All trails are open to hikers and horses--with the exception that horses are not allowed on the beach. All trails and rustic roads are closed to ATVs and motorized dirt bikes.
The isthmus between Black and Hawksnest ponds
Besides being private property, it's best to stay off the isthmus, because when water levels are low, Plymouth Gentian grows there. It's a rare plant, easily trampled.
One truly exceptional quality of Hawksnest is the near-perfect preservation of the shore vegetation. This protects water quality, and can serve as a conservation example for the rest of the USA. Everywhere, lake shores are a magnet for people, and mostly destroyed. People have forgotten the importance of intact shore plants in protecting our waters.
So please, don't approach the shores where there are steep slopes--especially west of the Round Cove parking area, and on the north side of the pond. These areas could quickly become eroded.
The former trail over the top of a hill, from the upper Round Cove Rd towards Walker Rd, has been closed for erosion control. It was feeding runoff into the parking area, eroding the parking lot, and threatening the pond with filth from the parking area.
A new bypass trail has been cut, leading from the lower parking area on Round Cove Rd towards Walker Rd.
Link to information on Head of the Bay Cemetery.
Slideshow of walk along north side of Hawksnest and Oliver ponds.