We hiked just the northern portion of the trail from 186 to the northern trailhead at Little Texas, which was a little over 8 miles out and back. There is plenty of parking on the south side of 186 near the trailhead for the mountain bike trail, as well as at the ranger station. The blazes and markers were not that frequent, as noted by other reviewers, but it was fairly easy to follow the trail. The elevation changes were not too dramatic, and there were few vistas. Road noise is also noticeable for a lot of trail. But we liked seeing the dogwood in bloom, and it was also handy to have LTE cell service (AT&T) on virtually the entire route. This portion of the trail may also be used for mountain biking, but I think it would be extremely challenging because there are quite a few downed trees that cross the path as well as some areas with overhanging branches.