trail running
3 months ago

this is a great little park...but i agree with the others. the off road trails can be difficult to navigate because they lack the markers.

i do a fair amount of trail running there which makes it fun because you dont know where youll end up.

should be a volunteer group together to mark the trails.

i go 1 - 2 times per week

The park is gorgeous. It has many beautiful views. It consists of hiking trails, biking, walking sections ect. I attempted the hiking trail and after over an hour of no trail markers, had to turn back. Many of the trails split and circle with no indication of the road or a new trail. I still feel the area is very pretty but the hiking trails need markers.

5 months ago

Good walk

6 months ago

Fairly easy trail. My dog especially likes it.

Steep climbs in several spots. The scenery is lush green in summer months and falls brings a beautiful display of colors. It's nice to know there is a place one can escape to that is not dotted with buildings. Quiet. Not usually crowded. I wish it were longer, however.

The trails are not well marked but there are some nice views. You can make your hike as hard or as easy as you like. I'll definitely go back to that park.

This wasn't actually a loop was a 2.8 mile stretch and you had to go out and back. It was nice...a mix of shade and sun and not too crowded. I walked the paved trail but noticed some hiking trails through the woods off the main one. Lots of folks with dogs (on leash only) and bicycles.

Beautiful densely wooded county park. huge off leash dog area, much nicer than South Park. There are a decent amount of long trails with moderate elevation, suitable for afternoon hike or walk with the dog! many picnic areas in the park off the trails.

Exciting afternoon! I walked my dog up in the observatory area. We even did a bit of the perimeter trail. On the way down, on the level part walking back to the car, a deer ran out of the woods chased by three coyotes right in front of us. A backpacker who hikes up there had told me she heard a pack of coyotes howling. Well, now I have proof!

I have hiked around Mingo Creek Park since I was a child. Recently I have been hiking in the observatory/group campground area a lot with my dog. I do not see the perimeter trail as something you hike all at once. I agree with some of the reviews below that parts of it are poorly marked, muddy, and dangerous. There are so many trails all over the park. There are great trails up by the observatory, including parts of the perimeter trail. I'd say walk bits and pieces of the perimeter trail at a time as parts of other walks.

Trail very poorly marked. Numerous unmarked trails intersect trail and trail meanders through meadows and road crossing with no markings to indicate correct direction. Potentially dangerous as many trails go onto private property that is logged. A major headache. Trail is not 5 miles (at least twice that). Muddy in places. It would be a very nice hike if someone would mark the trail properly. Would not recommend it unless you have all day to compensate for all the wrong turns you will take.

Today I hiked the entire perimeter (horse) trail. Its about 13.5 miles. Its a tough trail. Total climb was just under 2000'. Very muddy now; trekking poles were necessary. Great workout, though. Constant up and down.

Very nice park. I hiked over 11 miles, over most of the park. Great scenery, and some challenging hills. Lots of fun. Also tons of paved trails for biking. I will definitely stop by again, when I'm in the area.

3 years ago

parked close to the western entrance and hiked along the paved trail to the eastern. on the way back i walked up to the observatory and then tried a few of the horse trails. those trails aren't marked very well and it is easy to get lost. i had downloaded the maplets map for the park. even with that, one could become lost. got back on the paved trail near the horse trailer parking area on the eastern side of the park and hiked back.

Today my boyfriend and I completed the trail that runs the perimeter of the park. He thinks it falls somewhere between 12 and 15 miles in distance....i think for sure it was at least 15. It took 6 hours, and it almost kicked my butt! There are beautiful views and lovely forest settings all along this trail. Topographically, there were lots of hills, but they never seemed too much to get through. They were long enough to challenge. and just short enough not to discourage a novice hiker. Although not well-marked (i didn't need markings because my boyfriend has been hiking and biking that park for 10+years), Mingo's trails are very well-maintained. I suggest that you pick up a trail map at the park office.
Today was a perfect beginning of fall day. We prefer fall and winter hiking because spring and summer rains can make the trails extremely muddy. Besides the extensive trail system, Mingo also has some wonderful pavilions, playground areas, and other amenities that make this one of our favorite local treasures.

road biking
4 years ago

There is now a paved walking/biking path that runs almost the length of the park. Starting near the Henry Covered Bridge the path winds back and forth across the main road for the first 0.5 miles. Traffic through the park usually isn't bad so its not much of an issue, just keep an eye out especially if you have little ones with you. Once you get to the 'Leash-Free Area' you are about half way. At this point I join the main road as I'm not ready to make the hill climb that goes up to the dog park area (on a bicycle). The path winds back to the creek and across the Ebenezer Covered Bridge. About .25 miles from there is the steepest climb, not horrible but not simple. Another 0.5 to .75 of a mile takes you to the end of the path. One way the path is about 2.7 miles long.

Trail was difficult to follow in some areas due to lack of trail markings or blazes. Overall good experience and will go again. The rest of the park is very well maintained.

Beware if there has been a lot of rain because this trail is heavily used by horseback riders and turns pretty muddy. I hike here with my kids and sometimes they sink to their thighs in mud.

We like the park and the trail. I agree with a previous poster that the trail entrances could be marked better but all things considered it's a great county park to hike, fish, run, or have a picnic in.