Our backyard can be your playground. Bluefield City Park, also called Lotito City Park, is not just for children. The park boasts of a 14-mile trail system in the wooden areas around the park.
There are 7 recreational trails in the 440-acre park where resident and visitors can run, walk and ride and explore Mother Nature. On the trails you will find blackberries and raspberries during the summer, a host of West Virginia wildflowers in the spring and shades of red and gold during the fall. Nature signs on the Family Friendly Trail are great ways to teach children about trees.
There is plenty of parking as well as different shelters for picnics. A playground area is in the center of the grassy park. Bridges over the creek add a charming feature as well.
The area is popular with mountain bikers, walkers and runners from all over the area. It is also the location of the Crying Wolf Challenge for mountain bikers, an annual race held every May.
Here is a breakdown of the 7 different trails. (Note: you can loop on many of these trails):
Family Friendly Trail – 1.3 miles. This hard-packed gravel is perfect for family walks. The trails follows the paved road around the inside of the park. This trails begins at the trail cabin. (Easy)
Sleeping Wolf Trail – 4 miles. Bikers and walkers will love the 2-hour loop hike. It begins at either the tennis courts or at the trail cabin. (Moderate/difficult)
Creek Trail – 1 mile. This is a beginner’s trail that crosses the creek. This begins .2 miles behind the trail cabin. (easy/moderate)
Bluebird Trail -2 miles. You start at the halfway point of the Creek Trail. Be prepared for a gradual ascent. (moderate/steep
Cardinal Trail -2 miles. This trail begins after a steep ascent on the Sleeping Wolf Trail and ends at the Little League fields or reconnects with the Sleeping Wolf trail. (moderate/steep)
Rhododendron Trail -2 miles. Right off the Sleeping Wolf trail, this path follows a ravine and ends on the Cardinal Trail. (moderate/steep)
Scout Trail -1.5 miles – Built by the Boy Scouts, this trails turns off the Creek Trail. (Easy/moderate)
This post was last updated on August 4, 2016