyable, especially with the views of the High Peaks in the background.