Great place to go! Great view from the lodge. Trails for everyone. Hikers, mountain bikers, and they even have trails for horse back riding. You can down load the map right from there site, and there different loops with different distances for all skill levels.

Beautiful hike through the woods with a well balance of inclines, declines, as well as level terrain. I would rate the overall trail as moderate, this coming from an average hiker who exercises on a regular basis. I did the entirety of the main trail in just over 4 hours with some breaks along the way.

The lodge at parking area offers maps and clean restrooms as well as a nice view before you even begin the hike on the main trail. I just now noticed the description indicates that there is a waterfall on this trail. We must have missed this as we only witnessed some crossing streams on occasion. Other than the main lookout at the lodge the main trail does not have any major lookouts but was still an enjoyable woods trail.

A few spots with mud and higher weeds, but the path was extremely well marked and easy to follow. About halfway through the main trail there is an outhouse should that be a need along your way.

Great day lots of trials

scenic driving
9 months ago

didn't do any hikes due to getting attacked by mosquitos within first 2 mins on trail, but the view of the skyline is beautiful & highly recommended to see - i can imagine how beautiful the view would be at sunset

Sunday, August 21, 2016

My family and I attempted the Main Trail 3 times before finally completing it this spring! Easy terrain but can get muddy sometimes.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Pretty good XC riding, nothing too difficult and not very technical. A few trails have some nice wood features but some need maintenance. If you're looking for a nice fun downhill ride, Rippin, Unemployment, Dirtworks, and Vanderkamp are your best bets. Personally I would love to be able to build my own trail in some of the sections here, but that would be very frowned upon. Overall, the area is nice for XC but I believe it has potential for some much better trails including some downhill.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Not for the faint of heart! Literally - lots of cardio! There's a -lot- of up and down that I wasn't quite expecting, but plenty of flatter areas between to rest. The shelters were well placed for resting and the vast majority of the trek was shaded. No drinking water between start and finish, though - I'd say bring a camel pack with 1-2L capacity, and take it slow. Took me around 4 hours to complete. Expect that or longer. Definitely going again.

mountain biking
Friday, June 24, 2016

I went mountain biking here by myself the other day for the first time. I got lost a few times trying to find the bike specific trails, but the trails are well marked and easy to follow. The trails were nice and decently maintained. The map system is great but I regret not bringing a compass. Overall a great place to ride your bike

The trail has a lot of diversity and really helpful signage with maps every so often. The trail clearly sees a lot of maintenance, made evident by the many trail structures in place, including an impressively long turnpike system. There are definitely some blowouts and muddy spots along the way but they didn't put us off our hike today. Minimal incline, not a challenging walk. I would definitely go again.

hiking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

Great hike

hiking
Sunday, December 27, 2015

I hiked the Phil Suters Memorial Main Trail the day after Christmas. The trail was very muddy and incredibly eroded making this a very miserable experience. The most eroded sections appear to have been caused by motorized vehicles. It also appears they are in the process of a lumber felling operation as there was a very large number of trees lying perpendicular to the trail reducing the natural feel of forest. Some more positive points of this park is that it is very well marked, has a number of lean-to structures, and has a staffed lodge with restrooms. At the time of my hike there was a $3 day use admission.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Awesome place

snowshoeing
Friday, May 22, 2015

I have both snowshoed and cross-country skied here. There are dedicated trails for each making both a nicer experience. The evergreen forest is beautiful, especially after a fresh snowfall. There are various trails from easy to moderate. The lodge is beautiful with a nice fireplace. There's also a sledding hill. There's a small fee for annual use as well as a slightly higher fee for cross-country skiing

hiking
Saturday, March 07, 2015

Have hiked this trail several times and have enjoyed it on every occasion. I always do the full main trail to get the most out of my hike. Makes for a really nice few hours of nature and great exercise.

hiking
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Hike the green marked rim trail. My GPS clocked it farther than the map list it. Still a fairly easy hike some 20* hills but they weren't to long. A couple cut off trails to make it shorter. Nice place great lodge.

hiking
Monday, May 27, 2013

Easily accessible, multi-use trails. We did the near nine-mile "Main Trail" today. Essentially, the hike takes you around the perimeter of the park. It was interesting enough, with plenty of ups and downs, various environments, a few creeks and nice overlooks of the surrounding farmland. Though, in a region that boasts some of the most beautiful gorges east of Mississippi, I wouldn't place this hike in my top five. Given that it's late spring, it was very muddy for a good clip (bring the hiking boots).

hiking
5 months ago

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