Raccoon Run Trail

 By Joe Feeman

Raccoon Run was a single track trail until 1973 when the areas on each end were harvested for timber. There was a scout camp site (for jamborees) at the junction with Red Hill Trail. The trail went down the hill to the giant white pine tree (which was just above the current location of the pond). It was a beautiful trail that went through some very nice woodland.

Raccoon Run Trail begins at the junction with Red Hill Trail, about 0.4 miles from Hi Point Trail. It is a purple trail, open to all but motorized users, and is 1.1 miles long. The trail drops (about 120 feet) for the first 0.2 miles, reaching the bottom and junction with White Pine Trail near the pond. After a sharp left turn the trail is flat for a while, traveling along the bottom which is maintained in an open condition. The pond was constructed in the early 90s to create a watering hole for wildlife. In the spring you can hear the frogs singing away and if you are lucky you may see a water snake sunning on the rocks. In a short distance you will come to the other junction with White Pine Trail on the left. There are numerous large white pines in this section. The trail starts to climb slightly, before the big hill, which rises rather steeply (160 feet) in an open forest. Most of the forest on the right was selectively harvested in the 70s as part of the longleaf Contract. The trail flattens out as you reach the top and travels through a very nice woodland of yellow poplar, sugar maple, hickory, and red maple. Soon the trail turns right and descends a short hill. Both sides of the trail in this section were clearcut in 1973 as part of a 25-acre timber harvest. The trail is more open and wider through this area; an effort to ‘day light' the trail was made in the early 90s. Daylighting opens the trail and lets more sunshine hit the surface to dry out the track and also to promote growth of plants for wildlife.

The trail follows along the contour before reaching a steep downhill section that crosses a gully and then climbs out on the other side. After reaching the top of the short hill, the trail flattens and bends gently to the right just before reaching Hi Point Trail, about 0.9 miles up from the pumphouse. 

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