Experiences

Get Going on the Greenway

Get Going on the Greenway

Get close to nature on Anne Springs Close Greenway’s 2,100 acres of protected land. The Greenway’s five entrances allow visitors to explore numerous sights, sounds and activities.

Anne Springs Close Greenway offers exciting programming, such as guided hikes, summer camps, outdoor concerts and kayaking clinics, and it also provides a space to explore at your own pace. Learn more about what each entrance has to offer its members and visitors.

Lake Haigler Entrance 2573 Lake Haigler Drive

Activities: Hiking, dining, kayaking, paddleboarding, horseback riding (trailer-in), fishing (members only)

Points of Interest: Greenway Gateway (Visitor Center), Gateway Canteen (Dining), Bruce Rush Pavilion, Historic Nation Ford Road, Kayak Launch, Lake Haigler, Swinging Bridge, Scoville Dock

Recommended Trail: Lake Haigler Loop. After walking from the parking lot through the Greenway Gateway building, turn right onto the wide gravel section of Blue Star Trail. Continue along this trail until you reach the Rush Pavilion to the right and restrooms to the left. The trail narrows as it enters the woods and continues to the lake. Turn left or right to complete the loop around Lake Haigler. This family-friendly hike is approximately 2.5 miles long.

Try It: Bring your own kayak or reserve one seasonally on weekends to paddle the calm water of Lake Haigler.

Dairy Barn Entrance 250 Dairy Barn Lane

Activities: Hike

Points of Interest: Founder’s Dairy Barn, Betsy McLean Plant-A-Row for the Hungry Garden, Comporium Amphitheater, Faires-Coltharp Cabin, Graham Cabin, Swinging Bridge

Recommended Trail: Take our ADA-friendly and stroller-accessible trails that begin next to the Founder’s Dairy Barn. As you stroll along the paved path, keep left to pass the Comporium Amphitheater and loop around behind the Faires-Coltharp Cabin. Take in the pastoral views to continue down a small hill, crossing over the gravel Historic Old Nation Ford Road toward the Graham Cabin. Continue back up toward the Founder’s Dairy Barn to complete this 0.7-mile loop.

Try It: Take a trip to yesteryear when you explore Historic Old Nation Ford Road, Graham Cabin and Faires-Coltharp Cabin.

Adventure Road Entrance 104 Adventure Road

Activities: Mountain biking, hiking, fishing (members only), dog park play (add-on membership required)

Points of Interest: Bob Reid Field Trial Barn, Lake Crandall, Lake Frances, Marion Walsh Outdoor Classroom, Mary Warner Mack Dog Park, Stumpy Pond, Swinging Bridges (3)

Recommended Trail: Archer’s Loop. Park in the first parking lot to the right, and head toward the Mary Warner Mack Dog Park. Keep to the right of the dog park to begin on the 2-mile Archer’s Loop Trail. This up-and-down hike passes behind the dog park, Lake Frances on the left and Lake Crandall on the right.

Try It: Members are invited to cast a line in one of the three ponds at this entrance, Lake Francis, Lake Crandall or Stumpy Pond. If you plan to fish a while, keep in mind that restrooms are located near Stumpy Pond.

Farm and Stables Entrance 1046 Horse Road

Activities: Hiking, horseback riding (advanced registration required), farm animals

Points of Interest: Greenway Stables, farm animals

Recommended Trail: Sign up for a guided trail ride to explore surrounding trails by horseback.

Try It: Say ‘hay’ to the horses! Equestrian programs, such as trail rides, riding lessons and birthday parties, require advanced registration, but visitors may pop in to say hello.

Blue Star Entrance 362 Handy White Way

Activities: Mountain bike, hike

Points of Interest: Garrison-Webb Grist Mill, North Tunnel

Recommended Trail: Paradise Loop. Grab your bike and helmet for a self-guided adventure on this fast and flowy mountain bike trail. Look out for direction signs and hikers who are also welcome on this trail. Paradise loop is 3.9 miles in length and also connects to Tunnel Trail, which leads to additional mountain bike trails.

Try It: Try hiking to the Garrison Webb Grist Mill. Begin on Blue Star Trail, cross foot bridges and Steele Street (a paved public road), and continue down a hill to the mill, which was constructed in 1780.

trail status

All trails, including hike, horse, bike, and dog park trails, are currently open.