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Beautiful trail.

This was fantastic for a shorter trail. The super dense woods were beautiful and peaceful.
There are fire rings at the camp sites for anyone who dares to backpack in firewood.
There's a group of five sites near each other in one of the camping areas, but only a couple have good access to the lake for water.
The one site that is by itself (3/4 mile from the others) has access to water and it's own biffy (there's one for the five sites to share).
Piknic tables at every site as well.
Went on a Thursday night and didn't run into anyone backpacking or camping.
Bugs minded their own business.
The bull frogs were VERY loud at night which made for a difficult night of sleep.
I would definitely hike this trail again with ear plugs for sleeping.

Gentle trail accessible to even the youngest children. Variety of environments in a short walk: small tree area, dunes, lake, and big pine area all with the sounds of the ocean in the distance. Watch out for mosquitoes and poison ivy.

walking
1 month ago

Great path, easy to navigate. The campsites by the lake are pretty, we just stopped for lunch. The trail felt safe, we saw a few other hikers with their dogs but it’s not crowded. I have a big dog and he did fine, it’s nice and cool in the woods and he dipped his paws in the lake when we got down there. You do have to pay $5 at the self serve station across the street from the trailhead.

Really Beautiful Hike. Wasn't too hard at all!

hiking
1 month ago

amazing view at the top with a place to rest. wish the trail was a little wider for the overlook part but overall pretty great. saw my second deer in the park on the way back.

Great trail clearly marked. So peaceful

No dogs? Why I thought Colorado was more dog friendly.

hiking
2 months ago

A super easy trail as other have said. We reached here late in the afternoon and there were very few people in the park. This was the last trail of our visit to Colorado.

Enjoyable trail for biking. We needed to get out of beach wind and this was the ticket. My wife navigated just fine and she's slightly better than a beginner. Unfortunately, our ride ended in disappointing fashion as our car had been broken into while we were on the trail. Hard lesson to jog the brain - don't have anything of value in your vehicle.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice deep woods trail.

Very pretty, looks like a scene from Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

walking
3 months ago

Floods pretty often and you won’t be able to walk out to the lookout. Still worth visiting and making the attempt

hiking
3 months ago

Did this as a part of the full Fountain Valley Loop trail - super easy side trail maybe 0.1 miles from the main path, totally worth it for a pretty good view of the entire valley of rock formations and such.

The trail up to the lookout was nice and easy and worth it for the view. Would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
3 months ago

very cute and very easy to hike! however the majority of it was flooded after heavy rains the few days before we went so we didn’t get to see all of it, only reason i did 4 stars and not 5, but i saw a gator so that’s cool! definitely want to go again when i can walk the whole thing!

Nice trail along the inner marsh with white sand dunes and pine trees. Please stay off the sand dunes and respect the signs that point out the trail. It forms a short loop easily done in 20 minutes. Great for the family. Some shade once you hit the pine trees, and open sun when you're in the dune area. Be sure to wear footwear you don't mind getting sand in!

The only reason I gave this 4 stars was because there was a wait to get into the park. They do not allow you in if the park is full. You shouldn’t have to worry about this on a weekday. If you’re looking for an easy walk with beautiful views this is a great trail. No dogs allowed. $7.00 to enter the park, but they accept cards (It’s worth it). There is a visitor center with bathrooms and picnic tables. You’re going to follow the fountain valley trail, Lyons overlook will be on the left. It’s a short hike to an amazing view. If you’re looking for something longer you can follow the loop all the back to the parking lot.

Beautiful trail! Highly recommend!

hiking
6 months ago

Short and easy hike, great for young kids, nice views.

It is an easy trail.

walking
7 months ago

If you want to see alligators up close and in the wild, this is the place. Horses, mosquitoes, birds, and fish almost always are present, as well, and lucky walkers occasionally see deer and/or families of wild boar ambling across the trail into the grassy side foliage. Along with Devil’s Millhopper, this is a must-see for visitors and new residents.

I’d actually rate this as “easy” considering we backpacked it as a family when our kids were 6, 8 and 10. (I added photos):) It’s a great trail and if you are wanting a short easy backpacking loop, there are great camp spots near the lake! :)

8 months ago

Great for birding, wild horses, bison, and plenty of gators. Great photography opportunities.

Great trail to see a lot of wildlife

walking
9 months ago

A great place to see some alligators.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail. Rated as hard but I found it to be moderate at best.

Extremely easy hike, very doable for all ages. I only gave this a 4 star rating because I like my hikes to be a bit more challenging. Beautiful views of the red rocks!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice little hike up to an overlook that definitely delivers on the views. Watch out for snakes on this one though.

Excellent trail, would not describe this as Hard, Moderate perhaps. Trail is very well maintained, many very large moss covered trees, totally beautiful.

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