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I believe this description and the map are deceptive--there are actually 12 different trails here, of different lengths. You can do all or some of them. Each major trail intersection has a map showing you where you are. I did parts of trails 8, 11, 10, 6, 5 and 3. I'd rate these trails as easy, not moderate. There are several bridges, raised walkways, and many benches, giving opportunities for rest and reflection. It's a lovely place to hike. Some spring wildflowers were blooming and others were about to bloom. Just a little mud today.

Nice short trail. Path is graveled. The final hill going down to the parking lot is steeper and has ravines. The park rates this trail as moderate but other than the last hill, it’s not that bad.

Drove from Ft Wayne to do a photo session with our dogs and we were not disappointed! We’ve gone to all the trails around the city and wanted to go somewhere with more...everything! This was it! The trails were well maintained and well directed. Our dogs had a blast during the session at the waterfall and we had a blast watching them! Will come back, for sure!

Hikers need to be aware that there have been some changes to the trail. Check the Hoosier Hikers Council website for a more recent map.

Awesome trail! Easy to walk, even a couple waterfalls! will go again!

Do this trail at least 2 times a year and is good as long as have not had a hard rain. Low areas of mud. But beautiful views of the lake.

Great trail. Could use a few more signs in certain areas but some great scenery and rock formations. This is a great workout but isn’t crazy difficult. Recommend, but not as a first hike for people.

walking
4 days ago

If you are visiting the city, the canal walk is one of the activities you will not want to miss.

Went here in the middle of winter with some folks and it was beautiful. The fall was frozen and we got to to a lot of exploring. The only draw back was the amount of litter left by careless passersby, but overall a wonderful hike

trail running
5 days ago

Quite a bit of chewed up spots from horse traffic. And there were a few spots where I wasn’t sure if I was still on trail. But, all in all, I had a good time. I’ll be back.

The fall was great, but the trail was terrible. 1/4 mile in it went from “ok pretty cool” to OMG did I enter a landfill, there was trash everywhere, all over the cliffs, in the woods, down the creek. It ruined the hike. I gave it a 3 for the falls, the trail 0

In from out of town, 2nd closest nature area to the hotel. A scenic area with some elevation change. Wetlands mixed with woods. A creek running through to a small river, a pioneer cemetery and a possible Native American trail marker tree sighting included in your perimeter hike.

I have had this hike on my to do list for a few years now. The forecast called for the low 70’s and I jumped in my car. A few thoughts.
1) The trail head was easy to find- just a mile or so on the left as you enter the park.
2). There is nothing to not like about this trail. It’s a lot easier than the Adventure Hiking trail down the road in O Bannon Woods State Park.
3). The trail, for the most part, was easy to follow. There were a few places where flooding had washed out small sections of the trail.
4). There is some logging going on during parts of the hike. If you begin going counter clockwise, you will get the worst of it over, early in the hike.
5. If you are backpacking, there are a few really good spots to camp overlooking the lake.
6) i saw a few dear.
7). With two bottles of water and some snacks, I was back at the car in about 4 hours with muddy shoes.
8) if you looking for some solitude, you will find it on this hike.

walking
6 days ago

In from out of town, closest nature walk from hotel. Nice wooded area, great signage explaining the area and how a creek changes the landscape over time. Some big, thick trees and an old artesian well (still pumping water) on the property lets your mind wander to days long long ago.

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail!

Like the 2 little caves, waterfall, and pond. Wish they had a modern flushable bathroom though and drinking fountain. A small outdoor physical challenge equipment by the restrooms would be a cool feature.

Love, love, love the hiking trails in the woods this time of year, you're out of the wind, but deep in nature. Be sure to bring your fishing pole too!

on The Potholes

hiking
9 days ago

This is the same area as Jim Jontz Fall Creek Gorge Nature Preserve: it includes the Potholes (large ovals created by glacial activity and then water wearing away at the stone), as well as the waterfalls further up the trail. There are two sets of short somewhat steep sets of stairs, but should be fine for most people and even kids. Stay on the main trail and do not take what appear to be trails that traverse dangerously close to the edges of the gorge and then disappear. You will still be able to get beautiful pictures. There is one small area between the stairways that require you to cross the stream, but even in full flow, these are more like rivulets running over stone. You don’t need to get wet.

9 days ago

Very nice short hike w/many interesting features: Potholes, waterfalls, clear water on Creek essentially running over a stone bottom, lots of deer. The heavy rains provided a lovely display, but not dangerously so-Short, easy and well suited to children. We went early in morning and it was cold enough for ground to be hard; on the way back (and much warmer) we could see it could get quite muddy.

10 days ago

Lovely falls enhanced by earlier rains. We walked down gravel road to creek side, but best views of falls are just to the right of smaller viewing station. The town would do well to develop area more for outdoor recreation (e.g. hiking).

Really beautiful and peaceful! Perfect length for a quick hike, but the sloping hills give you a good workout too

hiking
11 days ago

when you start heading down the big hill at the trailhead turn left at the bottom not right. They both look like they are the trail but the right way leads to nowhere and I dont even think it's part of the trail.

I hiked this in a counter clockwise direction. Clear path. Markers when needed. The observation deck next to the creek was nice. Over all a nice trail!

This is primarily an out and back trail with a short loop at the beginning. I skipped the loop going out and picked it up on my return. There was a downed tree at the first inlet that requires decent climbing. I’m sure they’ll have it cleared soon.

I wish I had had a trash bag with me as there was quite a bit of trash that had been washed in with all the rain/flooding.

I lost the trail for a minute or so at a creek crossing. I think the trail could use a few more markers in those areas.

Over all a great little hike!

Nice little trail around the lake. Well traveled so markers aren’t really needed. Muddy this time of year since we’ve had a lot of rain.

hiking
11 days ago

Well maintained trail. If you love to hike close to the creek this is a great trail for that once you make the decent to the bottom. Trail markers are well placed and in good shape.

Trail head is at the West watch tower. Plenty of parking for this time of year. I imagine it probably gets full quickly during warmer weather. Picnic benches at the trail head. Grass space available for a picnic.

Great little 3 mike hike through the woods with several small stream crossings. Very well marked trails!

Went in late March with 3 other friends. We had a blast, beautiful scenery. Trail was very well marked and maintained. Only real con was there weren't really any good camping places except for about 3 or 4 places we saw on the south west side of the trail.

Lower bridge was washed out.

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