Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Paris Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is my favorite of all the Paris Mountain trails!

13 days ago

I did it counter-clockwise. The downhill part at the beginning (the foot-traffic only trail) was actually very challenging on the knees and toes, but my body was thanking me when I was able to do the gradual return hike up instead. It was a nice hike, no spectacular over looks or water views, but still relaxing. Only saw one biker on this Friday early afternoon.

Started at the big sign on the left and hiked it clockwise.

Leisurely as you start out, but becomes more challenging as you get near the pond and begin climbing. After that, it will gas you. Don’t let anyone here kid you, the stretch from the lake up to the road would wear out a goat.

After that, it smooths out and becomes a stroll downhill on a bike path. It twists and turns for a few miles and is a beautiful hike. Highly recommended...just have your heart right (literally) for the first 2 Miles.

I tracked the loop at 4.4 miles, so it is a bit longer than listed.

16 days ago

Moderate for sure, although steep and lots of roots to trip you up along sections. Great place to use hiking poles. For about 60% of the trail, you share it with mountain bikers. Takes about an hour or so.

Really interesting, pretty and challenging climb at the beginning. Along the stream. The 2nd half is less challenging. Pod trail for dogs. A number of accessible water spots.

Nice easy loop around the lower lake.

1 month ago

I hiked this trail on a weekday and it was my first time in Paris Mtn. State Park. I think it might be a bit longer than indicated here, but it was an enjoyable hike. It took me about 1 hour and 45 minutes. As others have said, if you begin hiking upstream, the climb is steep but beautiful, and the second part of the hike is easy but relatively uninteresting after a brief tree-filled view at the top. I would hike this trail again, but I’d hike out and back so that I could enjoy the stream for the entire hike.

Easy trail if you're in shape. Cool water falls.

First time in Paris mountain park. Trail is very doable for most people. Recommend kids over 7/8. First section is quite steep and challenging but don't worry it gets much much easier after first hour and becomes flat/downhill. Nice trail with streams, trees etc but nothing too exciting. Recommended.

The first part was more challenging than expected, but manageable for my 10 year old and us. Recommended, but be prepared for the sulphuric springs loop section by mountain lake.

2 months ago

I did this trail a week ago with a mixed age group. Staring at the kiosk go clockwise to do the more challenging part first. The trail up follows a stream with plenty of small waterfalls, small slides, rock-steps, and plenty of wildflowers...even in this hot weather. Once at the highest elevation it follows a ridge and the descent is mostly wide switchbacks. Plenty of small wonders to see if you keep your eyes open for them. We went on a Saturday so there was no biking on the trail that day.

Nice pavilions at the start/finish of the trail for lunch as well as huge picnic tables at the end of the parking area. A good intro to Paris Mountain!

on Brissy Ridge

2 months ago

Nice trail for families and pets. Well kept and clean.

The first portion of the trail until you reach maximum elevation is gorgeous with many rock slide waterfalls and of course the dam, but it should really be labeled difficult as the rock climbing is pretty extensive especially where the path is narrow beside large drop offs. I took my 5 and 7 year olds and it was almost more than they could manage.

3 months ago

Great trail. Went early and it wasn’t crowded! Took my dog and we had a great walk!

I loved hiking this trail at Paris Mountain. Very easy trail to hike. Most of the trail is shaded with benches spaced throughout to sit on. My group had lunch over one of the bridges on the trail. Beautiful & easy trail!

I would rate this trail an overall moderate one. Nothing too difficult, beautiful views around the lake! It's a great trail for training or trail running. The only strenuous part I'd say is the foot traffic only portion of Brissy ridge. Overall decent hike, wish there more views.

We loved this trail. Beautiful and fun.

4 months ago

Great trail. My only issue was a little confusion right at the end as to where my car was because there apparently were two parking areas. Not that big a deal, but after you are hot and tired you don’t really feel like not knowing where you parked. But great hiking trail!

Completed a full 7.5 mile loop with a group of 5, varying in experience and fitness level. The only “view” was of the lake, no waterfalls or anything of the like. Still a beautiful hike. Overall a good experience, will do it again.

Definitely a moderate to hard trail. There are several steep places, narrow paths, and a bit of rock climbing........and I say rock climbing, because I’m only 5’1. Taller people could probably take big steps. There were many people hiking and all were really nice. I did cross paths with a few bicyclists that were friendly. It’s a great place to take your dogs if they walk on a leash well, which mine doesn’t. After the bridge, there’s not much sight seeing. The first part made me think of the movie Lord of the Rings. It’s cute with lots of sun peaking down at the many tree roots poking out of the ground.

We chose this trail as a conditioning trail and the following review is written from the point of view of a backpacker carrying a 30+ lb pack. Fee is now $5.00 per person and you pay at the toll booth, it was early when we arrived and no one was in the booth but they have envelopes to fill out, bring a pen. Started the trails at shelter 5 and 6. Looked like there was a nature walk for kids going on when we started with a Ranger (think this is pretty cool). We walked past them and started up the Sulpher Springs trail. Very shortly the trail came to the first lake we would encounter for the day. Saw a turtle and a lady fall (wear proper shoes guys, there is a lot of rocks and loose debris on the trail). Continuing up the trail we made our way to the waterfall at the dam and the rock tower. Really nice pictures here, the temperature was nice and cool. There are some rock steps that go up to the trail above you that will put you back on track. Once we scurried up those I was feeling good and doubting that this trail was ranked correctly at hard as nothing we had done so far was difficult but my curiosity was soon sated. The incline began and we started up, over rocks, through two streams (very easy crossings), back over rocks, up some more rock steps, leaned against a few trees, and continued on. When I finally came to the top I held up a tree for a good 15 min before the forest sounds finally drowned out the pounding of my heart. (I want to take a moment to mention this trail is very thin at points. Be careful with your four legged pals and children as you go up this section. There is a decent drop on the right side down into a ravine). After a quick break, afore mentioned, we took Fire Tower trail and made our way down this down and back trail. Once we arrived at the burned down fire tower we stopped, had a snack and a decent break. Saw a lizard that was too quick to get a picture of and not much else. Wandered our way back down the trail and picked up Kanuga. Not much here to see until you get to the lake. I do want to mention there are some back country camp sites around the lake. I didn't really venture into them all but there did appear to be enough room for two tents. There is a grated fire pit and a picnic table in the two we did see. As you wander around the lake take a look at the contrast of the evergreens and deciduous trees behind the lake. You are at a vantage point where you can see the difference in colors and it is awesome. The water was really clear as it hadn't rained in a few days but it didn't appear that big fish were not biting as everyone I spoke to only said they were catching a lot of little ones. As you continue over the dam and walk across the little foot bridge (grates) look left down the spillway. There is a lot of debris here and you can imagine the awesome power of water that moved those huge pieces of wood. Walking on around the lake I stumbled upon a couple of more lizards and spotted a duck box, recently put up it appeared, on the far end of the lake. Didn't seem to be much duck activity but maybe I wasn't looking hard enough. Next came Pipsissewa trail then Brissy Ridge. At the trail marker we stopped and had lunch and another breather then chose to do the easier side of Brissy Ridge as energy was beginning to fail a little. Down Brissy Ridge the trail opened up and I did get a couple decent pictures of the vista. These were the only ones I was able to get while on the trails. Down Brissy Ridge we went and were dumped into a parking lot. Saw a nice Subaru WRX (YOHB?) in the parking lot but thought for a minute we had lost the trail. If you feel the same way let me save you a little bit of worry, go diagonally left across the parking lot and you should pick up the Sulpher Springs trail. Wandered down to the next parking lot and kept on going. Down hill we continued, passing a tiny black snake and a bunny. Singing is how we finished the trail off as energy was waning and we needed to keep going. All in all the trail is good, I only gave it a 4 star due to the lack of vista views. I was surprised by the amount of people and would expect this area to be highly trafficked during summer. Take plenty of water. Wear the right shoes. Take snacks. Enjoy the hike.

I don’t see how everyone else reviewed this as easy? My sister and I did this one this weekend and it was a challenging trail, lots of climbing etc. unless we started somewhere differently LOL. Loved the trail and scenery though. Was a great hike!

The dam was really cool and the streams were nice but once you reached a point everything was pretty flat and absolutely no views of anything. I would definitely recommend other hikes in the area over this one.

5 months ago

6 year old, 3 year old and I hiked the trail and had an awesome time. Some good steep hills but my 3 year old did fine.

on Sulphur Springs Trail

5 months ago

Great trail. Much is good for trail running. Watch for mountain bikers.

Wonderful walk

Great trail!!!

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