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Sarah Montgomery reviewed Lakeview Lodge Trail
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Great trail and well marked/maintained.

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Brooke Rollins reviewed Lakeview Lodge Trail
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Lovely, shaded hike winding through the woods. We took loop 3, the longest route at 4 miles. Only about 1/2 a mile was actually along the lake, and you are close to a street you can hear for a lot of it, but overall worth the trek. Highly recommend actual trail shoes for the at times steep ups and downs with lots of rocks, quartz, and tree roots to navigate. It had rained the entire day before, but thankfully wasn’t very muddy at all.

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Greg Morgan reviewed Lookout Mountain Loop
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Pretty. Difficult enough. Lookout wasn’t a lookout.

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Nicole Kramer reviewed Skyline Trail
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Beautiful trail with so many scenic views. Definitely a lot of steep inclines and declines so recommend good shoes and plenty of water. Began at the trail marked on this map and moved clockwise as suggested in other reviews. Did not realize that the “highway section” literally meant we would be walking on the highway for a stretch. Also, followed this trail map almost exactly and clocked closer to 12 miles, completing in 6 hours (this includes stops along the way). There’s a partially hidden waterfall about halfway through—highly recommend taking the side trail to see it.

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Troy Hasten reviewed Lakeview Lodge Trail
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Awesome

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Caitlin Baney reviewed Lakeview Lodge Trail
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Great views and well marked! We took fishing poles but had to go off the trail a few times to use them. We wouldn’t take the poles if we had it to do over again. It’s too long of a hike and not enough places to fish to make it worth it! Loved the hike!

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Quyen Nguyen reviewed Friends Trail Loop
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Steep and Gorgeous

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Mark Hart reviewed Friends Trail Loop
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Steep start and not very scenic until you get to the top. The hike along the river was amazing! Absolutely worth the hike and great exercise. Took about an hour before including picture time. Will hike this again one day!

it's easy to follow if you use the app. We hiked on a Sunday afternoon, and met only one couple on the trail. You need pay $10 for parking in the park, which is valid for 24 hrs.

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Haley Vaughn reviewed Friends Trail Loop
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Great views of the river! We were able to follow the trail arrows fairly well.

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Sherry Puckett reviewed Deer Crossing Trail
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Great trail. We went took the Cedar Bluff turn off to see the overlook. It was a beautiful view.

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Chalon Roberts reviewed Lookout Mountain
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Great trail. Very rocky. No signs to tell you trail ends though. Trail goes right into the 2nd half of Lookout Mountain Loop

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Sherry Puckett reviewed Lakeview Lodge Trail
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Good trail. Actual mileage was 3.89 based on my watch. Even after the rain last night there were very few muddy spots, and they were easy to navigate around.

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Suning User reviewed Lakeview Lodge Trail
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Sherry Puckett reviewed Lookout Mountain Loop
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There wasn’t a good lookout spot. We also ended up on another trail that made our total 3.4 miles instead of 2.9. The trail was not always clearly marked.

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Toyua Hebert reviewed Friends Trail Loop
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Absolutely stunning views. One of my favorite smaller hikes. Started out with a steep incline to a beautiful water fall.

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Jo Myers reviewed Lakeview Lodge Trail
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Loved this. Got there early , not much traffic . Beautiful and very peaceful . Was able to run most of the trail.

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Jo Myers reviewed Friends Trail Loop
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Beautiful !!

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garrett barnes reviewed Friends Trail Loop
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Awesome trail!!! The calls make it worth the effort

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Laura Wassam reviewed Deer Crossing Trail
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Great hike! Definitely recommend going the extra 1/3 a mile to see the lookout spot. The view was beautiful!

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Bo Ives reviewed Friends Trail Loop
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great trail

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Lindsey Boer reviewed Friends Trail Loop
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Pretty sure this is more like 3 miles than 1.5 miles. Great hike but steep so on the harder side of moderate. Views of the river are gorgeous!

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KEENAN LEATHERWOOD reviewed Skyline Trail
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Trail was difficult but definitely worthwhile!! Scenery was amazing!! Did highway section first which was decidedly good advice! Will return!!

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Mei Ling reviewed Friends Trail Loop
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Very nice trail. A lot of uphill at the beginning but you get the pay off of seeing the waterfalls.

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Holly Sherman reviewed Friends Trail Loop
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Took about 2 hours with a 3 and 6 year old. Beautiful scenery

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Brandon Wulz reviewed Lakeview Lodge Trail
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Great hike on a well maintained trail.

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Reeann Aune reviewed Friends Trail Loop
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Very pretty!

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Nina Winfield reviewed Friends Trail Loop
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Nice!

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Julie Mobley reviewed Friends Trail Loop
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Moderately steep at the beginning, but otherwise pretty easy trail. Well marked. Saw few people in trail. Beautiful views of river and waterfalls. Rocky in places. Overall a great little trail.

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Trista Aikin reviewed Skyline Trail
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Those who say the trail is easy must be extremely avid hikers in excellent shape! The trail was hard, as rated above. There are several very narrow pathways, very steep inclines and declines, and several water crossings. I went through exactly two liters of water on a 68° F day. We started around 9:45am and finished up around 4:30-4:45pm. I, personally, had trouble with the steep inclines. Another member of our 4-person group has lymphadema and specifically had trouble with the steep declines. There were several water crossings but it hadn’t rained in a couple days and they were very easy, just watch for slippery rocks. Also, on some of the steep inclines, there were some rocks that looked as though they are meant to serve as steps, but some were loose, so check your step before you put all your weight down on it. Water was easily accessible for filtering throughout most of the trail. Good trekking poles are highly recommended. Only really one good vista for Mountain View’s, but water features throughout. I highly recommend checking out the water falls more closely, as there is one that you can only see a small part of from the trail, and it feeds into what looks to be a great swimming hole with blue green water. The trail is well marked, but pay attention because there are at least two places it is easy to miss your turn. One is a water crossing, and the other is a very easy to miss spot where you are supposed to veer off of what looks to be your trail. This was a beautiful hike that is an excellent workout. The views are well worth it. If you park where suggested, walk the road portion of the trail first to get the more difficult inclines out of the way in the first 1/2 of the loop. This way, you come out at the bridge, and the views there make all the inclines and declines worthwhile!

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