Explore the most popular walking 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.

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
8 days 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
19 days 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
22 days ago

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

trail running
27 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail for beginners. The trail can get narrow in spots which make it frustrating when multiple people try to pass. The trail is open to horses so you may need to step off the trail for the horses to pass.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. It was a little muddy but not bad. Good trail for dogs. Some up and downs, but over all not too difficult

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Went 38 weeks pregnant and with a toddler in a carrier. Very doable. Pretty waterfall at the end!
Doesn’t take too long at all.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful day for a hike! The trails were in pretty good condition considering the time of year. Nice easy 6 mile loop.

walking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike. Lots of kids and dogs :). The shooting range nearby is unnerving. Don’t let it affect you. This is a safe area even for women. It’s just not too scenic but it’s a great workout if you have a few hours.

Can you take four wheelers on this trail?

Nice walk today a cool 42 out but still a nice walk

Great trail, paved the whole way. Lots of people, lots of dogs, most were off leash but friendly. Good for all levels.

4 months ago

Was a beautiful hike we will be going again

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail for kids! We enjoyed it.

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