Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Capitol State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
12 days ago

Really easy trail. It was a nice nature walk and the falls were a nice place to stop for a snack. Recommend for all ages. Dog friendly.

hiking
19 days ago

Easy trail. The early morning frost was beautifully glistening in the sun and coating the spider webs, long grass, and shrubs. We also got to hear meadow larks singing their beautiful songs.

hiking
21 days ago

I’d say the only way this is a moderate hike is the distance?

hiking
muddy
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

distance is only 5.65

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

small hiking trail with platforms for observation and photos.

great hiking trail. lots of waterfowl to take pictures of. very relaxing.

hiking
2 months ago

Not a bad loop for hiking but a much better mountain bike trail.

hiking
3 months ago

A great trail to view the prehistoric mounds created by Mimathons, a long extinct Giant population. Local springs provided a natural source of water for these colossal humanoids, while an abundance of wildlife and vegetation aided in sustenance. Trees that once stood 400ft tall were uprooted during mating rituals, and these mounds were made by Mimathons to bury the smell of excrement on their pristine prairie. Enjoy the views, freedom fire, expansive skyline and prehistoric poop piles

nice walking trail wish there were more trees. walking next to a highway is kinda of a drag.

hiking
3 months ago

When you're on the last leg of the trail, you'll come across a fallen tree and bushes that cover the trail. Don't turn around! You can easily climb over the tree and step on and over the overgrown bushes to get back on the trail. We saw some fellow hikers that turned around and warned us but we're so glad we took the chance and kept going. It's a great hike other than the horse shit along the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

A not-so-secret oasis that has become quite popular so finding a parking space can be a problem especially on weekends and when the salmon are spawning in the fall. Note of caution: there has been a rash of auto break-ins so keep your stuff out of sight while enjoying the gentle walkways around the beaver pond. Pay special attention to the turtles basking on half submerged logs observed from the center trail. A wonderful place to visit with the family.

hiking
bridge out
3 months ago

Fun easy trail. Great for kids. Some of the boardwalk was closed, but still plenty of trail to walk and enjoy. We got to see snakes, turtles, chipmunks, and ducks!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

It’s an open expanse with no shade. Flat rather featureless terrain with a scattering of curious glacial hillocks. The incessant gun shots from the neighbor private skeet club adds little to the overall experience. It’s an okay place to visit if you’re just after some exercise and an uncrowned environment.

hiking
3 months ago

Just a reminder, the falls are at that day camp bench area! We thought it was at the end of the Mima West Trail. They dont make it super clear that they are.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

The hike itself is decent and a good length with reasonable views but nothing special. The falls are kind of underwhelming but it’s still a cool spot to relax and eat a lunch.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Afternoon hike with my girls. Wildflowers, ducks at the pond, series of loops, 3 area was dead end not as shown on the map. Mostly boardwalk & gravels but kids friendly. Birds & dragonflies along the trails. Lots of huckleberries & thimbleberries . Suggestions bugs spray if hiking early morning or evening.

hiking
4 months ago

Good trail. For sure watch out for all the horse droppings! You get to see a few cute chipmunks and the birds sound great! It’s a relaxing trail with a few “shortcuts”. The waterfall itself is small but still worth the hike.

hiking
4 months ago

busy trail

hiking
4 months ago

*Discover pass needed *Toilets *ADA accessible *Dog friendly Nice series of loop trails that go around a few beaver ponds. Most of the trails are accessible via wheelchair, including the pond docks/ overlooks.

hiking
4 months ago

loved it!

hiking
4 months ago

Arrive early because after 10 am it started to become pretty crowded. Lots of dogs, horses, and bikers. Trail was pretty littered with baggies of dog poo and horse excrement. It was a nicely maintained trail overall.. pretty waterfall that you would need to climb down a VERY steep embankment to actually see.. so if you have small children just be warned... there were areas of lots of flowers which was nice as well. People were very friendly. We were warned when we stopped in town that the hiking trails "used to be really nice.." and "just make sure to stay on the trails".. (We didn't have any problems but just a forewarning) Also, we stopped by the Mima mounds center to have lunch which is about 5 miles away that has an area with a paths and info about the interesting huge "mounds" you will drive past while getting to this hike..

I did the pond alternate loop trail, and as the suggested it took me 30 minutes. it's mostly boardwalks and gravel, I think it'd be a great nature walk with kids. I don't recommend going in the evening though, there were loads of little flies and gnats near the water. they didn't hurt or do anything, it's just a little gross to accidentally walk through a cloud of them.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
private property
5 months ago

This trail was gorgeous, all things considered. There was a point where I'm pretty sure we stumbled into someone's backyard, as there were several houses and fences around us, but it was still a wonderful expedition nonetheless.

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