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Going in as one of my favorites! The cliff rocks. The foliage. The lizards. The cave! The lake! It is definitely a moderate hike. Steep in places. Close to the edge in others. Loose rock, so good shoes needed. It is very worth the time tho.

hiking
8 days ago

Lots of stairs up front, but a great view of some rock formations and bluffs!

This was a beautiful trail, easy to find off the Buffalo River parking lot. The whole trail is in the woods and shady and it circles and goes though beautiful rock formations you can climb on or between. There is some incline to give it some difficulty, but overall I’d love to return with my kids! Beware poison ivy and ticks.

hiking
9 days ago

pretty sweet, cool mixture of scenery, definitely needs more blazing but its usually got it when you need it and doesn't have any when you don't.
recent rain has put lots of debris on the trail, cows have torn up a good bit of trail and made it stinky
my GPS came out at 4.1miles not 4.9

but overall ill probably be doing it again

Just biked this trail for the 1st time and loved it!We’re beginners(3rd ride), so was probably more challenging for us and our 11 yr. old than most people. I see us going back weekly and riding this trail, because we enjoyed it so much.

This is a great hike to take with kids! Lots to see and scramble on. This route has a connection that leads to the hatchery, deer leap trail, fire tower trail or river trail, so using the connections helps in finding the distance you want.

walking
29 days ago

Wife and I just walked this on vacation. I wouldn’t call it a hike as much as a walk. Big hilly sections though. My suggestion when you get to the loop... go right. The pools in the picture were more the creek outside the trail though not in the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Really love this little loop. Pretty easy path through lots of woods. A few exposed stretches. Only real complaint is that it's so close to the road in some places.

Great trail!! A bit interesting for a 4,5,7 yr olds, but they still had a good time.

road biking
1 month ago

Nice trail that is close so if you are looking for a quick hike/bike ride/walk/etc. this is a good spot. It's a paved trail and does get busy. The trail was wide enough to accommodate everyone the day I was there (Tuesday).

hiking
2 months ago

just a walk upstairs to other trails not a true hike. But a great outlook to see the hatchery from above if that is what you are interested in.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a fun trail but more of just a walk with stairs. I wouldn't classify it as a true trail to hike. Close to the hwy so I could hear traffic. Took away from my purpose for being out in nature.

❤❤❤ have walked it many many times

It’s not marked very well, but it is a nice trail that probably has really good views in the winter months.

My daughter and I enjoyed it. Nice easy hike with some history.

hiking
3 months ago

pretty chill, not much elevation gain/loss. second quarter is kinda unkempt, the rest is great. ok views of the lake. the ticks are in full swing

If you want to run a rustic trail this is it. decently marked with red markers. Overall good trail

Surprisingly great trail. Well manicured and scenic. Looking forward to going back.

Nice trail right in the middle of town. Great trail to recharge!

hiking
3 months ago

There were a couple of dangerous places, but overall a beautiful springtime hike.

Decided to take my girlfriend for nice walk. It is a quick and nice getaway from Fayetteville if you don’t feel like driving too far. Only took us 15 minutes from downtown. It has been rainy for the past few days so the spillway was running fast which was pretty cool.

hiking
4 months ago

Short trail but nice overlook to the hatchery. This trail does split off to the Fire Tower Trail so did them both.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice overall hike. Bit of a steep climb early on. The trail does run parallel to the road for a stretch so the sound of the cars took away from feeling out in nature. Other trails in the area making it easy to do several while you are out there. Be prepared to fight for parking with people fishing if you go on the weekends during season.

Good walk to take my dog with me.

mountain biking
4 months ago

We went in mid March so there wasn’t a lot of greenery but the trail was still beautiful. Fairly heavily trafficked even on Sunday morning. We rented terra trikes from the park marina and had a blast! The gentleman working was very nice & informative. We are pretty out of shape and biking the whole 6 miles took a little over an hour, including a few breaks. Definitely recommend the terra trikes!

beautiful hike!! not terribly difficult but I wouldn't take it if I was shaky.

4 months ago

Quick and relatively easy

hiking
5 months ago

I liked the trail. It's in need of some TLC but still enjoyable.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice and rainy hike.

We've done it several times with kids. Well marked. Quiet and close to town.

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