Todd H. on Conecuh South Loop Trail
Hiked the south loop end of the Conecuh Trail from Open Pond Campground, and took the 1 mile spur trail to the Blue Spring. The map on AllTrails which shows the south end of Conecuh Trail paralelling a road at the Eastern Extent is not correct. If one does not want to go see the Blue Spring, they can take the road on that section to complete the loop as shown on AllTrails Map. However, the hiking in this area is a bit boring if you will and the Blue Spring is really the highlight of the Eastern portion of the Conecuh Trail. The short back and out trail shown just to the northeast of the southern loop of Conecuh Trail on All Trails map is the Blue Spring trail from the Forest Service Road, and the south end of the CT goes there right after you cross the final road, 373 I think it is, just keep going. The blue spring was pretty cool, and a good place for a swim and soak. Crystal clear water with a blue tint on the deepest part. The rest of the trail was OK, it passes by Buck Lake and Alligator Hole on the West end of the south loop. Check the calendar at the information kiosks at Open Pond Rec Area to see hunting days. Don't go in the back country to hike on hunting days!
it was great. the water was pristine, and ice cold. the landscape was beautiful. I took my 5 year old son with me to camp, and it was very kid friendly. The only downside was finding the trail to the spring. it wasn't marked anywhere, and it took about 45 minutes of driving down random trails until we found it. but it was definitely worth the effort.
we will definitely be back.
Robin M. on Conecuh South Loop Trail
Nice easy well marked trail. Used this to test out new backpacking gear. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained and seemingly seldom used. There are several lakes and one spring fed blue pool
Perfect swimming hole.
I did the north loop on a nice Febuary day, so I didn't have to worry about mosquitos, gators, or snakes. The Blue Pond recreation parking lot was where I planned on parking, but they did not open until April, and the road was blocked. So I parked at the United Methodist Camp and just hiked north to find my way to the trail. From this spot the total distance was about 14-15 miles and took me right at 7 hours to complete. I did not see anybody else on the trail the entire time so it was very peaceful. The terrain was flat and the trail was well marked with white diamonds on the trees. It was very swampy at some spots and my feet got pretty good and soaked. If you are looking for a long hike with easy terrain, this is for you.
Bradley K. on Conecuh South Loop Trail
Was a pretty fun local trail. Well marked and easy to follow, plenty of off shoots for this more adventurous. Level terrain throughout the majority of the ride.