Id love to know where to park for this trail and where I should access it from. The construction has it blocked off.

trail running
2 days ago

Beautiful trails to run so the scenery doesn’t get boring. It’s not all as open as I would have liked, but the main parts definitely are. There is also lovely wildflowers and a pond. There is a lot of sand/mud, and tall grasses as well. Mosquito spray is a good idea. But as there isn’t as much traffic I did encounter a snake while running so always keep an eye out!

Love this little trail! The trail is different every step of the way so you don’t get bored especially when there are so many fun bridges to cross!

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
8 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
11 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.

hiking
11 months ago

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
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

walking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wide easy trails, well marked.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Nice is wide and easy

hiking
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Beautiful trails! Horse tracks evident. Neighborhoods and houses within sight if walking around perimeter of park. Otherwise, small lakes are beautiful, squirrels all around, and hawks flying!

walking
Thursday, December 03, 2015

I took this Trail a few weeks ago with a few friends. Well maintained, easy walk. you must check in with the Ranger Station to get the gate code. I cant wait to come back in the spring and see the woodpecker that make this place home.

hiking
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

We did some geocaching and there are lots to find here. Lots of spaces, looks like horseback riders have been through lately and would be great for biking as well.

hiking
Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Great for children! This trail is simple, shaded and my boys love it! Especially the "Rainbow Bridge" at the furthest point! We've done this a few times over the last few years. Always well maintained by the boy scouts in the area. SO glad to have this sweet little gem so near our community.

hiking
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

This is an urban forest. Has a great variety of wildlife including the endangered red cockaded woodpecker. If you live in the area...please visit, u won't be disappointed.

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