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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.

Starts at the parking lot loops around into some dense forest The trail is in good shape until the downhill side of it have some good hiking boots as the downhill part of the trail will be muddy and washed out other than that beautiful scenery a nice morning hike

Nice walk, took Both the short and Long loop. Highway noise is a bit of a bummer.

hiking
17 days ago

Poorly marked in some places, which led us far astray on two separate instances. (Pay particular attention to make sure you stay on the trail when it looks as if it crosses the road and when it leaves the oil rig.) Also, it had some significant blockages. Nothing that we couldn't scurry over, but it was definitely not a "clear trail". Finally, it had no scenic component--we thought it would include pretty views of the lake, but they never materialized. We set out to find a long, hard hike and the Wyggeston Trail definitely delivered on that ask and we were CERTAINLY alone and isolated on our walk, but if we had another afternoon to do it again, I'd look for something different.

Nice, easy hike. Saw a ton of butterflies!

hiking
26 days ago

Buggiest trail I've been on in a long time. No standing water, so where the gnat-like bugs came from is a mystery. Would be a great mountain bike trail; bugs couldn't catch you. This would be a wonderful trail in the fall, or spring.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice, easy hike. No bugs, no mud, and beautiful views of the lake!

on Moraine Trail and Swim

hiking
1 month ago

Nice spur of the moment hike

hiking
1 month ago

I accidentally took the short loop which was only about 1.5 miles. It ended up being a blessing in disguise as there were so many bugs on this hot and humid July morning. Save this one for the fall and spring. The lake is pretty.

Easy, well marked trail. Only downside for me is that there’s nothing really to see.. it’s a loop through the woods there isn’t a destination/water feature/view to see. Great for a quick walk with the dogs.

1 month ago

Great hike, good elevation gains.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

use this trail every hunting season

hiking
2 months 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
3 months 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
9 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
10 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.

11 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
11 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.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

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!

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