The gently rolling hills, lush forests and sparkling waters disguise a land that has endured the effects of continental glaciers and massive mineral extraction. Each year over one million people visit the 16,725-acre park, yet never realize that many people helped restore the park from prior coal mining and oil and gas drilling practices. Today, the park is an outstanding example of environmental engineering achievement.
Dale B. on Sunken Garden Trail
Nice easy trail. Definitely good for families even with smaller children. A few scenic spots of the lake but mostly a walk through the woods
Jeff D. on North Country National Scenic Trail
all paved. little winding path watch your speed everybody uses
We only went out a mile before we turned around but it was such a great trail! It was easily followed and absolutely beautiful. One fair warning is that there were small-game hunters so be sure to wear a bright color. I am definitely planning on going back and completing the entire trail!
This is an easy 3+ mile trail. It does get muddy by the lake on occasion. They recently went through and did some trail maintenance. The blazes were freshened up and are easily seen. The trail was cleared and is nice and open. Overall a top pick for me if I want to do an easy 3 mile hike. Would be good for trail running as well.
Very easy trail through wooded grassy areas. Can get wet if there has been rain. No real inclines and relatively quick. There is a section at about the 3/4 point where you hike through some long grass which isn't clearly marked as the trail. Easy enough to find your way back however.
Nice, easy quick 1-1.5 hour hike. Sneakers or sandals would be fine, however it can get muddy when it rains or by the lake. Wooded in parts and open in other. No real trail markings, but easy to get around. No real elevation change so not strenuous.
T C. on Sunken Garden Trail
We hiked both the short and long trails in one day, and enjoyed both. As others mentioned, the markings were relatively nonexistent, but the scenery was very nice. We recommend both hikes, though encourage others to wear boots (or old shoes) when walking by the lake, as it was muddy for sure. Have fun on these hikes!
We did the longer loop but the trail markings are incorrect. This is a nice trail but needs some maintenance. I will probably offer to assist as there were families on this trail and some people were lost and trying to figure it out on the map. It could also use a portion higher from the lake as some were mud patches.
Peter A. on Wyggeston Trail
Unremarkable and poorly marked, seek out a better option.