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Overall, a great hike with lots of views. Made a loop of this going up the AT and returning down via North Trail > Charcoal > Prairie Grass > L&NE Trails. There aren't really any views initially at the top unless you continue over the Lehigh Tunnel to the South Trail or loop back on the North Trail. The South Trail has several spots of wide views among piles of large rocks. The North Trail also provides a nice consistent view on the other side almost along the entire stretch until it declines down to the Charcoal trail (mostly exposed meadow trail which was nice change from initial ascent in shaded forest).

First mile is strenuous uphill, but after that, take north loop which is scenic and relaxing. Great views of the valley. The AT is relatively flat, gently rolling. Great hike overall, don’t let the first mile discourage you. Pace yourself up the climb, you will be rewarded!

29 September 2018. Hiked with my dog and family. Enjoying the weather. A little muddy in spots but not anything to dissuade one. We got mixed up at the top as you must pick your way though the boulders, but managed to make a go of it. Some spots were a little much for my dog of 29 lbs. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would hike it again.

mountain biking
26 days ago

The trail was awesome! I hit the Hammer and Cold Run trails with my girlfriend on bikes. Great time! Beautiful scenery and everyone was friendly. The trails were exciting and offered a variety of obstacles, sights, and speed. Be cautious of mud, rocks, and tree roots especially when wet. We will definitely be coming back to hit the southern trails. Maybe even hit the same trails because they were so enjoyable lol.

Good hike experience with the nature and adventure. Although it’s flat after the first 2 miles. It’s challenging with rocks all over. Great feel after doing 12 miler

on Green Lane Park Trail

2 months ago

A great day hike with beautiful views, nice diversity.

It is a very nice place to take your dogs and just have a nice day walking and playing. Highly recommend.

Really fun hike along the AT. Take the North Trail where it splits off from the AT for the best views on a clear day. And the South Trail is a lot of fun - if you enjoy a good rock scramble!!

Initial incline is a real leg burner, but the views are worth all the work. This was a fun hike, different terrains, areas that become slightly challenging, but it was a never ending cycle of scenery and ridge views. Def recommend

I hiked the J walk and South Park sections of this Trail. Came up at 7.5 with the Eastern Loop still to do. So I think this is actually more like 10 miles. The jaywalk is easy to moderate. The South Park though is more along the lines of moderate to difficult. It's heavy Rock Trails reminds me of the Appalachian trails in Pennsylvania. Some beautiful scenery and Midway through I found a surprise at one tree. I don't want to give away the surprise so you would have to see it for yourself. It's on the South Park Trail. All in all, this was a great hike and especially challenging since it is geared more toward mountain bikers which means that the path is not level like most hiking trails. Lots of ups and downs, and curvy pants. It annoyed me at first, but I actually quite enjoyed it toward the end.

one note and update though. They closed off the road at the southern intersection of the South Park Trail and jaywalk Trail. so there is no access to the spillway. It's a shame because it looks nice, and they built additional fencing to keep people out. I could have probably gone around it, but I didn't want to take a chance on poison ivy or something else going through open Woods and the plethora of no trespassing signs kept me from going further.

one thing that did bother me a little bit about this Trail was the limited amount of rest points. There are two benches one Midway and one toward the end. But the Trail is so narrow that it makes taking a quick stop along the trail for a drink or snack quite difficult.

overall, great Trail for a single or couple hiker. Might be more difficult in large groups due to the width of the trail.

Tough ascend from the start for circa 45 minutes. Interrupted the ascend with talks to the 5 or 6 AT hikers we encountered, especially near the well where they collected/treated the water that came out of a little pipe (identified by a white sign on the tree above it). Hiked on the AT until the 2nd entrance to the North Trail (near the 476 Tunnel). Then took the North Trail East, then the charcoal trail, then the Prairie Grass Trail, then the D&L Trail along the river back to the car. All was relative well marked. I think we hiked for circa 6 miles and it took us a bit more than 4hrs. Views on the North Trail were fantastic but the noise from the cars below did not make it very peaceful (that is why I rated this hike 4 stars). Came across lots of different types of vegetation and trails. Came across and ate wild blue berries and black raspberries. The descent down the Charcoal trail was the hardest due to all the stones and boulders on this trail. Was a pleasure to walk down the Prairie Grass Trail towards the river.

FYI, River Bends park connects to Clinton River Heritage Park on Van Dyke.
AFTER you pass Jimmy Johns Field, cross the street (Auburn Rd), stay on trail and go down under 59, then cross Clinton River, go down Davis Street two blocks then turn left on Nichols. From Nichols you’ll pickup trail in Clinton River Heritage Park located on Van Dyke just south of M59.
From Clinton River Heritage Park the trail continues on to Clinton River Park and then to Dodge Park. Stay on the trail along the Clinton River when in doubt, especially in Dodge Park.
There’s a gas station across the street from Dodge Park to eat or refreshments if needed however we always pack a lunch. Also plenty of clean bathrooms with running water at Dodge Park. Enjoy the ride. I believe the round trip between Dodge and River Bends Parks is less than 15 miles.
Our next excursion will be from Dodge Park (where we always start out) To Paint Creek Trail. Hopefully the trails all connect but will review once completed.

Also, all trails mentioned above are paved

Very steep heading up but once you get to the North Trail it levels out just in time for the views. Well worth it. Woodpecker Trail to North Trail then Appalachian Trail back to Woodpecker put us somewhere just over 5 miles.

trail running
3 months ago

I love running this trail. Very well marked. Difficulty level varies depending on what side you are on. Some days the run calls for steep and rocky terrain. Some days it calls for a nice flow with some rolling hills. Or run the whole thing and get the best of both worlds. Plenty of bathroom, porta potty, stops. Two thumbs up.

Sometimes muddy, always beautiful

Beautiful dragonfly and butterfly action this morning! Although it rained all day yesterday, the trail wasn’t a mess- which was great!

Was there supposed to be water at the spring? This was my first time up this way. Got cut short due to storms. Brutal. Didn’t even make it to the AT. Lots of cool woodfrogs and newts along the way.

We could only get a little way in before the trail disappeared completely. And the 'no trespassing' signs with the sounds of nearby gunshots from hunters was ominous.

Great for hiking, not suitable for biking at all, unless you want a very rough ride.

Took the woodpecker trail to the AT then took the north trail on the way back. A stunning variation of plants and wildlife there. This trail is fairly easy and very fun.

Fun trail with a manageable incline. The top gets bouldery and I had a kid, so it was slow going. Had a hard time finding the trail again at the top.

The north and south scenic trails made it worthwhile. The views are great on the north side. The south trail is basically a mile of boulder hopping. A great adventure if you have the right shoes! The AT sections were fairly meh. I thought all of it was marked pretty well.

I parked at one of the main lots for the park and fishing area. It took me awhile to find the trail entrance. Once on the trail, I was much happier!
It was an easy hike with mostly flat terrain. Any steep incline spots were visibly marked prior for all guests. There were long lasting spots of the trails without any shade. My advice would be to bring LOTS and LOTS of water for those long sunny areas!

mountain biking
5 months ago

Great trail for beginners but the trail markings are a little confusing. The trail is well maintained, clean, very peaceful and secluded. I have no complaints about the faint noise from the shooting range, you can only hear it in the beginning of the trail. It is mostly flat but you will encounter rocks, and tree roots, which is expected because the trail is in a wooded area. Overall, I had a great experience. This was my first time on the trail and I will be going back for sure.

The first .8 miles is a killer! The Delps spring was nice to sit, breathe, and cool off at. The 2 vistas were beautiful though.

Today was my first time mountain biking… I took the single track and it really wasn’t that bad… I’ll be back, a lot… Great for beginners

One of the more strenuous trails I've hiked, with the gain being somewhere around 900 feet / mile. The trails coming off the AT - particularly the North Trail - are not the best marked, but when you find them you will be blown away by the views!

Took North and South scenic trails, which are more difficult and have a lot of sun exposure. The AT sections were easier and had coverage. Great loop. Wear sunscreen and a hat!

Steep climb to the AT 3 trails to take to different spots loop back or stay on the AT towards Germanville

It was tough to do and an awesome challenge. But take the “scenic route” that is an off shoot of it. It adds a little bit of distance but walks along the open side of the mountain.

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