The rolling woodlands and quiet waters of A.W. Marion State Park offer visitors a welcome escape from the rigors of everyday life This small (309 acres) but unique park offers a variety of recreational activities while maintaining a quiet atmosphere of natural serenity
Hiked these trails today with my wife .A few things upset me a little! 1. Covered dog poop on trail with a big rock! 2. Thought world war 3 was goin on at the S>E> end of the lake! 3.Met hunters on the trail with guns.This is a beautiful place to relax and unwind. Just not today!!!!
Quaint trail for a very pleasant hike. No elevation change, well-worn, easy trail but with some really nice scenery. I stayed at the campground on the opposite side of the lake and literally started the trail from my camp site. Nice quick morning hike with dogs before hitting the road.
Nice trail for a quick hike! Please keep your pets on a leash,IT IS THE LAW! And if your to lazy to pick up the poo Please just kick it off the trail. Other than that there is a gun range on the south side of the lake. Should be no problems they shoot away from the trail! Been coming here for years no major problems...
I agree with the other reviews on the pleasantness and ease of the <5 mile loop. That loop is the official trail and it is marked with blue blazes. What I enjoy about hiking at Hargus is finding the unofficial, "hidden" red (orange) paths. Their total length is about 6 miles around the lake. If you include the unofficial, wooded path hidden in the official loop west, southwest of the dam, it approaches 7 miles. The red trail has more secluded natural beauty, especially the section that runs east of the campground. I love letting my dogs run free on the red paths. There are spring fed creeks in addition to the lake where they can cool off. Good luck finding the red blazes and if you do, take along a stick with which to brush away the spider webs from the trails.
When I want to get out, and don't feel like traveling far, this is a good 5 mile walk. Trail isn't difficult at all, couple of smallish hills and there is a section along the eastern part of the trail that gets pretty muddy when it rains. There are also some stretches of the trail that are exposed to the sun with no cover, so plan for that.
One thing to note - the local school kids like to use this trail for track practice, so you may seem them jogging around the lake.
There is a campground at the lake, and the fishing is decent, so if you want a quick and remote getaway it's not too bad.
This is a great trail and some beautiful scenic views. However, the trail is marked as a 5 mile trail. My GPS consistantly tells me it's about 4.2 miles. If you are looking for steeper hills to climb then do the trail counter clock-wise. If you are want to climb more gradually then I'd go clockwise. Either way it is a great trail.