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My wife and I have been meaning to hike Purgatory Creek, so a few days after the rain, we went hiking. As everyone mentioned, traffic noise can be heard the closer you are to the trailhead but tapers off. The hike itself was OK...with a few lookouts along Dante’s Trail and wildlife, mainly deer, in the clearing along the trail. I thought it would be more scenic. Oh yeah, there’s still plenty of muddy areas and a swamp blocking Dante’s Trail close to the start. There are plenty of mosquitoes along the trail so make sure to apply generous amounts of bug juice.

We went after the rains and it was really too muddy. Will definitely return when it dries up! Easy access and pretty surroundings, too bad the highway noise is so near.

Nice little trail. No dramatic elevation gain and not too many people.

Extremely easy trail. Extremely. Perfect for just strolling, wheel chair accessible. Lots and lots of Palmettos. Gave it 3 stars because though it was pretty, I personally wouldnt go on this particular trail again unless I was with someone who had a physical handicap.

This is where you go when you want to see some nature while keeping your joints intact. lots of simple trails, a nice little running creek you can cool your feet off in. There is a campground, but I've not personally used it. Wild rose trail is gorgeous in late spring- packed with...wild roses. there are rattlesnakes so stay vigilant. I've gone 4 times and seen 2. Golfing for those who enjoy golfing, a swimming pool and gift shop with light snacks and bottled drinks.

Come back again and again and we see something different each time. Deer, lizards, little grass snakes, a coral snake. Its awesome. Trail shared by hikers, dogs, runners and mountain bikers, but, its never busy. Tons of diversity. Smooth wide trail, rocky rooty trail, nothing but rocks rocks rocks trail, open meadow trail. It never gets old. Even has an overlook where you can sit for a minute and look at the trail below. The buzzards like to hang out on the overlook and glare at the hikers below. Bring water, there is no water in the park and while the majority of it is shaded a few sections are nothing but sun baked rock and in summer it gets HOT. There is a water fountain at the Hunters road entrance, and privies at both the Hunter and Craddock entrances. No benches within the park so be prepared to either find a nice rock to sit on of just be prepared to not stop moving. So.e sections have a very wilderness feel to them. Also, use this app. All the trails are marked but some intersections are marked a little weird and its easy to walk right past one if you're in a section that requires you to keep an eye on your footing.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Good ride with rolling hills. Apparently I went the wrong way, starting on the east side of the park with kinda steep climbs and gradual declines. several spur options. Nice tree cover. It rained last night and is a bit muddy today but not bad. Will return.

But y B.B.

Not so much a hike that we hoped for. Really turned into a 5 mile walk at a good pace for cardio. Pretty surroundings, abundant wildlife , trail was paved the entire way. Nice, clean, safe and plentiful parking. Probably would not go again though.

The hike was to easy for me, but still enjoyed swimming in the Creek and taking in the scenery. Wont be back for hiking though.

A staple of respite from the grind.

it's got some distance to it don't forget to take a bottle of water or two, easy to moderate with some elevation included

trail running
3 months ago

Great trail for a long run. This is a fully paved/concrete trail, so not exactly “trail running”. No cars, not too much foot traffic, occasional obnoxious cyclist who thinks he’s in the Tour de France, etc. It’s a great time, and lots of different access points.

I liked this trail very much. It is a very easy trail, not what i would consider a “primitive” trail, which is my preference. The city did a great job on this trail! I liked it because the entire trail was shaded. I did not like that the trails were not marked very well and just couldn’t tell which trail you were on or was about to get onto.

Really pretty, not crowded. Easy hike and well-maintained trail.

Great trails and trail markings, moderately flat and curvy. Love the intersections and alternate trail routes available. But there's a lot of road noise from the nearby highway, but only on certain sections on the trail. Bring water.

hiking
4 months ago

I loved running this trail. It has a lot of variety. There are wide smooth parts to very rocky areas. I enjoyed the challenge of the hills and the rugged terrain. I ended up with 9 miles at 10:40 pace to include some walking parts. I can't wait to run it again!

hiking
4 months ago

At the beginning the trail splits up into a crushed gravel walking trail and a natural surface semi rugged trail. Both trails virtually run parallel with each other. A bird watching blind, a few waterfalls and wildlife make this a relaxing hike

Such a beautiful park! Paved trail for walking, jogging, or biking. Dirt trails for biking, hiking, and exploring. We saw a family of deer, and they were so friendly. There is a nice playground, and the park is very clean.

A little trashy and not much to see.

Had a great time. Ended up 13.58 miles so it was a good hike. But the trails are poorly marked

hiking
5 months ago

Hit this trail again, hiking this time. It was really, really muddy at the bottom by the creek, but the rest was solid. There are just enough major forks in this trail system to give you a sense of exploration and adventure, but nothing so bad that you'll get lost, because every major fork leads you back to the neighborhood.

No water fountains, rest rooms, doggy-bag stations, etc. I think there's one bench near the beginning of the trail, and that's it. But don't let this deter you, it's a fun trail, and hey, it's like, 99% shaded.

Can’t get enough of this trail. Not crowded at all but when you come across someone they are super nice

mountain biking
5 months ago

Great trail mountain biking. A lot of off trails to leave the main paved road. Also, a couple of mountain biking playgrounds with dirt jumps to go off on for a brake from the trail.

Ran Dante's Loop there and back starting at Lower Purgatory. Tripped and fell 7 times, mostly on the upper portion. Too many roots and too rocky. Even if I didn't trip and fall, I couldn't enjoy the scenary because of the concentration the trail requires. Not what I am personally looking for with trail running. I might run the Lower portion again but not Upper. It makes for a fine hike though.

This information is wrong dogs are not allowed on this trail.

Super easy trail with plenty of boardwalks. Lots of butterflies/moths and their caterpillars. Take the Palmetto Interpretive Trail that joins the Ottine. W Lots of swamp!

Great trail for kids/family of all ages. Lots of chances to do part or all of the trail. Love the boardwalks and the palmettos.

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