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Paved trails with a smattering of nature trails make this a perfect family destination. Very well kept. Not hard enough for hiking.

excellent place. amazing trail for hiking and biking with dig a everywhere with 3 color difficulty levels. and as you walk you can see the people fishing and you can take your dog as well, be aware of the ticks LOL. you have rest areas on the trail with benches and breathe taker views.

First hike on this trail and it was pretty great! Started out on the more challenging half (to the left). Good elevation change. There is a portion of the trail shortly after the halfway mark, where a bridge was washed out. Not a major deal, but did have to find a better spot to cross and jump across the stream

I’ve ridden over 3,000 miles on this trail over the past 6 years, usually averaging 3 rides per week. Since I’m riding I take the longer way around which is generally around 10 miles. If you stay close to the lake it’s a little over 6 miles. It’s a great place to ride and drains quickly after some rain unless you stay close to the lake which can take longer to drain. Volunteers maintain the trails including building bridges and removing fallen trees so be patient if you run into some. You can take the trail clockwise or counter clockwise. If you’re new to the trail just keep the lake to your right or left and you’ll do fine. Only downside are dog owners with no leash on their dogs, it is a state law and a safety issue on the trails. Enjoy, it is a great place to get away from the city and enjoy the outdoors.

The hike to the dam was beautiful and pleasant but after that the trail in the forest was poorly maintained, basically just paint on trees and had many many tiny ticks on us. The forest trail needs more work to have a more pleasurable hike.

Good elevation gain and losses. Trail has had some work done and new benches are along two most strenuous sections. Trail can be 1, 3 or 4 miles depending on where you turn. Signs have been upgraded recently. Expect downed trees, out bridge and erosion. This trail gets heavy use on weekends.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Rode the 7 mile trail for the first time on my new mountain bike this morning. Trails are very well marked and great for someone new to trail riding. Had to get off the bike about 3 times to make it up a few hills with big roots exposed, only because I didn't get enough momentum on the downhill first. Great ride, great trails.

on Village Creek Trail

2 months ago

Hiked around 8 miles here last month. Trails were well maintained and fun to hike. Prepare for insects, pulled several ticks off my dog and had some chigger bites myself, seems I should have prepared a little better. Will definitely be returning, great little park.

2 months ago

Took a trip here this weekend and loved it. The lady working at the museum was so friendly and helpful. Be sure to get a trail map, the number markers on the trails correspond to information boxes on the map. The trails and grounds were well maintained. Learned a lot, great historic trails. Only encountered a couple other hikers, so nice and quiet too. My pup also approves!

First trail and I loved it! Will go back soon!

Very well-marked, well-maintained trail. Interesting battle history markers along the way.

I loved the trails here.

Beautiful forest, well-marked trail. Very peaceful, and the hills were enough to get my blood pumping.

The trail was nice. I would not rate it as easy, however, because there were a few inclines that were difficult for my 7 year old. We did see a lot of small wildlife—frogs, butterflies, salamanders, spiders.

The trail loops around/through Chucalissa, which was great. We got to see the grounds and read the placards, but they were closed at the time and I’m pretty sure we were accidentally trespassing. So, if you take this trail, try to do so during business hours, otherwise it’s hard to get out.

Also, per another review, we did notice a faint odor in the air, but it wasn’t obtrusive.

I love running these trails. The review shows 4.0 Miles, but there’s actually 15+ Miles. There are well-placed signs that guide you through the trails.

Was not what I expected. For someone new, the actual trail was hard fo find. When we found it, it started off good. As we progressed, there was very little to no signage. It wasn't very clear on where to go. My wife and I walked different directions just to make sure we didn't miss anymore of the trail. Not really worth the drive.

My wife and I visited on last week. The trail was awesome! The signage was very helpful and clear. It did seem longer than 7 miles (green trail) but we still loved it. One of our best hikes so far.

Had to lower the rating after coming over and seeing some ticks on my leg

5 months ago

Fun hike, a watch tower is one of the stops.

5 months ago

Love it. Great for the Husky to get back into shape for something more ambitious. Nicely maintained.

horseback riding
5 months ago

Did 5 of the available miles. It was nice and well maintained.

5 months ago

1mile longer than listed... for being the highest rated hike in the area there wasn't much to see... The lake for the most part is nicest over all the other lakes near the city but that's not speaking to highly since we have no nice lake to really compare to

its cool that the shed is at the end... and having the 1mile and 2 mile mark set up if you dont want to do the whole thing is nice... really marked trail

Very good hike. A little isolated but it did provide shade for the heat.

I walked this trail today with my 3 dogs and they had a blast. Very peaceful and wouldn’t expect it to be as full of nature as it is.

A nice easy day hike around a pretty lake. Some muddy/wet spots. A few spots on the trail have benches where one can stop and enjoy a nice view of the lake. Keep an eye out for snakes,and mountain bikes on the trail. I wasn’t intentionally putting mountain bikes and snakes in the same category, lol. Have fun,hike more and worry less.

This park and especially the trails,is a hidden gem! I’ve been day hiking at Fort Pillow for many years. Trails marked well but make sure you check in at the ranger office in the museum and get the paper map as trees fall across the trails and might leave you wondering which way to go. This park can be a creepy place and can offer strange occurrences from time to time. I have talked to other hikers over the years who felt they were followed or unwanted by the “dead” who fell at the battle of this fort. Just google Fort Pillow Ghosts and you’ll see what I mean. Moderate hills, hiking shoes best and a pair of hiking poles. The Park Rangers( Ranger Robbie) are super nice and helpful. Purchasing a cool park t-shirt helps the park stay in operation and build the new swinging bridge on the trail.

I went Tuesday and parked at the Wolf River Greenway parking lot (which has spaces for probably a dozen cars in total) and did north of Walnut Grove all the way around the NW lake north of the Greenline and back onto the trails past the Walnut Grove trailhead.

By taking the trails North of Walnut Grove a hike and/or ride can be extended well beyond 7.4 miles.

They are in decent shape but there is ample mud in some places where the drainage isn't good (which is mostly on the Blue trail East of WG and the white trail closest to Farm Road. That one is waterlogged and a bit of slog through mud for considerable distances and hard to maneuver without carving new paths.)

One big caveat: If you are doing the full loop all the way out to I-40 and the Wolf River - the bridge crossing the inlet creek closest to I-40 is washed out and it's a full wet crossing. When I went, it was about knee deep for 15ft across. Trying to bike through it might be difficult. Horses wouldn't have an issue but hiking, running, or bicycling is - well, you're going to get wet. (The bridge is salvaged but two ends along with the metal cables broke so it might be a spell before it's repaired.)

Snakes are out, especially north of Walnut Grove (neither were venomous but enough to give a small fright) and ample deer are out too, during daylight hours.

If there is any rain, check the Wolf River gauge online to have an idea for flooding, especially along the White trail parallel to the Blue along with some additional crossings on the Blue and Yellow trails.

One last bit: There is a spot on the yellow trail, west of the 1.5 mile marker where the trail is close to eroding off the bank. If you're trail riding or running, watching your step and/or wheel is advised.

If you park at the Germantown Road trail head, there are bear-proof trash bins and a port-a-potty. There are also bear proof trash bins at the Kayak outlet onto the Wolf River at Walnut Grove.

I did the full yellow trail hike Thursday. If you take all of the detours possible, it's considerably longer than 7 miles. My GPS had it pegged at 12 1/2 miles. (Yes, all the additional trails, mind you.)

There were a plethora of downed trees along the off-the-beaten path trails and a couple of places where the blazing was confusing (namely around the 2 mile red blazing marker along the drainage valley.) There was also 2 downed trees blocking the trail and only one might be a spot of bother for those trail-riding. (it's close to 3ft tall without a ramp and on a down-hill so if you're not paying attention there might be a crash and ruining a front rim along with some pride.)

The trail was in good shape for the most part and it wasn't so muddy that you couldn't traverse without getting knee deep in the mud. (Well, there is one crossing near the 6.5mi marker on the north side of the lake that is probably mid-thigh if you try to cross it - and it hadn't rained in a few days.)

For the entire hike, I saw 4 people and two dogs for six hours of hiking. (This doesn't include gentlemen fishing on their boats in the lake, mind you.) One gentleman had his two dogs out walking (who lived right off the lake) and another who was getting miles in for a section hike of the PCT in the Sierras in July. The last was a couple on a leisurely stroll.

There was plenty of wildlife sign out (deer, raccoons, turkeys) and I saw one tall Tom close to the trail that bumps up against Fisherville Road. I didn't encounter any wasps, hornets, ground wasps, snakes, ticks, or spiders on my walk but I figure in a month they will be out. I'm not looking forward to that.

The lake trails are the gem of the area, in terms of getting away from it all and having a lovely walk in the woods. If you're going to get miles in without the possibility of being run over by trail riders or runners, it's the place to go.

Had a great hike yesterday with the family. Did the full trail which ended up right at 4 miles. Trail has great markings and is well maintained.

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