Dancing Marsh Loop Trail
- Distance (round-trip): 0.75 mile
- Duration (round-trip): 15 - 40 minutes
- Difficulty: Easy
- Access: Trail can be accessed from either the Historic Area of the park or from the Nature Trail.
This trail can be accessed from the Nature Trail, the Historic Area near the Hog Pen & the Rockefeller Barn, and the Historic Area at the Footbridge. The trail is unpaved, on uneven ground, frequently very muddy, and downed trees and/or limbs occasionally block the trail. This trail description starts at the Footbridge and continues counterclockwise.
From the Historic Area, head north across the 400-foot-long Footbridge over the Dancing Marsh.
Use the left-hand branch at the trail intersection on the far side of bridge (the right-hand branch follows the Nature Trail northward towards the Log House and the Picnic Area).
Head west for 1000 feet across two trail sections and two footbridges to reach intersection (note: these sections of trail overlap the Nature Trail).
Take the left-hand branch westward for 250 feet to stay on the Dancing Marsh Loop Trail and to cross the next boardwalk (the right-hand branch follows the Nature Trail).
Continue southwest for 550 feet to reach the fourth and final footbridge.
The trail turns southeast for 600 feet and continues up a small hill with snake rail fencing on the right.
At the intersection, the Rockefeller Barn is visible to the left and the Hog Pens are on the right.
Head straight (east) on a loose gravel path at the intersection (the right-hand branch is a gravel road that heads towards the Visitor Center).
After heading east for 100 feet, the Farm Workshop and the Tobacco Barn will be on the left. A small enclosed field and the Loafing Barn is on the right.
Continue east for 300 feet to reach the next intersection. On the left is the Weaving Room and the Public Restroom (open seasonally). Take the left-hand branch (the right-hand branch is a brick path towards the Memorial House Museum, the Gazebo, the Colonial Kitchen, the Colonial Garden, and Building X).
Head northeast down the steep staircase to reach this description’s starting point of the Footbridge (be careful as there are no handrails on the steps).
- Parking: Four designated spots at the Visitor Center Parking Lot.
- Restrooms: At the Visitor Center, men's and women's restrooms are wheelchair accessible with door operating by a push- button. Can be accessed from inside or outside.
- Water: At the Visitor Center, inside water fountain and water filling station is wheelchair accessible.
- Learn more about accessibility in the park.