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we have tried this trail twice with our kids and get a bit confused after we cross mail road and follow it up to park area. we have no idea where to go from there and we even asked a park ranger, who said he cuts the grass on trail, and said it's not a loop but in order to go back to parking lot, you have to walk same route back?

hiking
20 days ago

Good hike! We went the counter clockwise route which is the way most hikers go if you want a nice morning hike out. First part was harder than the second half due to the humidity and heat of the day we hiked in. Was only a 5 mile hike to the campsite and the seasonal stream was running was nice. My only complaint was the chiggers or oak mites were bad!

Nice trail with fair markings. Mostly flat with overgrown brush from the sides onto the trail. Saw several deer and really like the lake views. Not over crowded so the spider webs were aplenty.

2 days later and my husband and I are miserable with literally hundreds of chigger bites to our legs.

The trail was well marked with easy access to the trailhead. There are plenty of trail maps but no bathrooms. The trail is very rocky and narrow making the rating of “moderate” accurate. My two children got excited for a bench at about two miles. They sat down only to realize a minute later that they were COVERED in termites! My five year old was in pure horror! We tried to finish the loop with the shortcut but after a quarter of a mile farther, we decided it was best to turn around. After returning back to the car and fully stripping their clothes, we also found three ticks on my husband and daughter. Heads up that this is not a young kid friendly hike. I wish we would’ve have gotten a chance to see the entire trail and what it has to offer. I gave it three stars because I’m sure it’s a good trial for others, but I wish I’d known it wasn’t for my family. Oh well, you live and you learn.

hiking
1 month ago

returned and did the trail with the boy scouts. One of the few natural tunnels in the state.

Not marked well . The camping spot is not marked well and it is on the side of a hill . The lake is beautiful
Trail is nice a lot of wild life if you plan to camp use a hammock not a tent .

hiking
2 months ago

The actual trail is 1.5 miles. Using the map for this app adds another half mile of the Spring Trail before you reach the trailhead. Going counterclockwise at the loop, the trail passes through a tunnel of trees until it loops back at the point where there are some views of the lake. The trail then passes through a boulder field and is rugged for the remainder of the trail. We met a ham radio operator along this part of the trail with an antennae in a tree who was contacting people in different states using Morse code, which was cool.

on Devil's Kitchen Trail

hiking
2 months ago

We actually hiked portions of Devil’s Kitchen, Colosseum, Castle and Spring trails. The Ranger tied them all together in a loop (see photo) with one short distance reversal, totally around 4 mi and we did it in less than 2 hours with photos and a few breath-catching stops during/after the 300+ stairs. It was a great way to see the various features of the park, but overall, I think we liked the Devil’s Kitchen portion slightly better because it was denser and very little traffic. Very nice hiking, possibly 5 stars for our home state of MO but we reserve our 5 star ratings for awesome national parks. :)

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail after we finished a shorter trail in the morning. Good solid footing with a few vertical climbs. Natural rock formations thru out with some very large boulders. Trees carrying lots of foliage so difficult to see lake at the midway point. My friend Kevin unfortunately carried out a soda can and plastic water bottle along with some small trash items he found along trail. Thanks Kevin.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was very hard to follow at times; but was very beautiful. When I hiked a mother deer and her fawn were in the trail, it was so cool.

hiking
2 months ago

Wish the trail was marked a little better; but it was very beautiful and peaceful.

Great for trail running. I prefer to run it in reverse. It isn’t as hard on your feet and knees at the end when you end at the trail head. The full trail is beautiful, but the shortcut is just as challenging.

I did a small backpacking trip with a few teenagers on this trail, and we all had a blast. Well marked trails and a nice campground!

I love the solitude of this trail. I run it weekly.

I loved this trail. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to complete and take your time. Would like to come back again. Very beautiful and easy to find. If you don’t want to finish all the way, there is a short cut you can take to take across the path to the finish. Not sure exactly where it’s at but after the 3rd mile maybe. I took it. Lol would have liked to go all the way around if I had enough daylight.

The trail is being overtaken by the woods. It has down trees, vegetation and more TICKS than any place I've ever been. I took over 200 off me. No lie.

backpacking
3 months ago

Besides being hot which was expect had lot of fun found a great spot to camp with a great view did alot of the other trials too definitely doing it again.

hiking
4 months ago

Honestly just not too impressive. I’m sure we missed the wildflower season, and with the trail slightly overgrown all we saw were ticks... Will do the other trails instead of this one next time.

love natural bridge

Well marked trail with great valley views, steep drops and lovely creek access. It was a wonderful spring hike. I would not think the view would not be as great with all the leaves on the trees.

Great hike. Didn’t not do the full 7 because I left my cord to charge my phone but when I got back to my vehicle I seen a tower and walked in that direction and found a cave and bridge which led to the HA HA castle which was awesome and I would highly recommend it and I actually ended up doing 7 miles anyway lol

Trail heads and trail could have been better marked. The rocky awnings were pretty and overall, the trail was a fun, moderate hike.

hiking
7 months ago

I really love this trail, from the moment you enter beneath the Natural Bridge...seems like a portal to Narnia! Lots of moss-covered boulders, rocks, and logs. Love the bowl feature below the trail. I climbed up and out and connected to the Spring Trail (blazed in blue) from this trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Very cool features, esp the Devil's Kitchen cave and Promenade features. I wish the blazing had been better--I wasn't sure I was going the right way when crossing the Post Office Road and moving farther from the parking lot. The trail seemed longer than the posted 1.3 miles (but maybe I was just tired since this was my last trail of the day, after 4 hours!). I cut it short and ended up retracing my steps back to the parking lot. I'll definitely return and do the full loop.

backpacking
8 months ago

Did a light overnight trip here. Walked about 4 miles into the loop and set up a hammock camp near the bypass. Good views, well maintained trails, and enough variance to keep it interesting. Saw deer galore both at camp and while hiking. There were some coyotes in the area but they stayed clear. I'd visit again if I were in the area.

backpacking
8 months ago

Great initial backpacking trail. Didn’t run into too many people.

hiking
9 months ago

easy trail, bridge is pretty cool.

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful rock formations and a very easy trail.

hiking
10 months ago

loved this trail. it got a little confusing a few times with all the leaves on the trail but overall so worth it!

Really cool short trail. Awesome rock formations, tall bluffa, and a small cave. Would definitely do it again.

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