The trail is probably usually wonderful. But after walking the "red trail" today I was a bit disappointed to see all the logging. Parts of the trail are not accessible due to it being an active logging site. The trails that were open however were very well maintained. The staff I did not speak to but everyone gave me a very friendly wave. I hope the paths get reopened soon. I would like to go again.
I jogged this trail and really enjoyed it. I kicked off near the playground and decided to head clockwise onto Loggers Red Trail (red). The initial run is pretty steep and you'll be a bit out of breath by the top. So much for a warm up!!! From there it flattens out. At one of the next major intersections I decided to branch out onto the James Campbell Trail (yellow). This was both a terrible and glorious decision. From a hiking perspective, it is very beautiful and scenic. From a trail running perspective, it's a bit steep and the floors not very level. Glad to have made the choice though! At the end I hit blue which is just a down hill to the parking lot. This section is more falling than running. Overall I'm was very happy with this run. A bit dangerous, but well worth it if you're fine with the occasional walk. 4/5 - would run again.
Not sure who created this particular "trail", but there is more than just one trail here. The Yellow Loop is the longest. There are also a Blue and a Red trail. The Yellow Loop does cross over a creek four or five times so be prepared to go from rock to rock in order to make your way across. It's a beautiful hike and many people go with their dogs.
This a great wooded loop that provides several nice hill climbs and stream crossings. It can get crowded if you go there on a summer weekend. Make sure you know where you are going once on the trail so you can make use of the full loop. If you take a wrong turn you risk missing the best parts of the hike!!
Went here a 2-3 weeks ago for a hike with my wife and our dog. Saw a lot of other dogs that day, so if you are looking for a hike without dog traffic this may not be your best bet. We were planning to do the 4-mile loop depicted on the map but had a little trouble following the trail past the northern section of the lake (going clockwise), which I learned later was the Loggers (Red) Trail. I think we must have gotten onto the Iron Mine (Gray) Trail. Ended up backtracking to the parking lot and finding the Lake (Orange) Trail which goes on the southern side of the lake, followed this to the first gas line and onto the Virginia Pine (Green) Trail, turned right on the Loggers (Red) Trail, then came down the Laurel (Blue) Trail back to the parking lot. Must have done about 2 miles including the initial confusion. Anyways, I would suggest trying to get one of the trail maps when you get there (I think there was a kiosk around the parking lot, and possibly they have some maps available at the nature center), which shows all the inner loops with their names and colors of blazes described above. It was a nice hike- beautiful woods and some huge trees in the area- and I hope to get back sometime to explore the southern section, esp. along Baisman Run. The nature center was wonderful, with all kinds of displays and animals that are found in the area, quite an unexpected treat for me. I think children would really enjoy it, and I vaguely remember seeing postings of nature programs they do. Enjoy!