This was a great trial to hike with the kids (ages 5, 3 , and 1). Definitely busy on the weekends. We didn't make it very far but had a good time. Lots of spots to stop by the creek and let the kids play in the water. We were not thrilled by all the bikers on the trail as we had to keep pulling the kids aside to let them pass. There are some picnic tables at the trailhead to enjoy a snack or picnic lunch.
This was a lovely hike. Flat along the stream with gorgeous fall colors. After about 3 miles it turns away from the stream and goes up the hill to the woods. It's a pretty steady climb, but not too bad for hiking. This part of the trail is the the pine trees and very "woodsy" and shady. Lots of bikers but they were mostly courteous and slowed down for us. Lots of dogs - some leashed, some not which doesn't bother me. This is a new favorite fall hike for me and my dog!
A good hike with adequate parking at the start. Very much enjoyed the walk near the river. The paths we took had cover with some areas out in the open sun, so don't forget that sunscreen. As stated before the path is used by both hikers and cyclists, both being courteous to each other. We did meet one horse and his rider who had to stop and pet....the horse not the rider. Definitely would recommend this hike for all ages.
Victoria S. on Lair O' the Bear Trail
Fantastic for toddlers and children alike! Beautiful views and a very easy hike/walk. Lots of places to stop and look at the creek which runs along this trail. It's become a new favorite for our family and friends