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If starting at TH at bathrooms, you’ll go UP the rocky draw on the way out. Note, about 1/2 way up turn LEFT to stay on main trail. Straight is steep, not marked and way harder.

A nice walk through the woods. I was caught off guard by an incoming cold front and the temp dropped nearly 20 degrees when I was halfway in. I had decided to shed some weight before heading out and not pack my down. That was a huge mistake that I won't make again.

The terrain type constantly varied throughout the trail, keeping us intrigued and on our toes. We enjoyed the constant change of scenery. It was a bit slippery on some of the rocks of the trail, granted it had recently rained. Overall, great trail!

One of my favorites of Shawnee. Definitely some tricky areas but not too bad if you aren't in a hurry. Beautiful landscape changes.

Loved this trail! We saw many varieties of mushrooms, frogs, insects, butterflies, etc. The only downside was the mosquitos in the lower section, looking forward to an early winter hike to avoid them. it can get slick and you should wear loose/stretchy shorts/pants to maneuver up and down. We did see a lot of people on this trail, it was a weekend day though.

It’s really fun, they’re all pretty easy around giant city, except for fat man squeeze. If you stop at the lodge they’re tell you where it’s at. I think they might be a picture of it up there, but there is a big crack in a rock wall you can try to squeeze through and it’s an entertaining thing to watch or try!

Easy trial. Beautiful year round, but especially if you can go after a rain and see the waterfall.

trail running
20 days ago

Trail is HORRIBLY marked, half the time wasn’t sure I was even on the trail... bring a spider web stick and pruning snips!!
Loved the rock formations... my GPS put me at 5.47 miles for from the parking lot and around the loop, but I did have quite a few out and backs when I lost the trail... and chasing down some lost hikers trying to find the parking lot but going the wrong way (guessing 3/4 to 1 mile for that) once I figured out where it was...

this is a beautiful fall. very easy to access.

trail running
21 days ago

Trail was okay. Only got about 1.7 in and spider cobwebs were insane. Pretty dry and good amount of elevation variety.

Nice trail to walk with friends. Lots of rocks to climb and some trails that split off the main path that are a little more challenging but scenic.

trail running
21 days ago

Loved it!! Saw a turtle!!

mountain biking
22 days ago

If you were hiking this trail, it is nice except for the relentless bugs. This trail is completely unmaintained so expect very tall weeds, lots of sun exposure, lots of bugs. If you go in the winter however, the views are spectacular. It can be very muddy from time to time and this is primarily a horse trail so it will be very rough. I honestly would not mountain bike on it as there are many more fun trails to be had in the area.

Beautiful rock formations. Want to return in the spring when the water fall is running

one of my all time favorite places to hike.

1 month ago

A good one to do in Giant City.

1 month ago

When we did this, it was tough to stay on trail in spots. If we do it again, it will be in late fall or winter. I was picking ticks off constantly.

amazing first experience can't wait to go back

1 month ago

This trail is terrible. It isn’t maintained at all. There are spider webs you walk into every couple of feet. No water stops along the way. Poison ivy all over. I’d hop over the state line and hike in Missouri.

had a blast it was a must see on my River to River thru hike. glad I did

Hiked here for the first time today. It's a pretty neat little trail, I had fun climbing on some of the rocks

There's a very good chance that the creek won't be running, as it only flows after a period of prolonged rain. However, I walk the trail on a pretty regular basis, and find it to be a pretty charming walk through a really beautiful forest regardless. One definite perk is that throughout the hike you can see cliffs rising through the trees on either side of the trail; these cliffs become more prominent as the gorge narrows. When the water is flowing, there is a really unique waterfall that tumbles into a deep cleft in the cliff to the right of the trail.

Nice trail but would of like to see some of the waterfalls, must be much better in early spring. Got to see deer and lots of mushrooms, lol. Would of liked to of gotten rid of the horsefly that decided to travel with me for the entire length of the trail and all the way back to the car.

on Round Bluff Trail

1 month ago

We did this trail yesterday and it's beautiful. Can't wait to see it in Spring and Fall.

Lots of bang for your buck on this hike: two nice-sized and very different waterfalls, unique rock formations, and a really scenic section hugging cliffs above a creek.

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.

The trail was very easy with a moderately trafficked gravel pathway. We went in the afternoon as that morning there was heavy rainfall. We noted that the creek leading up to the waterfall was dried up and once at the waterfall found that it was dried up as well. There is a split path that allows you to climb to the top of the waterfall to explore the rocky area. There were fellow hikers at the waterfall when we arrived and we were informed that the waterfall only runs in the spring time despite recent rains. We did bring both of our Siberian huskies and found it was easy to navigate.

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.

2 months 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.

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