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Really good trail! Make sure to walk it against clockwise! Decent into a canyon is a bit difficult and slippery but it is much worse as an accent. Make sure to have good hiking shoes or, like my 12 years old dachshund, bring a friend to cary you down!)) Views are great! Trail is extremely well marked. Outside of 3 places it is more of the easy/moderate easy but those 3 places are difficult.
To bad it is 4 hours away from my house but if I’ll be in the area I’ll make sure to repeat it!

This is a really nice loop trail about 3.5 miles in all. The start either way is 'paved' with asphalt and then changes over to dirt/rocks. Very nice overlooks and well maintained.

hiking
22 days ago

good hiking..short but good.
beautiful views with the colors changing...loved the creek..got some great pics..just got to figure out how to upload them here for all to enjoy!

We went after a rain and it was absolutely beautiful, it did make for slippery hiking conditions and it was a difficult hike through the falls. Definitely need good shoes.

Great trail, may be difficult for small children or the disabled

This is one of my favorite trails! The ravine is incredible! One could easily spend the entire day here. The creek can get slick and the trails are muddy. There is some strenuous hiking areas but we loved it. The GPS will not get you there- close though. And no signal! Be sure you have a map. There is only one small brown sign near the ground where the turn off it to the trail head. We had no problems with webs or insects. However, it was already cool weather.

Such a great trail! Clearly marked and it makes a 3 mile loop. I try to do this trail at least once a year.

Loved it. Hard for us seniors but worthwhile

Awesome trail. Great views and very challenging. First portion of trail is pretty easy. Once you climb down into the canyon, the hike becomes difficult. You need to ascend and descend through the wet and rocky streams. Portions are slippery. As long as you are careful, you can handle the trail. You probably will get a little wet and muddy. The trail offers great scenery with rock walls, rivers and forest. The trail also provides a jaw dropping view overlooking the canyon. The 3 mile trail provides a challenging hike with a great sense of satisfaction when finished. A must hike, if around the Shawnee national forest.

Only hiked a few miles on easy terrain. Good easy hike with plenty of markings.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail! Great mix on clear path and then forging up and done a trickling streams rock bottom. Rock had steps carved in to it to help with footing but the hike was still challenging. It was a GREAT hike!!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great for starters!

awesome trail, could use better markings.

Bug spray is a must! South side climb is deceptive, you think you're almost back to the trailhead but you've still half the trail to go. North side climb is much more straight forward, a single slope.

If you're coming from the north, Google will tell you to take 149 and Town Creek Rd to Hickory Ridge Rd, but it's far easier to take 127 to Etherton Rd to Poplar Ridge Rd.

Challenging! Little easy to get lost but just follow your white marks!

If starting at TH at bathrooms, you’ll go UP the rocky draw on the way out. Note, about 1/2 way up turn LEFT to stay on main trail. Straight is steep, not marked and way harder.

The end of the loop wasn't clear and it was showing that we were off the trail. Ended up going back with a quick short cut across the creek almost midway...other than that it was beautiful and scenic. Our shepherd mix enjoyed it as well and loved the creek. Good memories

Great hike! Did the north loop today and it was great. Some parts of the trail were a little overgrown but nothing to crazy. Would love to go back and see what it looks like in later fall.

The terrain type constantly varied throughout the trail, keeping us intrigued and on our toes. We enjoyed the constant change of scenery. It was a bit slippery on some of the rocks of the trail, granted it had recently rained. Overall, great trail!

One of my favorites of Shawnee. Definitely some tricky areas but not too bad if you aren't in a hurry. Beautiful landscape changes.

Loved this trail! We saw many varieties of mushrooms, frogs, insects, butterflies, etc. The only downside was the mosquitos in the lower section, looking forward to an early winter hike to avoid them. it can get slick and you should wear loose/stretchy shorts/pants to maneuver up and down. We did see a lot of people on this trail, it was a weekend day though.

Really enjoyed this trail and all the frogs, deer, mushrooms and creek area. Use a stick to for the spider webs when your walking on the upper part of the trail, it's a little webby. We didn't get cell service (tmobile) so the getting there and out was via a paper map and handwritten directions. The drawings are pretty obscured by settler graffiti and wear, but still really awesome. Will for sure go back in the fall/winter. Bonus, we heard a few other people but didn't see anyone else while there.

hiking
2 months ago

Amidst the thicket of poison ivy. You’ll become personally acquainted with the local natives of ticks chiggers and spiders. Bring a backpack to haul the gallon of pure Deet needed to keep the mosquitos off, also a towel to sop up the sweat from the heat and humidity.. don’t forget the machete needed to trail-blaze a new path, for the forest is thicker than Vietnam. After wading through the stumps and milfoil you can cool off in Kinkaid lake. Then resume the baton death march back to the parking lot..... on the way home stop by the store to pick up a 6 pack to pay off your hiking partner to grope you for embedded seed ticks.. use a scraper cause more than likely there will be a few hundred on ya....

After this hike I through I’m the towel on exploring new trails in the area.. do your self a favor this summer stay on trails you know.

Sincerely,
The hiking communities newest lime disease patient.

one of my all time favorite places to hike.

amazing first experience can't wait to go back

I really wanted to enjoy this trip with my family. I took my two kids (3 and 8) and while it was great to get them out into the woods. The trail was more of a deer path than a family friendly trail. I’m going to go and hike it on my own. But it is certainly not kid appropriate.

Did this one with my niece. Way way too many spider webs

hiking
3 months ago

Nice walking trail. Saw some butterflies and enjoyed the little signs describing the plants.

Steep stair climb at first. Looks like folks get to the west lookouts for the good views then turnaround and head back down. After the west view the trail was very overgrown to where you couldn’t see it. So we turned around and went back down. We might revisit another time of year.

I took my 4 year old in early spring. We loved it! Climbing down the creek bed is difficult so take your time. Beautiful views once you get down the the bottom. Overall nice trail to bring young children or fur babies.

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