Throughout Wharton are rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails (including a major section of the Batona Trail), miles of unpaved roads for mountain biking and horseback riding and numerous lakes, ponds and fields ideal for wildlife observation. Bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, marsh hawks, ospreys, great blue herons, swans, screech owls, great-horned owls, bluebirds, hummingbirds, purple martins, goldfinch, turkeys, beavers, river otters, fox and deer are only some of the wildlife the alert visitor can see.
Flat. Sandy. Roadside. The three most prevalent features of this trail. Every campsite was within earshot of the road, and thus traffic. The trail was relatively well maintained, but was flat and boring beyond belief. This was worthy of a day hike and nothing more.
-Through hike fall2015
This is a great trail! Hiked the 9.5 mile loop in about 3.5 hours. Followed yellow blazes, to green, to purple which linked us back to the yellow taking us back to the parking lot. Everything was very well maintained and marked. Trail was mostly flat with soft ground and was very easy. I hiked with full gear and supplies for 6 days (training for longer trips) and still had no problem making good time. The trail cuts in and out of several sandy "roads" for dirt bikes, etc. We were there in February, so it was very quiet and only encountered one other person. Absolutely loved it there and would recommend to anyone for a nice quick hike while still covering good mileage.