Cheesequake State Park was a park I had visited many many moons ago as part of a Boy Scout campout. I only remember one part of the trail (which I would pass through on this hike) and I remember that it rained. I remember not wanting to camp in the rain after that. On this day, the sun was out – it was in the 60s, which made for great hiking weather. As it was before Memorial Day, there were no fees, and the parking lot was not that full.
The plan for the day was to do the Yellow Trail into the Green trail. All trails here are well marked, the trails are easy to walk, with only a couple of hills. Junctions are well marked both with signs and blazes, so you are not likely to make any mistakes. Trails cross access roads, and they are very easy to pick up on the other side of the road. There were benches every so often, which is a nice touch for those who want a quick rest.
My favorite part of the hike was the section of the Green trail that was made up of boardwalks. This section of the park was pretty swampy, and there were some sections that bordered on the creek with lots of water.
After the boardwalks, the trail goes through a section of White Pine trees that is really nice. Before coming up to the campground, the trail goes by the Giant Beech tree.
Before the Beech Tree, and while you are heading back towards the trail head, there is a section with a couple of hills. Certainly, there is not a lot of altitude, but after walking a couple of miles of flat trails, the hills add some strenuous activity.
I had a lot of fun at Cheesequake and look forward to coming back to do some of the other trails. Having only walked the Yellow and Green trails, there are other sections and trails to explore.