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Aka the Tom Dorman nature preserve
Depending on the way you enter the trail, your hike experience will vary. I would reccomend entering on the side opposite of the information maps.

Very well kept even during the winter. Trails are well marked with maps posted along the way. For the most part the trail terrain is not that challenging

Well-kept paved trail perfect for exercising. Deliberate plantings and varied topography make for a great place to forget the city. Lots of people use the trail, but it's plenty wide and not an issue.

hiking
1 day ago

*THIS IS AN UNMARKED UNOFFICIAL TRAIL* don’t get worried if the stream is dry as it runs under ground for a little over half the hike. Could be complicated with kids and after rainfall but this gem is worth the hassle.

walking
2 days ago

A reasonably well-kept walking trail. Paved in good condition, a nice place to walk or run in the city. Went on a wet winter day, some pooled water across paths.

of all the trails in the indian fort theater area, this one is by far the most challenging.

Nice trail and well marked.

hiking
3 days ago

Wow. Nice little creek. Trail was scenic and peaceful. Guess I am immune to interstate traffic.

mountain biking
4 days ago

Great trail to hone various biking skills for beginners and experts alike. Trail length totals around 3 miles and has nice flow as well as a few berms and a shallow creek crossing. Recently added (1/19) section adds another .75 miles and weaves through a close knit evergreen forest. Good long climb followed by a brisk downhill through some tight trees. This is my go to trail when I want a quick good ride and easy to make laps to really tally up the miles. Trail is accessible as per the above map or from the town square just across the railroad tracks. Entering this way adds a good climb up a washout as well as additional forest riding. An out and back from the town square is roughly five miles.

Amazing view of the waterfall and the hike there was amazing too. Loved how you could go up and down the water fall as you pleased. Was a bit muddy but all in all was an amazing adventure.

very well marked. Even a 5k and 10k route mapped out for runners. The weather started to get bad while I was there and they informed everyone that the storm was coming. Cant wait to see the rest of the park on my next visit.

6 days ago

I nice secluded area compared to all the other places to walk nearby. Dogs allowed on the trails but not walking through the cemetery. Also the gates close at 5:30pm!! So don’t get locked in

7 days ago

Lovely, simple trail. Easy access. Nice small waterfalls after decent rains. Pretty muddy & slick when we went.

Beautiful trail, well worth the time and effort. I found the trail to be rather easy.

FYI: The trail begins by traveling down hill until you reach Chain Rock, and the it is almost all uphill getting back to the parking lot. There is approximately 100 steps (wood and rock) throughout the trail.

CONS: No public restrooms or water fountains, so come prepared.

I really enjoy this trail for a short outdoor hike with the family. I've gone with my 1.5 year old and although we pretty much made it to the lake and back (not around) she walked at least half of it. Then returned with the whole family 6 ,7 and 2 years old. The kids loved seeing the fish and frogs. We ran into about 3 other couples. Marked well, plenty of benches along the way, husband did get poison ivy on this walk though.

Beautiful trail and easy to access being right off the highway. Runs right along a creek and wraps around some nice rock formations too. Short trail that’s got plenty to offer.

Enjoyed this hike. Lots of beauty walking along the creek, waterfalls around and fun things to look at and enjoy. Not a hard hike - a bit of a climb at times but not bad.

Beautiful overlooks. Extremely muddy today. Hanson's Point is one of the best overlooks in the gorge.

hiking
8 days ago

Took my dog, Lacy, hiking here. We both liked it but she wouldn’t do the stairs

Great outing for the family (kids ages 6 - 14). Pretty waterfall with knee deep pool for kids to play in.

Great walking area with smaller wilderness area for hiking. Immediately next to campus, so easy to access.

Great quick outing for families.

hiking
9 days ago

Good outing with the family (kids ages 6 - 14). Fairly busy area (walkers, mountain bikers, frisbee golf, etc.), but was to be expected. Back part of the trail was much quieter.

walking
9 days ago

Lovely. Paved, shaded and level. This would be perfect for a nice run or have the kids out with their bikes. Trail is lined by gentle moving water with historic bridges. Absolutely beautiful. There’s a shallow cave towards the end. Really enjoyed this one.

hiking
9 days ago

A bit steep at the beginning and slippery with all the mud. Beautiful winding path. Some spots are level enough to actually run. The falls were beautiful with all the rushing water.

walking
9 days ago

Neat trail; a little muddy but what can be done about that? Something that could be fixed, however, is the lack of a trail sign where the trail takes a turn up the hill to the 9th rest area. The Iron Ore hiking trail is short enough that it's not really an issue figuring out where you came from and where you're going, but a sign there and in a couple other gaps along the trail would help. I might've missed them, but how good is a marker if someone unfamiliar with the trail misses it?

Beautiful view at top,but the trail is horrible!
Rain a few days earlier had made it almost impassable,mud was terrible. A little drainage,some rock,maybe a little gravel would go a long way! On the way down to devils kitchen,my granddaughter fell,that’s when we turned back,she was done. I wanted to show my grandkids a little nature. They won’t wade through ankle deep mud to see it. No wonder so many kids sit at home with their nose stuck in the computer. Somebody should spend a little time and money on this trail.

Great hike with amazing views at the top! Recommend to take someone with you as it gets a little in the backwoods with hardly any people around.

Not too hard and a great place to just relax your mind and get some hiking in for the day!

Pretty strenuous and I didn’t run into anyone on the trail so I would recommend to go with someone but views are awesome at the top!

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