Harkers Run to Bachelor Preserve East Loop

Oxford, Ohio 45056

Harkers Run to Bachelor Preserve East Loop

Harkers Run to Bachelor Preserve East Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"You don’t have to go back to school to make the most of Miami University’s campus. This walk in the woods is literally within walking distance of uptown Oxford, and part of the campus’s “greenbelt.” After checking out the student-built bird blind and the"

Harkers Run to Bachelor Preserve East Loop Trip Reports

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9/26/2009
The trailhead was difficult to find – The nature center is well marked but we never saw a sign for the Nature Preserve until we were almost there. The trail was busy in the Sugar Bush Section from the Beach Parking lot, but we saw only a small group of deer after beginning on the Big Woods trail – even though it was a cool Sunday afternoon. It was nice to have access to facilities near the end of the trail. The only concern on the less traveled trails was the thick undergrowth of Poison Ivy. The map was very difficult to follow – if it was correct at all. All-in-all it was a nice low-key hike.
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8/9/2009
We liked the Big Woods part of the trail but this did seem more like a stroll than a hike. Too short - the hike could have been better if it had used more of the Big Woods/American Discovery trail by starting further north.

On the Sugar Bush part of the trail we went by a family walking with their 1 and 2 year old kids and it was pretty crowded. But on the Big Woods part there were no other people around and we felt like we could have been in the primeval forest.

If you take this hike be sure to print out the map from trails.com beforehand. The map you get at the park is so inaccurate as to be misleading and basically unusable (with regard to this trail - it was very helpful for the rest of the park). And the trail junctions are not that well marked.

With all that said, it was still a worthwhile and enjoyable walk. The ups and downs at Big Woods were nice and it could be a good hike by making use of more of the trails in the park.
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5/9/2009
I really enjoyed the big woods trail although it was tough to find the trailhead. Seams the start of the trail is in the woods accress the road from the parking lot. There were a few people but not too many I thought, until sugar bush trail. The trail was not well marked and the map at the park did a poor job of showing where the trail was. The most acurate map I found was in the book Hiking Ohio. Sugar bush was more like a weekend stroll in the woods trail. I didnt care for sugar bush loop but big woods was nice.
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6/26/2004
Too crowded. Just wasn't that interesting. What is referred to as a homestead seems to be a copuple of rebuilt outbuilding to me. Along the lake can be pleasant, but just too many people.
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Trail Information

Oxford
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
About 1 to 2 hours
Duration
Spring
Season
Miami University Natural Areas
Local Contacts
USGS: Oxford
Local Maps