Fern Park is a free, four-season, town of Inlet recreation park located on Loomis Road, just off of South Shore Road. Visitors can hike, bike, ski, and 'shoe! There is even ice skating in winter and weddings in summer.
In summer, this park offers a playground, ball field, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, public restrooms, and a network of more than 20 miles of loop hiking and mountain biking trails that range from easy to difficult. There are single and double track trails for riders and hikers to follows, with lots of elevation changes. Winter brings groomed sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing outside and an indoor skating rink, public restrooms, and warming rooms in the pavilion. There is 1.2 miles of lit and groomed trails in the winter for nighttime ski and snowshoe excursions.
How to get there
From downtown Inlet, drive SE on Rte 28 and make a right onto South Shore Road. Follow for 0.3 miles, make a left onto Loomis Road, and continue for about 100 yards to the parking area.
By the numbers
There are 20 miles of looping trails ranging from easy to expert. It's easy to make any number of loops on Fern Park's trails. Families can do short hikes, but there are plenty of longer options for those seeking a challenge.
Fern Park Recreational Area is a multiple use trail system, built on both private and public lands.
Go for a short walk or explore more of the 20 miles worth of trails.
Fern Park is single-track mountain biking paradise.The system has over 20 miles of maintained mountain bike trails, ranging from easy to difficult.
Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing
Fern Park has free, fully groomed single and double track cross-country ski trails that are also open to snowshoes. There is a warming room and daily plowed parking, plus an ice rink and a children's sledding hill. The park is open until 10 p.m.
This is the perfect spot for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Meticulously maintained and groomed by the Town of Inlet's Park and Recreation department, this single and double track cross-country ski trail system offers something for everyone from the beginner level skier to the seasoned backcountry adventurer. In addition, the trails are set up to accommodate traditional and skate cross-country technique as well as snowshoes.
Prefer night skiing? Fern Park can accommodate that as well, since trail lights cover 1.2 miles of trails.
Total trail distance: 20 miles of interconnecting loops.
Miles of groomed trails: 14 miles of interconnecting loops groomed for traditional and skate skiing and snowshoe travel.
Ungroomed trails: 6 miles of outer loop single track trails
Miles of light trails: 1.2 miles of groomed single track and skate ski until 10 p.m.
Ice Skating and Sledding
There's a groomed sledding hill and indoor skating rink.
Ask about having your celebration in these lovely surroundings.
You can get a detailed map of the system from the Inlet Information office by calling 866-GO-INLET, or log onto their website and download the map.
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