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I give this trail a five because one section of it is outstanding. Overall it is a 3.5 because of poor trail marking ,erosion, roughness, and deep ruts caused by horses.
To get to the really nice section start at the church at the south entry point and head north, down into the valley. After you cross the small creek (probably dry in summer), continue 50 yards or so and look to your left for a inconspicuous trail headed down the creek (towards the west). A tree was marked with surveyors tape at the entry point. Follow this trail all the way to Cedar Creek. I think you will enjoy. Not as many horse ruts and the stream and moss covered boulders and bluffs are beautiful.

hiking
13 days ago

Today I began at Roby “Lake” and took the South loop. Beautiful bluffs and vistas about two miles in. Gentle climb. I turned around at 2.5 miles.

Road to the trail was blocked off with a locked gate (1/1/19)

20 days ago

Did the short, 11.5 mile loop in one day. Rough trail with 2-4in rock under your feet, but still worth doing. Scenic overlook wasn't too much to write home about. The little pool was very relaxing with some nice eye candy of the outcrops all around.

hiking
21 days ago

This trail map is completely different than the trail we walked, which was blazed red. The trail we walked was also about 4.25 miles instead of 2.9. This is why I gave it such a low rating. It was beautiful, but the trail map is completely wrong on the AllTrails site.

great hike, beautiful scenery. we went on Christmas Eve and expected no other hikers but saw 3 families, a few singles, and a trail runner. beginning and end of the loop are pretty unsteady for feet. sharp rocks and a little challenging for little ones. but after that the trail was 5 star all the way. gorgeous view of the lake.

hiking
27 days ago

Nice trail but I would rate it as easy. Beautiful spring.

Very pretty, right beside creek.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great views, poorly marked trail and deep horse ruts. Great camping spots.

Went for an overnight backpacking trip and finished the entire trail to see both waterfalls, overlook views, passed through some creeks, got lost lol..there were many ticks( did not bring deep woods spray), occasionally finding a couple ponds..markers get confusing, male sure to bring a reliable map, my print off could not save us from getting lost. overall this place was amazing, the trees and different views make u feel like uve entered dimension where no one else exists(serenity at its finest)

Enjoyed this trail. Natural bridge was interesting and the trail itself was pleasant. Lots of sinkholes along the way, and interesting fungi to look at. Pretty easy walk through the woods.

hiking
1 month ago

What a treat! I hiked this after Fire Tower Trail on a beautiful November day. Loved the limestone formations that you can climb on and explore in and around. Some climbing on this trail; I followed it clock-wise. I think "Moderate" is a fair rating.
Will definitely hike this again.

Absolutely wonderful views.

nature trips
2 months ago

Warning: you may not have gps or cell reception in this area! Download the map if possible!

This is the deepest spring in the state that the public can walk up to! It gets the royal blue color from how deep it is (310feet). If you put the Statue of Liberty in the blue spring she would be submerged (even the torch she holds!). That being said, there are signs staying things about the delicate ecosystem there. Do not ignore that. This place is a natural beauty and a neat opertunity to look into a deep blue abyss. Let’s not ruin that!

There are two trails to get to Blue Spring, me and my group got there from the road and parking lot.
It was pouring down rain. If you drive there and have the same experience, take it slow on the gravel road. Puddles are deceiving some holes were bigger then they looked.
Considering the weather condition, our short hike to the spring was still lovely. The river on the right flowing strong and a beautiful forest to the left that is noticeably a conservation area.
Everything was worth it. The spring was more then blue. It was full of different plant life and fish. Again, I can’t speak for the other trail but as far as driving there goes it is a must-see in my opinion!

An easy hike. A few bluffs and rock outcroppings to see nothing to extraordinary.

Absolutely beautiful. Well used trail.

Great trail .

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful area with plenty of fall colors in early november. Bring accurate navigational aids, some of the way points we had were incorrect and caused some backtracking and head scratching. Lack of blazes are the biggest bummer of this trail, otherwise it was well maintained. Plenty of horse poop. Watch out for the ankle-roller gravel/rocks on the trail. Not much elevation change, could be done in one day if you pushed. We hiked 2.5mi in first night and camped, did 14.5 the next day in around 8 hours. Very enjoyable. Not the easiest trail navigationally, but if you're aware and prepared, you'll have a great time.

Beautiful views at the top and unique rock formations. I will definitely go back.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great hike! Not much to say. Make sure you bring water treatment and that’s about it. Don’t step in horse poop is all I can say.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent little hike! Very well maintained.

backpacking
2 months ago

Pretty vanilla trail. Not a lot of elevation change and not very challenging. Just a walk in the woods which is ok sometimes. Trail can be a little unclear so make sure you’re paying attention. I went in October and did not need to change shoes for any creek crossings. Saw a lot of mushrooms due to an abundance of rain leading up to my trip.

Not a bad trail, but not very good either. A simple stroll with 3 small creek crossings, but the trails aren’t marked well. The biggest payoff is the small cave but it’s not marked at all and you can miss it since you have to veer off the main path down an unmarked trail by at least 150 meter.

Meh...

Good hike, not overly scenic, but typical of area. Couple bluff views, some water crossings. backpacker camps exist along trail.

I only hiked the portion shared by the South loop as I hiked the entire south loop on 10/15/2018. It took me 7 hours with two short stops for about 15 minutes each and one about half way for about 30 minutes for lunch. Not many scenic views but there was such a nice diversity in the terrain. There was nice woodlands to some swampy area to open meadow. Part of the trail was closed and had to detour around.. It had rained the day before and several parts of the trail were muddy.So I am not sure if that was the cause of the detour. The trail was marked pretty good with the red and red/ green blazes. The most enjoyable part and most beautiful portion was that portion where the south and north loops share the trail. I would like to have been able to do the north loop as well to compare both loops.

hiking
3 months ago

It was great weather for a hike on the red trail but it wasn't marked very clearly. We ended up almost walking the entire trail twice because we ended up turned around. I wish there were maps that were available. Warm enough to see some snakes and what little water that was in the creek was really clear! I'll definitely be back now that I know the way better.

backpacking
3 months ago

it is definite go back to spot did a lot of ramming around i spent about 5 hours hiking to my camping spot for the night and after camp was up did lats of looking around was a excellent trail

My all time favorite trail yet! So peaceful so beautiful and I just loved it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, love getting to the bottom on hot summer day to feel the cooler air from the cold spring water.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike! There are three different options on the east side of the trail, are Silver and Yellow. Red was just the right length for a few hour hike and not very difficult! Very beautiful! Can’t wait to try the Yellow trail and maybe even come back to camp!

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