dogs on leash
this was a challenging hike. we missed the turn to remain on the trail after the river so we went a little ways in the wrong direction but saw several interesting things because of it.
next time we will bring river shoes so we can enjoy the river more.
definitely a bike trail bit offers a good hike. lots of inclines through the forest but zero scenerary other than trees. has a small creek stream but its nothing to look forward too. great for excercise. wouldnt rate it as diffucult if your an avid hiker but could be challenging for the less experience. again ZERO SCENERY
It was immediately apparent that this was a far more forested area than the Sesqui State Park. It wasn’t wilderness, I never lost the sound of the highway (though it did grow faint). The trail, though cleared, wasn’t paved. It narrowed and was often rocky and broken up with roots from the surrounding pines and pin oaks. The grade changed a good bit over terrain that was quite hilly, and that is the apparent reason for the trail’s “moderate” rating. I could feel the difference, though it never became too much for me.
The trail was blazed with white paint splotches on trees and a couple of white metal diamonds. It was a sparse blaze, but enough to verify I was staying on the right trail (nine are listed in the Trail Guide). The trail intersections were well-marked, though, and I was never confused over where I was at.
Overall, a nice little trail that's moderately challenging for a new hiker.
Trail seems geared towards mountain biking, but we had a nice hiking experience. Terrain is easy winding around in a largely pine forest.
Parked at main Harbison lot off Broad River rd. Cost to park is $5 bucks or $24 for a season pass. Also there are no rest rooms, so stop ahead for the bathroom.
From parking lot it's about a mile to trail. We logged approx. 8 miles round trip.
This is a relatively easy trail however because of the current heavy rainfall half way through the trail you either have to turn back or maneuver across a wet skinny long to cross the long swamp trail the rain has created. Other than that it was very scenic and fun trail.
I would say the trail is very appropriately ranked as hard but the only thing that I found confusing since the original train had to be cut off and rerouted that there are not good defining markers and the trees that go through the paths that are down are a bit of a struggle especially if you are going to bike the trail. Other than that make sure you wear some water proof boots and have a good amount of water even a light trail snack.