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Was not what I expected. For someone new, the actual trail was hard fo find. When we found it, it started off good. As we progressed, there was very little to no signage. It wasn't very clear on where to go. My wife and I walked different directions just to make sure we didn't miss anymore of the trail. Not really worth the drive.

I did an out and back. Steep grades at the trailheads. Not as long as advertised but if measured by steps maybe. Trees down blocking path on north end. Had to bushwhack some to complete it. Poison ivy and mosquitos. Repellent and breakaway pants rids those problems.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Glad I wore bug spray and long pants. Only did the Pioneer blue and white blaze section from the Nature Center. I went a little past the Pioneer shelter and was glad that I did as the path had some interesting change. Have to watch your footing as it can be muddy in some spots, and tree roots in others. Trail was hard to see sometimes because the leaves are starting to fall.

Saw a lot of snake holes. There are some hills, but was a little easier on my knees then the red Woodland Trail

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Challenging trail in certain areas (hills). Also very muddy in certain areas...and those muddy areas contain a lot of mosquitos. Not well marked. On the plus, it has a lot of wildlife (snakes, squirrels, deer, turkey, etc.); and there are beautiful wildflowers to enjoy and photograph.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The north trailhead is not well marked. On the park map it looks like you drive to the end of the group camp road, but that just put us in the woods. If you park at the beginning of the camp road (where it's blocked off to traffic), veer to your left down the grass "road" to find the trailhead.

Really nice trail, only hiked 4 miles in and 4 back so we could just take one car. Wooded, lots of wild flowers. A lot of mud too; be prepared to get wet unless it's been very dry lately. I was hoping for bluff views of the river but there are none.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

This is a nice trail, especially the Pioneer Springs half, but is really not kept up. The trail is overgrown in quite a few spots, and several bridges have been destroyed by fallen trees, forcing you to figure out a way around. Long pants, bug spray, and a keen eye to spot poison ivy are recommended if you try this one! My dog enjoyed it too.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Great trail to take children on, especially if you want to acquaint them with the use of a topographic map (emphasizing contour and water features) and compass. GIANT SWARMS of mosquitoes in the Spring and Summer as this hugs the bottom of a bluff that adjoins a Mississippi River floodplain / marsh. You can turn this into a loop trail if you start from the Poplar Tree Lake trail head and use the bike trail (well marked) to navigate back, although you will spend about a mile walking alongside a park road back to the lake. Always ended this hike by letting the kids cook a hobo dinner at the picnic grounds by the lake.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hiked this trail the past weekend and really enjoyed it. Several blowdowns & reroutes due to bridge repair, but I really did enjoy it. Only took a little over 2 hours to get to shelter, eat a Clif bar and get back to the car. Will definitely bring my dog next time. Trail was well-marked with white blazes. Trailhead hard to find since it was my first time to Shelby Forest, but now I know! :) For a nice pre-hike meal, definitely stop at the General Store - you'll love it!

Monday, September 19, 2011

I hiked this trail today and a lot of it was in bad shape. Most of the bridges are either down or falling down and several large trees have fallen onto the trail. Most are cut through so that you can get by fairly easily. One large tree had taken down the spring house but you canstill see the spring. Needs work but still a lovely hike.

Friday, June 04, 2010

It wasn't a bad trail, but, you had to watch your footing. There were cypress knobs in the wet areas and trees and limbs across the paths. Most of the path was completely covered by shade, so, even though a hot day, it was nice. It was an enjoyable trip that I look foward to taking again.

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