Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.7891 W74.7633
Getting There: Exit State Route 17 at exit 99 and drive to North Main Street at the end of the access road. Turn left onto North Main Street in Liberty and drive south for 1.1 miles to Lake Street which is the second traffic light. Turn right on Lake Street which is also Route 55 and follow it for 1.1 miles to Walnut Mountain Road. Turn right and drive to the main parking area. Caution: At .5 miles Route 55 makes a sharp left turn. Be sure to follow Route 55. Do not continue straight ahead on West lake St.
Difficulty: This hike is rated EASY because it is relatively flat and short. There may be wet or muddy areas along the way. Sometimes there are trees across the path that you must walk around.
Trail Surface: The trail surface is generally free of large stones and consists mostly of small stones, dirt and grass. The trail can be wet and muddy in places.
Hike Description: Walnut Mountain park has many different trails that allow visitors to create their own routes from easy to difficult. In addition to the hiking trails there are also single track mountain bike trails which can be hiked. The mountain bike trails are rough trails while the hiking trails are more open carriageways.
This hike begins at the main parking area on Walnut Mountain Road. Face the baseball field and walk to your right toward and opening in the fence and follow the path which parallels the road. Turn left near the treeline and you will be on Walnut Loop – East. Walk along the path next to the woods until the path turns slightly right and enters the woods. The trail continues downhill until you reach .6 miles where you should turn left on Walnut Loop – North. If you reach the parking area, you have gone too far. Since you are at the lowest point on the hike, you will now get a chance to walk uphill a little on the Walnut loop – North trail. Watch for the yellow Vista Way trail at about 1 mile on your left. Turn here and follow the Vista Way until you break out into a field. You will recognize that you are now in the parking area near your car. Walk through the parking area to your car.