I went on this trail a few weeks ago on a beautiful autumn day in early November and something felt "off" and unsafe about the trail. It might be best for trail runners and bikers who won't be on its 3.7 miles for very long. In my opinion, it's not a leisurely trail that can be enjoyed by walking even in the best of conditions. The history of a railroad being there is cool but doesn't make up for the feeling of it being a claustrophobic funnel.

I enjoy hiking and have been to several places in town - Jemison, Ruffner, Moss Rock, etc. as well as places out of state. I like to have wide clearings for line of sight and safety and this place doesn't have that.

1) The entire trail is gravel, with no pavement except for the short road crossing by the dog park. If you enjoy the Black Creek Park loop you will be okay on the trail. This is not really an issue, just worth noting if you have a trail preference.

2) This is an "out and back" trail as described on this site. It is not very scenic. The trail is very narrow and either side has high embankments with dense trees. In some places you could see homes through the trees but after a while it was just forest. At one point there was an option to walk a trail that passed creek side but it didn't look safe. The route down to the creek bed was not clearly marked and seemed to be overgrown.

3) The benches provided at markers are good, however, there was a shed halfway down the trail with two strange broken up school chairs inside. I did not like that on a narrow trail with potentially no one else around you can't see if anyone is inside until you are next to it. It seems like trouble waiting to happen. I understand the need for shelter in the event of a shower or storm but this structure was foreboding. A canopy structure or bus station-type seating area with open sides or grating would be much safer here.

4) The trails ends on a well-traveled road next to a subdivision entrance. It was a relief to see civilization but still a little jarring, and there was no place to park a car at the end like there is at Lakeshore Trail. So it was back down the funnel.

I highly discourage this trail for use by walkers especially if it's just one or two people. The trail was shady literally and figuratively. Seems like it might be pretty nice for bikers though, and I saw quite a few.

mountain biking
15 days ago

This is a gravel trail that is great for biking and walking to cross country running as there are paths that are Along the trail to wonder off too.

beautiful easy paved trail with off path options to see the beauty of Black Creek!

This is a very nice trail; well maintained, friendly people.

Nice trail, out and back trail also extends past the documented trail. There is a great park that is just off the trail.

trail running
9 months ago

This a a nice flat gravel trail down an old railroad bed! A beautiful winding out and back trail through a quiet stretch of woods! A few side trails that lead down to the creek. A well maintained gem of a place for trail running, biking, and hiking! I’ve seen lots of wildlife from deer to beavers!

I love running on this trail!

walking
Thursday, June 02, 2016

Wife and I walk this trail all the time, all year long. It is well maintained and you will see friendly people every so often walking, riding, or running. You do come close to some private property and can see some houses as well as the interstate bridge but it is still a beautiful walk next to the creek. There are so small side trails that are not really maintained that lead down to the water and into the woods but don't go too far. Also be aware that you can park at Black Creek Park, at the Children's Park and there is room for three cars at the corner of Leora Ave and Stouts Rd along the path.