Hiked today with our Irish wolfhound and our little mix pup. With all the rain the trail is mostly mud and puddles with parts of the trail running with water. I would recommend waterproof boots for sure. One of the bridges with the handrail is very narrow and could use some of the metal netting/grip. Our wolfound almost fell off and we had to traverse through the rushing water and up the embankment. Im not sure we will do the hike again with him in the rain. We did pass several people with dogs. All were leashed as ours were except for one. Fortunately the owner had very good verbal command of his dog. Looking forward to the spring and summer to revisit this hike or on a dry day. Overall very beautiful and lush.
Hiked the trail for the second time this year. Lots of trees down from recent storms. Along with lots of water on trail the bridges are very slippery so use hand rails when available. Did not see any of the traction wire noted in other posts. I still enjoy this trail due to history and the kiln.
Adventurous trail for all skill levels!! Well maintained, secluded trail on the outskirts of Granite Falls. Was not able to "check in " online with this app. Rocky in some areas with lifted roots on trail. Many fun bridges and trees to cross under and over. Definitely worth the 7 miles.
Very well maintained trail! The historical aspects add a great deal to this relatively easy hike. The trail consists of several crossings to be aware of; Y Beam, three or so log crossings (about 5-6' crossing) with no hand assistance. The log crossings have traction wire to prevent slipping. Towards the end of the trail there is a large tree across the trail that has been fashioned into a step of sorts. The trail is mostly sheltered from direct sunlight but can get buggy at times. Shortly before the Lime Kiln you'll begin to notice random objects, remnants of the railroad co., saw blades, rail tracks and beams etc.. Finally you'll approach the Lime Kiln. The kiln is very well preserved and rather impressive, covered in gorgeous fronds and saplings. Beyond the kiln is the end of the trail which consists of a small loop. Ignore the loop initially and walk down to take a look at the old rail bridge. Only the support beams of the bridge exist today but they are solid and a great place to climb up and have lunch over the crystal flowing river. The bank to the former bridge is steep so know your limits and be sure you'll be able to climb back up. Taking the same trail back get back on the loop. Mid way through are a few paths down to the river bank. Late summer and fall there is beach exposure-makes for a great swim and picnic area. Winter through spring it's a death trap--stay back! The trail back from the completed loop will be completely familiar, take your time and enjoy the sounds of the river to your right. This trail is surrounded by a few stretches of private property so be mindful of trespassing.
Devils Club and Stinging Nettle are everywhere off trail.
No bathrooms available that I noticed-be careful of above plants when leaving the trail!
Took both my teens on this trail, nicely maintained beautiful trail. The kiln was really cool to check out and understand the history. We then walked the river loop had lunch and headed back about 2 miles from the end my Son spotted a large owl in the tree above us, I know the owl saw us first and just say and watched us it was amazing then eventually soared down the trail. It was an easy hike but very enjoyable.
This is a very easy hike, if your new to hiking this is an ideal hike for you, kid, & dog friendly. Right now it is extremely muddy, and there are areas where there is no way around it but to walk through it, not a big deal if you don't mind getting your feet wet, otherwise waterproof shoes are boots are suggested. There is no privy available. It is very beautiful the whole way.