Hinkley Trail Description

Trail signs and intersections
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Trail on map Start of the Hinkley Trail on Poole Road Sign just in the woods at the start of the Hinkley Trail Turn in the Hinkley Trail at intersection with Harling Trail Signs at intersection with Harling Trail Sign at end of Hinkley Trail End of Hinkley Trail at Birchtoft Trail

Elevation Gain: 141 ft.
Length: 1.05 miles
Difficulty: 1
Popularity: 5

Early section of trail The Hinkley Trail is found along Poole Road just below the main park headquarters. There is no parking at the end of the trail so make sure to park in the park headquarters parking lot. The trail is marked by a small wooden sign just into the woods. The entire length of the trail is quite level. There are small ups and downs, but nothing steep, rocky, or challenging. A while after starting, the trail starts to follow next to a brook on it's right. It follows this for a ways until it crosses it on a wooden bridge that is at the end of the Harling Trail. From here on, the trail is pretty much straight and follows a smooth terrain with almost no rocks at all. At its end it comes to the Birchtoft Trail where you can choose to head up the mountain to the left or to Gilson Pond to the right.


When descending... the trail is accessed via the Birchtoft trail and is marked by a sign on a tree at its end. The trail follows and smooth slowly descending path until it crosses a brook on a bridge at the end of the Harling Trail. Here it turns left following the brook. After a while the two separate and the trail easily works its way over to Poole Road just below the main park headquarters parking area.

Trail signs and intersections while descending
Start of Hinkley Trail at the Birchtoft Trail Intersection and turn in the Hinkley Trail at the Harling Trail Sign at the intersection with the Harling Trail End of the Hinkley Trail on Poole Road
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