Have you ever hiked in the rain before? I’m not talking about a thunderstorm or downpour, but a steady drizzle. If you haven’t, I highly recommend it! Throw on some rain boots and hit the trail to enjoy a whole different level of serenity. The sound of raindrops on the tree canopy is soothing and the moisture makes the forest come alive. We visited William M. Redd park on the most lovely rainy day and had the entire trail to ourselves with the exception of a single solitary runner. We planned for the weather with rain coats and boots.
Rain boots are a kid’s (and parent’s) best friend and I fully believe every kid should always have a pair. With those babies on your kid can step through as many puddles as they want without ruining their shoes or having wet feet for the entire hike. Even better, you can let them explore shallow creeks like the ones at Redd park as well. Only one out of two kids cooperated as we headed out the door to put their boots on, so kid #2 was regretting his decision big time when his brother got to creek stomp and he didn’t.
As usual, I made sure we were on a loop trail, although there are quite a few connecting trails along the way so you could venture off the yellow loop for a longer hike if you want to. If you don’t know where you are going before you head to the park, it’s easy to miss the signage along Paper Mill Rd. directing you to the parking areas. We entered at The Woods at Louviers and parked at the playground.
There are spots where the trail gets narrow and bumpy with a few hills here and there so a stroller may be challenging but doable. It took us about an hour and a half to hike the loop and although I’m guessing it was less than a mile total, it certainly felt longer.
Along the way, we found some really cool things including a huge snail, a puffball mushroom and a beautiful box turtle! Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a better hike. I highly recommend!