Explore WishList - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

WishList Map
VIEW FULL MAP
hiking
3 days ago

it was fun, but the whole time I felt like I was lost. the markings are incredibly confusing.

walking
4 days ago

There so clean and cozy area.
really good for with a dog.
nice place.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice hike once we got situated. Came in at the Hightower Church trailhead down Old Shoal Creek and Johnson Trail. Arrived about 9:30am and a man parked at the trailhead advised us that it was dangerous to hike before 10am because it was deer season and hunters were in the area, especially down toward the Etowah river. So we were cautious and were a little sorry we hadn’t worn our dayglo orange.
I had mapped out our route. There are a number of trails-all well blazed. But if you aren’t familiar with the layout and the different trails, it can be confusing. Only saw one other family out that morning along the white trail. I thought it was very scenic with varying level changes snd varying flora depending on what side of the slopes you are on and the distance from the river. Think it’s a great place to expose young people to map reading and trail reading as well. Hope to go back soon.

I had fun exploring, because I got lost. Everything everyone said about the poorly marked trails is true! Doesn’t take away from the fact that it is beautiful once you get good on the trails.

A great place for trail running, hills but easy to run them all. Nothing extreme but still challenging, for me anyway

Great park, definitely worth the hike, but make sure you have the AllTrails app on your phone since the trail is not marked well at all.

$5 to park and no services were open or available,decent trails but poorly marked. Dogs are only allowed on weekends.

Nice park but recently they painted very gaudy, bright blazes on trees and rocks on most of the trails. Whoever was in charge of this did a terrible job with far too many of them very close together.

This took away some of the natural feel of the park, but it is still nice with many side trails and different routes that one can make.

backpacking
2 months ago

This trail is a short drive from my house in Canton, and this is probably my favorite thing about this trail. There isn’t much in Canton for distance walking. The gravel trail in Boling Park Is a nice 1.3 mile loop. You have to walk all the way to the back of the park where the trail turns to dirt and go along the tree line at the far end to get to Sutallee Trail. The first opening in the trees/bushes, and to the right does loop back to the beginning of the gravel path in Boling Park. This is toward the high school. If you take the bigger opening in the bushes, and go to the left you will be on the big loop.It’s true that it isn’t blazed very well. The last time I went, I took the orange blazed trail and it stopped, as far as I know, because there is a large tree across it. It seems that if you follow the white blazes, it will take you around the loop. The best thing to do is to keep alltrails open and look at it periodically to see if you’re on the trail. I haven’t done the entire loop yet.. What I have done is easy. I’ve been on the trail during the week in the late afternoon, and I encounter trail runners. The trails is very narrow for about the 1st mile and a quarter. Then it splits off into wider trail that appears to be motorized vehicle road. If you walk with headphones I recommend keeping your volume down so you can hear the runners coming. I try to give them the right away. This is a great trail, shady, and it Could be completed after work during EDT.

Loved it but This. Was. Hard. I don’t hike often so that was part of it but the trail down to the creek is steep and can be treacherous. The hike back up from the creek felt like it was straight up... I had to stop in several places. It’s only a little over 2 miles long but If you don’t like strenuous trails then you will NOT like this trail. Other than that...Really pretty hike and the creek down at the bottom is awesome! (Oh yeah.. and make sure you have bug spray! 100% deet worked great. Not a tick on me but there was a family leaving when we got there and the husband had 13 ticks on him! And their dogs were covered too...)

trail running
3 months ago

Ok trail in metro area. The trails aren’t super well marked and there’s quite a few spurs so its easy to get turned around and find yourself on a completely different path than you intended to take, but that’s not always a bad thing. The trails seemed a bit dilapidated and neglected in some areas, but overall were charming. As a trail runner I wasn’t a huge fan of the trail system because the lack of signage or solid maps and my lack of knowledge of the area made it difficult to keep up a steady pace and took a bit of the flow out of my run. I kept getting turned around and often felt like I was running into people’s backyards, but as an explorer and hiker I enjoyed it :) Good to try out

I live close to this trail and hike it often. It’s fairly strenuous, but not impossible and gives you a good cardio workout on the way up the mountain. Not the most scenic of hikes, but the creek at the bottom of the loop is nice and relaxing. Also, I have seen snakes, bears, turkeys, and various reptiles along the trail the many times I’ve hiked it. Best time of year to hike is the spring, in my opinion (a lot of spider webs on many summer days, and the leaves on the ground in fall can make the steep parts treacherous). I like this trail a lot, but I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to hike it.

hiking
3 months ago

I did the trail today June 24, 2018 with my pup. Trail was perfectly blazed, I had zero problems following orange blazes for the entire 5 miles. they were marked at least every 50 paces. path was well cared for and a very nice walk, with gentle climbs and obstacles. I found it a very beautiful walk. my only complaint were the gnats which 8 couldn't get out of my eyes.

hiking
3 months ago

Was excited to go here - see the photo why I did not - absolutely NO DOGS allowed - and I’d rather not be the one to break the rule and get into hot water over it.

Great easy trail. A little hiking on the wildlife trail. I came across two Doe a deer, a female deer ... you know the rest

hiking
4 months ago

I love how natural the trails are! This is what we've been looking for. We hiked the loop trail, plus a few spurs.

At the southeast corner of the loop (right after the bridge if you're going clockwise), there's a spur trail to the creek. Very pretty and serene, plus some logs crossing back and forth. They are sturdy and strong, so I like to cross back and forth on them—great for working on your balance! Also an ideal spot for little ones to splash around a bit.

The views along the river are lovely, and well worth the hike. But watch the blazes! (If you're going clockwise, follow red.) Not all intersections are clearly marked, and some of our diversions were NOT intentional! :) But the area near the river is well marked in both directions.

hiking
4 months ago

Had a great time hiking with my dad. Would go again for sure

Love this tail.

on West Lake Trail

hiking
5 months ago

I had an enjoyable hike. Some of the trails toward the end weren’t as clear as I thought they should be. I am glad I have the AllTrails app on my phone. I saw a few deer. I did the 4.7 mile west lake/East Lake Trail. I will return with a group and hike this trail once again.

hiking
5 months ago

My experience was just ok. I don't agree that the map or the park was well marked. Twice I came across a point where there were 2 paths to move forward and neither pathway was marked and I just had to take a guess. The map they give you really confused me. There were areas I came across that weren't on the map. I never got to the lake and apparently went in a giant circle. At one point I tried to get back to the nature center (where I parked) and followed a marker that pointed to that direction...well the next 2 markers after that didn't say I was heading to the nature center and I was afraid I had gone the wrong way. Finally 20 min. later the 3rd marker showed I was heading toward the right direction which gave me a sigh of relief. Because of all of the confusion, bad map, not that great of markers, etc....it made my experience not that great and unable to enjoy my surroundings. Also there is a $5 parking fee NOT $1 as previously said by another.

5 months ago

The trail entrances aren’t well marked when you first arrive; but the trail itself is beautiful. I have gone twice over this last week because it was so enjoyable.

Nice, easy, and scenic. We went on a chilly day, so the paths were rather empty.

trail running
6 months ago

Seriously confusing system of markers and many trails are unmarked or the markers are missing or worn off. The trails are clear and maintained well. The biking and equestrian paths are moderately technical for hikers and trail runners. Beautiful scenery and you’re completely surrounded on all sides by the natural world. I will absolutely come back often but only after studying the trail system and downloading it to my phone. You could easily get lost if it gets dark. There are bathrooms at trail heads and plenty of places for photo ops.

hiking
6 months ago

Enjoyed West Lake, East Lake and Dunlop Trails. Well marked and well maintained. Lots of down trees but all trails were cleared. Did not see another human being for the first 45 minutes of my hike. Saw many butterflies and birds. Peaceful during the week.

did this trail in the summer time in tennis shoes. loved the trail and the elevation is pretty steep.

I love the Simpsonwood trail because it's basically in my backyard, but also because it's a narrow, dirt path through the forest that isn't heavily trafficked (the city girl I married isn't too wild about it though :-D ). It's a great place to spot deer, I've run across an occasional snake. My dog loves this walk. Dogs are supposed to be kept on leash, but I usually encounter them off leash. I'm not sure how much longer it can keep it's rustic charm before it's turned into an all-access paved path; until then, it'll stay at the top of my favorites list. Tip: if you come to a crossing and aren't sure which way to go, look for the white markers on nearby trees. They'll keep you on the main trail.

Awesome trails and pretty, varied scenery! A lot to offer - we actually started off on the path to the Ivy greenway loop but then hung a left to go by the apartments and saw the beautiful mill waterfall! Paved roads are well-kept and easy rides to moderately hilly. We had to walk the bikes a couple of short, high inclines, but we are also novice bikers not in the best shape (yet)!

walking
6 months ago

I couldn’t find it. I kept ending up at Cherokee high school.

Load More