We enjoyed walking the trail. However, we did not feel that it was marked very well. Also there were not maps available. So if it had not been for the app then we would've been on some of the other trails without knowing it. I did not feel that it was as maintained as I would like for it to be. But I do feel it was worth the hike and expect we will go back to do the north loop. And for this time of year there were lots of spiders to get down.

It was not the heat during this July hike that made it less than pleasant but the spiders and mosquitoes. Had to stop frequently to move spiders and their webs from the trail. (Some very large spiders.) This made the hike take much longer than it should have. When we paused, the mosquitoes would swarm us. They were no problem as long as we were moving. An easy hike but be sure you carry sufficient water. One bridge had collapsed and made crossing difficult. The trail did not appear to be frequently hiked or maintained.

Long trail. When hiking in the summer, make sure you carry enough water (100+ oz).

trail running
3 months ago

July 15th

Pretty easy trail with minimal elevation changes and very well marked. Tough trail under today's conditions: hot, humid, recent rain. The trail overall is in good condition; there are a few spots that had standing water or significant mud due to recent summer storms, and it's a bit overgrown in a few areas (bushes/branches occasionally hanging over the path, 2 or 3 down trees). I'm not a local so I don't know if it's common year round, but there were eye-level spiderwebs across the path about every 10 feet; running was almost impossible. Wear high traction shoes if you're running; lots of areas with loose pine straw. Good views of the lakes for much of the hike and a nice mix of foliage to look at (also provides shade for most of the hike). I'll be back when it's cooler (and not leave the big spray in the car; reapplications were needed).

Possibly the best hike in south Alabama. Consists of two loops, the excellent Blue Spring Loop and the not quite as excellent Open Pond Loop (because part of it stays very close to the campground). Features some nice longleaf pine forest. Scenic Blue Spring lies at the eastern end of the Blue Spring Loop. The eastern part of the Blue Spring Loop is also subject to flooding: check the Blackwater River gauge at Baker, FL to see if it is above flood stage before you hike here.

hiking
5 months ago

Great training trail, and fun for the family hike!

An easy trail to hike. The trail was pretty clear and marked well. Not much for scenery other than Long Leaf Pines. The posted map at the starting point is backwards so be careful. Blue pond is wonderful, Crystal clear water!

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome Trail. Well marked and easily identifiable trail heads.

hiking
10 months ago

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!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, May 23, 2016

camping
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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.

hiking
Thursday, May 28, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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.

mountain biking
Monday, December 09, 2013

This is a hiking trail. No bike tracks. I didn't see signs as to not to bike on it, but the grass and thick layer of leaves would make it pretty hard.

mountain biking
Monday, July 09, 2012

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.