By John Pollpeter, Lead Naturalist, Woodlands Nature Station
Honker Lake Trail
Autumn brings some of the best hiking opportunities at Land Between the Lakes. The changing colors and mild temperatures chase away the feelings of heat and humidity of late summer.
Honker Lake Trail checks off all the major components for a great fall day hike – and more!
My favorite, Honker Trail is located near our Woodlands Nature Station. You can easily come visit our back yard with our natural gardens, bat boxes, and rescued native animals before or after your hike.
The trail loops around Honker Lake for 4.5 miles and is part of the 8,500-acre Nature Watch Area managed for wildlife view ability.
The bottomland forest offers a wide array of trees allowing for the most dramatic vistas of crimson reds, vibrant oranges, and deep yellows.
The lake has served as a wildlife refuge since its inception. Thousands of migrating waterfowl and songbirds take advantage of its safe harbor.
Wintering bald eagles often hunt the shorelines looking for easy prey; making our National Bird easier to spot while flying around.
Restrooms, picnic tables, and grills are available to add to your day.
All you’ll need for this hike are comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a pair of binoculars. You probably want to take your camera too!
Take a look at the wildlife commonly seen during a fall day hike on Honker Lake Trail.