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Good hiking conditions, busy Saturday but not packed. Last time I was on this trail was a balmy New Years Day.

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bugs
flooded
muddy
2 hours ago

partly closed because of flood

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flooded
2 hours ago

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bugs
5 hours ago

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7 hours ago

Nice trail, be aware there is a part that is closed, you won’t be able to get a bike through, this is at 80/35 Interstate area, it’s under construction as of June 6th, don’t know completion date. Overall, a very nice long trail for runners, probably 3/4 shaded, best to run early morning in summer.

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18 hours ago

Nice path! I would recommend for walkers, runners and cyclists. Just a heads up the bridge is a little over 20 miles in.

Excellent trail if you are the type of person who wants a flat trail for your stroller or bike. Or are the type of person who wants your nature trail to be either a sidewalk or wide road and love to keep the actual nature (water, dirt, trees, and plants) well away from any chance of it actually touching you. Also, if you love a bustling metropolis of crowds and the constant fragrance of one Karen or another's overperfumed auras as they walk by in gaggles, this trail is perfect.

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bugs
over grown
23 hours ago

I’m looking forward to coming back here when it’s cold and there aren’t any ticks. I have never in my life been so covered before. I turned back after a mile because I was sick of battling them.

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bridge out
bugs
1 day ago

Visited on a hot summer day. Many beautiful sights, but it can become a bit monotonous. It's a very peaceful environment. Great for birding as well. Overall it's highly reccomended

This was a quick and easy walk/hike around the water with my four young kids before we played at the playground. We went in the morning before it got too hot and it was perfect for us.

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muddy
3 days ago

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blowdown
no shade
washed out
3 days ago

There was a huge section of this about a mile in that was totally flooded out. Literally turned into a big pond. I doubled back through the equestrian trails and was able to connect up further down the trail. Added some distance though. I finished at 11.1 miles. That washout was really the only bad part of the trail. There were a couple trees over the trail in the equestrian trails, otherwise I’d just echo what others have said about the trails not being that well marked. Had to turn around a couple times after I realized I wasn’t on the posted trail anymore even though there was still trail ahead of me. This trails probably 80% non-shaded, so plan accordingly. I did it on a hot and sunny day and wished I had put on sunscreen and brought another bottle of water.

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bugs
off trail
4 days ago

There is barely anyone on the trail, which is nice (and COVID friendly). But the trail is poorly marked and weirdly designed. Definitely keep this app open for the map! There’s garbage cans along the way (2-3 total), and there’s 2 maps that we saw. 1 map in the beginning of the trail and one during the hike. There are a couple of really, really steep hills even before the big ones on the end of the loop!

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muddy
over grown
4 days ago

Excellent little trail. Very secluded. Some parts were muddy as it had just rained. And some places were overgrown a bit but definitely a doable trail. Will be going back.

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private property
4 days ago

The first half was great, nice and shaded. Unfortunately part of the trail is in people’s backyards and super awkward. I probably won’t be going back.

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4 days ago

Short and sweet little hike around the campground pond. A lot of families out fishing with their children. A few educational signs to help teach the kiddos about the wildlife along the trail. The bridge along the pond is beautiful!

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bugs
muddy
no shade
off trail
4 days ago

Hiked north portion of trail near Big Paint Creek. Headed South from Heffern's Hill crossing the bridge, then headed West along Saddle Trail back towards creek. Bring boots, trails were absolutely muddy/destroyed from horses. Also I'm not sure where the posted picture of the rocks crossing the river was taken, as the water crossing just south of State Forest Road was impassable without getting wet. Needless to say my partner and I decided to take off our boots and walked thru the creek north to Paint Creek Trail. Luckily the creek was ~3ft deep so our pockets were still dry. Also wanted to mention signage was minimal and the trail was rampant with bugs. Definitely would recommend hiking a different portion of the trail or a different trail altogether from my experience.

Hiked along north end of trail next to Paint Creek. Mostly flat, and shady. Trail markings could be better. Wanted to add there is absolutely no cell service anywhere in this area, and the bugs are absolutely vicious. Also watch out for the horse sh*t on the trail.

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