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Bugs, bugs, and more bugs. Explains all the spider webs. Won't be returning.

16 days ago

I take my dogs to Hillman frequently during the winter and early spring months and walk them all over the area. I avoid Hillman during the summer because the ticks are terrible. Please, make sure your pups have their flea/tick treatments and as an added precaution spray them with some lemon eucalyptus oil before letting them loose in the high grass there. A beautiful place but just polluted with ticks.

Same as the previous post. It's the Switchback Trail from the Haul Rd parking area which is a nice hike over a pine needle layered tail. It's blazed red but so are the trails that cross it. It would be nice if they color coded the trails. To do the loop that is mapped in this app you will probably need to change trails about 2.5 miles in, possibly over to the Gelding Trail. We stayed on the Switchback and it double banged on itself and was about 4.5 miles.

trail running
20 days ago

My favorite place for morning cardio! The Bradament trail is my favorite quick cardio route.

Combining the 6 mile loop with some of the bike trails makes this a much more challenging hike. It's a beautiful little loop with lots of shade and the river is fun to relax by in the summer because of the tube and canoe traffic.

Trail is easy to follow, but long pants and sleeves are necessary due to overgrown trail conditions. Not a good walk for dogs due to risk of tick bites.

Great trail, I didn't encounter many other people on the trail but several near the river on kayaks or tubes. Wish I'd had brought a tube in my backpack for the way back, would have been cool to hike from the campground to the falls and then tube back on the river. I did 6-8 miles roughly and it was a nice hike, I'd definitely say moderate not hard.

mountain biking
1 month ago

One of the best IMBA trails I have ever ridden to date. The black diamonds are challenging, a lot of jump spots with Dips, on my full suspension trek fuel ex 8 I was getting tossed around that is how rough some of these landings and trails were. I will be planning to go back next summer. It is an amazing trail and it’s worth checking out. I drove 6 hours to ride this trail and it was worth the time.

1 month ago

zigzag up and down trail that can be paired with red blaze to make loop. too many bikers for my liking

1 month ago

Ryan's review below was very accurate; trail had very clear blazes, but you would hit a junction and the same red blaze would be down every path. We 'tried' to do this 7 mile loop but ended up getting frustrated about 4 miles in and spent another 2 just trying to get back to the car. The trail often intersected with Gelding's Trail which is not on All Trails at all. Other noteworthy comments would be that the trail was more on the easy versus moderate side, was very shaded the entire time, but didn't really have any noteworthy 'stop and enjoy' moments.

nice trail, but they have done some construction or logging on a portion of the train. not sure exactly what. trail difficult to follow in these areas. would be one star more if not for that.

This isn’t an official trail but a random collection of different trails in the park so nothing is marked but it’s not terribly difficult to follow. Tracked it at 5.5 miles in 2 hrs.

Need to take my bike

2 months ago

There is no trail marked "Bavington Trail" in Hillman State Park as far as I can tell. As another person commented, there are good signs for various trails intersecting the roads through the Park. Hit up the Switchback trail which I believed to be part of the Bavington. This trail goes a little less than 3 miles before hitting Abby's trail. Did Abby's for a mile or two but didnt complete the loop since I wasn't sure where the Abby trail ends up or if it was even part of the Bavington loop. There were no trail maps available in the park to indicate where these trails end up and all the trails in the park are blazed red which makes things confusing. Trail itself was actually really nice pine forest. Very small elevation changes.

Low traffic and slippery routes. A good cardio for the weekend.

Hiked. The trail is marked as Switchback Trail not Bavington. The trail is marked red but intersects with other trails which are also marked red. Other than this, the trails were well maintained and great for horses and trail bikes. We had a great time.

4 months ago

I enjoyed this with the dog. The paths were mostly dry and covered with pine needles. Very quiet.

This trail is a nice switch from our usual Hog Hollow hike! It’s quiet and you see very few other hikers on the trail. Watch for the bikes though!

A nice trail in an urban park. Some parts are surprisingly secluded from the city. However, the trail is very confusing and could use more signs for navigation.

Very fun hike! My wife, 10-year old daughter and I really enjoyed the varied elevations and beautiful views of the river. I would say the hike was really more of a moderate level, but a great time nonetheless.

Awesome trail even during winter months, with friendly hikers and mountain bikers. A couple of well placed picnic tables to grab a snack. Probably moderate in difficulty.

good for after work rides,fun at night.

ride here regularly have to connect loops butit is pretty well marked with new signs and blazes. not as crowded like north park

A great trail except for the huge piles of horse Pooh that you need to watch out for..

My Apple Watch tracked it at 9.75 miles not 8.5 but it was a good hike. The blue half of the trail is much more difficult than the other half.

Nice park. Trails are well kept. Lots of dogs enjoying the outdoors. The trails can get confusing though and what I thought was gong to be a couple miles of hiking ended up being 8 miles and thee hours.

Monday, August 21, 2017

love the trail. Make sure to download a map before the start of your hike. there's a lot interlinking trails which could be a bit confusing. I come here with my boxador and make a pit stop at the dog park.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The trail gave us a the distance and a little of the incline we were looking for. Some spots were not well marked and a long trek runs close to a highly traveled road so we heard the rush of traffic when we wanted to hear the calm of nature. We added a section of trail along a creek and got our nature fill and 8 miles in. It is a good trail and a good workout. We'll go back.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Great time with our chocolate lab, Winston. Next time we will challenge ourselves a little more. One warning, bikers were a little aggressive on the narrower parts, not sure I'd wear earbuds and not be able to hear them.

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