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.

Awesome trail! You work your way up the incline for the first half then back down the other side down into the bottoms on the way back. Awesome view from the top when the leaves are off the trees! Make sure when you get to the top you climb the rocks (there's a Side trail but climbing is much more fun). Atop the rocks there's a weather right ammo can with a log to write in and first aid essentials.

I honestly love this trail. It needs some work though.

This trail is a great workout, and has good views when the leaves are down. It doesn't see much traffic, so the trail can be hard to follow at times and the decent from the top can be very slippery. If you add Trail 1 directly across the street, you end up with a 2.5 mile figure 8.

the only thing I can say good about this part of the trail is there was a lot of wild life from stick bugs to snakes and deer. The trail itself was rough bike's and riders have made this trail a mess. Also trail is only marked for horse and bike riders and that's IF you find a trail marker.

The trails aren't managed. The trail markers are missing. The reroutes put you on a gravel one lane road around corners and up and down hills. So my friend and myself had to walk through grass up to our armpits so we ended up walking through tick nest. For those who don't know what this is, momma tick lays about 3000 eggs. the eggs hatch into larva. larva has 6 legs instead of 8 and the size of a tiny freckle. Real easy to miss. well when you have a few hundred on you they are a little easier to spot. My entire body is ate up with bites. My doctor has me on antibiotics and i'm scratching the hell out of my body. If the grass would have been cut and if we didn't have to walk on dangerous roads, i could have been fine but add all issues together and it SUCKED! I will never go back or suggest anyone to go.

This is a beautiful, although overgrown, trail. Pay very close attention to the blazes (white square) since the split from the horse trails is not well marked and the trail has been rerouted in a few places. Gorgeous views near the end and some nice streambeds to explore if there has been recent rain.

Beautiful spring day, minimal bugs and poison ivy. The initial part of trail is now combined with horse trail. New trail head easy to find, but little confused about when to transition from horse trail to knobstone. Saw several riders, horse trail section fairly muddy. Minimal hikers on trail. The last section of hike before next trail head has alot of up and down hills for good work out.

We decided not to hike. We came to the entrance and said $5 if you live in Indiana and $7 if you live in Kentucky.

Easily accessible, clean, and a good workout. The trail is quiet and usually empty. A good trail to let dogs run.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013