hiking
bugs
over grown
2 days ago

nice trail. a bit overgrown but that's fine with me. gets more enjoyable as the trail progresses

Hiked it today w my husband, 15yo son, 12yo son and his 12yo friend. We will def be back. Beautiful forest and views. Lots of tree cover and shade. Bring plenty of water, though.

Bridges over interstate split up the trail. But overall beautiful!

So, this trail is tricky to review. First leg is nice and a thin, but clear, path is available. However, there's a long and overgrown section that was very difficult and quite annoying to go through. Most of the trail had spots with overgrowth, but certainly not all. There IS some spots that are well maintained and quite beautiful, especially when you gain elevation. Overall a very, very mixed bag. Id recommend for a nice day hike with some length and about 1/3 being quite scenic and beautiful. The rest? Not quite good. Oh, and got lost for about 15min trying to find the trail when it hops and skips over across a road. More sinage is needed for sure, but not terrible.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
24 days ago

I hiked with my dog Pahdoo and we are both new to hiking. This is our 3rd hike and the longest so far. I think if it ended at 5 miles we both would have been happy. The trail is very overgrown in areas to the point you can’t be sure that you are actually on the trail at all. Not being able to see a defined trail made me stress and less able to enjoy the hike. About mile 5-6 was literally an overgrown field and I would have sworn I was not on a hiking trail but a trail that a couple of deer had run through. Ample shade and very little bugs is always nice. We both picked up a couple ticks, but that is expected. We saw one water snake, 2 deer and 2 turkeys. I loved that my dog was able to cool down in a couple the creeks.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
1 month ago

Hiked about 4 miles out and back on 5/23/20. The trail was a little overgrown but pretty easy to keep to. It was mostly shaded the whole time. There were lots of very large flies following us the whole way — which super sucked. We also found 5-6 ticks on us. The highlight was seeing a 5ft rattlesnake laying right beside the trail.

5-20-2020. I tried this for the first time today from the trailhead that pops up on google maps, just off 29. The trail in that spot is flat and wide enough for a vehicle. There are big puddles taking up the whole trail at some points, and unmarked little trails that go off in other directions. We only went in a mile and back because there were HUGE, TERRIBLE, buzzing insects flying around us and crashing into our faces the entire time. I've never experienced that before and we were bummed to turn around, but there was no way to enjoy the trail with them. I'd love to try it again without the bugs but probably won't as there's no way to know and we drove two hours to try it.

I would have to thank the ranger first. When we came it was closed due to the virus. Made a few phone calls and got the go ahead . Trail is easy to follow . Has a creek that you cross a few times. Found an arrowhead . Not entirely steep , but it does take you up and down and around . it's a very beautiful place . Bring plenty of water . Will be back would like to investigate the park itself .

walking
over grown
2 months ago

With COVID-19 lockdowns still going on the parking inside the camping area is closed, but if you travel a little further down the road and cross the levy, there is a parking lot there. We only circled the lake due to several other trails seeming to be overgrown, so much so it didn't even look like a trail. Another section recommended blaze/hunter orange gear due to hunting. Right now it's rabbit and turkey season, so come prepared with that if you want to get into the trees. The lakeside trail was nice, the views are gorgeous. Very family and pet friendly. We had the entire park to ourselves however I can imagine during normal times this is a very busy place. There is a good map of the park on the backside of the board. Lots of wild life here as well if you look. we saw turtes, snakes, tadpoles, and butterflies! I recommend! nothing crazy challenging or anything but it was a nice place to enjoy a beautiful sunny day!

I love this trail. Perfect for hiking, running & cycling

hiking
closed
2 months ago

Closed due to COVID-19.

Awesome trial, beautiful scenery, trail gets tight, lots of roots to practice your hops, make sure your gear is tight and you bring your small tool kit. I'm a beginner and it only took me roughly a hour to complete the 5 mile loop. completely worth the trip!

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Lovely trail. Views were great and well marked!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a nice, shaded trail with a variety of options. Paved trail is great for kids (particularly those on wheels - bikes, scooters, strollers, skates, etc). Multiple parking areas allow access to smaller sections. (I like the middle, starting at Jackson Station, for a short but pretty trip.) The main, paved trail connects several other mountain bike and foot trails of varying difficulty — still all fairly easy from what I’ve found, and I have explored many over the years. The trail is definitely high traffic, but perfect for a casual afternoon stroll with the family, a run, or a little off-road exploration. There are plenty of helpful distance markers for anyone training as well. Giving 4 of 5 stars because the views aren’t exactly breathtaking, but really great considering the location.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike with some good elevation change. The trail was well kept.

Nice out and back!!

road biking
4 months ago

Awesome!! Bikes an out and back for a 30 mile round trip!! Great!!

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked Feb 29 2020. I saw on park's Facebook site earlier in the week that southern section closed due to drainage/erosion issues. Hiked almost 5 mile section from Chickasaw Village site north to park visitor center. Probably good time to hike before higher temps and bugs get bad. Down side was recent rains meant wet and muddy spots. Pack water before you go. Several species of birds observed.

Hiked some of the outer loop and connecting trails for a 20 mile trek over 3 days. These trails are clean, well marked and in great shape. Some areas of the park had a pine beetle problem so many trees were cut and left to decay. Some are still standing. Be careful in high winds. Overall, this is the nicest trail system around. Make sure to Leave no trace and pack out what you pack in. Let's keep this forest nice!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Best trail for walking and running- super well maintained

Great trail for Mississippi! Extremely easy and flat. I would consider this more of a nature walk. We saw some turtles along the river which was cool to see. We only went about halfway. Very Kid friendly. A little difficult to find the trail head. People should also not leave their trash ;)

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

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