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Forest and Meadow Loop


Pleasant nature loop with interpretive signs.

Hiking Easy

2 km
40 m
40 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
2.3 km
Forest and Meadow Loop Map

This is a simple, family-friendly hike located right next to the nature center on Lookout Mountain. Stop in the center to learn about regional plants and wildlife, then walk this trail for a chance to spot some of them.


The full loop is comprised of two interconnected trails: Forest Loop and Meadow Loop. Both are for hikers only, so you won't have to contend with mountain bikers. Forest Loop has interpretive signs that create a self-guided nature tour among shady ponderosa pine forest. There are also plenty of benches at which to rest and take it all in. Meadow Loop is more open and sunny and has fewer benches and signage. The extension onto Meadow Loop is optional, for a shorter excursion you can stick to Forest Loop.

Sources: https://www.jeffco.us/1281/Lookout-Mountain-Preserve-and-Nature-Cen https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/9374/Lookout-Mountain-Nature-Center-and-Preserve-Map



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between April and November


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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