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3 days ago

kid friendly, spiders, beautiful views
easy to do just bring water, some spots are covered

Never been here before and really loved the trails offered, even for a quick walk around... can’t wait to return!

Great little hike. Most of it is easy but about 1/4 mile is uphill. Nice camping spots along the trail!

Over the past two weeks I've started a hike from the north and also from the south. The trail is overgrown, in some places the grass is above the knee and it is hard to see what is around your feet. Our hike from the south ended about 0.5 miles in when my dog was bit by a copper head he/I just couldn't see because of the overgrowth. The area is otherwise beautiful, but the trail is just too overgrown for me to hike again in the summer which is a shame. If you do go, heavy pants/boots/snake gaiters are recommended.

trail running
18 days ago

I wouldn’t call it an easy run. It’s pretty hilly and somewhat challenging. It’s the distance that’s not challenging. The trail connects to the golf course (heading north take the first right) and left at the road and loops around back to the track and can give you a good 5 miles. Heck of a lot of spiders this time of year. I’ve nearly gotten a face full of an orb weaver and her web the other day.

Personally did not like the trail. I had to use GPS too often as the trail, for me, was not totally clear. Got to over 1/2 way and had to turn around. The path was unclear at this point and going through knee hi grass on a ridge by the lake...not a good idea. Quite a bit of poison oak.

Too many other great trails to waste time on this one.

Boy Scout hike to Aiery lake!

1 month ago

Full of huge spiders, butterflies, lizards and even armadillos. Gorgeous trail! Bring plenty of water.

Great trail for a newer hiker. Took the family on this one. They got a little hot but did great. Will probably hike this one again. .

I hiked this trail with a group of friends, 4.5 miles out and back. This was my first time on this trail and first time to visit De Soto National Forest. Both the trail and forest were beautiful. Some of the largest butterflies I've ever seen in my life. Saw a few deer as well. I was expecting the trail to be a little more narrow, but thats okay. Overall it was a fun trail, easy to find, and very easy to hike, (at least for this section.) I'd like to do a thru hike at some point of it, most likely some time in the fall or late winter. The Mississippi heat is real.

Neat rock formations and fun to check out the base of the bluffs. Better views on other bluff hikes. A lot of the hike is in the woods.

The trail had a lot of inclinations and some steep hills

Water sources for filtering were scarce, and ~85% of the trail was without shade. Use caution when hiking during the summer months.

Otherwise, the path itself is fairly well-maintained.

Perfect morning hike. Moderate traffic in the AM, picking up around noon. Wild flowers were abundant, flame azaleas, sunflowers, purple cress, fire pinks. Evidence of a beautiful passed spring and promise of an impressive fall. The north face section included a nice blueberry patch. We shared the trail with a bear who minded its own business. We will be back. Not too hard, not too easy, not too long.

Great for an after work walk!! Not hard but great to be outdoors and near a lake. They charge to park so that’s the only pitfall!!!

Fun trail for running with a lot of rock and root hopping. A single loop, as measured by the GPS on my Garmin Fenix 3 is 2.6 miles.

Beautiful easy to moderate hike. Actually is more like 3.5 miles. Shady all the way around and opportunity to see some wildlife.

A beautiful easy walk.

I really enjoying doing this trail as a alternative to climbing up Pinnacle.

3 months ago

Absolutely stunning trail with some unbelievably beautiful areas to explore and photograph. I cannot recommend this trail highly enough and I greatly encourage any and everyone to make this trip. The pedestals and caves that are off the main path are well worth exploring and truly awesome. ***WARNING: there are side trails that are extreme perilous for young adults and children that are unfamiliar with the area; some holes in the rocks have plummets of well over 100ft, so take extreme caution when hiking around these areas.*** We hiked this trail and the accompanying nearby King's Bluff loop (see review for that trail, too) and absolutely adored it. Despite the few ticks that were pulled off the next day, it was well worth it. 5/5 stars, easy.

3 months ago

Nice paved, shady trail. Cool breeze, happy birds, active squirrels, pretty flowers - well maintained and nicely marked. Great walk!

Scenic and mild

3 months ago

You can now take this trail all the way to Beardsley Park, Bridgeport.
We rode our bikes from Monroe (Pepper street) to Beardsley Park, Bridgeport.
Coming out of Indian Ledge Park Trumbull, heading south towards Bridgeport, the trail becomes a side walk (still safe for biking/walking) then crosses under Rt. 25 connecting the new portion with tunnels (very nicely done) past the Trumbull Marquis cinemas to Beardsley Park.
This is a good trail for all ages.

Not a bad trail, but I found two ticks crawling around on me later in the day.

4 months ago

Make sure to add time for exploring.

4 months ago

hi I love this Trail there's actually 3 at Lake Russell. As far as possible poison oak, poison ivy, it appears we're in the National Forest; remember to learn how to use a compass possibly an orienteering one and map...so the trail marks won't bother you. GPS should never replace these. Just a few recommendations for casual hikers. best to stick to Buford dam, Roswell walkways. At one time they were considering closing the lake, this area is beautiful, and there are no power boats allowed. if you've ever camped here, it's a hidden gem (Better than Dockery Lake) and I'm glad it's here. It keeps the area less congested. I'm training for (SALT). Then the AT. Please remembet Leave no Trace, and thank you to the MGMT for keeping this location open.

Great started trail for us! The streams are unexpected and pretty. Only got in 2 miles but def coming back to do the whole thing! Baby steps.

Great Trail. This is the 2nd time I have done it. Last 2 miles before POW is best part as its a little more challenging.

Great trail. Lots of areas to explore below the main trail once you get near the pedestal rocks including caves and natural springs. Will definitely be coming back

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