The Meditation Trail (0.5 mi)

The Meditation Trail, in honor and memory of Lily Banerjee, is an invitation for visitors to commune with nature in their own personal way. It’s sited along Bernheim’s beloved Bent Twig trail and consists of six spurs, each with its own meditation prompt based on a positive attribute of a… Read More

Rock Run Loop (0.5 mi)

This trail is a visitor favorite. Traversing slopes along Rock Run Creek, Rock Run Loop provides a great opportunity to view limestone and shale outcroppings, and is excellent for viewing wildflowers. The trail includes a creek crossing as well as several steep sections and obstacles.

Overalls Loop (0.25 mi)

This flat and easy trail connects to one of Bernheim’s fire roads. This upland trail winds through a primarily oak-hickory forest.

High Point Loop (0.5 mi)

High Point Loop crosses Bernheim’s highest elevation of 927 feet. Don’t expect panoramic views though; this trail winds through intermittent streams throughout a beech and maple woodland with only some gentle slopes.

Fire Tower Loop (0.5 mi)

This trail will take you to the site of Bernheim’s historic fire tower, which was built in 1929. The fire tower is open to the public based on staff/volunteer availability. This trail has steep sections to traverse en route to the fire tower.

Bent Twig Trail (0.5 mi)

This trail traverses a natural pine and cedar forest fragment, which contains a variety of vines and shrubbery undergrowth that provides a habitat for wildlife, Bent Twig Trail is short in distance with moderate changes in elevation.

Two Ponds Loop (0.7 mi)

Two Ponds Loop provides an overview of Bernheim’s horticultural sciences, native habitat displays, and the arts, weaving through the Big Prairie and the world renowned Holly Collection along its route. Works of art and sweeping views highlight this trail. It is mostly flat, but does go through some gentle hills… Read More

Sun and Shade Loop* (0.75 mi)

This trail journeys through Bernheim’s mature forested area as well as collections of understory woody plants that are suitable for home landscapes. Part of this trail winds through natural forested area with bridged stream crossings, part through gravel paths in the open landscape.

Knob Top Trail (.5 mi)

Knob Top trail serves as a connector between Lake Nevin Loop and Two Ponds Loop, and provides access to Bernheim’s crabapple and maple collections. This hike to the top of Inspiration Knob provides a panoramic view of Lake Nevin. The trail features a gradual climb with some obstacles.

Big Prairie Overlook Path (0.25 mi)

This paved pathway that takes you to the “Let There Be Light” statue marking Bernheim founder, Isaac W. Bernheim’s gravesite is lined with colorful flowers and shrubs. The top of the path provides sweeping views of Bernheim’s Big Prairie and surrounding landscape. This trail is handicap accessible.