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Went during leafs weren’t on trails and now much to look at but definitely a tough trip and fun!

backpacking
15 days ago

Only my 2nd time our backpacking after doing 20 miles of AT in the Grayson highlands/mt Rogers. Some cool rock formations. Only saw 2 people in 2 days. Very enjoyable. Didn’t find it that difficult.

backpacking
17 days ago

This place is very secluded with no cell service and no water along the trail. This whole area was strip mined and the water is polluted with heavy metals. The trail is rugged and not recommended for beginners, especially carrying all that water!
Lots of wildlife: owls, coyotes, tons of woodpeckers and birds. Saw a large black snake on the trail too.
Campsite was fine. Didn’t see much trash but there were many loud ATV riders in the morning which was a buzz kill.

hiking
21 days ago

A pleasant surprise.
Very well maintained and I can’t wait to go back

backpacking
26 days ago

Great hike lots to see and lots of camp sites.

backpacking
28 days ago

I'm pretty new at this, only my third trip, I really enjoyed this hike. About 13.5 miles, went counter clockwise, a lot of rock formations, some old oil pump rigs, nice spot along stream about 3 mi in for lunch, several established camps the first 9 miles, did a 1 nite, 1 1/2 day trip. A couple of fairly steep climbs, but not bad if you take your time.

backpacking
1 month ago

The giant rocks and natural bridge are cool to see. I enjoyed the hills and how far away it is from people. The stars were beautiful here. I will be going again.

My dog and I had a great hike. I loved the trail. It wasn’t difficult, but I appreciated some of the elevation changes. I agree that it’s not for all dogs and beginners.

my husband and I did this Trail and it's very hard to find the loop. You definitely have to go off the trail if you want to Loop. But pretty trail none-the-less with lots of nature

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. We did this as a day trip and went counter clockwise. Lots of spiders on the first half. I found it to be a little bit better marked than other reviews have suggested. We only noticed Natural Gas smell at a couple of spots next to a pretty obvious natural gas processing area. The second half featured some pretty awesome weathered sandstone. I would make sure to map your route to the trailhead prior to getting close as there isn't any reception.

backpacking
2 months ago

The trail could use better trail markers. The cave nothing big, it’s more of an over hang. It does make a good rain shelter

hiking
2 months ago

Rather beautiful for a walk in the city, with broad, mostly paved trails, wooded parts, meadows, a good vista of the lake a few miles away. No one else walking on a hot Labor Day afternoon. What looked like a good sized family reunion in one of the pavilion spaces.

2 months ago

The wooded trail areas seem to be unmaintained. Upper Highlands trail was unmarked and blocked by fallen trees. Small overlook of the east branch across from the playground was also unmarked and in need of some upkeep.

The all purpose trail, playgrounds, picnic tables, and basketball courts are popular and frequently in use, even during the work week.

Walked this trail with a 4 year old and an 8 year old. It was nice. Nothing spectacular but nothing challenging. It made for a nice simple walk.

backpacking
3 months ago

nice overnighter, lots of up and down hills. well marked trail

Nice loop trail that goes right next to the water. The stone house at the end was fascinating. The trail wasn't too overgrown either

The beginning is very cool with all of the huge pine trees. The trail is marked very well up until a hill where it says "end" in red on a tree. While there is no real trail after that point I would suggest walking down the hill to the lake. There are great views by the water and lots of huge rocks to explore down there.

camping
4 months ago

We did this loop as a family camping/backpacking summer trip. Our 5 kids ages 16 to 1 1/2 enjoyed it most of the time although some of the terrain was pretty intense for the younger ones. We started going clockwise at 11am on a Saturday and only met 3 other hikers before we got to the halfway camp by 3. Trail was well marked and several campsites/water crossings along the way. Hiked out Sunday in 4 hours and saw nobody. Beautiful trail and private. Would not do this trail again in 95+ degree weather but it would be a great spring/fall trip.

backpacking
4 months ago

I read all of the reviews before I left and Nothing in those reviews prepared me for this trail. The hills on this trail are intense and you will spend miles at a time going uphill. If you go counterclockwise the beginning is nice and relaxing but once you hit mile 4 the trail gets intense. It was well maintained but muddy everywhere. Its a nice trail that was well maintained but it should be listed as hard not moderate. The views were also not as exciting as I expected after all of the hype. It was exactly what you'd expect to see standing on the side of a mountain but nothing special.

Walk is beautiful and peaceful. Didn't see other walkers and didn't hear cars until we approached the trail by the road. First time we followed the yellow trail and it ended up being 5.57 miles. Second time we did yellow to blue and that cut out 3.2 miles of the walk. As you get deeper into the woods the mosquitoes get pretty bad. My fiancé was eaten alive, so definitely make sure you bring bug repellent. There are benches throughout the woods. The signs stop getting as frequent so you're kind of left guessing where to go but it's not too difficult. It was a beautiful, peaceful, and wonderful hike.

Even after 4” of ran the previous day not really muddy. Creeks higher tricky to pass. Never saw a soul. Moderate. 2 mph possible for an out of shape old guy. Camp anywhere!

my wife and I were here about 3 weeks ago and the trail was really nice and enjoyable until the second day. we had camped about 6 miles in to the trail loved the campsite it was right next to the creek. upon us leaving the next day to finish the hike we noticed the trail markers strated to go away there weren't as many and the amount if huge trees down in the trail was ridiculous the trail at that time was not maintenance at all.

Really easy, nice trail for a day with with some nice local overnight spots on the northern end.

Love this. peaceful and well blazed. Some hills. Wind storm knocked a few trees across trail but fairly easy to navigate. If you don't see a blaze, follow the clumps of planted grass. Beautiful in the spring with groves of trillium.

Pretty views along the lower portion by the water. But a lot of overgrowth on the trail, trying to avoid wild roses most of the time.

hiking
6 months ago

There are a few parts of the trail that are eroded and leave the trail pretty narrow, but other than that we really enjoyed this trail and will be back soon! I like that we can stop and view the waterfall, or go to the picnic area and eat or just relax. The views are beautiful and the trail is just challenging enough for me to get a workout but easy enough for my 3 year old to do.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views, and mini waterfalls. This trail could use a looping trail from the end, down the hill and back over to point W. Possibly using part of the White Trail.

backpacking
6 months ago

I purchased the guide for this trail at least 8 years ago, if not longer. Never got to go before a left the country for a few years. Finally, went last weekend. Really enjoyed the trail. It's much longer than the 9 miles on the old guide, but the topo map on this site seems accurate. The hiking app on my phone came up with just shy of 14 miles.

We arrived at the trailhead by the cemetery just before noon (after missing the turn on Shay Ridge Road because Waze didn't load enough maps prior to losing cell signal, so we had an unplanned visit to New Matamoras). There were already 6 or 7 cars parked there, but there was still space for at least one more after we parked.

We took the counterclockwise direction toward the cave and natural bridge. The vast majority of the trail was in good condition with few muddy spots. The trail had been improved since my guide was made with switchbacks replacing what had previously been straight up the hill ascents or descents. This added about 1 1/2 to 2 miles to the trail on either side of the campsites in the middle. It seems like we saw a couple of campsites within the first couple of miles. There were several near the midpoint. There were also several on the second half of our trip, so while we hiked about 7 miles before stopping, it appears that there are options for that distance +/- 2 miles regardless of which direction you travel.

We had decided that we didn't want to mess with pumping or purifying water, so we had driven down and around to TWP 427, which is shown on the AllTrails map, and dropped off a 2 1/2 gallon jug of water there. When we hiked back around to that point, we passed one small campsite and stayed at another that was near where we left the jug. TWP 427 was passable with a Highlander to the point where the creek and the trail cross the road. We may have been able to cross the creek, but I was just caching water and didn't need to risk getting stuck. While were we camping there, a group of two Gators came down the road after dark. We also heard at least one go up the road in the morning.

While we encountered 4 groups on Saturday, we didn't see any when we hiked out on Sunday. There are a lot of sites with past or current oil wells. While it isn't shown on the AllTrails map, there is a section of trail that we encountered on the second day, that starts at the summit above TWP 427 and follows an dirt road. It was sort of boring.

It was a good hike. Would do it again.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is very flat and could easily be done in an hour. Some places are muddy, but overall a pretty and easy to follow trail

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike.

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