This a year around, family friendly trail that follows Plumb Brook upstream to a set of waterfalls and a picnic area. To make this trek into a loop, you can follow the Lariat trail back to the trail head. This is suitable for snowshoes in the winter months.
From the red marked trail heads SW through a red pine plantation and you will see the first views of Plumb Brook in the distance below you. You soon start downhill and into mixed hardwoods and reach the brook at 0.25 miles. The trail follows the brook closely and is mostly level. At 0.4 miles, the trail splits the red marked horse trail goes right, the red marked foot trail goes left. The trail will have several of these along the way and rejoin further along. The horse trail avoids some of the rougher and steeper spots. There are a couple of spots where the trail is quite narrow along rock ledges very close to the water. These are easily avoided by following the herd paths over the hills to the right. At 1.2 miles you will reach Plum Brook falls. Climbing the hill to the right of the falls will give you a fine elevated view of the falls. The picnic area is down the other side of the hill below.
To create a loop out of this trek, continue across the picnic area and follow the driveway west for 200 yards or so and you will find the beginning of the blue marked Lariat trail on your right. This trail leads through a white pine forest and is offers more up & down climbing than the Brookview trail. There are plenty of rocky outcrops to enjoy or scramble along the way. At 1.9 miles you will be next to GT’s restaurant & bar, a great place to stop for break and lunch. From this point the trail weaves through many ledges and stone outcrops. These are perfect places to do some rock scrambling and pose for some pictures. There are several points where you can see the Brookview trail below you. The trail finishes in another red pine plantation, and your car will be a 100 yards to your right.
From County Route 24, in Russell, turn NE onto Burnell Road. Follow this for 0.3 miles, turning right (SE) at the Plumb Brook public fishing stream sign. The trail head will be 100 yards ahead, at the right of the parking area.