I really have mixed feelings about this trail. Parts of it I really enjoyed! Like the twisty turns up and down some fairly steep hillsides for example. I even enjoyed traversing the many, countless obstacles (streams, creeks, fallen trees-some of which hadn't fallen to the ground & required climbing under) along the way.
There were a number of downsides to the trail though. Some of which have me doubting the possibility of ever trying this one again!
Like what you ask? Well, finding it for starters! It was a 1 and 3/4 mile hike uphill on a dirt/gravel road before ever making it to the trail itself.
There were also quite a few areas that had obviously been sold off to loggers (didn't even know that was allowed in a state forest) as there were open, barren fields that had been stripped of their hardwoods recently.
This part of the trail had us back out on gravel road again. One section was actually covered in beautiful slate but that didn't make up for the lack of feeling like you were out amongst the Truffula trees but instead in the barren valley left behind by the Once-ler.
It's for the reasons above I have trouble giving this trail greater than 3 stars. Oh, and when they say Black Diamond, they mean BLACK DIAMOND!
I brought Chris out on this trail. Well come to find out if you decide that you would like to break the trail in half and camp it you need a CAMPING PERMIT. When I found this trail I did not know this. The trail itself is peaceful and a good Excursion. Watch out for Copperheads! There is a spot though when you have to cross a river, the water was high, and we found a tree laid across which we used to cross. Then hitch hiked the way back to the car.
THE WILLIS RIVER TRAIL IS A WOODLAND TRAIL / HIKING ONLY / 15.3 MILES LONG / VARIOUS TREES : PINE WHITE & LOB LOLLY , OAK WHITE & RED HICKORY , BEECH ETC / DEER , BEAR , FOX , TURKEY , BEAVER ,
BOBCAT , BLACK SNAKES & COPPERHEADS ETC / TERRAIN IS SMALL HILLS / FEW CREEKS TO CROSS ,SOME WADING POSSIBLE /
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