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hiking
1 day ago

It's a nice enough trail, with plenty of great views of the lake, but it also basically runs through several backyards (or at least close enough to the houses that you feel like you're in their backyard) and a few of them make it apparent that your presence isn't necessarily appreciated. Though, that was just my takeaway, so your mileage may vary on how worthwhile the trail is.

hiking
1 day ago

The trail definitely has some great views of the lake. Unfortunately, it also runs through what appears to be someone's cow pasture. Which is something that very much detracts away from the overall experience. Especially when there happen to be a whole flock of cows right up on the trail.

Easy short hike with a big payoff
Be sure to go after a good rain.
Trail head is Almost exactly parallel to the state park entrance sign on Fayetteville end.... on opposite side of highway. Park in the lot stay on lot side and walk 100y back towards park. It will be on your left . Follow trail left until a clearing on right . Turn R there. If you get to a creek and bluffs. Turn around.
Trek poles and waterproof boots recommended!
Have fun !

Short but sweet. Pretty much in my backyard. Glad people have been working on the trails recently.

Fabulous views for a relatively short hike

hiking
6 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised by this trail. It has quite a bit of diversity. It follows around the lake which is best viewed during leaf off I suppose. The views will be more obstructed during other seasons. It travels through several amazing boulder fields and crosses a creek. The trail does some up and downing and the Lower Eagle Loop along with the length of the trail I would say this is a moderate intensity trail rather than easy. It's length provides a pretty good workout. All in All I loved this trail and will be back sometime to enjoy it again.

nice trail, Eagle Scout project bridge over first large stream was very helpful, but many dog owners (5 or 6) let their big dogs run loose, which scratched up our granddaughters with muddy paws.

hiking
10 days ago

Great little hike with great views. Lots of recent rain so be prepared for some mud and water but still very doable. Only four stars because of all the people.

hiking
11 days ago

Very wet and rugged. Amazing views and beautiful scenery. Involves a creek crossing so prepared to take boots off and wade across. Probably not that way in the summer. Fun and definitely a hidden gem. Looks like there might be a lot of ticks and snakes in the summer so watch your dog.

Beautiful rock formations throughout. Expect to see climbers. No problem for kids. There is one water crossing.

Great location close to town with great scenery. Disappointed in how much trash was present. Perfect hike for kids under 5! The lake is a great place for them to throw rocks and see lots of turtles!

Great view from overlook. We've had some good rain and there were several nice and unexpected streams.

loved this place

First time to try this trail and really liked it. Easy and lots of pretty views even during an overcast and cold day. Trail is well marked and clean. No motors allowed so nothing but mountain bikes and foot traffic. Looking forward to bringing my kayak when it’s warmer. Loved it!

walked the whole loop with my 9yr old in a few hours, the outer portion has small footpaths mainly for bike use and is prone to ticks when thier out. No big overlooks, but there are some neat historical sites and it didn't seem to have alot of traffic, if you do the full loop, in the outer areas. Great for stretching it out for an hightempo hike.

Well maintained, easy to walk, some steep short climbs, nice walk but the overlook is the main attraction, the lower portion near the bottom of the hill does have nice views and some rock formations.

Good for all ages and has plenty to see, caves, waterfall, creeks, hills and large timber. Can have heavy traffic at times.

Good trail along the lake. I agree with others that it was kind of hard to follow at times, could have been because it was mostly covered with leaves. There were a few houses at different points and a nice little picnic area with a table. The first little bit of the trail is alongside the highway but in the woods. Others that we passed on the trail said they had seen eagles! As an avid hiker I would rate this as easy and not real strenuous. Nice walk through the woods though!

trail running
17 days ago

great trail 5.5 miles, ran 2 loops yesterday. it also leads to other trails so lots of options for a day run.

Love the trails. I take my son and dogs out there all the time. very peaceful

hiking
25 days ago

Scenic short trail popular with just about anyone who hikes and lives in the area. Lots of rock features, a creek, a waterfall, an icy trail if winter and around the waterfall. It can be crowded in afternoons if it's reasonably warm, like other Devil's Den trails.

hiking
25 days ago

A mainstay for my hiking routine. I periodically come to this trail for a semi-light hike--long and rocky enough to feel like I'm hiking but without the full day obligation. Good views. Limited parking on top, but I suppose it's still better than parking in the campgrounds at the bottom.

hiking
25 days ago

Moderate hike with some interesting rock formations and curious hideaways that makes me wonder what people do there at night. A mini-adventure. Deep in the woods near water, just the way I like trails. Not iconic, but still a good hike to do once in a while.

walking
25 days ago

Basic, pleasant walk.

The east side of the lake isn't well marked if you have an intention to pick the high road or the low road (I often end up on the one I didn't intend, especially if it's been wet). It's easier to take the loop counter clockwise and take advantage of obvious signage from that direction. Otherwise, it's a convenient "out of town" yet close to town trail. Rocky, woodsy, near water, and short enough to bring people who aren't feeling well but still want fresh air, or kids that aren't up for longer hikes yet. I've seen a lot of dogs, and if I had a dog I'd love this trail for dog walking too.

hiking
25 days ago

Has a lot of potential. There's lots of views of the lake branches and creek crossing. Often the water level rises enough to make the area a tricky wetland to traverse. Sections have cow fields and I'm not 100% sure I got to the end of the trail or just lost it. It needs to be more defined on the second half, but otherwise good fun.

trail running
25 days ago

beautiful trail. good incline. a little hard to follow at times, especially with all the leaves and the turn around point was confusing but overall it was a good run for 3 mile trail.

Not a bad short trail that also connects to a trail that goes farther up the road, then the road to the top. One property has goats, so that's always a fun sight. After a good rain the trail follows a temporary larger stream, adding to a small sense of adventure. Too short of a trail, but at least it's woodsy and quiet and not a far drive.

walking
27 days ago

It's on the far end of town for me, but it's almost as good as an in town trail gets, paved or dirt. The dirt trail isn't as special now that there's the paved trail because there's less seclusion, but both are still beautiful. You can hike one, jog the other on a different day. It's a good length for a fitness excursion, and several stretches near parking lots are attractive enough to enjoy yourself even if you come for frequent, shorter excursions that require doubling back.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Had some rain a couple days before so the creek was running so crossing it with it being a bit chilly out was a no-go. The waterfall was flowing though so that was good. The homesite was interesting. Trail wasn’t busy when we started but was picking up on our way back.

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