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hiking
6 days ago

I didn’t mind the gravel road. It follows a ridge line through the woods and was very pleasant. We combined this hike with Star Arch which made a 6.25 mile hike. It was easy walking with staircases for the few steep sections. Some views of Courthouse Rock and nice views from the arch.

hiking
7 days ago

great hiking trail! i want to go back and do the super loop which this is part of.

Had one of my best hiking experiences here. Yesterday was my first time there and I cannot wait to go back. So serene and the trails were definitely moderate which I enjoy. I only did 6 miles but it was great! I highly recommend this place for some great spiritual hiking.

Ran around the lake along the trail last weekend. Was a nice trail. Markings are clear except for north section. I went off trail a few times. Tricky when you come out at Sunday Creek Rd. You have to walk 20-30 meters to your right to see the creek crossing to get you back on the trail. The north section is quite muddy from horses but that is part of trail running. Will go back to run this again.

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. The trail was well maintained, and we enjoyed the scenery- lake, 2 waterfalls, limestone cliffs, a beautiful visitor’s center and the pioneer village. We encountered just a few hikers/runners, and most of the trail was away from road noise. The hills were moderate and the trail was easy to navigate. We decided we would like to do this loop again in the spring and enjoy the wild flowers.

Really pretty trail with a lot of changes in it’s ‘atmosphere’. There are hills, a lot of different trees, rock formations and a decent size creek. I really enjoyed this trail a lot.

hiking
1 month ago

great trail with rewarding views. connect it with auxier ridge trail to get a much longer and more rewarding hike

we started at the nature center and headed north around to the main camp ground. we then finished up the remainder of the hike the next morning. Our first day was rough due to the route we took had the most elevation changes and having to contend with the mud on the bridle trail.
The trail was well marked and easy to follow. I only had to pull out the app maybe 3 times in the whole 22 miles to get us back on track. We seen 5 other hikers near the start of our trek, and 4 near the end the next day. Otherwise didn't see a single soul on the path the whole rest of the way.
There were some very interesting rock formations that definitely were worth stopping and exploring. Some of the views from the trail make very nice photo spots.
I also liked the fact that there was access to water at several locations along the trail, so no need to filter water from the reservoir. There were also restrooms available at a couple of stops along the way.
I really enjoyed this track and will definitely be back again next year to repeat the adventure.

Perfect little loop, with surprisingly wonderful view from the top of a ridge near the stairs. Take the route starting with geology to avoid coming up the stairs. Connect this route with the Redwing Trail for a few extra miles, or continue along the Upland Trail that encircles the center of the park.

Just hiked the short loop on Tuesday morning. While the trail is scenic and moderate to easy in difficulty, it's a pretty unremarkable hike. We hiked along a small stream for a short time at the beginning of the loop but otherwise the trail was very muddy with minimal rock features. It's a nice walk though limited to pine forests and some stands of hardwoods. Bring in your own water if you go. On a more positive note, there are multiple nice campsites along the trail if you'rebackpacking.

hiking
1 month ago

Agree with everyone who says the first 1.25 mi isn't too exciting. Its an easy walk with minimal elevation change down a gravel road, however, there are still some good views along the way and in mid to late October, during peak leaf change the trees are magnificent. The last mile weaves through ldt and has some decent elevation change. The arch at the end and the view if give is worth it. Going to the top of the arch is icing on the cake.

Absolutely fantastic scenery, was continuously surprised all the way around. At times you are right up next to the water, and other times in the thick of the woods. The eastern half felt more remote. Can link up this route with the George Loop trail to avoid some of the road travel. Very well maintained route - quite possibly the best day hike in Ohio.

Nice hike. I stretched it out to 15.9 with a couple of the side trails thrown in. Will definitely do it again possibly take the Buckeye Trail further north from the bridge to the north end of the lake and back. Lost my Fitbit in the last couple of miles before you get to the bridge on the west side if anyone comes across it:)

Pretty trail along the river. The waterfall was pretty underwhelming when we went but I imagine it would be prettier in the spring or after a huge rain storm. Agree that it was moderate. There were spots with elevation change and scrambling over rocks, but nothing too difficult.

This is a long hike (13.4 miles for me) with some short uphill sections. The trial has lots of tree roots so watch your steps.

I was there on a very warm Saturday in mid-September and there were NO bugs the entire 13 miles! This was HUGE plus!

The South part of the lake is much prettier than the north-east side.

There are no functioning drinking fountains at the restrooms so I had to drink from the sinks. That was a negative.

This was a great trail to backpack. My husband and I split it into three days. We parked at the north trailhead and hiked to the main campground, then to Dock 2, and last back to the car. We are beginners so it was perfect. Loved the trails on the east side, as they are a little more challenging.

I did this trail over two days. I started at Wildcat Hollow, hiked down to the State Campgrounds which were fantastic. Then hiked the rest of the trail back to the car on Saturday. Most of the free campgrounds were completely packed with day trippers. The horse trails on the North West part of the trail were the worst part of the trip. The dam, rock formations and occasional pine groves were beautiful. The spiders were absolutely a force of nature on their own. I was covered in webs, half digested cocooned bugs, and bites. While I permethrin treated my clothing, I had no issues with ticks.
I am glad I did this trek but it was not my favorite. I think I might make it a Fall destination spot though as the views around the lower part of the lake were outstanding.
I think it's more difficult than an easy. Some of the inclines were pretty challenging and they made me take a few breaks to catch my breath. Which is saying something as I am also a runner and my VO2 max is pretty decent. It might have been more difficult due to the fact that I had to use my trekking poles as spider clearing devices. Haha!
I am rating it a 4 only because the horse trail section was pretty bad. Other than that, it was pretty amazing and worth the trip.

The trail is a grumpy old man, one minute it is great and the next it is an angry grumpy man that crapped himself. I took my son for his first backpacking trip and the section of trail from Dock 1 (southern most point, or mile 18 on the pdf map) to the northern end of the trail was beautiful, well marked, and well maintained. We saw a couple turkey, two bald eagles, and a deer! We camped at the open campground (free) and the only other visitors we saw were the raccoons in the middle of the night trying to get to our food bag in the tree. Luckily, the noxious gas coming from my rear end as a result of some "not-so-tasty three cheese chicken and zucchini pasta" and a strobe flashlight kept them from eating all our food.

The second part of our hike was crap. The northern and northwestern portion of the trail is also a horseback riding trail. That fact, combined with the low elevation and swamp-like environment made for some of the muddiest trail conditions I have ever seen. The weight of the horses create a field of holes the size of 2 liters that fill with water and then make the entire trail nearly impassable. My son almost lost his boots three times. There were frogs living in the footprints of the horses. I have never seen sitting water on uphills and downhills until I hiked Burr Oak! Also, keep in mind that horses crap and through some miracle of defecation the horse crap is scattered between all the water filled holes so you are forced to navigate muddy/crap scattered/frog infested mine fields only to be excited that you are coming up to a steep incline... just to have your mind blown that somehow, gravity and water don't follow the laws of physics at Burr Oak.

The last element of the trail that left a lasting impression was the spider web situation. I used my trekking poles to limit the number of spider webs that I ate. Walking into spider webs is expected on hikes, but this was like I was on a TV show where they try to see how much crap I can deal with before losing my s#!t! I would also have to give some props to the kamikaze gnats that repeated flew directly into my eyes.

The open camp site, south eastern portion of the trail offer cool views and neat caves, and the beach was a pleasant escape at the end of our 2nd day! @Thefunnyreview1
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Okay trail. I used it for running and got lost which is probably my own fault but the trails were a bit overgrown and very technical. I would recommend this trail for hiking and enjoying nature rather than running. Very beautiful had I taken the time to enjoy it.

camping
3 months ago

My friend and I camped one night and did the trail’s short loop. Parts of it are really muddy, so I would recommend wearing some waterproof shoes and bringing a change of socks. There were lots of campsites available, and it was easy to find! We had a great time!

Not a bad hike at all. Good short one if you just want to get out. Campsites are really nice ...it was a bit muddy but overall a solid place to get away.

Trees down every and it wasn’t marked very good for the trails

Went on my first backpacking trip here, Planned in doing the 16 mile overnight but accidentally took the short loop back, still was a great hike, beautiful huge pine trees and nice little inclines scattered throughout. I was expecting mud since it had rained recently and it certainly didn’t disappoint! Waterproof boots are a necessity on this trail. That said, all in all a great first backpacking experience I’d recommend.

hiking
4 months ago

It was alright, the trail maps (from the park) and trail signs poorly judge the distance to and from different points. Also at several times the trails were quite overgrown with poison ivy. However, the arch itself was beautiful along with the sights through the arch. I would highly suggest taking the final trail to walk across the arch for the higher view of the valley and other ridges!

This was my first time backpacking and was in fact the longest hike (did the long loop) I’ve ever taken in my life and I must say big mistake! It seems to me that I was a little too ambitious for my first time out and my leg gave up in the last two miles. Oh did I mention that I did this solo? Oopsie! I was able to limp my way out but lesson learned. I hope you like mud because there was a plenty of that and more. The trail was also pretty overgrown in mid July so expect plenty of brush and check for ticks often. I did encounter one but I caught it before I got bitten. Don’t get me started on the spider webs yuck! Even when swinging a trecking pole in front of me they’d still end up in my face.

I’d recommend getting some trail legs before attempting. I also managed to lose my Thermarest self inflating sleeping pad, I could have sworn I had it strapped down tightly but is still fell out without me noticing. Tried driving back to the campsite since it was about 1,000 feet from the road but nope, my cramping legs just weren’t having it. I didn’t find out till I got there but the board said not to drink the water due too activity (I assume agriculture byproducts?) in the area and you must pack in all water. Turned out 3 liters is not enough. To the people who left behind their extra water jugs, you are life savers! I’d say plan on 5-6 liters minimum.

Over all I had a good time and I learned some harsh lessons the hard way but if you’re up for the challenge I’d say go for it! Would I do it again? Yes but only after I get in better shape.

Trail is marked very well, really enjoyed my hike here.

EGGS Hike - mud , overflowing streams , more mud and fallen trees. What’s not to love

hiking
4 months ago

The trail was very pretty and I enjoyed being in dense woods. The rock formations all along the trail were fantastic, and climaxed at the double arch. Our group enjoyed exploring and even saw some cool wildlife, such as a small green snake, a lizard, and a black widow spider.

I would warn anyone who is planning to go on this hike that there are obvious hazards (such as the aforementioned spider), but also a ton of poison ivy. My sister is very allergic, so we had to be exceedingly careful to avoid it. This need for caution did detract from the overall enjoyability of the hike. Despite this, the four star rating is still well earned.

Beautiful scenery 5 stars, trail needs A LOT of work. Lots of debris and trees across the trail, numerous poorly marked sections of the trail and multiple reroute signs. Took a map and used Alltrails and was still hard to find the actual trail in spots. Strenuous hike but fun.

trail running
5 months ago

Great trail and one heck of a challenge if it has recently rained, this can be one of muddiest trails I’ve ever trail run and just bring sandals I ran the whole loop in my bedrock cairns!

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