Behind the Happy Day's Visitor Center staff and handicapped parking lot a very visible trailhead kiosk welcomes you to the well-worn 0.5-mile Haskell Run path that begins on a slender slice of land between the Haskell Run ravine and the Mater Dolorosa cemetery. It will take the average hiker about 30 minutes to hike this easy path, which has an elevation change of only 70 feet. You'll descend into a cooler environment paralleling Haskell Run. Here you'll notice a slight change in plant material featuring more ferns and mosses. Creek wildlife includes small amphibians, songbirds and small fur-bearing animals such as skunks, squirrels, and raccoons. After several creek crossings, the trail climbs up to the visitor center spilling hikers out onto the large playfield oftentimes used by rangers and their platoons of "Junior Rangers." Walk east across the lawn to re-enter the tunnel carrying you beneath SR 303 and to the parking lot.
Directions: From Peninsula, OH, Travel two miles east along State Route 303 to reach the Happy Days Visitor Center. General public parking is located on the north side of State Route 303. ADA parking is on the south side behind the Center. (Happy Days is 0.5 east of SR 8.) The trailhead is located behind the Visitor Center at the kiosk.
Elevation: 850 feet
Elevation Gain: 70 feet
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