This is a nice family hike. Mind you there is a good climb over the Island to a lookout.
There are stairs and the trail is well maintained including many benches for little ones to rest. The climbs all have stairs dug into the trail.
After getting to the end of the trail there is a wonderful lookout built like a light house.
I was standing with my daughter on the lookout and heard a horrid screach Then suddenly two bald eagles appeared flying up from the cliffs, playing with each other in a gentle game of tag. They landed in cliffs nearby and we saw them a few minutes later fly away. A highlight to share that experience with my daughter!
I forgot the camera in the truck!
In the town of Parrsboros drive past the ships company diner theatre and get up to the Ottawa House. Just before the road turns to gravel there is an entrance to a peninsula. (The parking lot in Ottawa House does hook up with the road you want to get on). If you see signs indicating no exit or a turn around, don't fret your on your way! You should be on Whitehaven Road.
Stop in the coolest little shop in Parrsboro. The Parrsboro Rock & Mineral Shop! Great fossils and rocks, I bought a cool arrowhead for 5 bucks! There are fossils and even a back room museam. I'll go back and get something else just to support the shop! they will also show you were you can legally hunt for fossils!
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Posted By: Seascaper
- Mon Jun 08 17:56:34 UTC 2009
UpsideVery scenic Lots of rest stops for those needing it Quick calorie burner DownsideCan't think of any CommentWe hiked this trail in June, 2009 and is exactly how the poster describes it. It's not a long trail but it will give your legs a nice workout (it's uphill both ways)! Partridge Island is made up of a predominately hardwood forrest and lots of song birds reside there. We didn't see the famous "partridge" but saw some deer trails so keep your eyes open. I took a few photos and will add them here to compliment the trail description. In one of them, you will see Cape Split off in the distance. There are definitely some nice views from lookout. If you have some extra time you can also enjoy mineral hunting from the beach area or check out the fishing weir on the opposite side. Enjoy!