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Beautiful trail!

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.

Grew up on this stretch of the river. One of the most beautiful places. Lots of trails, fishing, hunting, and canoeing opportunities. Summer is very hectic with tourists. I've quit going on the weekends because of the # of people. Autumn is perfect...less people....amazing colors.

This trail starts out behind the rock pavillion. It is pretty steep along a wet weather creek. Path is narrow and rocky but very doable. It crosses the hwy at the top and then levels out at the top through the pine before making it's way down the hill (not as steep) to end at the naturalist cabin near the hatchery. The Naturalist was welcoming and showed my young nieces snakes, turtles and fish along with some hides and bones that they kept in the office. If you go left out of the office you can take a short hike along the spring fed lake and hatchery which loops back along the river. I enjoyed this hike with a group of all ages. There is also a trail around the 7 springs that start the current river. And of course an ice cream or meal at the lodge is always welcomed.

Great paved and off road trails! A new favorite!

Did this trail in July of 2017. Loved it!!! Bring snacks, extra water and watch for rattlesnakes in the rocky area.

Quick out and back walk to look at a waterfall that consists of rocks 1.5 billion years old. That’s old!

Beautiful trail and our dogs were worn out afterwards.

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.

Time just flew by hiking this trail. Love seeing the water nearly every step of the way. The damn is great and this is a must see trail in ES.

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!

My family enjoyed this hike. Water views throughout. Well maintained trails have enough traffic to make you feel like a part of a community but not so busy they feel congested.

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

I really enjoy going there. I can hike,mountain Bike, kayak and paddle board. It has it all. They have rv spots and cabins for rent plus new biking cabins.

In town for work decided to get out rather than sit in a hotel room all weekend. The trails were good but I have to agree with the other reviews that it’s a little difficult to navigate. Luckily a couple running the trails guided me to the best way back to the parking lot.
Wish I had my mountain bike with me looks like these trails would be fun on two wheels

hiking
2 months ago

very nice hike! some areas could be marked better for the beginner but overall a great hike.

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.

backpacking
2 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.

Excellent! Especially on cool mornings in the springtime and

Great hike, bird blinds quarry, creeks and hills...love this hike

Great hike again. Trails are marked and well defined. Lovely wooded setting. Lots of Honeysuckle. The smells were amazing. Saw lots of poisen ivy too. Will definitely be back.

trail running
3 months ago

Great place for trail running!

great trail. Well maintained. could use better signs for trail crossings.

Fun hike. Found a couple of morels along the trail. A black and white warbler and red-eyed vireo posed for us. The overlook at the top of the hill overlooking the mill and valley was beautiful.

Nice area. Pretty fascinating when you look at it from
above. You park where it is. Not exactly a Wilderness Area, but a nice easy approach like this is nice at times and for some people.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Love this park. Awesome features and a variety of difficulties.

3 months ago

nice easy trail. it crosses a WPA era dam. some of the rail is missing on the dam. Don't let kids cross it alone.

We hiked around but not on a specific trail. Beautiful area.

me and my little family loves this place ♡♡

hiking
4 months ago

Well maintained trail that is a lot of fun with the family. It started snowing during the hike, which added to the beauty. The start of the trail has a nearly 200 foot ascent in a short distance but after that it is an easy trail.

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