Did the 48 mile out and back from Woodworth a couple weekends ago. I started on March 10th at about 16:00 and came back on the 11th at almost 22:00, so about 30 hours total. The trail was really nice, just a lot of woods, and not much to see, but very peaceful. Like the other review says, there was no water for about the first 5 miles out of Woodworth but after that, all the creeks were flowing well. The trail was really muddy at a lot of parts, so make sure you plan for having soggy shoes. I camped near the Castor Creek area, and not too many bugs were around. Over the last 2 miles before I got back to my car I saw 3 of the biggest bobcats I've ever seen, eyes easily 2 feet above the ground, so that was really cool.
nice hike, wild azaleas were blooming and some dogwwods.hiked it from the south entrance and walked the road back,gps indicated 11 miles total with 8.25 of that on the trail and the difference was walking the road back to the trailhead. Southern part was nicer, walking the road was not much fun.
whether it's your 1st time or training for multi nights out this place has it all... free range to trek throughout the huge park or stick to multiple trails that run into each other .... all trails are clearly marked with little orange markers... hikers are free to camp anywhere in the park.. beautiful landscape lush with wildlife... we personally walked upon and close to several turkey and deer... be mindful there are pigs in the forest... very kid and pet friendly
Went for a four day hike and get away. We parked at the Caroline Dorman parking lot and decided to hoof the road section first. It rained for most of the second morning as we hiked to the river in order to find a good spot to spend two days. Our things were soaked, but there is enough fat pine to start a fire in wet conditions. We made sure we were pretty far from the trail as not to disturb anyone with our wilderness shenanigans. So we roughly hiked half in a few hours, camped a few days, then hiked the rest on our last day. This is when things got a little crazy. On our hike out, you are ascending hills to the tops. At this time, the heavens seemed to open up and Thor's wrath was set upon us. I even had the urge to expel "IS THIS ALL YOU GOT!" with lightning strikes in the not so distant surrounding. Overall, I very much enjoyed the hike. A great trail to get away, spend a few days camping near the river, and getting back in touch with the wilderness.
went January 26th 2017 came out on the 27th, started in woodworth and did a in and out overnight hike. Did not complete the whole trail, i hiked 6 miles out and back tracked back to my car. Was a well established trail with lots to see, it was really beautiful out there.
Just be aware at 1 mile in from trail head there are downed trees obscuring the trail. We hiked from trail ended to head and got quite turned around at that point because the AllTrails map doesn't match the exact route. Trail blazes were frequent and apparent except at the hollow where the fallen trees obscured the trail.