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Well I didn’t really like the transition from pavement to soft pack part of the trail was closed due to wash outs

walking
6 days ago

Pristine trail/walking/biking area in front of the stadium and along the water with great views of the city

trail running
18 days ago

Not a fan of the multiple surface types.

mountain biking
23 days ago

Great new trail section @ model plane airport. Airport south, east, and west trail heads all right there. All three trails cover about 9 miles or so and and back. There is also Haul trail that I haven't had a chance to run or bike on

walking
1 month ago

Unless you are over 60 and plan to walk, this is NOT the trail for you. A beautiful location and very flat, but a SERIOUS anti-bike and anti-dog vibe. Multiple signs about potentially banning the trail from dogs, and pulling the port-a-potties because people aren't picking up after their dogs. I get that people should clean-up after their dogs, but there are no garbage cans available for the waste or picnic garbage. Its a shame that such potential is being squandered.

hiking
1 month ago

I take my dogs to Hillman frequently during the winter and early spring months and walk them all over the area. I avoid Hillman during the summer because the ticks are terrible. Please, make sure your pups have their flea/tick treatments and as an added precaution spray them with some lemon eucalyptus oil before letting them loose in the high grass there. A beautiful place but just polluted with ticks.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice 6 mile hike, water was high. Enjoyed doing this one with my son.

Same as the previous post. It's the Switchback Trail from the Haul Rd parking area which is a nice hike over a pine needle layered tail. It's blazed red but so are the trails that cross it. It would be nice if they color coded the trails. To do the loop that is mapped in this app you will probably need to change trails about 2.5 miles in, possibly over to the Gelding Trail. We stayed on the Switchback and it double banged on itself and was about 4.5 miles.

This is a great trail for a county park! the upper loop trail is hard and climbs a very steep hill right off the bat. Great park!

mountain biking
1 month ago

I live near this place. The park is one of my favorite places to go. It is rated as hard but there is a lot more to the park than just the black diamond trails. The trails are well maintained and they are getting easier to navigate. The rule to follow is stay on the widest trails and you will find the shortest route. Pick up a park map at the Ice Arena and you will be able to navigate a majority of the park. If you really want to get a picture of the scope of the trails in the park I uploaded a map I compiled over 10 years of data collecting. It is the most accurate map to date, if I can toot my own horn. on it you will find a looping system of trails. the system is made up of 3 major loops that combine, that is the confusing part for a lot of hikers. THE NORTH SIDE.. THE SOUTH SIDE... and THE WILDWOOD LOOP.... The northside of the park has a majority of the Down Hill Mt. BIke Trails that branch off the main trail the main trail of the north side runs from the beginning of the park and goes up a steep climb to the BALL FIELDS there is road access to the ball fields too. From the ball fields the trail crosses a valley and extends past the Ed Calland Arboretum. It also has road access and a paved loop to visit the Local fona our region has to offer. then from the arboretum it is down hill to the end of the park. you can then choose to stay low in the park recreation area or go back up in the south side. THE SOUTH SIDE TRAIL also extends the whole way from back to front. From the back if the park behind the 4 Season Shelter is the FIRE ROAD it is a semi paved and gravel trail that gives access to the south side hill for emergency and maintainc as well as maple syrup harvest in the spring. 2 miles and you are back at the front of the park there is also a nice bird watching shelter halfway down the trail and a stop at the MAPLE SYRUP CAMP. On the other hand if you choose to go up the trail on the south side from the back of the park the initial climb is steep locals call it stairway to heaven, mostly on account of the climb but I like to think during certain times of year in the afternoon the sun shines down the climb it is totally worth it. any how it the top of the hill is a farm that is private so stay on the trail for a bit. contineue to follow the trail and any wrong turn will ultimately bring you back to the mail trail. There is a couple of connecting trails to the FIRE ROAD along the way. at the end or the beginning of the southside is a parking spot for locals come to the park threw "not a public entrance". there you either choose to go down to the ICE AND HORSE ARENAS or you can choode to get lost on the WILD WOOD TRAIL LOOP. if it is your first time to the park take a guide or avoid the wild wood loop altogether. This part of the trail is hard to navigate mostly because over the years mountain bike races where held here and in order to make a 2.4 mile long park have over 14 miles of single track compromised where made and this System is a looping knotwork that only locals can navigate with confidence. I hope this helps with getting around My favorite place on earth.

2 months ago

Nice, but not fantastic

hiking
2 months ago

short flat gravel corridor. not much to it

hiking
2 months ago

Ryan's review below was very accurate; trail had very clear blazes, but you would hit a junction and the same red blaze would be down every path. We 'tried' to do this 7 mile loop but ended up getting frustrated about 4 miles in and spent another 2 just trying to get back to the car. The trail often intersected with Gelding's Trail which is not on All Trails at all. Other noteworthy comments would be that the trail was more on the easy versus moderate side, was very shaded the entire time, but didn't really have any noteworthy 'stop and enjoy' moments.

Fun family trail!

trail running
2 months ago

I love these trails, but all of the reviewers are correct that it is poorly marked. that being said if you're willing to invest a few weeks or months learning the trail system it is fantastic. If your an early morning weekday runner you may never see another runner hiker or mountain biker. I am lucky to have been able to trail run all over the country and this is by far one of my favorite places that I've ever run. Remember this isn't Colorado you're never truly lost but you may be late for work. So suck it up get lost and find your way back you'll be glad you did.

Great trail close to home. No dogs is not a negative. Dogs are fine but they should go to appropriate trails.

Really pretty old farm.. a hidden gem right on 19. I wish they’d allow dogs. I’ll admit I’ve taken my dog there a few times before I realized they weren’t allowed and no one said anything to me but I’d rather not chance it. I’m guessing it’s so as not to scare the cows but this trail would be perfect if I could bring my dog along!

Heavily overgrown, inconsistently blazed, lots of downed trees, and (today at least) waterlogged and extremely buggy for much of the way. This hike was so miserable I elected to walk back along the road. I started at Walter Nature Reserve and pushed all the way through to Townsend Park. The most confounding spots were where the trail crosses private/residential land; Landowners (I assume) have put up signs admonishing hikers to "stay on the trail", but the blazes aren't visible due to absence or heavy overgrowth. The overgrowth and infrequent use means that in these ambiguous situations it's frequently not even apparent where the trail *might* be. I did lots of aimless wandering around. If you're going to do this one, wear gaiters and/or heavy pants to protect your legs from the prevalent thorns. FWIW, I didn't hear any shooting, but like the other reviewer, I went on a weekday morning, so probably not a peak time for the shooting ranges. I was eventually able to make it all the way through, but this trail needs a lot of work.

The main trail by the river is nice and mostly flat. Nice scenery and easy. Rock Furnace trail is steeper and harder for biking but is very pretty. There are many mountain biking trails around the park that have really nice views from up on the hillside.

A friend and I hiked a variation of this loop. We started from the trailhead on Skyline Drive and used Tebolt, Mill Run, Rankin, and Hess to form a loop which recorded as 10.7 miles. It rained off and on all day so trails were muddy with flowing water in some spots. We saw some mountain laurel in bloom along Skyline drive and saw a few rhododendron plants with flowers, but not anywhere near "peak" blooming. A few other bikers and hikers were out and there was a tent pitched along the lower section of Quebec Run south of the bridge to the grist mill ruins.
I can't say I've ever had a bad day at Quebec. I've hiked (and backpacked) here in all seasons. It's a real treasure and gets better as the forest matures.

3 months ago

My husband and I have been trying different rail trails this summer. We are new to biking and so far this was on the top of the list. It's not difficult, it's shady and scenic. We're glad we tried it and will return.

3 months ago

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It’s a pretty long loop definitely some struggles on Hess Trail. However, Hess trail was the last trail my wife and I hiked. There are some beautiful stream crossings an abundance of wildlife and plenty of little orange salamanders along the hike. We completed it in a little over 5 hours. I’d recommend looking at the weather first we live in this area and flash floods can happen out of nowhere with a little rain on the mountain.

hiking
3 months ago

Great and challenging trail. I just wished it was marked better.

3 months ago

There is no trail marked "Bavington Trail" in Hillman State Park as far as I can tell. As another person commented, there are good signs for various trails intersecting the roads through the Park. Hit up the Switchback trail which I believed to be part of the Bavington. This trail goes a little less than 3 miles before hitting Abby's trail. Did Abby's for a mile or two but didnt complete the loop since I wasn't sure where the Abby trail ends up or if it was even part of the Bavington loop. There were no trail maps available in the park to indicate where these trails end up and all the trails in the park are blazed red which makes things confusing. Trail itself was actually really nice pine forest. Very small elevation changes.

backpacking
3 months ago

Took Miller trail to Mill Run Trail and set up camp by rushing water, which was awesome. Lucky for us the rain kept most backpackers away, I can imagine this being a good destination for a lot of people being so close to the city. It's definitely hilly. Not for the faint of heart. We hiked a bit more along Mill Run Trail after setting up camp. In the morning we took Rankin back to Hess to the parking lot so we ended up doing a loop. Highly recommend for a quick getaway!

Good trail, was pretty muddy in certain areas even without much rain. Difficult to follow the trail on road crossings and through a couple open field areas if you aren't careful and paying attention.

hiking
3 months ago

I recently moved to Bethel Park and this is my TOP trail pick out of the trails in my area. I am almost paw-sitive that it’s my dog’s favorite trail too. He loves to wade in the water to cool off. Thank goodness for seat covers! We had a friend visit from out of town and took her on this trail because it showcases the beautiful nature in our area. There were lots of wonderful places to take pictures with her too! I highly recommend this trail!

I rate this trail with one star because it doesn’t allow leashed dogs. I have asked multiple people on the trail and no one knows why there is a “no dogs” rule. Also, there were a few people that I asked about the rule that were disappointed that they couldn’t bring their dogs. Until there is a valid explanation for this rule, I rate it with one star for people attempting to walk their dogs.

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