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Great park, definitely worth the hike, but make sure you have the AllTrails app on your phone since the trail is not marked well at all.

Nice park but recently they painted very gaudy, bright blazes on trees and rocks on most of the trails. Whoever was in charge of this did a terrible job with far too many of them very close together.

This took away some of the natural feel of the park, but it is still nice with many side trails and different routes that one can make.

trail running
2 months ago

Ok trail in metro area. The trails aren’t super well marked and there’s quite a few spurs so its easy to get turned around and find yourself on a completely different path than you intended to take, but that’s not always a bad thing. The trails seemed a bit dilapidated and neglected in some areas, but overall were charming. As a trail runner I wasn’t a huge fan of the trail system because the lack of signage or solid maps and my lack of knowledge of the area made it difficult to keep up a steady pace and took a bit of the flow out of my run. I kept getting turned around and often felt like I was running into people’s backyards, but as an explorer and hiker I enjoyed it :) Good to try out

hiking
3 months ago

I love how natural the trails are! This is what we've been looking for. We hiked the loop trail, plus a few spurs.

At the southeast corner of the loop (right after the bridge if you're going clockwise), there's a spur trail to the creek. Very pretty and serene, plus some logs crossing back and forth. They are sturdy and strong, so I like to cross back and forth on them—great for working on your balance! Also an ideal spot for little ones to splash around a bit.

The views along the river are lovely, and well worth the hike. But watch the blazes! (If you're going clockwise, follow red.) Not all intersections are clearly marked, and some of our diversions were NOT intentional! :) But the area near the river is well marked in both directions.

Love this tail.

I love the Simpsonwood trail because it's basically in my backyard, but also because it's a narrow, dirt path through the forest that isn't heavily trafficked (the city girl I married isn't too wild about it though :-D ). It's a great place to spot deer, I've run across an occasional snake. My dog loves this walk. Dogs are supposed to be kept on leash, but I usually encounter them off leash. I'm not sure how much longer it can keep it's rustic charm before it's turned into an all-access paved path; until then, it'll stay at the top of my favorites list. Tip: if you come to a crossing and aren't sure which way to go, look for the white markers on nearby trees. They'll keep you on the main trail.

Very nice walking trail, well marked and not too many people. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet hike in nature.

Great dog walk.

hiking
10 months ago

An overall easy trail. If you’re doing the loop, going clockwise from the parking area is easiest because you will do the steeper sections going downhill. If you just want to get to the river quickly, go counter clockwise. It’s a real easy walk to the river. The trail is diverted in a couple places due to deep gulley washout. The trails are not well marked though. It would have been a challenge to follow the trail without the AllTrails app. Even with that, we ended up off the main trail in a couple places. There are many side trails. Although the trail has a nice wilderness feel, you come very close to neighborhoods in a couple places and can see houses through the trees. There are a few benches on the river. Overall worth doing for an easy walk through the woods and by the river if you live in the area.

Okay hike for the metro area. I'd recommend just to try it out.

My favorite short hike in the area.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great trail. Little long for the youngest kids perhaps, but there are probably a couple shortening options, and we skipped the 1/2 mile spur loop in the middle area as listed. Really enjoyed the morning and the weather was perfect for Atlanta area in July which made it all the better.

trail running
Thursday, July 13, 2017

I'm from NH and I've found it hard to adapt to Atlanta's lack of real nature areas. Finding this place has been great for me. I trail run with my dog. If you have a decent sense of direction you can get comfortably lost, but if you want to rigidly stick to a route it'd be a little hard. Really fun place to knock out 3 miles and forget you're in a city.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

I need to come back and try to figure out the loop path.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

very cool nature walk but difficult to follow trail.

walking
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Simpsonwood is named after its donor, Ludie Simpson, who bequeathed 223 pristine acres with frontage on the Chattahoochee River to the Methodist church in 1973 with the understanding that it would not be subdivided or developed. The church operated a lodge/conference center on the property, but at a loss and decided to sell. Fortunately, Gwinnett County was able to procure the property in 2016. The goal is for the park to lean more toward a nature preserve than a community park with minimal improvements being planned. As of this date, the lodge has been demolished and the hardscape area is in the process of being re-vegetated. Only a small chapel remains and will operate as a wedding venue. There is a 3.1 mile dirt trail around the perimeter which is through mature hardwoods. The high point of the park of course is the Chattahoochee River. The most direct route to the river is an asphalt roadway through the park’s center that limits vehicle access only up to the chapel. The park is a popular destination for hikers, dog walkers, and fly fishermen.

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

Great walking trail with beautiful scenery!

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