Xiaocukeng Ancient Trail (小粗坑古道)
Xiaocukeng Ancient Trail used to be a cattle driveway built along the Xiaocukeng Creek during the period of Japanese occupation. It was used by ancient mountain residents to carry cargo between Hsinchu Guanxi Zhukeng Shiliao and Maowudu areas, passing through Sankengzi (now Longtan) and Dakekan (now Daxi). As a result, the Xiaocukeng Ancient Trail became a very important and popular route. However, with the industrial road development at Shihmen Reservoir, the popularity of the Xiaocukeng Ancient Trail gradually declined. On the other hand, the original rich ecology was retained. Milk trees, angel trumpets, ferns, and camphor trees, etc., can be spotted as well as rare species like papilio, central formosan toad, and Swinhoe’s frog. Nowadays, it has become a popular attraction for outings.
Near the entrance of the ancient trail on Longyuan Road, tourists can find a Yuanyou Earth God Temple built in the Qing Dynasty, with a statue of "Earth God's wife holding a son" inside, which is very rare. In terms of the trail's difficulty level, the whole trail is moderate. The front section is mainly flat; you can still enjoy the scenery of tea farms while tracking. In the middle section, the trail became a pebble one. At the end section, a rope to assist climbing is necessary. If your physical condition permits and you are feeling pumped, you may continue to challenge the Mt. Shihmen Hiking Trail.
Monday: 00:00 – 23:59
Tuesday: 00:00 – 23:59
Wednesday: 00:00 – 23:59
Thursday: 00:00 – 23:59
Friday: 00:00 – 23:59
Saturday: 00:00 – 23:59
- Viewing Deck
■ Parts of the trail are steep.
■Tung flowers bloom from March to May.