The horseshoes attached to the trail sign were found by Kearney’s Dog Sled Committee members who created and maintain this trail. Horseshoe Trail is used by the mushers during the annual Dog Sled Races, held on the 2nd weekend of February. The name of the trail acknowledges the contribution of sturdy horses during the early days of lumbering in Kearney. In the late 1880s several logging camps could be found in the area. A local resident recalls that men working in camps in the winter “were paid almost as much as they could earn through farming, in a year – in fact they were paid almost double that if they brought a horse.” See Kearney 100 Years for more details. The trail takes you up and along a ridge above Sucker Creek to the right. The roller coaster terrain curls through a picturesque hardwood forest. The current end point is a well-marked gate which leads to private property. Retrace your steps from this point. This four season, non motorized trail is perfect for walkers, mountain bikers, bird watchers, photographers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
Moose, deer and black bears visit the area.
Note: Part of Patton Road is not maintained in the winter.