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Spent a weekend out on the trail. Great trail! Well marked and lots of opportunities for water. Really scenic for trails around here.

Good trail approx. 4mi around. Rickety chain and wood suspension bridge. Plenty of great photo opts along the creek. Falls dry this time of year. Some light bouldering. Lake just off the trail. Nice places to swim water nice and refreshingly cold this time of year. I’d do this trail again in the spring or fall to get the waterfalls experience.

I took my 4 year old in early spring. We loved it! Climbing down the creek bed is difficult so take your time. Beautiful views once you get down the the bottom. Overall nice trail to bring young children or fur babies.

Did it twice, once in each direction! Not too buggy, rocks are (not surprisingly) slick in the shade but easy enough to keep your feet dry.

We went mid-May and it was perfect! Beautiful trail and great for the entire family. The water was a bit cold to swim in, but that didn’t defer the kids!!

hiking
16 days ago

creek was dry no water but a good hike

Just hiking through trees. Nothing special. The trail was a bit overgrown

A great, challenging hike. There’s a solid half mile of uneven terrain with a 25% grade. Leave the pups at home and bring your trekking poles! The large steps can be really hard on the knees.

Awesome!!

Loved our mid-summer hike. Was steeper and more difficult than we expected but are definitely going back in the fall. It’s amazing that this beautiful area is tucked away here in the Midwest. Wear good hikers and bug spray for the valleys.

hiking
25 days ago

The trail is a great way to see the beautiful canyon! Some of the creek bed can be rather steep and slippery so be sure to wear the appropriate footwear. Once you descend into the canyon the mosquitoes do get a little bit bothersome so remember the bug spray.

Always a great trail.

hiking
25 days ago

Some steep inclines and rocky climbs but great! Benches along the way right after long stretches are nice. The waterfall wasn’t running because it’s super hot and dry in July, but the water felt nice.

Great trails with plenty of tree cover and steep hills. We've hiked as little as 2 miles and up to 8 miles. Rocky terrain so wear good hiking shoes/boots.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked CCW the loop on the north side of Highway KK on Tuesday afternoon, 7/17/18. No one else had been on the trail all day as I encountered tons of spider webs spanning the trail.

Luckily, I didn't pickup any ticks even though the trail was a bit overgrown in places. I also encountered about 7 down trees crossing the trail. The primitive campground was empty and the spring down the hill from it was dry.

I didn't run into swarms of mosquitoes, but there seemed to be at least one that nagged me most of the hike in spite of my Deet.

The wildlife were pretty sparse. I encountered two deer but surprisingly no squirrels at all. The birds in the canopy were also rather quiet.

I've hiked this trail several times since 2015. All in all, this is a very nice hike.

My GPS tracked the loop at 3.6 miles. I hiked very leisurely which took me about 1 hour and 45 minutes including breaks at the primitive campground and the spring.

hiking
1 month ago

We didn’t get to see the fall which was disappointing but the trail it self was beautiful! We hike a lot and this trail was shorter than most but I would say it’s pretty moderate not easy. My dog loved the lake at the end!

hiking
1 month ago

fun trail, not alot of work. swam at the base of the fall.

Gorgeous trail and nicely shaded. Perfect for an easy outing. Probably my favorite trail of the weekend for its simplicity and beauty.

backpacking
1 month ago

Kid friendly, great swimming place shallow rock in lake right below falls.
In summer, waterfall is not flowing, but still a nice hike with plenty to see.

hiking
1 month ago

This a spectacular trail that starts off with an easy rock path that doesn’t have that trail feel. Just wait, it gets better! Nice ridge paths and you have to climb up and down some pretty slippery river beds. Beware if you bring a dog, make sure you can lift them. Some parts of path they will need help. When you get in the canyon, be prepared, bring some good mosquito spray.
There is a nice mix of gravel, dirt with a dash of mud and sandstone. Great for all ages. Kids would love this trail. To things to remember, water and keep kids on trail. Copperheads and rattlesnakes are off trail and can be aggressive. Enjoy!!

A bit rocky for a trail run this long but no problem for hikers. I was fighting with spider webs strung across the trail about every twenty strides and almost stepped on a copperhead so be sure to stay on the lookout for that. There was a really nice view about 2.5 miles in that you can also stop at on the return trip. All in all I enjoyed this challenging run and would recommend it to anyone looking for some really good hill workouts.

It’s a good one day hike if you start in the morning or a a late evening with one night of camping, it’s pretty but not a lot to do if you plan on spending a day there. There are a lot of ticks!

My favorite trail in the Shawnee National forest. Beautiful views at the overlook. Don't be afraid to venture past the posts at the overlook and climb down onto the bluff. It is a view that is difficult to beat. Once you follow the trail down into the bottoms the atmosphere of the trail changes but is just as beautiful as the upper area. Certain parts of the decent are very mossy and slippery. Many people bring dogs to the trail but be aware that there are certain areas where you will have to lift your dog. Bug spray is a must especially during the summer season. Many ticks after most visits. Coming after a rain will provide flowing water views and some slight water crossings.
The ascent of the trail is exhausting. The views are completely worth it but be sure to pack lots of water.
The best time I have had on this trail is in the late fall when the leaves are beginning to fall. More opportunities for visibility

Deceptively challenging for a short hike, at least in June when temps are reaching upper 90's. The East trail to me is an easier hike than the West trail, but both are stacked to some degree with loose, jagged rock, so watching your step is crucial. There are a few nice little lookouts, but I mostly enjoyed the wildlife that abounds here. I saw armadillos, squirrels, many types of small lizards, garter and water snakes, Guadeloupe bass, sunfish, butterflies, painted bunting, flycatchers, warblers, Ravens and a red tailed hawk.

There are many beautiful dripping springs from limestone cliffs in the area. There are high, hot hilltops covered in prairie scrub brushes and cactus as well as deeper, cooler and densely green areas near the creek beds. The best part... it isn't crowded! Enjoyed it.

This trail was spectacular! Well marked and great scenic views. Although, you have to hike the full loop to enjoy the views but it is worth it.

Took Main loop. It’s a quick 45 mins walk. Lots of trail options available. Have to come back and explore.

on Falls Branch Trail

1 month ago

Clearly marked and well kept trail. In a bit of a dry spell so the creek is very low, hardly any water flow on the hike to the falls. Barely-there waterfall but otherwise the scenery is beautiful! Just needs a good rain shower to get things flowing again.

Salt Lick Point Trail is amazing! You start off on Johnson Trail and at the end of Johnson is when you meet Salt Lick Point to start up the bluff. The beginning, on Johnson Trail, has amazing bluff and rock formations as you go. Salt Lick Trail does have some steep points going up the bluff, but the views when you get to the top are amazing. I personally wouldn’t recommend children or pets for Salt Lick Point Trail. The abandon building is also pretty awesome as well if you are able to find your way in!! Be careful, 2nd floor is NOT sturdy. I grew up in this tiny town until the Flood of ‘93 and had no idea the trails or building existed!

nature trips
2 months ago

We went over Memorial Day weekend and it was beautiful! The waterfall is gorgeous.

hiking
2 months ago

Great morning hike. The hill that starts at the base of the Johnson trail was it's usual challenge. Great view from the top.

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