I ride parts of this trail at least monthly and have so for over 5 years. The trail has improved significantly. Trail heads are pretty easy to find. Consider the trail easy which all levels of riders can enjoy. There are sandy areas. I prefer to ride arcadia when other tracks are to wet. You can start at multiple locations (corps project office, central state park, edmond park or spring creek park. There is a charge for park entrances and an honer box at the corps of engineer trail head. I have found the trails to be pretty well maintained with descent trail markers. Good cardio rides with pretty low traffic. Enjoy.
Isn't much of a hiking trip because how easy and flat the trails are but it was an awesome walk in the evening. We showed up around 430pm and didn't have much daylight left to walk around but we managed to get in around 4 miles before dark. We went on a Tuesday evening and we didn't see anyone.
This trail is best ridden after a light rain as in dryer times it can be very sandy. Also the creek crossing can be difficult if not impossible after a heavy rain. I recommend running or riding in the late fall, winter, or early spring as during other times ticks and spider webs arcross the trail can make the trail not as fun. Not technical in most aspects it can still be a way to get into the woods without driving an hour.
Good mix of trails and terrain, but they are poorly marked. Also got charged $6 to enter the park, but there was free parking at the dam. The trails also got VERY sandy near the creek on the western side of the trail. Had to walk our bikes at least 100 yards total in two spots.
Could have had better clues about map and on trail directions. We didn't have a clue about where we were or where we were going. Lol! Trail was nice though. Swalled by trees and tiny trail to walk on. Good for exercise and good for mountain bike but not enough room for someone to pass another. Lake beach close by for cooling off afterwards and intersting nearby places to check out.