Hike this trail in the fall or spring when the leaves are off the trees. Also, when you get to Turkey Creek, KEEP GOING up the river to Millstream Gardens. You have spectacular views of the river between turkey creek and Millstream gardens when the leaves are off the trees. Just a awesome hime if you hike it at the right time of year.
If u don't stay in the campground, the day use fee to walk the .04 mile trail is a required fee of $2 cash. If u ignore that or try to park outside the day use area you'll find the cranky campground owner inquiring as to why you're loitering just to look up a different park.Not even AN ATM was offered, but a grumpy man telling us he spends a lot of time mowing the side of the road that we are parked on outside the day use area.
It was an ok hike with one or two nice places to stop and enjoy the scenery, however for the most part the trails are dilapidated and over run. I don't know where this 1.9 mile hike was considering there are multiple trails and very very few signs to lead you in the right direction. Per gps I went 4.34 miles.
Pros: a good long hike next to a river. Swimming is possible sometimes along with fishing and maybe camping in a few very small areas.
Cons: I did not do any research on this hike before going, I just saw and went (disclaimer).
There are several trails and several signs pointing this way and that way with cool names but NO distance indicators! Super frustrating. I don't know if I'm going down a 20 mile hike or it's just around the bend.
The trails are wild! Bring a damn machete!
They charge you just to park! Granted it's only two bucks but wtf.
We hiked this trail from Silver Mines to Mill Stream Gardens. It was great to hike along the river for most of the trail. It did get wet at times with some springs running onto the trail. This is a scenic hike with lots to see. If you're lucky you will see whitewater kayakers showing their skills on the river. There are multiple outlooks to sit and watch. I will definitely be back.