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flat and easy

16 days ago

Beautiful trail, probably gorgeous in the fall. Gets real muddy, so watch out after a rain, it'll be a squishy hike. Gets better as you go uphill. The yellow loop around (south side main loop only) took us a couple hours with slow going due to mud and parts where the trails were really poorly marked so had to double back a couple times. Map helps but like other folks mentioned some of the markers on the map are a bit off. Lots of doggoes!

When I did this loop yesterday, the distance was 5.7 miles. There were some detours around fallen trees and a number of flooded trails that added to the hike. The trail was well marked for most of it. It was a little tricky finding the way around some of the flooded areas and a few fallen trees. I broke trail for about half the loop so it should be easy to follow now, just follow the snowshoe and footprints tracks in the tricky areas.

It's definitely not moderate. This trail is an easy hike or bike. Nothing difficult other than a lot of roots. Nice scenery, couldn't hear traffic, not too many people. Nice walk.

This was a nice long walk. The hills can be a challenge but worth it in the end.

great trail

lots to look at, nice trail. markings are okay but the land layout can make it confusing at times. maybe a dropped log or 2 in some places would help direct people

Very nice place to take a walk. Even though it states "dogs must be leashed", there were looses dogs and inconsiderate dog owners. I guess the rules only apply to some people.

3 months ago

Not well marked when you first get on the trail. You eventually find the trail though and it’s a pleasant walk.

3 months ago

Great hike! Amazing Rocks & Boulder climbing Mecca! Not much of a lookout, trees blocking view.

mountain biking
4 months ago

love this park!! lots of options for MTN biking!!
lots of varied terrain.

4 months ago

I walk my two dogs almost every day and I love this place. They are off leash (like most every dog we see) and I am sure they consider this park the equivalent of heaven for dogs. Depending on what trailhead you choose you may run into more people/dogs, but never over crowded. Highly recommend it.

Poor directions to trail head. Lots of rail trail walking, better route for bikers.

When you reach the first junction or point where you decide to go the the fire lookout or take the bypass you need to go up the steep incline straight ahead. Do not go to the left. Once you get up a ways on that steep incline you will begin to see the white diamond shaped markers on the trees that line the trail. It is very well marked and signed beyond that first intersection. Good hike, great views.

minutes from my house and my dog Elvis and I go almost daily. Endless trails, not many people. Bugs can get bad in areas but worth it!

it was a great hike with 2 dogs. plenty of cool streams for them to drink and cool off. lots of different terrain. from steep to easy roads. I got turned around a couple of times but keep checking all trails to get back on track. didn't see a single person until way past halfway point. loved the boulders.

Great hike. Maps posted to help. Some confusion with the cross trails but stayed on the perimeter trail primarily. Biggest issue were the mosquitoes! Everywhere! I could not stop walking or risk the onslaught. Had to keep moving!

Fun trail. Would do again.

Mosquitoes were terrible. Signage was lacking and we got a little lost. But all in all it was a beautiful location with well groomed trails.

A nice quiet, lightly traveled 4 mile hike. My wife and I elected to start up North Mountain Trail, tackling the climb portion first, then come around via Boulder and bring it home via the North Mt Bypass. The 4 mile hike took us novices 2.5 hours, most during the climb section, with a few stops. It is definitely buggy. Fortunately we paid attention to the warnings and lathered up in bug spray. Not much scenery even at the peak of North Mt. Might be better during foliage season.

6 months ago

Map took us to a residential property with no trail markings. Kept driving on past forget it!

Very nice well marked loop. We decided to branch off and add the Shaw, slips rock and fundy trail to up the distance to around 7.5 mi. For 2.5 hour hike. Bring bug spray.

This hike was pretty long and buggy. The day we did it was extra humid so that probably had something to do with it, but it was well marked with lots of interesting changes in terrain which made up for some of the extra length

trail running
6 months ago

beautiful trail! nice that there are tons of turn offs so you can customize any length you want to be out there, but like everyone has said ~ keep your map app open! there are lots of constructed walkways over the wet parts, which are always fun and good frog spotting :) I only saw 3 people in 6.5 miles on a weekday, nice and secluded!

Great first hike for my 11 week old pup.

Was decent hike for a fat guy. I was winded. Climbed the fire tire and use the pull up bar and stepping stones. Got eaten alive by misquotes that was the only downside.

The trail as shown covers only a section of the site's trails. The Open Street Map (OSM) shows all trails as well as the "Rescue point" markers. It's a good idea to have a phone or GPS because the trails are not always well marked. The park offers a trail map but it's not 100% accurate. Still it's a great network of trails with variety (woods, clear fields, and much evidence of former agricultural use: many many stone walls).

It was difficult to find the trail head (we ended up asking a local who directed us down Baker Rd) and hard to follow unmarked trails. In addition to unmarked trails, we found trails to be narrow and we came out with an absolutely extraordinary number of ticks. We do not recommend this trail.

Good for exercise, not the most challenging trail riding, rocks and roots on trails that are a bit wider than single track, mostly just a really bumpy ride

Always fun to get on the bike though

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