Split Rock Loop/Four Birds Trail Short Loop

Farny State Park

Split Rock Loop/Four Birds Trail Short Loop - Farny State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Split Rock Loop/Four Birds Trail Short Loop - Farny State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Split Rock Loop/Four Birds Trail Short Loop - Farny State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Split Rock Loop/Four Birds Trail Short Loop - Farny State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Split Rock Loop/Four Birds Trail Short Loop - Farny State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Split Rock Loop/Four Birds Trail Short Loop - Farny State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike winds through rugged terrain south of the Split Rock Reservoir, passing several viewpoints and crossing the cascading Split Rock Brook.

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From the parking area, proceed ahead (east) along Split Rock Road for 0.3 mile. When you reach the second power line crossing, turn right and follow a dirt road uphill, under the power line. This is the route of the blue-blazed Split Rock Loop Trail, which you will follow for most of the hike. Before reaching the crest of the hill, the trail bears right and enters the woods. After a short,...

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Trip Reports

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May 26, 2018
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Tricky turn
At the end of the hike, when you are on the white-blazed trail and come to the step that says "...then turns right and crosses under the power lines," you need to keep a very sharp eye out for the right turn. When we did it today, the white blaze was on a remnant of a small tree that was laying on the ground, and we missed it. When we retraced our steps and found it, we also saw that the first white blaze after the turn was obscured by overgrowth. The bottom line is, when you make that left-hand turn at the power lines, your right turn is less than 5 minutes away. If you find yourself walking past multiple power line towers, you missed it just as we did.
Bustario
January 22, 2017
0
GPS coordinates have been corrected

The GPS coordinates have been corrected so that they now reference the parking lot at the southern end of the reservoir.  Thanks for pointing out the error.

Daniel Chazin
January 20, 2017
0
Parking GPS wrong?
The GPS coordinates point to the side of Split Rock Rd west of the reservoir, about 0.8 miles away from the parking lot on the map.
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