horseback riding
3 days 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.

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.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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.