dogs on leash
Very easy out and back trail in Blackwater Falls State Park. Suitable for dogs (on leash or under owner's control), kids, and my moderately fit 74 year old mother. Relatively flat, with a couple of small hills. There are rocks and tree roots on the path, so it is definitely a hike, versus a walk. Path wanders through the forests of Blackwater Falls and ends at gorgeous views of the gullies. Stacked stones mark the turn off to the views.
The directions given by the app are ok...until you start looking for the trail head. My GPS tried to get me to go down some private driveways. The trailhead is right on Beulah Rd on the right. Blink and you will miss it. It is only marked by a small hiking sign about 25' from a wide spot in the road, which is where I parked. The sign at the trail head says .5 miles to High Falls...that is only to the High Falls Trail. The trail is rocky and rooty, so wear some good shoes with ankle support, and a little mucky in some spots. Great hike, with some great views!
Short 3.4 mile trail that runs along the top of burner mountain. Follows an old four-wheeler path that is easy to follow. A very nice stroll trough the woods. Lots of leaves changing colors in mid October. Keep an eye out for wildlife though. Did see various piles of animal droppings including a bear.
Beautiful hike, would consider this a very easy trail for experienced backpackers. Water was a bit cold but went for a swim anyways, creek crossings were great, did not have to take off boots or get feet wet. Trail was dry and in good shape. Would consider this trail again if was ever in the area again.
Sean V. on Red Creek Trail
This is an outstanding backpack trail, beware high volume. Be sure to combat hi pH, as the water you'll be drinking is quite acidic... Some route finding/navigation skills are needed at lower elevation, especially when at crossings... no blazes and VERY FEW cairns to rely on. Do yourself a favor and bring a 24K topo.