Trails

Please note: Repair work from flood damage is ongoing, and not all trails are currently open. While the worst of the damage has been repaired, use caution and please be mindful of marked trails that remain closed while repairs continue.

The Newlin Grist Mill offers 8.5 miles of trails that blend natural beauty, environmental diversity, and cultural history. The 160-acre park has something for everyone, whether they are seeking to observe nature, explore the past, exercise, or just relax.

The trails pass through an array of diverse habitats from upland grasslands to river bottom wetlands, each offering its own varieties of plants and animals. In addition to the abundant native species of trees, park founders Elizabeth and Mortimer Newlin planted several specimen trees throughout the park. The habitats support a wide range of wildlife and throughout the year both resident and migratory birds can be found in the park.

Evidence of past industry, agriculture, and transportation are scattered along the trails. Observe how the half-mile long water system transforms the landscape into a working machine that generates power.

Click on the image at the bottom of the page to download a PDF version of the trail map.

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Newlin Grist Mill’s trails are open!

There are a few changes you need to be aware of before you visit:

  1. Open hours are 7am to 5pm. New gates have been installed at the entrance to Newlin Grist Mill. These gates will be unlocked at 7am and locked at 5pm daily. Please keep this in mind when visiting the park.
  2. Repair work is ongoing and not all trails are currently open. While the worst of the damage has been repaired, use caution and please be mindful of marked trails that remain closed while repairs continue.
  3. The parking lot by the log cabin will remain closed or partially blocked off, as we continue to work on completing repairs.
  4. Restrooms, visitor center, and historic buildings are still closed. Please be patient as we work to rebuild the visitor center and make repairs to our historic buildings.
  5. Please be respectful of our staff and volunteers as they work on repairs throughout the park.