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My wife and I enjoyed our first day hike on the trail! Our German Shepard was welcomed by other hikers and make it very welcoming. We only live a couples away but hadn’t been here before but will definitely be back over and over.

Easy walk and pretty view.

trail running
9 days ago

Fun trail. I went clockwise and got lost pretty early on and agree that signage could improve a little. I cant wait to go back. I enjoyed the diverse ecosystems that you get to experience throughout the run.

Nice well kept trail. Great views along the way. I was attacked by Chinese Beatles but otherwise enjoyable hike!

hiking
13 days ago

Nice trail with plenty of deep wooded features. If you are a nature lover you will love this trail. Lots of wildlife along the way, today.

trail running
15 days ago

This is a legit 10 mile loop, I absolutely love it. Minus one star only because there are some parts where you can inadvertently go off trail because of some rogue trails blazed by lost folks thinking they were still on the correct trail. Some signage at these junctions would solve this problem.

hiking
19 days ago

I lost the trail about a mile from the campsite. What little trail there was had been covered by leaves and no markers in sight. I wound up turning back and doing the rest of the day loop to make up the distance. I am assuming that part of the trail does not get a lot of traffic .

hiking
20 days ago

It’s a pretty easy trail. I like to do it clockwise and hit the ore pit trail at the end. Good overnight for beginners. Really like seeing all the creeks, lakes, beaver dams and such.

hiking
21 days ago

Not much to see, minus the few lakeside vistas. I’d rate the trail as “easy” overall. Fairly flat out and back, well maintained, GPS watch found trail length at 7.8 miles total. I arrived at 8:30 on a sunny Sunday morning expecting many others. I didn’t see another on the trail until 11am, so it’s lightly travelled. Nice proximity to Nashville and do something different. Regular jet aircraft and boat noise heard on the trail. Real good trail running training route.

Nice views along river.

hiking
26 days ago

Any trail with this many lake views will be a favorite trail to me. I completed the Day Loop which is supposed to be 4 miles. My fitness tracker said it was 3.6 miles but that I had climbed the equivalent of 30 flights of stairs once I finished. The elevation changes are so gradual for the most part that it seems very easy. The wooded areas have several interestingly twisted and tall trees as well as beautiful rock formations. The lakeside portions rise slowly until you are rather high up on the bluffs over looking the lake and the surrounding areas for what seems like forever. It is easy to forget you aren't alone here as there were a few encounters with other hikers talk-shouting their way along the trail, oblivious to the others nearby. As my partner said, they would be the first to be taken out in a horror movie. Otherwise, I can see myself coming back here again and again.

hiking
28 days ago

Enjoyable stroll. Hidden Lake was beautiful as the sun was setting and the leaves are about to change.

Nice beginner hike, took my dog with me, very wide trail. Beautiful views of the hidden lake. Would recommend to any beginner, also very well marked trail

Great day hike. Nothing too challenging.

hiking
1 month ago

We do this with day packs as training for long hiking trips. Not necessarily a pretty hike - just keep on slogging!

It's in my way to or from home. it's easy enough to stop by for some relaxation after a bad day. The Day Loop is my favorite. My goal is to backpack and stay over for an extended weekend. I was there earlier this week, lots of fungi also bullfrogs in "the pond". I have quirky ankles and find I can do this trail easily. Enough people around to feel safe, not so many people to feel crowded. Lots of places to swim as well.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail nearly a month ago, and I am still a little mad about it. There are no facilities at the trailhead with just enough room for maybe 2 cars to sqeeze into the gravel parking area, and to be honest, the drive to get to the trailhead feels creepy with rundown houses and handwritten signs about hunting hanging up with almost no other signs of life. If you need to use the restroom, your last opportunity will be the gas stations off exit 232 from I-40 about 10 miles away from the trailhead. This isn't a big deal and not why I was upset. This trail is simply not well-maintained with very little traffic- sort of a chicken-or-the-egg scenario. If more people used it, it would be a lovely trail, but because parts of it are overgrown and there are SO MANY SPIDERS few people use it. A hike on relatively flat land that should have taken me no more than an hour to complete took me nearly 2 hours because I was swinging a stick in front of me the entire time knocking down spider webs (and I'm not exagerating here) every 4-6 feet. Sometimes I would knock down a web and just a foot or two behind it would be ANOTHER web. I probably looked like those people in movies where someone is whacking things with a machete to get through a jungle. I thought about turning back several times or trying to cut through a field to get to Moccasin Lane and walk back to my car, but I was too determined to quit and the field from the trail to the road was too thick to walk through. Again, the woods and wildflower fields are probably quite nice, but I feel like I barely saw any of it trying to not be attacked by Lord of the Rings style spiders the whole time. The most rewarding part was near the end of the trail where there are a few sinks and the remnant of an old stone wall from a farm left over from over a century ago. Part of me wants to go back to see if it is as bad as I remember it, but there are so many other trails to explore.

The big attraction here is obviously the lake, but this trail is also a lovely arboretum, well-marked with seemingly countless different varieties of trees. There are also several ponds scattered around the 2.2 miles of paved trail as well as some interesting rock formations near the beginning. This trail is usually very crowded, so don't expect to be able to lose yourself in nature.

For a new hiker like me, this trail was moderately difficult with rich rewards in scenery. If the quarry wasn't pretty enough, the higher elevated views of the lake are even better. My favorite part of this hike was scrambling over the beautiful rock formations. The remnants of buildings left over from the old resort from the 1920s hints at the history of the area. The Bluebird Loop at the beginning and end of this loop have plenty of butterflies and wildflowers that are fragrant on a warm day. This hike is a lovely way to pass an hour.

Went early October. Nice leisurely trail. Good views of lake. Saw a deer. Like that it was paved as ticks seem to be an issue on other nearby trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Great place for hiking, definitely get a stick to take down the spiderwebs. Also, wear plenty of bug spray, especially around your ankles. We stopped to fish a few times and got covered in Seed Ticks. Nothing 10 days of antibiotics can’t solve.

trail running
1 month ago

A good, moderately challenging trail. The last 2 miles or so before you reach the campground do need some maintenance as some of the markers are tough to see, obscured by several fallen trees.
But, I will avoid this trail on warm, sunny days. The party boats in one of the coves were blaring country songs so loud I lost my concentration several times. :(
At the first split, I took the right side (the forest side) of the day loop, then ran to the camp ground, and on the way back when I connected to the day loop again, took the lake side of the loop to get back to the parking lot.
My Nike app marked that as 13.2 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Paved 2 mile trail that goes around the lake. Very nice. Saw LOTS of wildlife. Nice leisurely walk after doing a 4 mile trail hike.

Beautiful trail, but pretty easy.

good trail for leisurely hike. great for the family. variety of wildlife.

Great challenging trail

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Definitely a favorite. We always do the Day loop option which clocks per my watch at 3.8 miles. It is super dog friendly. There are some rocky spots that give the trail so much beauty. Only down fall is during the summer it does trace a popular party cove so you are going to get some noise and nonsense from that. Other then that we love it.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite trails

hiking
2 months ago

nice trail

hiking
2 months ago

Very nicely marked and kept trail. Nice lake views along the way and some interesting rock formations as well. Some nice elevation changes. Will definitely do this one again. GPS clocked 3.8 miles.

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