hiking
21 days ago

Wilkins Way (aka Red Trail) is a moderately difficult hiking loop. I'm not sure why it's considered hard or difficult. Even most of the black diamond sections are unfairly labeled as such.

In fact, Red Trail is mostly ridden by Mountain Bikers rather than hikers. At 4.6 miles it will only take you a few hours to complete the whole thing. The hardest parts are moderately steep (places in Shenendoah are steeper) and have some loose gravel and dirt. All in all not black diamond worthy. The hike is mostly in the woods, with only a small section at the end showing you the beautiful lake. There are some old homes that can be seen from the trail as well.

It's a nice hike, especially if you're up for something a little more challenging - but not a whole day thing. The views are a little stale compared to other things in the area but its a nice hike and you'll enjoy it. We did!

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hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

The red trail, aka Wilkins way, was a good hike, but I have one complaint which is why I didn't give it five stars. The trail was poorly marked in several spots and to make matters worse, the trail map is inconsistent as well. The red trail actually meetes the yellow and brown trails in places which isn't reflected on the map and that combined with poor markings at these locations can be a little confusing. I had to backtrack a couple times. Other than that, it was a great hike!

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hiking
5 months ago

Parked in the first parking lot. Did the Red Trail loop counter-clockwise. Trail is very nice and "walkable" (not too rocky). Much of it is runnable...

5 months ago

Great trail for walking. I brought a baby carrier for our 6 month old, as this is 95% NOT jogging stroller friendly. It is fun, and is a challenging trail but there are no views. Also make sure to bring lots of water on warmer days.

walking
6 months ago

Great for a mixed group and two (small/medium) dogs.

7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Decent trails. Well maintained, but no real scenic views. Paths were shared with cyclists, but in most places it was too narrow to share. We took Wilkins Way which was the longest path, but I wouldn't say it was hard. Maybe other trails at the park are more difficult for hiking, and I could see them being difficult as bike trails.

on Purple Trail

Monday, October 03, 2016

The red trail is a good challenging trail with many hills.