I read the reviews prior to going myself. About half of the trail is rock roads, which is awful on your feet. The actual trails, though, did not disappoint. I recently moved down to Illinois for work, from North Dakota, where I've been used to plains hiking in the Badlands, but I am originally from Georgia and have hiked several sections of the App Trail in the north Georgia mountains. I did have some difficulty with some of the inclines, as some were very, very steep gains and I didn't have poles with me. The most scenic areas are parts of the mostly dried creek bed and then the natural rock shelter. The rest was just a walk in the woods, and a very long walk at that. Everything looking basically the same made the length of the hike a bit of a struggle. I agree with the Hard rating of this hike.
Tony S. on Low Gap Trail
Good long hike. Not too challenging other than distance. Typical hike in the woods. We got a hard down poor in the middle of the trail which turned the trail into a stream. Made for an unusual experience. An average payoff for the effort.
Nice lengthy trail. Might have passed a dozen other hikers. Not extremely scenic. Down in the creek, which was dried up, was the prettiest area. Other than that, it was just a walk in the woods. Took about 3h45m. Feet are a little sore from walking on all those rocks.
Nice trail. Easier than low gap. Trail marked pretty well except one spot. If starting from cherry lake going clockwise, at paved road go left (on the road). The trail picks up again about .25 mile ahead on the right. Trail is overgrown in some areas. Some mud. Lots of gnats, deer flies, especially close to the water. Two ticks. Met about 10 people on the trail. Mostly shade.
A good workout. (We combined it with the Ridge Trail to total 14 miles.)The trail is well marked. Scenery is gorgeous. We met about 12 people along the trail. About 25% of the trail is actually gravel roads. Leaving 75% of wonderful trail. Not a lot of roots. I agree with previous comments. The recommendation for very experienced "adventurers" only likely is endurance -related. Ended up with one tick, no problem with mosquitos. Planning on hiking the 3 lakes trail next.
CINDY P. on Three Lakes Trail
They changed the route. Did not seem near as hard as it use to be.
CINDY P. on Low Gap Trail
It was quite, just the sounds of nature. Still a lot of down trees on the trail you have to climb over. Would love to see them move these trailer into the woods. Seem like most of the trails where on rocky roads.
Took a little more than 3 hours to do the full loop. My GPS says 10.3 miles from start to finish. Overall I really enjoyed this trail. The hills are good. Had me breating hard at the top. Some really good views from the lakes and over all a really good day.