Heron Pond, located just west of Vienna, is one of the easiest hikes we've done this year. The terrain is flat and the paths are large. This would be a great walk for people who aren't use to hiking.
We convinced a couple of people to join us on this trip. My mother and Goose's best friend both came along for the ride and I'm hoping we turned them into adventurers like we are!
When you first enter the trail you cross a large bridge and it's beautiful rippling water on either side of you.
As you travel along you stay right beside the river for a while, turning with the water until you come to a fork where you can choose to continue on the trail and hike for as long as you want or you can go out onto a floating bridge and go right into the middle of the swamp.
We chose to do both paths. First we went down the regular hiking trail where you come to a State Champion tree. The girls were disappointed that the tree is a champion because of its girth and not the height.
After we turned around to head back we did the swamp bridge and it cheered them up a lot. They loved that you go directly into the middle of the swamp until you can no longer see land around you. It really feels like you are in the middle of nature, more than if you were on a paved hiking trail.
This was the farthest we've traveled for a trail so far and overall they enjoyed it. They're already asking when we can go back and try one of the longer trails. I had fun, but I like the scenic trails a lot more. I want big rocks and mountains and hills to climb rather than easy breezy trails.