Explore the most popular wild flowers trails in Cacapon Resort State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail is NOT EASY. There is a lot of uphill, it’s very rocky, and the trails aren’t that well marked. Personally I don’t recommend it unless you’re ready for a 4-5 hour hike that is pretty strenuous. That said, it is a pretty area and we didn’t see anybody else on the trail. Again just don’t underestimate the difficulty of this trail. Also very buggy and ticky.

2 months ago

Great hike!

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5 months ago

Great ups and downs, really enjoyed it!

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8 months ago

Nice view from the top of the ridge. Lots of rocks, but most are flat and act as steps.

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8 months ago

Parts of the trail were narrow and overgrown.

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11 months ago

Did the full loop and took about 2.5 hours. Lots of tall grass at top covering trail, but it was well marked.

Not sure I would say it's easy. There are some decent uphill ascents. Not strenuous but more than a stroll. Nice forest scenery. Bugs weren't bad either. Definitely worth doing again in a different season.

We wound up making a modified loop and coming back on one of the park roads as we hadn't packed enough water to do the full 7.5 miles.

The state park is great.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I take my motorcycle and park at bates lot on top of mountain..and hike 5 or more miles..on blue trail straight up mountain..their is a out house on top..and a place to eat tables and covered area.Very nice..mountain view ..or u can make shorted by coming down the orange part at the top of mountain..But i go the longer route..takes me 3 hours..and i love that park..U know when u are done the ups..

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Monday, May 29, 2017

I completed the Ziler Loop Trail today. It was a nice hike - about a 4 mile loop. Strenuous hike up the Ziler Trail. No real views up at the top, but it was a nice quiet walk. I only saw one other couple on the trail. Before leaving the park, I made my way up to the Cacapon Mountain Overlook. Beautiful views! I highly suggest making the drive up before you leave.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Great trail. 2:30 hike for 5.6 miles. this is the ziler trail straight up and making a left and taking the ziler loop trail back down. if you do the entire ziler loop i believe its 12 mi or so.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Awesome state park with more then one trail to hike. Great views

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Took my 3 year old with us to introduce her to trails. She enjoyed it very much! The trail is graveled and is easy to traverse. Great scenery of huge rocks and fall foliage throughout as well.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Great trail. Our four year old son navigated it just perfectly. Lots of rocks and roots to climb over which will keep a kid's interest in climbing. He didn't noticed how high we were getting until we reached the top. Plenty of great photo ops as well with all of the moss covered boulders. The trail is marked very well with yellow dots and gives you the opportunity to chose different options in a couple of spots. We will be returning soon.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Love this hike, looking forward to doing the others.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Just a spur of the moment hike in a place we have never gone before. A fairly moderate hill to get started but all easy from there. Enjoyed it enough to try a few more trails in the area in the future.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

I liked this trail a lot the way up was vicious, great workout. I saw a young fawn suckling his mother. I saw no other hikers but they were running the twelve hour challenge on the lower trail. I think the back side of the mountain in fall will have amazing foliage views. The top walk across the mountain was very peaceful, by far my favorite. Lookout on the lower part the sign to the trail was changed by someone and you will end up by middle fork cabins.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Good burn up hill with some great views along the way. Definitely would and will do it again.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Great uphill battle for a while. Parking wasn't hard to find but I had trouble finding the trail head. I didn't park at the very bottom where as you enter the park. The view was great at the top. I am not sure if you are able to do a loop but it would have been better doing a loop rather than just turning back around and following the same path.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

It was a very nice, easy, peaceful trail. We saw some deer just lounging around and there was plenty of beautiful scenery in the woods. I recommend this trail if you just want a calm, peaceful walk through the forrest.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

This trail was actually quite strenuous, with a steep ascents and a quad crushing descent whichever way you go, as is the case with circuit hikes. Rocky, so watch the ankles. Scenery is deep deciduous forest with some potential views that would be better in winter w/no leaves. Only saw one other hiker. Deer, squirrels, normal forest birds. Very quiet and peaceful. There is a shelter at the top if you need a picnic table.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fun time with family. We saw a family of deer and one squirrel. There is a play ground and a beach. It was a lot rocky. would not do it with a 5 year old.

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Saturday, June 06, 2015

This is a very enjoyable, easy, yet long hike. The climb is not 1000 as listed in the alltrails overview. If you park at the Batt Shelter, the climb is 200 feet. If you park at the lodge or at the nature center the climb is 500 feet. There are many points of entry to this loop, which makes it easier to change things up.

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Saturday, March 07, 2015

From the bridge near the beach. Elevations range from 900 to 1100 feet. Trail leads past Oriskany Sandstone outcropping on Warm Springs Ridge, Indian Run. Pine and mixed hardwood trees, laurel, flowering shrubs and wildflowers in season. I did this one in October so the flowers were long gone but it was still beautiful.

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Saturday, March 07, 2015

You can bail out and use park roads to shorten the distance. Or get picked up. Park employees are freiindly and eager to help. Points of interest are Bear Den Rocks and a nearby crag that overlooks the broad valley between Cacapon and Sleepy Creek mountains. The trail crosses the east side of Cacapon Mountain, the north and middle forks of Indian Run and passes through mixed hardwoods, pines, blueberry bushes and various flowering plants.

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Friday, March 06, 2015

A nice hardwood forest trail with sandstone outcroppings and boulders from which wildlife may be observed. Many flowering shrubs and wildflowers in season, but I missed all that in the cold weather. A crag overlooks Sleepy Creek Valley.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

This is the shorter option of an incredible trail. Mostly pine and oak but there are several other species and even blueberries although it was too late in the year for fruit. This is a rugged trail so be ready for a workout.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

This trail is rugged and steep in places. Start at the boat dock entrance and climb to the top of Cacapon Mountain. In pioneer days it connected some small villages. You can bail in as little as 5 miles or continue for a total of 10 or 12. Most of the trail is well maintained and clearly marked but do not confuse that with easy. It is a long hard day.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nice park and nice staff. Choose from hiking, biking, horseback, golf, dining and much more. Some of the trails are loop and some are out and back. All are well maintained. Be sure to stay on marked trails because there are hidden cliff edges.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

We got there about a week or two early for foliage. There was a lot of yellow around but not much more. Although there is a little up and down on the trail, it is gentle. Mostly pine and oak, although I did see a few other trees. The trail is very well maintained.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

This trail was gorgeous and was enough of a challenge to keep it interesting outside of the scenery. There are several good vantage points for views into/across the valley below, although I think that even the "views" opposed to the "winter views" marked on the map would be more significant after the leaves have fallen. I took Cecelia's advice and went counter clockwise on this loop, and appreciated the steeper ascent and more gradual descent. The blazes are sometimes far and few between, but the trail is well maintained and obvious (at least in early September...not sure how it would be after a fresh snowfall). There were quite a few blueberry bushes, some Mountain Laurel as the altitude increased, a few pines and alot of oaks (look out for dropping acorns!) We parked at the pond/lake fed by the North Fork Indian Run and started at the dam. I'm really excited to go back at various times of the year!

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