Hays Nature Preserve
ElevationAscent: 33' 10 m
Descent: -33' -10 m
High: 601' 183 m
Low: 584' 178 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“An easy, flat ride through the Preserve trails and along the Flint River.”— Charlie Blume
Family Friendly Short, flat, and wide.
Cross the parking lot and follow the paved Flint River Greenway path (next to the Hays Preserve information sign) across the bridge to the trail and picnic area. The trail takes you along the bank of the Flint River for a short distance where the trail turns left on Beaver Dam Run. Shortly after passing the Pump House on the left, you'll encounter the only elevation point on the trail, a steep incline followed by a steep drop with a sharp left turn at the bottom to the Tupelo Tree Path.
The trail curves through the woods and wetlands with two elevated wooden over passes. Immediately after crossing the bridge, the trail turns right and continues for a short distance through the woods and across a bridge leading back to the Greenway path. Head north (right) to return to the Greenway parking lot or to begin the a second loop on the trail.