Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Rockford with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
18 days ago

Great place to go if you like a lot of commotion.

hiking
26 days ago

Lots of good trails to choose from depending on what level of exercise you are looking for.

Merrell is open now!!! Enjoy!

Still closed

hiking
2 months ago

Trail still closed as of 3/17/18. Looked like it was due to mud as it seemed to be a well groomed trail. Bummed.

Drove over an hour to hit this spot to find the trails are closed until further notice due to weather.. even tho it’s nearly 50 degrees and sunny.. pretty irritated.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice area tucked away off busy 10 mile. Went for a 2 mile loop. Trail has plenty of very icy spots so be careful this time of year. Went at around noon on a nice Saturday and only ran into one hiker and a pair of bikers. Looking forward to going back to hike the entire trail

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this trail. Nice day for a hike!

Great trails... options for any run length!

Loved it!! Will go back again and again. It’s a good work out. Lots of curves in the trails. Well maintained. Very pretty there.

hiking
7 months ago

Started at the temporary trail head at Art Van sports complex. Trail is mainly a mountain bike trail. Lots of switch backs a few bridge and ramps for mountain biking. If I had a mountain bike this would be the place to ride the trails. Views of forest which is always nice. Great weather to hike. We (my wife and daughter) were the only people hiking along the trail. Trail was hard pack dirt with some sand and roots.

trail running
7 months ago

Fun trail to run.

Great little hike when you don't have a lot of time...or you have a baby strapped to your chest.

Trails aren’t marked very well.

very well maintained, variety of path options & distances, scenic... never would have guessed I was so close to a highway.

trail running
9 months ago

We ran every inch of this trail and loved it! It's obviously designed for mountain biking but we had a lot of fun. They designated different directions for the bikes every other day which makes it easier to go with or against the bikes when running. The ups and downs and switchbacks kept us on our toes. Signage is great and it is very well maintained. Will definitely be back!

Loved it! Lots of bikers so stay on the lookout but it was a really fun trail!

hiking
9 months ago

Well-kempt trail but not much to look at. Busy with bike traffic on the weekends.

hiking
10 months ago

Check out my video review of this trail on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2sCLDVo

I took my dog out to Merrell Trail today and had an awesome hike. The tree cover provides great shade from the hot sun, the trail is extremely well marked and has many deviations and loops for you to choose your own path, there were very few mosquitos, and the trail wasn't really muddy at all despite all the rain lately.

Really well maintained, easy to ride trail. Wide enough to see traffic and nice sweeping turns allow for some great speed. A great beginner's biking trail with nothing too technical. I rode on a weekday mid-morning, so very low traffic.

hiking
10 months ago

it's a nice walk. would be more enjoyable ,if hikers didn't share the path with biking trailgoers. had to frequently move aside to allow for passing.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike for my husband and our 3 dogs. Predominantly shaded, well mark trails. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is the heave mountain bike traffic with a very thin path. If you don't have well trained dog that heals on leash, the chances of a dog bike collision is very high (you need to hop off the trail at a moments notice) . For your dogs safety and the bikers safety DO NOT use a flexie-leash!!!!

mountain biking
11 months ago

Fun to ride, the direction change by day of the week is cool. Watch out for walkers/joggers they'll surprise you on some of the narrow spots with limited visibility.

mountain biking
11 months ago

High traffic but decent trails

Good trail!! Hard, technical areas with good wooden bridges.

hiking
11 months ago

Lovely trails. It will get crowded easily with mountain bikers so try to go at low traffic times. There are a lot of options for difficulty levels which is always nice.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice 6 mile hike. Lots of mountain bikes traveling opposite direction. Keep your head up!

Monday, May 08, 2017

easy trails for hiking or riding.

hiking
Thursday, May 04, 2017

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Great biking trail but too busy on weekends for good hiking. Still, a good trip and more strenuous than most trails in this area.

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