Explore the most popular views trails in McDonald Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

great trail for a sunny day. if you take the extendo trail to the 600 road you add a couple more miles to the loop and stay off the fire roads for a portion of the hike. the peak is also accessible from the soap creek parking lot.

Did this hike a couple of weeks ago. It is a nice afternoon activity. It was moderately busy. Dogs are allowed off leash. My fur baby loves the water!

24 days ago

Nice for a quiet midday hike.

Challenging at times, listened to owl talk to me and enjoyed the snowy view. I took a wrong turn and feel signage could be better. I will go again later Spring as too much snow closer to top. Lots of creek access for my lab so she was happy. 4 star because lack of signs.

2 months ago

Great views and a fun, challenging hike. Took me about 2:40 minutes to finish, I would have been quicker if it wasn’t for the 6” of snow on most of it! Crazy end of March weather.

4 months ago

I went back in early December of a sunny day. Bit unclear at times when I came to a couple forks in the road. I looped around the southwest side and the view of Mary's Peak getting swallowed by a storm cloud was awesome! Overall, challenging and enjoyable day.

Steep and pretty.

8 months ago

my 7 year old daughter and I enjoyed this hike.

nice afternoon hike when added to calloway intensive loop also

nice afternoon hike.

9 months ago

Well marked. Not many people. Lush beautiful forest.

Loved it!!!

It's a pretty trail in the arboretum, that is away from the roads, so that's nice.

10 months ago

A lot to see from the foliage, some really neat trees. Not a lot in terms of landscape, the forest along the trail is just so dense. Well maintained and some steep segments, would make for a great run I think and I am to run it soon

11 months ago

It's an uphill maze. With a decent view.

Pretty nice loop.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I love this trail! So much to see, I did the whole loop this morning and never saw another human being! They have done quite a bit of logging on the south side, reveals the gnarly old , majestic surviving individuals. I took the connector trail up to the 530, then crossed the 500 and returned down to Cronemiller Lake by the trail. Back to the car, is almost 4 miles.

Monday, March 20, 2017

OSU does a very good job maintaining this trail. It's in very good condition and well marked. However, expect a lot of other users and know that ALL dogs will be unleashed even though there are ample signs throughout indicating dogs must be leashed. Aggressive, charging dogs, one off his rocker aggressive, screaming dog owner, and bags of poop scattered throughout are reasons enough for me to say one visit is enough. Also, mtn bikers ride the hiking trails, so watch for them too. Better yet, go somewhere else. There is nothing relaxing about this place. Sorry OSU.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Even after the rains, the trails are pleasant

Monday, February 13, 2017

Loved this trail. It was difficult at some points then eased up at others to make for a good workout without annihilating my legs. The scenery was beautiful and the trails well kept. Will definitely be going back here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Nice short hiking trails. Small lake, ferns, and adventure.

Monday, October 17, 2016

this was a pretty easy hike, my baby and I did it on a rainy day I was pushing a jogging stroller and carrying her most of the way.

trail running
Monday, July 11, 2016

Nice climb with good views. A few spots that could have better markings. Planned to run the loop but had to walk due to steepness at top. Give it a go and see if u can make it.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

nice quite walk

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Very good views once you get to the peak. Also if when you come down the hill from the peak, at the 4 way junction you go straight and up the road in front of you, you'll get another great view.

on McCulloch Peak

mountain biking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Long ascent on a mountain bike (great workout!) followed by a sweet downhill back to the car park. Well marked path and spectacular views from the top.

Just follow the signs for McCulloch peak all the way to the top, then take your pick of any downhill trail back towards Oak Ridge--they all end up at pretty much the same spot.

Would definitely go again and explore some more of the single track offshoots!

Monday, April 18, 2016

I hiked the loop this evening. The trail was open. The logging seems to be done. What a great 3 mile running loop.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Finding the signs is tricky so be on the lookout! Beautiful area with tons of natural sounds and sights. Some steady inclines and declines to be expected. Bring a snack and enjoy it!

Friday, April 08, 2016

We didn't get to finish the hike, as part of the trail is blocked off so that they can cut down some trees. This was on 4/7/2016. I don't know how long it will be closed off for.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

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