Trail 7: The Deer Trail Loop
On the Fairview Map, this trail’s color is white; walking distance: .38 miles.
This loop trail begins at the Deer Trail sign behind the Astronomy Pavilion, then heads west. Once you come upon the clearing (which is the beginning of the Trail 3 - White Pine Trail, or in the middle of Trail 4 - Dry Pond Trail,) turn north. You will then walk up toward Turtle Pond, where the trail will take you back to the main driveway. Turn east and walk around the Geology Wall, past the Astronomy Pavilion and end back at the Deer Trail Sign.
First stop on the Deer Trail is the Turtle Pond. Depending on the season you can observe turtles, frogs, salamanders, and lots of microscopic organisms. The alga floating on the top is Duckweed. You have to be very quiet to see the turtles on the logs.
Check out this information on the life cycle of the turtle: Which type lives in turtle pond?
The deer walks often on this trail but hides in the brush below the trail. It is also a favorite hangout for Woodpeckers. Can you find some evidence of a woodpecker?