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Very nice trail, and well maintained. I'd rate it as moderate. though the alum gap-BCG section is quite rocky and steep. Wear close toed shoes. Only a couple other people on the trail despite clear skies and a high around 55. Near the ranger station, check out Ranger Falls as well, just a couple hundred yards to beautiful falls.

hiking
3 days ago

Mostly flat and crosses over a few park roads.

Beautiful trail that is not too difficult. Not heavily trafficked on the day we went.

great single track, dry despite the recent rain. 9.7 miles for the red loop

hiking
25 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

North Sylamore Trail Review.
Loved it! I’ve written several reviews and have been
excited to finally get a piece of this trail and write a solid review! 3 of us backpacked from Cripple Turkey to Allison Nov 9 through Nov 12th. We used Sylamore Creek Camp ‭+1 (870) 585-2326‬ as transport to the trailhead. (Great service) we hit the trail head around 11:30 am and began. I preface by saying we normally push it hard but wanted a trip we could relax on. We hiked 10 miles Day 1 and camped at Barkshed Campground. When you cross the river bridge at Barkshed continue up the dirt road a few hundred feet turn left on first dirt road you will find a great Pavilion, outhouse, Trashcan and fire pit for night one camp. On this section it is up and down switchbacks most of the time (PACK LIGHT) I had 60lbs on my back and that sucked! Most of the entire trail is very rocky with what I call ankle breakers, rocks golf ball size to softballs. In the fall trail is leaf covered and the rocks are hidden (I hurt my ankle pretty bad in first 5 miles) this isn’t the most scenic section but still good. Lot of the trail is narrow and slanted down mountain so your ankles constantly taking a beating (good shoes are imperative and trek poles) No water on Day one so pack it in! DAY 2 (there is river water here to filter) we woke up Friday morning had breakfast and camp fire (temp around 34°) around noon we hit the trail and trekked approximately 5.1 miles to Gunter Springs. This section is pretty awesome. You hike up and over several bluffs as you can see in my pics. Just a very scenic hike. Very little water as most of the time as you are up high above the river. We only saw one rat snake on the trail and a chipmunk. Gunter Springs is a great little camping area. When you cross the river bridge you will see all the camping available. DAY 3 Gunter springs to Blanchard Springs, we did some side sight seeing so our mileage was nearly 7 miles. This was my FAVORITE section of the trail. The trail changes topography so much. You find the two biggest climbs on this Section with great Vista views. You can check out my recorded tracks I’ve labeled camp areas (not campgrounds) we wished we had know about. When coming down the mountain you will see a sign that says Blanchard Springs upper camp, that’s you! If you don’t take that trail you will walk an extra 1.5 miles plus a wet water crossing to get there. Great camping grounds with bathrooms, showers, and more. Here we hitched a ride in the back of someone’s truck up the mountain and did the Caverns Tour ($10.50 each) I highly recommend this. Amazing Caverns. Ask for Uncle Dale at the Caverns and tell him I sent you(he will know us as the 3 guys he gave a ride back to the campgrounds) he will say “Right On Brother” every other sentence haha. DAY 4 Blanchard to Allison was another incredible hike. You will go through Jungle, Forest, grassy lands, massive bluffs, and caves. Once you get into the rocky caves every corner is a more impressive cave or waterfall area (take time to take it all in) this Day was just over 6 miles for us! All in all it was a great trail. As always if you have questions I’d love to help you Chris (405) 201-5869 also checkout my other hikes at http://www.ChrisGeeAdventures.com

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

2 days after a heavy rain it was not muddy (surprised us!). Trail was 8 miles if you followed the red bike path signs. If you stayed on the track in AllTrails (which is far from a perfect match but the only trail that mimics the track) you will do about 7. Easy hike (very little hill) and we saw not one person on our hike. Markings were not perfect and some of the trail was barely there single track, thus the 4 stars.

Beautiful views to wake up to!

Stunning, but tough. Our group quoted “rock hell” a few times on the ascent.

GREAT TRAIL. The only issue my wife and I had was that we missed the waterfall. I don’t know if the offshoot for the waterfall was covered or we just overlooked it. Either way this was a great trail. There is a pretty good sized cave on the trail so definitely take some extra lights and extra clothes if you plan to explore.