6 months ago

if you like solitude, these are great trails to hike in the off-season.... during the summer season, you will have plenty of company from the campers.

the trail now begins at a trailhead and carpark by the west marina with a paved trail and a footbridge over one of the many bays of the lake. this section ends at the new park welcome center on shop road where you can continue along shop road to pick up the trail again at the amphitheater.

11 months ago

The Mingo Trail and the connecting Cabin and Dogwood Trails at Atwood Lake were in very good condition and well groomed. We took the trail in a clockwise manner from the parking at the amphitheater. With the exception of the initial ascent until shortly past an observation tower, the trail is wide. Be sure to climb the tower to get the view of the lake below. There are a couple of uphills, but nothing too strenuous for the average person. As you head down to the first valley there is a marked change in temperature and a lot more moss as you pass the pines.
As you reach the junction for the Dogwood Trail and the Mingo Trail, the way sign is confusing. The junction is wide and there is a bench. The directional sign only faces the north and southbound paths. The sign directs those southbound to continue on the Mingo Trail with a ⬆️ straight arrow, indicating to go to the path ahead -- in other words if you were looking for direction and coming from the west the sign appears to direct you to take a turn to the right. In fact the Mingo Trail turns here to the left, heading back uphill and North. You'll see another confusing sign later, your best bet is keep bearing left on the clockwise trail, until you reach the point where the Mingo Trail diverges from a service road you'll be following. This is where the service road, Mingo Trail and you encounter the Cabin Trail for the second time and is about 3/4 of the way through the hike.
Because Atwood Lake now covers the area that was once the town of Atwood, you'll notice what appear to be old roads, just off the trail. You'll also encounter at a bend in the trail the ruined foundation stones and chimney bricks of what may have been a small house or decent sized cabin. The path passes near a duck blind to observe the lake, but never affords a great view of the water. You'll also pass park cabins and trailer parking as well as a newly improved gravel path with new lights before to get back to the amphitheater.
You'll find several well-places benches for a repose and snack time, making this a hike great for all skill levels.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Great outing with kids. Nice little hills. Trails are marked well and plenty of places for breaks.

Monday, October 10, 2016

The lake tall pine trees just beautiful place

Monday, April 18, 2016

It was a very nice kept trail and some awesome views. I liked how there were multiple trails that you could take ranging from 30 minutes to about 2 hours. And it looped back around. It was great!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

This is a decent trail mostly through woods with a couple small hills to climb and descend. There is an observation tower from which you can see the lake. There is only one area where the lake and trail meet, otherwise you are in woods most of the way. Overall the trail wasn't maintained very well but maybe that was due to the early season timing of our visit. Some places the trail is on an access road.

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