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My wife and I enjoyed our first day hike on the trail! Our German Shepard was welcomed by other hikers and make it very welcoming. We only live a couples away but hadn’t been here before but will definitely be back over and over.

hiking
1 day ago

such a great hike. challenging in some areas for sure. well marked. Red trail was great and heard the white trail is the most challenging.

First time there with grandsons, we enjoyed ourselves. We look forward to going back.

I didn't care for the trail. Too narrow of a trail, either pulling my dog behind me or he is pulling me out front. The gravel and bigger rocks were clunky and somewhat annoying. The trail meanders sometimes close to the lake, but then immediately takes you away from it. Just a couple of nice views, but other than that a fairly uninteresting hike.

Easy walk and pretty view.

Great easy hike to just be outdoors, enjoy the woods and changing leaves. Easy for kids to join.

I really enjoyed this trail. Fall colors were beautiful. Sinkholes were amazing. I am from So Cal so this was very different from what I see here. We also stopped to see Jackson Cave. Very enjoyable I would do it again.

hiking
18 days ago

I lost the trail about a mile from the campsite. What little trail there was had been covered by leaves and no markers in sight. I wound up turning back and doing the rest of the day loop to make up the distance. I am assuming that part of the trail does not get a lot of traffic .

not that easy, but a great little hike in the middle of the city. dont miss it!

hiking
25 days ago

Any trail with this many lake views will be a favorite trail to me. I completed the Day Loop which is supposed to be 4 miles. My fitness tracker said it was 3.6 miles but that I had climbed the equivalent of 30 flights of stairs once I finished. The elevation changes are so gradual for the most part that it seems very easy. The wooded areas have several interestingly twisted and tall trees as well as beautiful rock formations. The lakeside portions rise slowly until you are rather high up on the bluffs over looking the lake and the surrounding areas for what seems like forever. It is easy to forget you aren't alone here as there were a few encounters with other hikers talk-shouting their way along the trail, oblivious to the others nearby. As my partner said, they would be the first to be taken out in a horror movie. Otherwise, I can see myself coming back here again and again.

Not the worlds most scenic trail. Just a walk in the woods. No creeks, no overlooks, no waterfalls, no overhangs, no caves, just 7 or 8 small sink holds to see! Trail was fairly well marked and there was ample amount of parking at the trail head. You can also access the trail across the road from the park office if you’d like.

Great trail. Wife and I enjoyed very much. Only recommendation is the Rocky Trail, white colored tree markers need repainted badly. Got lost off trail a couple times but will definitely be back regardless.

hiking
1 month ago

We do this with day packs as training for long hiking trips. Not necessarily a pretty hike - just keep on slogging!

Nice trail. Very private. My wife and I really enjoyed it. A gps helped us as 1 part of the trail looked like it split off but was a wash out. We found our way back by looking over gps. If it doesnt look like a trail, its not.

It's in my way to or from home. it's easy enough to stop by for some relaxation after a bad day. The Day Loop is my favorite. My goal is to backpack and stay over for an extended weekend. I was there earlier this week, lots of fungi also bullfrogs in "the pond". I have quirky ankles and find I can do this trail easily. Enough people around to feel safe, not so many people to feel crowded. Lots of places to swim as well.

hiking
1 month ago

From the tall cedars to the numerous sinks and the eroded limestone bluffs and boulders, there is so much to see here! I was very pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this trail as the crumbling roadbed at the beginning gives no hint of the natural wonders that lay beyond. The only drawback for me was that I was eaten alive by mosquitoes DESPITE coating myself in bug spray first. Where the Vesta Glade trail had me running away from the Cedars of Lebanon State Park, this trail has made me want to return and explore more of what the park has to offer.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail nearly a month ago, and I am still a little mad about it. There are no facilities at the trailhead with just enough room for maybe 2 cars to sqeeze into the gravel parking area, and to be honest, the drive to get to the trailhead feels creepy with rundown houses and handwritten signs about hunting hanging up with almost no other signs of life. If you need to use the restroom, your last opportunity will be the gas stations off exit 232 from I-40 about 10 miles away from the trailhead. This isn't a big deal and not why I was upset. This trail is simply not well-maintained with very little traffic- sort of a chicken-or-the-egg scenario. If more people used it, it would be a lovely trail, but because parts of it are overgrown and there are SO MANY SPIDERS few people use it. A hike on relatively flat land that should have taken me no more than an hour to complete took me nearly 2 hours because I was swinging a stick in front of me the entire time knocking down spider webs (and I'm not exagerating here) every 4-6 feet. Sometimes I would knock down a web and just a foot or two behind it would be ANOTHER web. I probably looked like those people in movies where someone is whacking things with a machete to get through a jungle. I thought about turning back several times or trying to cut through a field to get to Moccasin Lane and walk back to my car, but I was too determined to quit and the field from the trail to the road was too thick to walk through. Again, the woods and wildflower fields are probably quite nice, but I feel like I barely saw any of it trying to not be attacked by Lord of the Rings style spiders the whole time. The most rewarding part was near the end of the trail where there are a few sinks and the remnant of an old stone wall from a farm left over from over a century ago. Part of me wants to go back to see if it is as bad as I remember it, but there are so many other trails to explore.

The big attraction here is obviously the lake, but this trail is also a lovely arboretum, well-marked with seemingly countless different varieties of trees. There are also several ponds scattered around the 2.2 miles of paved trail as well as some interesting rock formations near the beginning. This trail is usually very crowded, so don't expect to be able to lose yourself in nature.

Went early October. Nice leisurely trail. Good views of lake. Saw a deer. Like that it was paved as ticks seem to be an issue on other nearby trails.

trail running
1 month ago

A good, moderately challenging trail. The last 2 miles or so before you reach the campground do need some maintenance as some of the markers are tough to see, obscured by several fallen trees.
But, I will avoid this trail on warm, sunny days. The party boats in one of the coves were blaring country songs so loud I lost my concentration several times. :(
At the first split, I took the right side (the forest side) of the day loop, then ran to the camp ground, and on the way back when I connected to the day loop again, took the lake side of the loop to get back to the parking lot.
My Nike app marked that as 13.2 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Paved 2 mile trail that goes around the lake. Very nice. Saw LOTS of wildlife. Nice leisurely walk after doing a 4 mile trail hike.

Beautiful trail, but pretty easy.

good trail for leisurely hike. great for the family. variety of wildlife.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Definitely a favorite. We always do the Day loop option which clocks per my watch at 3.8 miles. It is super dog friendly. There are some rocky spots that give the trail so much beauty. Only down fall is during the summer it does trace a popular party cove so you are going to get some noise and nonsense from that. Other then that we love it.

hiking
2 months ago

Decent trail. Nothing particularly special. Some parts are marked really well, some are not. Ungodly amount of spider webs that you have to walk into. Would definitely do this in the fall so it’s less humid and “buggy” next time.

the day was too humid to really enjoy, but the trail is well marked and is relaxing once you can escape the flood of people at the front. the rocky trail part was challenging due to the up and down nature of it. my Fitbit thought I had done 36 flights of stairs!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice walk through the woods. lovely cedars aroma. sinks and limestone features. Nice picnic area at trailhead. Easy trail for kids.

Had a great time we were
Challenged

Very easy hike, nothing too special. It's secluded and quiet, yet very close to the city. A nice escape for some fresh air and privacy.

hiking
2 months ago

nice trail

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