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mountain biking
1 day ago

Have been coming to do runs here a lot but I recently started biking it and it’s great for beginners because of the way the trail naturally flows and gets harder and harder while still providing places for people to pull off it it gets too hard. The trail is lined with signs that tell at what skill level your at.

hiking
5 days ago

We knew to follow the blue triangles but still got turned around. There is a sign before the incline at the end and after reading it it seemed to me to take what ended up being the turn that takes you up the road to the top. It was too late to turn back. Probably my fault but as a newbie to hiking I feel the signs could have been more clear as to where to go. The viewing area for the best photo is not very big, a small platform. It would have been nice to have more of them or a bigger one. Going down the mountain was tough. I rolled on the small gravel a couple of times as they were very pebbly.

nice trails, few downed trees, snakes and ticks.

It’s a pretty hike but nothing extraordinary.

hiking
14 days ago

Fairly easy trail mostly along the shoreline of Badin Lake. Keep an eye on the trail as there are many small rocks and roots to trip you up.

hiking
16 days ago

A nice walk but not a lot of panoramic views like you get with some of the other river trails in this area. An easy walk overall.

hiking
16 days ago

Loved the trail ~ DID NOT LOVE the fellow hikers who had their dogs off-leash. We have a leash law in Guilford County, however you would not know it hiking this trail! What are these people thinking? I was hiking with my dog, who is CGC certified, and felt very uncomfortable when we met 6 dog owners, all different and not together, with their dogs off- leash. This is against the law!! Will not hike this trail again!

Great views fun hike

mountain biking
19 days ago

Great bike trail for a beginner who wants to be challenged. Whats nice is that I started on the beginner trail, it met up with the intermediate then advanced trails, so i did a complete loop of about 7.5 miles, and was exhausted.

Great hike with a great view!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike, the views weren’t amazing but parts near the lake and river were nice. Fun wildlife lots of spring peepers, snakes, and ground skinks

little to no parking

hiking
1 month ago

We started at battleground trail head. I liked starting here and taking a break at the marina (bathroom and vending machines are there) We are new to trails and found this one pretty easy, there were maybe two hills that were tough. Fun for our dogs too!

A fantastic hike. We took it really slow and enjoyed the views, stopped for some hot tea at the summit and had a wonderful time on the trail. It is an easy to moderate hike if you start the loop by going left when you reach the top of the stairs. A moderate hike if you go right. Watch out for ice if you go in cold weather. I slipped on a patch and took a little spill, but was no worse for the wear. The views are great. We saw a Peregrine falcon in flight and lots of beautiful ice on rocks. If you don't hike much and are on the fence about doing this one, you can hike in by taking the loop to the left, summit, and backtrack the way you came in...giving you a gentle slope all the way up and all the way down.

Awesome afternoon hike. Takes about 1.5 hours at a good pace. The trails in good condition and the views are nice. I suggest going counterclockwise if you prefer having a steep short climb toward the top, and then a gradual descent.

Nice hike through the woods. Has a few small creeks to cross. Trail is easily marked.

really enjoyed this trail with my dog.

Great hike. We did this with our 8 and 13 year old. They both enjoyed it!

If you like well maintained trails you wont like this. It goes from grass to gravel to paved to ??? ( walk thru a culvert) to dirt. Then you have to ford a creek. But I'm an adventurous sort of person and enjoyed that. If you are into microfishing this is awesome!

this is a cool trail. great views at the top along the rock face. some 700ft drop? people were repelling off of. very crowded though. camping isnt allowed. lots of steps. a hammock might be nice at the top though.. huge birds flying at the top

I went the weekend after the controlled burn. Lost the trail for a little ways when I ambled around that giant felled oak near the peak, but I moved toward the ridge and picked it back up. It was unbelievably beautiful despite the ash, with amazing views of the valley and the lake. Most of the trail is pretty easy, and the strenuous segment (maybe 2/3rds of the way through the loop) is well worth it. I picked up the trail on the Bridle Trail side (the first right turn once you’ve entered the park). Can’t wait to go back in Spring to see the regrowth.

hiking
2 months ago

Good stuff would love to come back and do a solo overnight and maybe even take advantage of the lake in the warmer months ahead.

Easy walk, some nice views along the river

on Fairy Stone Loop Trail

hiking
2 months ago

It’s important to mention that this is a trail someone mapped out on their own, on All Trails, it is a combination of the Beach Trail and Little Mountain Trail. Once on the trails, they’re nicely marked and distinguished. Because it seems we hike every trail backwards, by accident, it’s also important to mention that hiking this trail clockwise (heading towards the over look and then to The waterfall) is probably easier. Going counter clockwise isn’t super difficult, it’s just a steady incline for a longer period of time.
Beautiful views at the lookout.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice moderate stroll through the woods. My dog and kids had a good time on the red trail 5k hike.

Great, short hike with beautiful views!

my hike was in total fog. but will go again.

Enjoyed it

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