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Seemed more moderate to me with some steep descents. Muddy when we were there.

3 months ago

"Bog and Boulder Trail" according to the sign at the trailhead and that about sums it up. As far as challenges the trail was great but be forewarned this is a bog / swamp and part of the trail is boulders. See pics for detail.

Pros: elevation and grade fairly level. The challenge comes navigating through or around large waterlogged areas. Water will spill over the top of hiking boots into the boot or else through the boot itself unless you have knee high waders. Some areas have a boardwalk but most are up to the hiker to wade through or else find a way around. Another plus was abundant water sources along the way. Entering the trail we headed left doing the 4.5 mile to the campsite and there were some good water sources along the way and at the campsite. The campsite was nice, lots of spots to pitch tent, loved the sound of the flowing river and slight waterfall effect, foliage was beautiful and abundant mushrooms of all sorts of colors.

Cons: graffiti on the trees at about the 8 mile mark made following the trail nearly impossible had it not been for All Trails, gps and pre-dowloaded map. Water sources for the second part of the loop were scarce and available sources had brown foam. The swing bridge was out so the second campsite and the campsite on the island are inaccessible unless you're brave enough to cross the river which was flowing pretty swiftly. This is a bog and boulder trail so it will definitely take a toll on your feet regardless of footwear.

We cut across Crumb Road to avoid the lowest elevation and ended at Verla Drive.

It was a great weekend and awesome challenge but not inclined to return.

Great for families

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Waterproof footwear is a must, this is a very wet trail! That being said it’s a beautiful hike, well marked and scenic.

I don’t know if it was the day or time of day we came but the trail was FULL of bugs! And it definitely was not an “easy” trail. There were a lot of hills, uneven terrain, and fallen trees to climb over. Some of the trails were very narrow and you could barely walk them. I will probably try a different trail at the park but this one was not good.

Lost my dogs tags on the blue trail...please keep an eye out for them!! The tag would have a rubber ducky and "Garth" on it. Thank you!!!

mountain biking
Monday, July 31, 2017

rode this section for the first time. it was a nice afternoon, great ride to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

many trails are well marked. maps are also usually available in the mailbox by the log cabin. pressed dirt trails. nice for hiking, running, and biking.

Trails are short but have some steep areas. Some trails are rather narrow, but others are wide and paved with gravel. Good wildlife viewing; I saw ground hog, deer, Canada geese, and turtles, among the more common wildlife. Reserve consists entirely of reverting farmland, so do not expect mature woods. Overall, not bad considering the reserve's suburban setting.

very nice park. Terrain is a little rough in spots but still navigable.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The trail was so muddy and had been ridden through by pedal bikers. Total beat up the ground. My kids were covered in mud and the bugs were ridiculous due to the dampness and humidity

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Another good walking/jogging trail in this park. This one also joins up with several other trails and can be a bit confusing because the blazes are a strange. Really no way to get truly lost or be forced to walk any longer than you originally set out to do.

we did 4 different trails and went up around the back of the wave pool. it was a beautiful day and the trails good. One place on the orange trail had a tree down but it was negotiable. Sweet hike.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

This is NOT a stroller friendly trail! omg someone wrote that and i had a hard time. me and my kids fell down a hill but a nice man helped us out. we didnt get hurt and had fun. nice trail though! i will go back with the baby carrier.

Although it's rated "easy" this is a beautiful trail for all seasons. The grassy meadows surrounding the pond provide a wonderful introduction to the wooded trails that lay beyond.
Take note that the upper trails cross a private paved driveway.
Pine Hollow Trail is my favorite~

First timers. This was a fun trail. We had a great time.

The tree lookout is really something and totally worth it. Very relaxing yet does challenge you enough while you hike. I love it here.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

This was a very good trail went to the right out of the parking lot by the boat launch, it's flat scenic and beautiful went about 5 miles and turned back. My 8 yr old daughter biked it with absolutely no problem. Definitely going back to do the other side. Great for biking with kids and walking as well.

Beautiful trail.

I thought it was a nice quiet, we'll kept trail. Great for bicyclists. A neat old cemetery down about 2 1/2 miles. Not to many off trails that could make it more fun.

nice portion of the gap

Great trail! My dog loves it!!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Overall nice trail. The only area that is less than desirable was Verla Dr. to Wolf Rocks. You could haul a lot of trash out and then Wolf Rocks has some uninteresting Graffiti all over the rock faces. The overall terrain changes quite a bit which keeps you interested. Plenty of good water sources and a few places are nice for an overnight. I spent the night at MM 4.5 after starting at the Clear Shade Rd terminus ( to the east of Babcock Picnic area off 56 (I did counter clockwise hike). The Middle loop and Shade Creek area is very nice also. I did both loops in two days taking my time. For a 59 year old diabetic on his first full pack overnighter I enjoyed this trail.

this trail is Ment for mt. bikes

Sunday, October 11, 2015

We did the medium loop (10 mi.) -- cutting the big loop in half. It was a nice hike in early fall. Very easy and mostly flat with a few rocky parts. Not much to see. No overlooks or anything like that. Wolf Rocks are just a large rock outcropping in the middle of the forest (with some uninspired graffiti.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

My son and I decided to use this trail as a close by trail to backpack on. Started at the trail head and hiked it counter clockwise so as to do the rockiest section first. We didn't get on the trail till almost 5pm but hiked to almost camp 59 before deviating from the trail and cutting part of the Western section off. We actually camped near the stream using a campsite that had been used multiple times before. The eastern section of the trail along the along the stream soaked us from the waist down the next morning. It was grown up and wet from the dew. Overall a nice outing. Lots of graffiti on the rocks up to and including wolf rocks.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Backapcked this trail yesterday, with plans of this being my first solo overnight and ran into a bear in the South Loop, turned my backpacking trip into a brisk paced hike, completing the entire trail in a day rather than the planned two. The trail was nice though, well marked and maintained. Not a whole lot to see and there was quite a bit of graffiti in Wolf's Rocks. Swinging bridge was pretty cool, but so narrow I barely fit on it with my pack.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

I hiked this trail with my brother on 10-11 July 2015. Due to recent rains and the general topography the trail was very wet and muddy. On the first day we departed from the Babcock Picnic area towards Wolf's rocks. The rocks were cool, but all of the graffiti really took away from the view. We continued on the Western side of the loop and around to the south end of the trail where we crossed swinging bridge on Clear Shade Creek. We then walked the southern loop which is about 5 miles. We stopped at the shelter on the Southern most part of the little loop. The shelter was a mess. Someone had put down a large pile of Ferns inside of the shelter and then left them there to rot. It was a large gooie mess of rotted plants. We keep on hiking the rest of the Southern loop and back to the swinging bridge. This put us at about 13.5 mils for the day. We made camp in area around the swinging bridge. There were some other people camping in the area who brought their barking dog along. The next morning we finished the loop, which continued to be very wet and muddy almost to the very end. There were no real nice views or sights to see on this trail.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

how do you find the trail to the swinging bridge?

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