Just finished a quick hike and overnight stay with my wife. We hiked about 6 miles in, then a mile back to a little lake where we camped for the night. Mosquitoes are horrid as always, but that's the price you pay in East Texas especially two weeks after a hurricane. The part of the trail we took was marked very clearly, not well kept but clear enough. The little lake is a great place to camp, however don't swim in it. We just wet our feet and the silt from the bed was stuck to us permanently. It was a little daunting at places carrying a 50# pack but still doable and a lot of fun. We will be back and start at the lake end and see how far we get.

not a trail to take alone..saw several poisonous snakes... alligator and hogs. trail is overgrown in the summer and dangerous to hike. Recommend spring time hiking!

Not worth it in the summer. I did the first 7 or so miles of this trail northbound and after the 6.5-ish miles of lovely wooded trail, I hit a poorly marked field of small growth pines and it was all downhill from there, with poor markings and what you can barely call a "trail" meandering along private farms through dense pricker forests. I thought someone was playing a joke on me. I got all cut up and had to turn around somewhere in the "winderness" section. Made the mistake of sitting at some point and got covered in minuscule deer ticks. Total # of ticks I got on that hike was about 100, not an exaggeration. The negative experience outweighed the lovely first 6.5 miles. If attempting the whole trail in the summer, don't. Maybe the growth is less in other seasons and it is an actual trail not a pricker nightmare.

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

One of the best in Texas. A bit overgrown in places.

Fantastic! My wife's first true experience camping was a success with this hike. We live just on the east side of Dallas, so to be in woods and back in a little bit of rolling hills was a dream come true.

It's not the most spectacular hike I've ever done, but it hit the spot for us and our 7 month old pup. There was a good pond for our pup to swim and fetch in and a great place we found to set up camp.

Overall, it's a great place to bring your family with kiddos and enjoy the outdoors!

Got finished yesterday - loved the trail, except for the mile of walking along a telephone/elec ROW. Beautiful forest. Stayed at the primitive shelter at MM 11.1. Thanks!!

Hiked this trail southbound on March 2. Perfect day with just a slight chill in the air. The trail is very easy with minimal elevation change (typical of the area). Way more bridges than I had expected, would probably be a miserable hike without them in wet weather. Very well marked and easy to follow. Will return soon for an overnight.

Worst trail I have ever been on. Trail is poorly marked and continually drops you off in the middle of deer blinds. I do not suggest this trail to anyone.

We love this trail. We will be hiking it thru, from Ratcliff Lake to the Bluff and back this weekend for the 40. Stoked.

The Four-C trail isnt the most exciting trail, but its one of the only overnight trails in East Texas. Ive hiked it 4 times now one way and its always quiet and a bit wild. You can get dropped off at Ratcliff Recreational area, or the Neches Bluff Overlook, and picked up at the other for a shorter trip. The trail is under maintained in many areas, passing through private property that is often not well marked. The trail can be unmarked in some sections, but if your out for an overnight hike, you've probably got the common sense to find your way. I'd suggest a trip in the early spring or fall, when the mosquitoes and humidity are low. The shack in the middle point was in poor shape, possibly the roof caught fire during a controlled burn from pine needles on top? it rained and i had to sleep all the way to one wall to get away from the rain splatter. I have seen multiple venomous and non-venomous snakes on the trails so use caution. Geocaches are plenty along the trail if you cant find them, often just a pile of burnt plastic from the prescribed burns or just a film canister. Ive only run into 1 group of people the 4 times i've done it, so not too busy of a trail. I recomend plenty of bug spray, a hammock with mosquito netting, and plenty of water. Like I said, its not the ozark trail, but its all we got :)

We hiked the trail March 17/18, 2016. A bridge was washed out by the recent rains but with some effort we made it past that point. No one at the ranger station told us this (we called before we began) and we had placed our water on the other side of this bridge which was 5 miles (about) into the hike. If we hadn't made it past (we ran into others that didn't make past) we would have not had water for the second day. The camp site seems to be farther than 9 miles and the map is not very helpful but the trail is well marked. The further we hiked the more bridges were out. Some had obviously been out for awhile. Lots of trees were down and it seemed that the further into the hike we got the less maintained the trail was. We did not mind since we liked the challenge. Oh, and parts of the forest were still burning from a recent fire but nothing that had us alarmed. We just walked past. We would do it again!

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Monday, February 29, 2016

My girlfriend and I did a two day hike on this trail 2/27/2016-2/28/2016. We started at the southern trailhead by Ratcliff Lake and hiked about 11 miles then setup camp. The trail is very well marked and even though there are some places where trees have fallen on the path which require you to make small detours, we never had any issues finding the trail.

I read a few recent reviews that stated the shelter at Walnut Creek Camp was no longer there, however this information is incorrect. The shelter is still there and aside from what appeared to be a burned hole in the roof, is in good shape.

Overall it was a blast hiking this trail. We may start from the northern trailhead next time to get a different perspective.