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The gently rolling hills, lush forests and sparkling waters disguise a land that has endured the effects of continental glaciers and massive mineral extraction. Each year over one million people visit the 16,725-acre park, yet never realize that many people helped restore the park from prior coal mining and oil and gas drilling practices. Today, the park is an outstanding example of environmental engineering achievement.

hiking
7 days ago

Easy walk through the woods with some nice views of the lake. It was extremely muddy in some areas though.

awesome park. some challenging hills. but fun coming down other side. very well kept park. Nice paved path. a little over 16 miles out and back

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike, extremely calm and relaxing. Perfect for birding!

hiking
22 days ago

use this trail every hunting season

hiking
27 days ago

The trail was overgrown and had fallen trees across it making it difficult to maneuver along the trail. Also there are very few trail markers so it's hard to tell if you are going the correct direction. I will not be hiking this trail again.

hiking
1 month ago

Took a mix of the short and long loop on accident, it can be a bit complicated if you aren’t using a map or the app. All in all there’s some nice hills, a bit of wildlife, nice mix between mud grass rocks and a few little bridges as well. Nice scenic views of Lake Arthur especially the bit that is basically right on the shore. Seems like a good place for a dog walk or for a family hike too.

The trail is marked well with green paint— know you are on the short loop when you see these (the other signs are a bit twisted around and confusing).

This trail actually called “pleasant valley trail” and marked with blue paint markers along the way. On a weekday there weren’t many other hikers. I’d be sure to keep a phone with reception on you if hiking alone.

Very muddy. Lots of down trees and parts where brush blocked path. Well marked.

hiking
7 months ago

Good trail appropriately classified as moderate with elevation changes. It is a long trail through the woods where you rarely cross any roads or see civilization. However, it is pretty well marked with several escape routes before the end if you want to cut it short and you are never far from the park roads.

I hike this regularly as I live only an hour away and it does not get old since you can alter it a bit each time. On this particular time I did 7 miles out and looped back to the paved walk way at the marina which I took back to car for a total of 14 miles.

I rarely see people on this trail so it is a nice getaway.

hiking
8 months ago

This was one of the best hikes that we had all year long. First I must say The trail was well maintained really good ground to walk on
On our journey we seen deer and birds wild flowers and trees that lead us along a grassy path down to lake Arthur where you can view the beach and boat launch as the path loops around and back up to the parking area.
Well worth your time to hike it.

9 months ago

If you prefer a flat trail, this is for you! Will I be back? Of course. Is it a challenging trail? Not at all. This trail is lovely. You will feel as though you're walking along a flower garden. You will also walk along the lake.

If you're taking small children on a walk, you will love this. If you're unsure about beginning a hike due to your physical limitations - give this a try. Whatever you do - just get outside!

Nice paved trail, good for biking, mostly flat, but beware. The ticks are absolutely unreal. Took my pup and pulled 50+ off her ( with zeresto collar). Fortunately, I didn't have any on me. But, I've never seen them that bad anywhere. I stay to McConnell's Mills ( nearby) never have had a problem there ( plus there's a lot more to see).

Just ok...

hiking
9 months ago

There's a few blowdowns in the beginning but nothing that you can't navigate around. I had my 1.5 year old with me so we stopped rather than heading out towards the loop closer to the lake.

If we do it again I'd recommend skipping the beginning where the marked trailhead is at and parking closer the lake by the park office. This eliminates the first .7 mile part which is basically a walk through grass a wide wooded path which would allow you to start right at a big rock which is where it actually becomes a trail and is marked.

Fun little jaunt, swampy in areas, but easily navigated. scenic area with bench for little ones to rest and a great view at about the half way point.

This is a frequent for us over some of the other trails around the lake. It's perfect for kids.

hiking
10 months ago

This is an amazing trail. It has a lot of elevation change but the trail is well-kept and the dirt feels great under the boots!

There were a few miles where the bugs were bothersome and we walked into quite a few webs...but for an 11 mile hike, about 2-3 were a bit annoying.

We will be back to complete the entire trail in the fall to see the changing of the leaves and the disappearance of bugs and super-humidity. We hiked to the docks for lunch and it was so scenic and calm.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Pretty views. Be prepared to trek through several swampy patches on trail

Friday, April 28, 2017

I love kayaking out at Moraine. So many spots you can dock and so many places you can get out to explore. Love it!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

We love hiking this trail!!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The paved bike trail within Moraine State Park is 7 miles long (not a loop). It starts at the Bike Rental on North Shore Drive near the park entrance from West Park Road. The paved trail winds along, with some hills, grades, and curves, and many views of the lake. About halfway it passes through Lakeview Beach area, with a disc golf course, playground, and a swimming area (open Memorial Day to Labor Day, swim at your own risk), food concession, and picnic areas. The bike trail ends near Davis Hollow.

hiking
Saturday, January 07, 2017

Fun path to hike with friends. Not very challenging for longer distance hikers, but fun trip to Moraine.

hiking
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Nice trail with some mild/moderate elevation change. I did it with snow on the ground so that changes it a bit. You hear the road, I-79, so it's not a quiet walk but still worth the trek.

hiking
Thursday, October 27, 2016

A good hike with some mild elevation changes and a nice section that runs along lake Arthur. Watch for mud in spring and fall by the lake.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

This is a nice trail to work off the picnic you just had at Moraine's South Shore beach~

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

well blazed

Sunday, August 28, 2016

easy trail to take the kids on

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Nice easy trail. Definitely good for families even with smaller children. A few scenic spots of the lake but mostly a walk through the woods

mountain biking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

all paved. little winding path watch your speed everybody uses

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