The start of the Deer trail is a steep uphill climb. By the time we got to the Gorge Trail, we were pretty spent. The Gorge Trail was really nice, with much more to see. I'd go 5-star, but some parts are in disrepair.

The inclines of the trail definitely wear you out but there are enough flat parts of the trail to recoop! Beautiful scenery walking by the creek and seeing all of the wild flowers! Will definitely do again!

2 months ago

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4 months ago

hiked the gorge trail beautiful everywhere you look . mobile phone service is not very good in the area for gps recording.

I actually didn't complete the Deer to Gorge Trail, but one of the shorter loops, beginning with the Buckeye Trail, which was approximately three miles. I was having difficulty with shin splints from new hiking shoes, so we cut our hike short. This was, however, still a worthwhile loop. It's first leg was a challenging incline. It leveled out for a short time, then, turned into another sharp incline. This trail is trimmed by the mounds from the ancient, Hopewell tribe, so there was also an intriguing historical element. The trail plateaued, and we could hear a distant motor. As we got closer, it grew really loud until we realized it was coming from a small pond. Our "motor" was thousands of frogs! This is a unique trail system that I will definitely come back to. Don't attempt this trail in wet weather, unless you dare. The last leg is a steep downhill trail. It is wet, even in fairly dry weather. There are also bathrooms and lots of picnic tables.

Completed Gorge to Deer Trail. Also added leg to see circle mound via the buckeye trail. Length was just under 5 miles. Well marked (previous reviews must be out of date on signage), fun hike. Very slippery when wet! For GPS use "Fort Hill Memorial" as the destination. Limited cell service once you are with a few miles of the trail head.

Good hike to ease you into elevation changes, water crossing and ledge walking. Nothing too technical, but definitely a step above the average family walk in the park. Lots of beauty. Very secluded. Light traffic, not many people make the drive here.

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8 months ago

nice moderate hike with multiple loops. some nice vista's. worth the trip.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Nice trail....kept up great

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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Monday, February 08, 2016

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Very nice trails around the fort hill. On the South East corner of the fort flat (through the saplings) there is an obvious deep depression.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Well maintained trail. The signage has greatly improved.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A friend and myself hiked this trail in November. It is a nice trail with some great scenery. Just challenging enough. Trail was will kept. We went off trail many times in the gorge just to do some exploring. Like others have said, take your trekking poles.