HUDSON TRAIL SYSTEM– this 5 km loop trail includes 4 sections so far– Findlay Trail, Linear Trail, Murdock Trail, Sunrise Meadows Trail. 2 of the trail sections parallel Bean Creek in places: Linear Trail from M-34 north, where it meets up with the Murdock Trail running north on the old RR line to Hudson Elementary School on Maple Grove Ave.

See map below for the full trail system

Old stone RR bridge, built 1871, along M-34 at entrance to Linear Park

Linear Trail is a paved walking path along Bean Creek in downtown Hudson, from Main Street/M-34 at the Bean Creek bridge, north to the Department of Public Works at Jackson St. The streambanks are lined with several large cottonwood and sycamore trees, with significant stands of the native cranberry bush on both sides of the path.  The wild cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) has large white flower clusters in May and brilliant red fruits that last most of the winter.

Several of the huge cottonwood trees along the path; flower of the native wild cranberry bush

Murdock Trail picks up across Jackson St from the Linear Trail, crosses Bean Creek and continues through a beautiful wooded stretch with views of Bean Creek in several locations. The trail goes north to a sharp turn uphill at the Hudson Elementary School and to Maple Grove Ave. Across Maple Grove, the stretch called Sunrise Meadows Trail continues past Hudson High School and east to near Munson Hwy. Engle Trail – the last section of the trail, scheduled for completion in 2014– will pick up from Sunrise Meadows, loop behind Rima Mfg and back to the Findlay Trail along M-34.

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Wild cranberry in September along the Murdock trail; and Wingstem, a native wildflower that is host to the rare Gold Moth

The Murdock Trail north of Jackson St in October

Bird List for Murdock Trail, 4-12-14

Northern Cardinal
Wild Turkey
American Robin
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Cooper’s Hawk
Hermit Thrush
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wood Duck
Song Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
Turkey Vulture
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Bluebird

Google overview of all Hudson Trails: