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saw the eclipse from here back in 2017, saw it today w the ridge covered in half a foot of snow and ice fog, amazing both times

The hike from the playground down the hill and then around the lake was fun with our little dogs. But the restrooms smell from a great distance and aren’t usable.

Best hike in TN so far ! Steady slope on the way up ... last mile might be a bit more rough but the view at the top is so worth it just stunning ! 3 hrs up 2 hrs down
Enjoy !

backpacking
16 days ago

I've backpacked this trail 4 times. Here is all you need to know.

1. Get a map, but don't depend on it. The maps they have for this trail are not great. The "rendezvous point" is not marked on trail with a sign of any type.
2. Water sources are scarce. Stash water and make sure you mark your water.
3. Backpacking this trail in the summer is hellacious. Ticks are insanely bad. I've pulled over 60 off of my body on this trail before.
4. There are only 2 real shelters on this trail. Both are pretty cool. One is historic with a chimney, the other overlooks the Ohio. The Ohio shelter is very, very cool.
5. Parking at Disabled Hunter is a good spot to park. You can hit the trail just down the road opposite the direction of the the park entrance.
6. Show up when the office is staffed or the front gate is staffed and ASK ABOUT ANY REROUTES OR TIMBER THINNING. This is a HUGE pain in the ass to deal with if you get blindsided by it.
7. All creek beds are dry.
8. Go in the Fall when the leaves first turn and the disease carrying psychos are gone. The trail is completely worth backpacking then.

This trail has so much potential. It could be so much greater than it is. Props to those who upkeep the shelters. Take your trash out with you, ya dingus's!!

hiking
27 days ago

One of my favorite trails. Maybe the best view in Ohio. Out and back trail with a loop section in the middle before the rock. Recommend going up one side and down the other on the way back. Trail can get slick in some spots so be prepared for a little mud. Love this trail and this preserve, thank you TNC!

For safety and maintenance reasons, this park should be closed in the winter months. Tons of trees blocking the trail, leaves covering the trail making it very slippery, and not well marked. THIS TRAIL IS 7.2 MILES. The map on alltrails is not accurate in terms of where the trails lead. Several instances of having to walk through a river so be prepared to have your feet soaked.

I’ve done the trail a handful of times, but it’s getting too popular and disrespectful litter bugs are trashing this gorgeous Preserve! It angers me greatly how slothful people are. Last time I went was last week and there were dozens of folks there, it was a beautiful day to see the colors of the trees.,

My self and two of my friends did this trail from north terminus to south. my plan to do it this way was so that i could begin the hike at 0400 and be waiting on top of chimney rock for the sunrise. My god was it worth it. I sat on that rock brewing coffee and enjoying the perfect scenery until 9am.

This was my favorite spot on the entire hike. I will be going back just to spend a weekend here. You must see it.

the trail has countless overlooks, some with beaten paths, others you can just walk west to the ridgeline. plenty of campsites premade around and the trail was pretty well kept even after all of our recent storms.

to the east is private land lines in and out of the hike. so be cautious of hunters/hunting dogs.

THE ONLY WATER SOURCE IS A SPRING AT THE 12MI MARK. this is crucial for correct planning. its very easy to walk by as i did.

from south to north the trail will continue blue blaze onto a fire road (nice well packed black gravel) down and over pipeline clearings, then downhill to campsites where the trail begins into the woods again. It is at THIS point, a grass fire road to the left of the trailhead. walk roughly 30y down that road and the spring is on the left with rocks holding down some chickenwire to prevent leaf n debris from entering it. (It looks like a rectangle stone storm drain with chicken wire ontop)

when i was hiking this i had spent a long time trying to find it and i wanted to make a point to give a very deffinitive location of this "spring" its yeild will depend on rainfall but all 3 of us got 6 litres and it didnt budge. plenty of water for us in october.

in total, this hike is beautiful, quiet, relatively easy, short distance from town, and offers alot more than you will put into it.

I will be going back.

NOTE: North Fork Mountain trail is roughly 24.3 miles long. From One Terminus to the next. One water source at 12mi. And a shuttle service is offered at the north terminus for the 25-30min drive back to where you started.

For personal reasons this is my favorite hike. Lot of memories. It’s a great southern Indiana hike also.

great hike with beautiful view.

Got to be in pretty good shape !!! Not a beginners trail!!! Great hike !!!

Beautiful views

The hike is rough but it is well worth it. Bring plenty of water and some snacks and you will be fine. Spend plenty time of there because you are not going to want to leave!

What a beautiful hike

Great hike, well marked and maintained. Make sure and take water if it’s warm out, you’ll need it. It is a good work out that rewards with great views.

Loved this hike! Went up the Halfway House Trail to Long Trail then down Sunset Ridge. Long Trail was along the ridge so the views were incredible. The hike wasn't that hard. It was perfect fall hiking weather (~55 degrees) and it was pretty crowded at the top. The views from the top were incredible!!!

Totally loved these trails. My husband and I did these trails along with trail 2 which took us about 6 hrs to enjoy. Parts of these trail were a little rough. I didn't bring mine this hike, but a pair of trekking sticks or a staff would have been helpful. Areas of the trails got close to bluffs and would have just made me feel a little more secure on the trail.

Incredibly dangerous with the wet boulders. I slipped ~10 times myself but didn't fall nor get hurt. Be cautious!

Just went today. Great hike. Wasn't too challenging for me but still got my heart rate up and definitely got me sweating. It was a high of 91. My wife and i showed up around 9am and there was only one other car there. When we started back we passed quite a few people and the parking was getting pretty full. There was a little mud in the low spots but nothing crazy. Didn't have to bushwhack thru the grass. The trail was very visible. Overall great day hike and will probably be back when the leaves change

One of the best trails in southern Ohio. excellent view.

We did the sunset ridge trail out and back. Decided not to do the loop once we got to the top. It was a great hike! More challenging than we were anticipating.

backpacking
3 months ago

Ticks everywhere. The trail was overgrown and I couldn’t help but get these tiny ticks all over my legs. Bring lots of bug spray!

backpacking
3 months ago

Very poorly marked trails. Very easy to get lost. Very very overgrown trails. Very steep trails throughout. Definitely wouldn’t recommend to even my worst enemy.

My favorite trail in Southern Ohio! The initial incline is a rather difficult but totally worth it. Beautiful scenery and very tranquil, but also a great workout.

hiking
3 months ago

I'm an avid hiker/explorer and this place is a blast! Make sure you have atleast a full day to enjoy this magical place!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful area

Loved this trail beautiful view from the top a little work but well worth it. Cannot wait to go back.

A challenging hike well worth the views from Rocky Top.

This park is very well maintained and the trails are well marked! We couldn’t record our hike because my phone battery is not stellar, but we hiked 7.6 miles with a combination of 8, 1, 5, 4, & 7. It was a super hot day and we were pleased to find that the Nature Center on the south end of the park is air conditioned with a lovely bird viewing room. We saw all of the falls but I think Tunnel Falls was the best! I liked Little Clifty Falls as well. When the map says the trail is rugged, they’re not kidding. The ruggedness is a great challenge, but be prepared to climb up and down on rock and roots quite a bit. Also, people who are afraid of heights should maybe stay on trail 2, because there are many drop-offs next to the trails up on the ridge. Overall we had a challenging, but rewarding, day in the outdoors!

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