Bearfort Ridge: Surprise Lake Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This fresh, verdant trail in fall and winter brings you and your canine pal the gift of woodland detail and sights to see without the distraction of leaves. Bold rocks, streams, and shallow soil become the substrate for lush growth of bright green moss, lichen, fern, rhododendron, mountain laurel, hemlock, and pine.
It’s a green hike with great views, adventure in unusual habitats, waterfalls, lunch on a sunny ridge top, speckled rock, and trees growing out of boulders. The Bearfort Ridge Natural Area is home to the endangered red-shouldered hawk and the timid Eastern timber rattler. Your experienced dog will love the streams, varied habitats with distinctive aromas, and path like an agility course. This hike is among the cream!"