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    Lora Enfield reviewed North Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Pleasantly surprised by this trail. It's not very well maintained and it's seen it's share of erosion, one can't help but wonder if that was due to mountain bikers biking when it's muddy. Lots of tree roots and loose rock to trip one up, also beware the acorns and walnuts this time of year. We didn't see any deer, but did see a hawk trying to hide from us, heard plenty of birds (songbirds and woodpeckers), and I almost accidentally stepped on a turtle. We stopped and admired it for a bit. The terrain changes in just 2 miles were numerous. It was a beautiful hike, very green and shady in early September. At one point you hike above a gorge with a creek below, at another, grassland, the rest forest. Hikers prone to weak ankles should think of taking poles, due to crumbling rock. Crossed a couple of wooden bridges, and that's always neat. If going in summertime/early autumn, don't forget the bug spray. We did, as we hiked this on a whim after plans changed. We were pestered by large horseflies, gnats, and of course mosquitoes. The trail was VERY well marked, can't say this enough. It was a welcomed/pleasant surprise after getting lost at some state parks previously due to poor trail markings. A++ would hike again. For parents with active kids who like the outdoors, this would be a great hike, especially as the trail starts at the edge of a playground. Thanks, Knobnoster! We'll be back to do the Opossum trail!

    Lora Enfield completed North Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago