Spring has sprung, everything is green and blooming, and we have more than 30 trails to enjoy within Big Canoe. While many of the trails are great for a bit of more rigorous hiking, many others are easy, not long, and well-suited for a casual scenic stroll in the forest.
One of these easy, scenic paths is the Lake Petit Trail, which begins at the crosswalk and short staircase on Quail Cove Drive (between Woodland Trace and Fallen Deer Path). At the other side of the crosswalk, at the edge of Quail Cove, one or two cars might park along the edge of the street, as is done by Trails Committee volunteers when monitoring trail condition or doing maintenance. At the foot of the stairs is a convenient station with bags for dog waste.
Since Lake Petit Trail is in essence an extension of the Indian Mounds Trail that begins at Indian Rocks Park and ends at the Quail Cove Drive crosswalk, an option is to leave your car at the small lot at Indian Rocks Park on Woodland Trace and enjoy an additional scenic .3-mile walk (with a bit more up-and-down) past the Indian rock mounds and down to the cove.
Lake Petit Trail winds for just over a quarter-mile through the forest, ending at the tip of the longest cove on the west side of Lake Petit, where the stream flows into the lake. There, you may rest on a bench at the water’s edge and watch for fish, deer, squirrels, ducks, geese, songbirds and eagles that frequent that spot. Along the way are footbridges over the winding stream that alternates between rushing through narrow rock channels and quiet, shaded pools. The path also passes by a couple of ancient Indian rock cairns. Take a book and a bottle of water and enjoy some time at the trail-end bench.