Pretty good XC riding, nothing too difficult and not very technical. A few trails have some nice wood features but some need maintenance. If you're looking for a nice fun downhill ride, Rippin, Unemployment, Dirtworks, and Vanderkamp are your best bets. Personally I would love to be able to build my own trail in some of the sections here, but that would be very frowned upon. Overall, the area is nice for XC but I believe it has potential for some much better trails including some downhill.
Not for the faint of heart! Literally - lots of cardio! There's a -lot- of up and down that I wasn't quite expecting, but plenty of flatter areas between to rest. The shelters were well placed for resting and the vast majority of the trek was shaded. No drinking water between start and finish, though - I'd say bring a camel pack with 1-2L capacity, and take it slow. Took me around 4 hours to complete. Expect that or longer. Definitely going again.
I went mountain biking here by myself the other day for the first time. I got lost a few times trying to find the bike specific trails, but the trails are well marked and easy to follow. The trails were nice and decently maintained. The map system is great but I regret not bringing a compass. Overall a great place to ride your bike
The trail has a lot of diversity and really helpful signage with maps every so often. The trail clearly sees a lot of maintenance, made evident by the many trail structures in place, including an impressively long turnpike system. There are definitely some blowouts and muddy spots along the way but they didn't put us off our hike today. Minimal incline, not a challenging walk. I would definitely go again.
I hiked the Phil Suters Memorial Main Trail the day after Christmas. The trail was very muddy and incredibly eroded making this a very miserable experience. The most eroded sections appear to have been caused by motorized vehicles. It also appears they are in the process of a lumber felling operation as there was a very large number of trees lying perpendicular to the trail reducing the natural feel of forest. Some more positive points of this park is that it is very well marked, has a number of lean-to structures, and has a staffed lodge with restrooms. At the time of my hike there was a $3 day use admission.
Dave C. on Highland Forest Nature Trail
I have both snowshoed and cross-country skied here. There are dedicated trails for each making both a nicer experience. The evergreen forest is beautiful, especially after a fresh snowfall. There are various trails from easy to moderate. The lodge is beautiful with a nice fireplace. There's also a sledding hill. There's a small fee for annual use as well as a slightly higher fee for cross-country skiing￼
Easily accessible, multi-use trails. We did the near nine-mile "Main Trail" today. Essentially, the hike takes you around the perimeter of the park. It was interesting enough, with plenty of ups and downs, various environments, a few creeks and nice overlooks of the surrounding farmland. Though, in a region that boasts some of the most beautiful gorges east of Mississippi, I wouldn't place this hike in my top five. Given that it's late spring, it was very muddy for a good clip (bring the hiking boots).