Nice short loop trail. A little overgrown in places and very steep near the north end. Beautiful wooded area to hike through.

horseback riding
2 months ago

trail is not marked well. some trees are down. nice hike, strenuous uphill sections. cool rocks at the top with names carved in them. some of the dates are 1800's. neat!

Trail needs better markings.

Began hike at Jackson Road trailhead after noon on 4/16 and hiked south to between mile markers four and three. This is a great section of trail that needs some TLC.

Trail was a bit wet after morning rain. Redbuds and dogwoods in bloom. Wild iris, wild geranium and Jacobs ladder. Lizards scurrying about (eastern fence lizard?).

Trail is steep in places. Landscape timbers secured with reinforcing steel bars have been eroded away leaving rebar protruding in the trail.

All large downed trees have been made passable, some small trees across the trail have never been cleared and are supporting growths of moss or fungus. Brambles have been cut back in clear spots on the trail, though.

First day I've ever used treking poles. With sleep slopes and a slippery trail I was glad to have them.

Saturday afternoon 4/15. Dry and unseasonably warm. Dogwoods and redbuds in bloom. Few wildflowers. Trail condition generally good. Some erosion, especially before and after the stream crossing at mile marker 3. Trail dry with only a few wet spots.

Not a terribly scenic hike after the lake. Lots of downed trees (although none block tge trail). Some huge piles of timber left to rot. Trail follows logging roads a bit here and there.

Some evidence of horse(s) on hiking only trail, though not a lot. Trail coincides with horse trail in places, though work is in progress to reroute the hiking trail, so maybe this will be remedied soon.

Trail conditions were a little rough, overall a great trip.

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