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Trail is 19 miles. I did the entire loop, camped at #6 overnight. Great place, not too many hikers, but this is August in South Louisiana. Deer flies were the worst.
Saw a bunch of Armadillos this time and a cool looking snake, but not much else. Two weeks ago I saw 2 sets of deer, a raccoon and a snake. There are also squirrels every time if you look.
This is a great place, I just wish they had more than 6 camp sites. I also bring all my water. I don't think I'd filter that lake water unless I was dying.

Did this trail in June of 2016, beautiful scenery, but fair warning!!!! me and a friend started at lake valentine as the sun was coming up and finished at woodworth around 330pm. NOTICE: the trail is advertised at 23.9 miles, on the website it says 26.2 miles, we brought water for 27 miles and were going to run down (refill water in woodworth) and back for a total of 54 ish miles. We both had GPS trackers and needless to say we ran out of water at 27 miles.... the total length of trail is 36.4 miles!!!! NOT including the 5.4 miles loop around lake valentine. Luckily we’re both military and were able to push through. Just a warning, granted I know most people don’t try to run the whole length.

Glad I brought my poles but great trail. Will definitely hike it again.

camping
22 days ago

Great place to camp, swim, and hike. A few snakes, chiggers and ticks but mostly just beautiful scenery

hiking
28 days ago

This trail was a challenge. It is not well marked if you go backwards, but the views and the spots to just sit for a spell are awesome. I would not take kids or older dogs. lots of places to fall and get hurt badly. Take the trail slowly and pack some snacks. Take only pictures and leave only foot prints y'all.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Super dope, would highly recommend to anyone trying to go outdoors and especially for beginners MTB. Has a variety of tracks to go on.

First Hike and First "Peak" to High Point since adding it to the bucket list. The trail is very clearly marked and it was fairly easy to hike. There is an alternate trail that is introduced part of the way up if you look at the placards. My son and I made our way to the summit, signed the guest book (in the ammo can on the display board) and then made our way down. It was warm with no breeze, the temperature was 82 degrees when we started. I am a portly fellow and far from in shape and it took us around 45 minutes to go up and down, so all in all, pretty easy climb.

Great hike with some nice elevation changes. For what we have in Louisiana this is one of the best trails in the Southeastern part of the state. Well maintained. The main Gorge trail is well marked and fairly easy to follow. Mostly wide track and well groomed. Mountain bikes also use this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

park at the caroline dorman trail and begin the trail there. End the trail at the other side and walk down the hiway downhill.

trail running
1 month ago

Great Trail. After my wife's nagging, my family and I went to the park for the first time on the 4th of July and walked the trail. Enjoyed it so much that we went back on the 7th of July and walked the trail again. On the 7th of July we walked up on about a half dozen wild turkeys. Parked next to the Gorge Run Trail where you can go down into the lower gorge. Walked the lower gorge trail to the right, be careful, some of the 2x6's need to be replaced, back up to the Gorge Run Trail, walked the Gorge Run Trail. Took time to stop by the water park area and the beach area. We are going to go back and park by the beach area with a picnic lunch, walk the trail and return to the picnic lunch and some splash time in the Bogue Chitto. Beautiful park, nice well marked trail.

hiking
1 month ago

First hike ever and I enjoyed it so much. The trails were clear and easy to stay on track. I'd suggest going in the cooler months. Louisiana is very hot and humid.

This trail is a surprising gem in Alabama. Incredible views.

Had a wonderful time hiking. The trail is hard and slippery in spots but well worth the hike. Gorgeous views and great spots to sit on rocks and take a break and enjoy the scenery.

This is a beautiful state park. Biking trails are a little rough, but challenging, I go often to support system. We need more hikers and bikers to make trails more well established.

hiking
1 month ago

Went out for a shakedown hike. Started in Woodworth hiked in about 11 miles then turned and came back a couple of miles to a good campsite by water. Trail very well marked, a little overgrown with several trees across trail but nothing too bad. Looking forward to cooler weather. The hike was not bad but it was very hot and muggy at night. Did not see or hear anyone but it was during the week. Will definitely be sharing this trail with my family

hiking
1 month ago

Love that this trail is close to home. Started today but to hot to finish. Easy trail. Lots of beautiful woods and a wonderful view of the lake for part of it. The part I went on was clean and clearly marked.

an awesome trail. Geat views of the river, very clean, lots of animal tracks, small water crossing (no problem if you have water proof boots). Only seen one other person on the trail walking their doggo.

hiking
2 months ago

I did this trail as a day and it was more intense than I expected but still not bad. there are some areas where it seems a bit over grown and a few areas where its hard to tell what direction to go. 4G coverage and LTE every once in a while on the trail. I would recommend doing this trail in the cooler months of the year. mosquitos weren't a problem but I still brought insect repellant and sunscreen. walking sticks help a lot on this trail. I don't know to recommend doing the road walk before or after. I started from the northern trail head and ended at the southern trail head. the second half of the trail had a lot of steep ups. while the first had a lot of gradual downward inclines. I recommend starting from the southern trail head so you have steep downs instead of steep up. that just seems like it would be easier. its hard to go on these hikes and pay attention to everything thats around you because you spend most of the time looking don to watch where you step. try to look up every once in a while and find a trail marker. they don't stand out to well but they're, there.if you think your getting lost do not keep going forward turn around and carefully retract your steps until you find the trail then asses the situation. bring a backpack with plenty of water. at least 3 liters per person, walking sticks, bug spray sunglasses, and do this in cooler temps. not 93 degrees and humid.

It was a great trail. But, you definitely need some bug spray! Overall, my mom and I enjoyed it for our first ever hike! And the hills and elevation are good for a Louisianan’s standards!

Great trail and one of the only MTB trails in the state. Good with hardtail or F/S.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a question, not a review:

I plan to solo hike one way through with my dog, that being said my car will be at one end and I'll end up at the other. Is there anyone available to return hikers to their cars at the starting point?

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail, was mostly clear and well-maintained. We just did the loop around the lake due to time constraints. Typical concerns for Southern summer hiking: ticks, chiggers, poison ivy, & snakes. Just bring the OFF and beware your steps.

Loved all the turns and things to do on this trail. I was pleasantly surprised from coming from Arkansas. However, the horseflies ruled the roost the whole time. God forbid I slowed down or stopped for water. They attacked in numbers. Being repellant, wear some long sleeves or going when it’s cooler outside.

hiking
2 months ago

Walked the trail two days in a row with my dogs. Weekdays at 9am. Only a few other cars; bikers; runners and walkers. Never saw them again, except in parking lot. My two dogs loved it. They broke off the leashes to chase a turtle and they ended up in a murky pond. So, we all used the hoses located at the trailhead to wash off the mud. First day 2 1/2 hours (I think I backtracked a bunch); second day 1 1/2 hours.

walking
2 months ago

Really great trail. We took our five year old on the trail with his nature book and had the best time. Very well maintained.

nature trips
3 months ago

Went yesterday and had a blast on the trail . Got to see lots of wildlife and we had trail just about to ourselves! Do it again every chance I get ! The dog loved it too!

backpacking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail but no water on the southern side. We hiked for over 4.5 miles with no suitable water, only mud holes.

hiking
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails in the state! It's great for a simple day hike, or for a weekend backpacking trip when you hike it with the Carloine Dormon. as other's have said, the water situation is scarce, but you can easily carry enough for the day.

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