Explore the most popular birding 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.

Was a hike easy and I am 60 years old did not like all horse pop on trails

on Mima Mounds Trail

2 months ago

Drove almost an hour to get there, it wasn't worth it. Very boring, and an extremely easy paved walk. Not to mention you can't bring pets, and the park is next to a shooting range. The entire time you walk you hear gunshots. I will not be back again. I don't recommend it for people wanting good views or a good workout. However, it would be a nice visit for families with children.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a good hike or run before work, mountain biking if you really need to get out, know your way around the forest and have a map.

The people complaining about gunshots, horses and getting lost should never go out into the woods. Go "hike" downtown or something.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked, climbed the falls, ran a bit and got to use a new running ap called Zombies! Run! it was fun. downside there is a lot of horse pies and in some places the trail is small and completely covered.

2 months ago

We had the same experience many others have shared. We went to the waterfall, which is small but lovely, and we kept going planning on taking the 6 mile hike. It is not clearly marked and our 6 mile hike turned into 16! Truly beautiful but not what we had in mind. Take a map! If it weren’t for the very kind horseback riders and bikers, we might still be there!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, pretty level most of the way. The falls are pretty but on the smaller side. Also things to note, it's right next to a gun range and it's a multi-use trail. Lots of horses on the trails so watch your step.

walking
2 months ago

Very boring. We drove 40 minutes to get here and it definitely wasn’t worth it. I don’t recommend it.

hiking
2 months ago

Went up today (5/26/18) around 11:00 am and there were only a few cars in the parking lot. Beautiful hike, with mostly well marked trails. Take your own map because after the falls we decided to go up the trail instead of turning back. That trail just goes on forever so we had to turn back and head back to the falls. To do a loop go back to the split in the trail before the falls and take the tie loop portion. It’s amazing with ferns for days. We met almost no people and the hike ended up being over ten miles for us by the time we got to the car. Worth every step! Will be back to do some of the other trails.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Arrived on a Friday morning and found only one car in the parking lot, I knew then that the trail was not going to be crowded! This was my first time to do this loop and I was very pleased. The trail was in really good shape with a couple of minor muddy spots, these were all located at low points and in areas that don’t see the sun. At the first junction I stayed to the left and eventually ended up on the Western Mima Falls trail, this took me in a clockwise direction for the ride. The climb wasn’t overly steep but it was constant and my legs are reminding me of that now. The decent was a great reward and very enjoyable. As I learn the trail I’ll know where I need to brake and where I can keep off them. My one dislike of this trail is there are a few sections of loose gravel one particular area was deep loose gravel and the bike wanted to do its own thing. Despite this I’ll be back.

Fun, interesting outing with my two boys. Nice family outing!

hiking
3 months ago

Well cared for multi-use trails. Expect to see runners, hikers, bikers, dogs, and horse-back riders. This is a really good 3-hour hike, and could be longer if you decide to stay the the falls area a bit. I had no problem staying on the loop path, but one does need to pay attention to the signage.

This is not only a logging area, but the trails are also primarily used by dirt bikes/ATV’s, so unless you want to potentially run into one around a blind corner, I can’t recommend this trail for hiking. Also, an extremely rocky trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Too much poop. Poop everywhere

Good hike, beautiful February day. trail in fairly good shape. Muddy sections were small enough to skirt.

Beautiful trail!
PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE MAP. It’s so easy to get lost out on this trail even with a sense of direction. Try to keep track of which way you go and what signs you see lol. Besides that, definitely a must see.

I second Landon Macy. my friends and I we're lost on our first day and almost spent the night at the trail. bad reception and our maps kept taking us to a different direction. good thing there was a couple there who knows the trail well that came back to search for us cause we we're the only ones that parked there. I recommend paper maps, flash lights, food and portable charger in case you might get lost on your first hike. btw a lot of horse dung too so watch your steps.

trail running
3 months ago

I did this the other day as a trail run. 40 bird species. Great views and forests for sure. I did the three peaks on the western side - Capitol, Larch, and Rock Candy for a bit more fun. Quite a day.

nice flat, has an ADA loop that os easy on my wife since she had knee replacement. The other two loops are easy and was a great work out for ankles after a major surgery.

The booming of the guns at the sportsman center after a bit is easily tuned out and we were entertained by model aircraft flying nearby.

Lots of early spring blooms for wild flowers as well as a number of scatt markings from several animals.

A fun hour get away.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail....can't wait to go again when the flowers are blooming!

trail running
3 months ago

Great trail to run! I went up sunrise and I didn’t see a single other person. Looks like a great trail to mountain bike as well

Nice stroll. Wildflowers are just starting to come out. Still sparse but lots of songbirds, woodpeckers & deer around as well. Will come back in a couple of weeks to see if more flowers are out.

Trail itself was nice, but terribly marked. My wife and I took a wrong turn (poorly marked directions) and 17 miles later we were able to get back to the car before dark. Trail is worth doing, but make sure to bring a map!!!

I love coming here when there is snow. It is easy to get lost around here, so he familiar with your surroundings or have a map

trail running
4 months ago

There is nothing challenging about this trail, but it is very interesting. I love running on it because the ground is very soft. I like coming here to see the sunset. It is rarely ever crowded when I go.

trail running
4 months ago

This is a great trail for trail running. As a hike, I find it somewhat boring but you can access other trails very easily. I suggest being familiar with the area or having a map.

Ran this yesterday and had a great time! Beautiful views and the waterfall was in full force. Loved this Loop!

hiking
4 months ago

Make sure u down load the trail to know exactly where u are. We got lost and didn’t realize until we were over 6 miles in. Long story short yes I would do it again with the trail guide downloaded. The markers are not clear as to where u are as some mile markers hike wise. The water fall was beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

such great weather. nice family walk

Really easy trail. When we went, there was snow on the ground & we couldn't get down to the falls. It's okay, it means we have to go back.

It is a nice family trail...my kiddo is 8 and he made the walk fairly well. Got a tad bit grumpy on the way back. I enjoyed it.

Load More