An 8.8-mile trail for hikers, horseback riders and bicyclists follows the perimeter of the lake. There are shorter walks to the various boardwalks that extend over the lake. An easy 1.3-mile walk from the Nature Center brings you to the Gazebo Boardwalk, where you can get an excellent view of the rookery using a spotting scope. View the Barr Lake Area Map.
Niedrach Nature Trail
The Niedrach Nature Trail, which begins near the Nature Center, is a short loop trail leading from the main trail through an open field, along the lake shore and across a boardwalk over the lake.
Prairie Welcome Trail
The newest trail, Prairie Welcome Trail, circles the east from the Nature Center into the prairie for a little more than one mile and has several trailheads.
Hikers are encouraged to use binoculars and spotting scopes to get a closer look at the wildlife. Several wildlife observation stations have been constructed at good viewing locations.
Lake Perimeter Trail
Permitted uses: Foot, horse, mountain bike, eagle express
Miles paved: 0
Miles non-paved: 9.0
Total distance: 9.0
Degree of difficulty: Easy
ADA accessible: Varies
Comments: Great wildlife watching opportunities from this trail
Trail Restrictions: The road across the top of the dam (Crest Trail) is open to hikers and bicycles, but not to horses. Horseback riders can use the lower trail below the dam. The Crest Trail is closed completely on waterfowl hunting days (Wednesdays and Saturdays from October through February). Visitors are not allowed on the dam face or on any irrigation control structure. Bicycles and horses are permitted on the main trails, but not on the boardwalks. Bicyclists are encouraged to use bikes with thorn-proof tires because the trails are not paved and thorns are prevalent. Dogs are not allowed in the refuge and they must be on a leash in all other parts of the park. No motorized vehicles are permitted on the trails. All trails are closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
View the Barr Lake Brochure and Area Map.
For other trails near Barr Lake State Park, check out Brighton and Adams County.