Now that the snow is almost gone it is time to return to this 320 acre park. (1.3 sq.km) In the winter they are cross-country ski only. I did a 4.5 mile (7.25 km) walk here on March 20, 2019 and did not come close to hiking all the trails. The central loop is paved and was clear of snow but only half a mile (0.8 km). The large parking area is free of charge. During the pandemic their amazing visitor center is closed, but if you need a restroom, pit toilets are available. The trails are well marked and have names like Acorn, Deer, and Dragonfly. They are arranged in concentric circles, sort of. This is a great place for a day hike.
The loop trail at this regional park is just over 1 mile (1.6 km). Many outdoor sculptures add to the visual variety you will experience on this walk. Most of the trail is through woods with some areas of grassland. There is a small lake with a spur trail that allows you to explore the island on the other side of a footbridge. This is a popular spot for weddings, classes, dogwalking, and many types of gatherings. If you are looking for solitude, this is probably not the right choice. If you want to be surrounded by nature and art in a place close to the city, this is what you are looking for.
Today I struggled with the demons of doubt and fear. Time was wasted. The negative thoughts told me that I am not good enough. They said I deserve to take a break. The demons did not want me to experience nature or paint anything, they wanted me to waste time. If I go through my one and only life without honing my art skills and without communicating my ideas, they win. I am glad that a different thought occurred to me: “Wait. How is it that I am both not good enough AND deserving of a break? I think I will no longer listen to you”.