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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
1 month 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
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 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.

3 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!

rails trails
3 months ago

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
3 months ago

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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
4 months ago

hiking
4 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.

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