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This was a great trail ... 5 hours and done

This is inaccurately labeled classified as moderate. The correct label should be "Easy". Also, it is described as moderately trafficked. That too is incorrect as for it is "heavily" trafficked.

the loop around the lake is paved and very wide. unfortunately the path is shared among walkers and bikers. along the path are benches, trash cans, and water fountains. in spite of the many trash cans, it is common to see plastic bags of dog waste littered on and next to the path. What is wrong with people!?!?! That path has many curves and gentle slopes. Also, there is a fishing platform, which, also can be found littered with empty bait and food packages. This, even though there is a trash receptacle on the platform. What is wrong with people?!?!? I walk the path a lot, and fortunately not all people are direct full with there garbage. I sometimes see an older woman there picking up other people's garbage. She told me that she lives nearby and picks it up placing it in the rightful place frequently. Also, while it doesn't affect the well maintained walking path, the duckweed on the small lake is widespread. Go and enjoy this nice smooth walkway but keep your head on a swivel to avoid the fast bikers. Oh, one more thing...why do they gabby women insist on walking 3 abreast and not converge to single file when they approach walkers moving toward them? My observation is the older slim women are very respectful. It's the middle aged fat gals that insist on you yielding to them.

trail running
9 days ago

A nice easy paved trail, but it can be very heavily trafficked at times with lots of people to avoid if you’re running. It’s open to bikes as well, though I rarely see them.

on Low Gap Trail

9 days ago

The Low Gap is a great trail for quick overnight backpacking trips. While the trail isn’t overly difficult there are some elevation changes that will get your heart rate up. Also, some creek bed hiking (beware of slick smooth rocks). The scenery in the forest is nice, particularly in the fall. I’ve been here several times and have not seen the sort of litter you see at campsites on other trails, which is nice. There are several established campsites in the backcountry area. Look near Gourley and Shipman ridge for some really good spots. There is one thing about the trail that to me really makes it more of a 3.5 star, the infamous overly long gravel road portion of the trail. The large pieces of sharp gravel can hurt your feet even in decent boots. Even with the gravel this is a worthwhile trail and worth repeat visits.

Nice view in the forest. But need better maintenance.

hiking
18 days ago

It’s a nice hike. Variable elevations. Wildlife. Indian history. Bathroom available at parking lot. Well marked path. Multiple routes!

mountain biking
23 days ago

Not bad...

Completed the loop on October 13. Trail is a nice endurance hike, as we are preparing for Bright Angel in Grand Canyon. Not a lot of stunning scenery, and a lot of gravel road. Trail is poorly marked, so pay attention!

Great little hike

hiking
1 month ago

lots of steps but short path, we all liked it, good for families

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike. The falls are really pretty. Good for all skill levels. We combined this with a number of other trails of varying difficulty today and this leg was definitely a highlight. It can get crowded starting mid morning on the weekend.

Great trail! Checked out the “rock shelter” and that was just OK. Nothing exciting along the “rock shelter loop”.. I wouldn’t hike that portion again. The rock bridge is really cool and I love that this trail was not very crowded.

1 month ago

This was our first hike; my wife and I did it with our daughter and daughter in law, and our little boy. We’re barely in bed for the night and are planning our NEXT visit! The scenery is sweet; it’s not even “fall leaves” season. I can’t even imagine the colors and the views when that happens. The only downside? Maybe a couple more benches/rest areas.

Neat and clean, well maintained.

The trail was beautiful but the wooden walkways need repaired. The planks have uneven gaps widely spaced apart. I think the area was the old mill on the way to the falls. My dogs leg went through the planks and she needed stitches. Also the trail wasn’t marked very well. Drove around and around looking for the trail.

Great trails close to the city. Markings aren’t great and they are not very well maintained but a lot of mileage possible.

We hiked on Tues., Oct. 9th, 10:30a.m. Great trail, but not easy. Hiked Cedar Falls to Rose Lake, to Old Man’s Cave, then Whispering Falls and finished at the entrance to Cedar. 7 mile loop total, and the signs stating the distances between aren’t accurate. Took longer than expected, but there are a lot of roots to navigate your footing on so you don’t twist an ankle. Some muddy and washed out narrow trail spots, and some rock scrambling, but if you take your time and be careful, you’re good. We took our pup and she was able to handle it, but it may be too much for an older/arthritic dog. Beautiful and peaceful for almost the whole hike. Old Man’s Cave and Cedar Falls can be quite busy at times since they are short hikes in from the parking lots.

hiking
1 month ago

If you go clockwise you will take on the most difficult part of the trail first. Lots of inclines and deep ravines but nothing too overwhelming. My 12 year old daughter tackled the trail with no problem. Deer and other wildlife along the way. Scenery changes often. Went on a Saturday morning and heard trains most of the first half of the way. About mid-way point there is a shelter that overlooks the valley. Great views and great spot for a break. The second half runs along the river/creek. This part seemed much quieter than the first-half. Also, much easier terrain; flat, wide trails that runs mostly through meadows. Lots of creek crossings. Excellent trail with a variety of scenery. If there was any downside it was that we went a day after it rained fairly hard. The trail along the river/creek was quite muddy in a few spots.

As other have mentioned, the distance is more like 12 than 10. The south loop from Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls was the most scenic and only one small section would I classify as “hard” — otherwise the trail is easy to moderate throughout. Most of the trail is a wide gravel trail with easy ups and downs.

hiking
1 month ago

It is an excellent trail up to horseshoe falls. My purpose was to photograph the falls; and they were stunning.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect hike for me and my 12 year old nephew. We connected this hike with the Cove and Peninsula trails for a round trip of nearly 3.5 miles. Highly recommend extending to the Peninsula Trail, as there are some really nice views of the lake. There is also a fantastic little nature center right down the road, and Pioneer Village is right next door.

Went with my wife. It was beautiful and able to get great shots.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, would definitely come back.

Small little trail, smells like fish out till you go into the woods. Steps in the trail and bridges. Pretty easy trail

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed the trails. Very few fellow hikers. We saw 4 deer and plenty of squirrels.
There are no facilities. However, Hocking Hills Winery is just a hop, skip, and a jump away.
I thought the trails were solid 'moderate' so wear appropriate shoes and bring poles or walking sticks.

hiking
1 month ago

The fire road is lengthy and the less pleasant of the trail but the rest of it is nice. If you like trail running it’s not bad. Still have to keep your eyes open for roots and such. It’s reasonably close to get to from Indy and in general a nice hike. This time of fall with the sudden warmer temps bring a ton of gnats and mosquitoes so be prepared (end of September).

9/29 - we wanted to do this trail and saw signs that most loops are closed for hunting. Big disappointment

Beautiful trail. Well marked. If you’re going counterclockwise you could miss a couple turns but you will figure it out very quickly. Nice river view at the beginning or if you want it at the end go clockwise. A few nice heart rate increasing inclines but nothing anyone can’t handle if you have no health constraints. Go thru a few different types of forest, beautiful wildflower meadow with a vast landscape view and pass by a pond where catch and release fishing is allowed. I did this early as a Sunday sunrise hike and it was lovely. You do hear traffic and trains and that may be worse later in the day. That’s just Ohio trails though. Saw many deer, rabbits and different birds. Nothing not to like here.

Dense forest with trails mostly catering to mountain bikers. Actually makes for a nice place to hike since anyone passing by bike will be out of sight quickly. Devou-tion is quite steep and I saw no one on this seciton as opposed to being passed probably 5 times on the other sections.

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