Good and friendly

Beautiful scenery and great place to take the dogs and kids.

There is a “P” for parking at the Sweetleaf Nature Trail but i cannot access that area due to construction of a new apartment project. Does anyone know if this is temporary? I’m not referring to the P at the southern edge of 1488. But on the map at the trailhead, there is supposed to be parking and access somewhere off of Carriage Hills Blvd. Thanks.

So turns out you can have your dogs on a leash; very quiet and isolated trail

Easy walk and close to home.

trail running
4 months ago

Parking is easy to spot, right next to the stoplight. I could see parking being limited on holiday weekends, but otherwise there's plenty (plus there's another parking lot further east, which I believe is not used much). In the front of the trail system there are some picnic tables and benches, and near "Middle Lake", about midway through the park, there are some bleachers to rest on.

As for the trail itself, and trail running-
This isn't a trail to get hill climbing or rock scrambling. It is definitely a trail to get some faster miles in as most of the trails are wide open and fairly flat. The signage is great in the front (north) parts of the forest, but the further south you go the less the signage gets. But stick to the main trails and you'll be fine. There are several skinnier trails through the trees, with foliage to dodge, tree roots to navigate, the occasional log, etc. but the main trails are all wide and mostly flat. No overgrowth on the main trails, and they're well maintained it seems. But...

Sand. Sand sand and more sand! I figure woodchips, mulch, etc. would be good, but there's a ton of sand on some of the trails. Maybe some people are used to running on sand. The forest is beautiful, the skinnier trails through the woods are quiet fun, and watching horses gallop by is kinds neat. But why sand int he middle of the forest?

All in all, due to the lack of creek crossings and any good hills to climb, I give this a four instead of a five for trail running.

nice trail.

hiking
7 months ago

One of my new favorite spots. Lots of nature and a variety of routes to take. Completed 5 Miles today and plan on coming back. Only bad thing was the wet trails were slippery at times. Proceed with caution if you decide to go after some rainfall.

Great in town sanctuary to have a quick getaway in the middle of the day.

Very nice an quiet!

Cool forest because you can make the trail as long or short as you want. Getting a lot more busy lately with all the development happening on 1488.

walking
8 months ago

Very nice, quiet walk along the creek. Good walk on a Sunday afternoon.

walking
8 months ago

A little wet today but a nice walk, watch out for horse flies they were relentless

The sweet leaf trail is across across from the parking lot! Such a pretty easy trail. Loved the rainbow suspension bridge!

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

The perimeter is a horse and truck trail so it's nice and wide. Watch for lots of horse and dog drioppings. They are everywhere on the main trails. The lake is the best spot, nice and secluded. Otherwise these trails are boring and predictable to walk or hike, including the inner trails.
Next time I'll ride my mtn bike. I am sure it will be more fun.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This trail was long and parts were very wide. If your trying to escape the city its amazing. If your looking for small trails hit the trails that go off the main trails for a more adventurous route.

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

Trail was exteremly open and often we would have to take the side trails to make it more interesting. Definetly better then sitting home. Looking forward to hiking the sister trail across 1488.

hiking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Just finished a five mile hike in the park. Easy. Finding the parking lot was the most difficult part of this hike.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Very cool! Love the suspension bridge.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Beautiful area til some jerks vandalized !!!! Jerks!!! Hey jerks real satanist don't advertise. You are just being a jerk

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