If you follow the directions from the app it will take you to the exit of the trail just keep driving down and it will take you to a parking lot and the trail head. I hiked it from the end as i didn't know this at first, like the previous post about a half mile in the trail is gone and washed into the creek. However just that short hike was really nice, hopefully it gets fixed soon.
Good trail, though I only went 5 miles that day. There seems to be some confusion about how long it is, as I've seen 16.6 miles, 23 miles, and now 40 miles? In any case, it has been cleared since Katrina, as some of the older reviews seem to have been written while it was mostly impassable. There are some wet areas if it rained recently, but the trail is pretty well built up in most places and planks were put down in the worst swampy areas. Wear pants and hiking boots and they shouldn't be a problem. There were also a few camp sites at the trail head that anyone could use without charge, so I plan on going back one of these days for a longer trip.
This trail has been rendered completely impassable by the latest floods and weather. Approximately 1/2 mile in where the trail appears to have once followed the river it has been completely washed out. more than one man a dog and a knife can handle. Too bad. The trail liked promising.
It was enjoyable. However, the very beginning is very wet and most of the trail is overgrown. I would wear long pants and waterproof shoes or you will regret the consequences. However, the water features I saw were very pretty (I only went 4 miles in). The dog also did great.
I've only hiked two sections so far. NW and SW from Janice Landing around 4 miles each way.
Southwest from that point is a wilderness trail offering moderate exertion in the Red Hills. The trail to the northwest, however, is very easy and fairly well groomed.
I've mapped out the trail in my maps section using gps data from one of my hikes and a couple of other people's posted tracks, combined with routes based on map data to fill in the blanks.
The parts I've hiked in both directions are well blazed with zero chance of losing your way. I've met a few hunters and other hikers on the trail, and aim to complete the trail as opportunity permits.
Lovely trail, hiked the first 10 miles starting at the Big Creek Landing Recreation Area in late October 2014. It's wide, well maintained and has plenty of stream crossings to replenish water, be sure to have some method of treating your water. For this section a 1 liter (2 quart) bottle and a Steripen Adventurer did the job. The terrain is pretty flat for the most part but there are a few small hills. Easy in that regard.