This is a fantastic loop. The hike was more difficult than I anticipated but doable. Drink water and take breaks when needed. I took the loop to john rock then did the rest of the loop. The weather was perfect and I loved seeing all the fall foliage. An absolutely gorgeous hike
A nice hike but since it's 2 different trails, the directions on the app are a little confusing. Going clockwise, when you get to the top of the loop where you have the choice of blue or yellow, go blue which will take you along the creek. We came across numerous mountain bikers at the start but otherwise not a soul during peak color season!
This is a real easy trail. If your a beginner or just want an easy day on the trails this is it. We've hiked this trail once before in the winter,and enjoyed it. It has had maintenance on the bridges which is nice. Some are still just logs to get across,although I enjoy the logs. But we couldn't take our dog on the trail before the maintenance because of the gaps in the log bridges. Not much to see on the trail ,it is also a mountain bike trail so look out for them as well. All around,just an easy trail for one of those days where you don't feel like pushing too hard.
This was a great hike! It was more of an incline than we thought it would be..its marked as moderate on this app,but it's actually marked as very difficult on the trail. A lot of roots and rocks ,but the trail is an interesting trail. Taking the bypass to John Rock is highly recommended if your up for a little more distance and incline,but the views are pretty amazing. It took us about 3 hrs-6 miles ,but we also hung out at Johns Rock for a little while. There were many people who were camping here and there,so if your up for pitching a tent,there are many flat areas. All around,we really enjoyed this hike ! Also, the store at the education center where you park has a map of the trail. I would stop in there and grab one before you go. It's open till 4:30pm.