Birds & Trails

designed & built by john bicknell

Privately funded by the Chodosh family, the Mingo Springs Trail and Bird Walk was created over the past three years by John Bicknell with the assistance of the grounds crew of the Golf Course. There are three separate sections, and six entry points. The total length of the trail is approximately three miles, with two miles on the back nine and one mile around the front. The trail traverses stands of both hardwood and softwood trees, wetlands, and open fields that border the golf course itself.

The Mingo Springs Trail and Bird Walk is designed to enhance wildlife viewing and provides a relaxing walk around the outer edge of Mingo Springs Golf Course. Leaving from the intersection of Mingo Loop Road and Alpine Way and marked with red blazes, the 2-mile trail around the back nine leads back into hardwood forest and passes a vernal pool, which in the spring and early summer is a haven for amphibians. Emerging from this section of woods, the trail follows the Mingo Loop Road right, heading back into the woods just after a white farmhouse. In the winter this section of trail is diverted over the golf course to avoid the road, allowing snowshoers and cross-country skiers to keep on their equipment. Skirting the golf course, the trail passes through a hardwood forest stand, adjacent to a cedar swamp, over pastures scattered with spruce and fir, and, finally, into a mature stand of softwoods. The trail reemerges onto Mingo Loop Road which can be used to return to the parking area by turning right and following it back towards the golf course.

The front nine section, which also leaves from the Mingo Loop/Alpine Way intersection, is marked with blue blazes and is equally spectacular, especially during Lupine Season as the path leads right down through that immense field of lupine. During the time of full bloom, the scent of the lupine fills the air.

Wildlife sightings are common on the trail and may include white-tailed deer, red squirrels, chipmunks, red foxes, and snowshoe hare. Commonly seen birds include a variety of spring warblers, vireos, woodpeckers, and owls.

Flora & Fauna

A wide variety of birds can be seen and heard on or around Mingo Springs Golf Course. In addition to well-known species like chickadees, nuthatches and woodpeckers, several species of warblers nest in the area, including the Common YellowthroatChestnut-sidedAmerican RedstartYellow-rumpedBlack-throated Blue and Black-throated Green.