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bugs
over grown
1 day ago

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

Too muddy

hiking
blowdown
bugs
over grown
24 days ago

This a wild nature trail. At least it looks like someone has intentions of taking care of it( there were markers tied to places that needed to be cut away, clearly there hasn’t been any maintenance lately. There was a huge fallen tree on the bridge barely into the hike and the second bridge is a tick nest. I pulled three off my kid and three off me just after leaving the area both times. So take your bug repellant. It is severely overgrown. I kept getting hung up in the tree branches and thorny vines, and I’m only 5 feet tall. We saw a lot of evidence of animals but I only saw a tiny snake once. Lots of spiders, flying insects and at one point every hubby was bitten by mosquitoes and they usually don’t bite him. So they are very aggressive out there. It’s shady, but there is no wind, and wear a head cover if you can, To keep the bugs out of your hair.

Easy flat trail. Wide enough for good social distancing, although a lot of college students use this trail and not all of them are very conscientious about it. The trails that branch off of this trail are much less crowded and have a wider diversity of landscapes, natural features, and wildlife—pine forests, hardwood forests, small creeks (often dry), a couple of small lakes, lots of deer and turkeys. This area is pretty and easily accessible. Oh, walked within three feet of a young doe on the trail this morning. It was pretty much tame. My wife saw photos on Facebook of people petting it. Her tameness could be a symptom of Chronic Wasting Disease, but she looked healthy. Since she was near Faulkner Flats, a college apartment complex, I think she's probably just become tame from people feeding her. IDK.

The trail is still closed as of May 30, 2020

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike out of POW lake. I used another review to start at the lake since we weren’t planning a long hike. Still some wildflowers and a pitcher plant! I found it well marked w diamonds. Very shaded and heavy mosquitoes. Will return!

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no shade
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Tuxachanie Trail... Leaving the POW Campsite/Lake Area Stay to the right around the lake, and then stay right for the hiking trail. ATV trail goes to the left after the lake. The split can be a bit confusing. I layered an arrow made of branches down to point to the right path for anyone that might have followed the day we were out. Maybe folks will continue on with it, or a new sign will eventually be put up. But really, if you see No diamonds, you’re on the wrong path. If you take the right at the split, you’ll find the diamonds are plentiful. You’ll find a split post marking the Airey lake direction and the Bethel Road direction. And also a “12 mile” marker about 1.9 miles from POW trailhead. You will find yourself in view of the Creek quite often during the first 3-4 miles. Access to the water isn’t easy, but there is a Scramble down to the water near the split between Bethel Road and the Airey lake trail. If you don’t see any of those things, you’re probably not on the right path. The Bethel Road entrance is just a few 10ths of a mile past the road that leads back to the POW camping area (much more off the road space to park at POW) We only went 5 miles towards Airey Lake before turning back, so haven’t taken the full route to Airey Lake, but no doubt, worth it if you’re up for the added miles doing a round trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Decided to do the opposite end of the trail this week since we didn’t make it the entire way last time and it was great. I wouldn’t consider this a hike, but more of a nature walk.

hiking
2 months ago

Its a good trail very well keep. took about 7hr to hike the 14miles with out taking any side quest. I only gave it 3 stars because the best parts are really at the beginning probably just the first 3 miles, at the end there is a lake (pond). I would just walk the first 3 miles and drive to the lake (pond) it was very anticlimactic . It might have been more scenic the next 4 miles but they had just done a brush burning in places so it was hot and smelled of smoke. Overall it was a good hike with a Decent variety of terrain and some nice views

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is very well kept and well shaded. We hiked half way and turned back because it is a MUCH longer than 7 miles. The description for the trail is very misleading and the start of the trail is confusing. There aren’t many markers on the trail that have writing on them and there are several trails other than the Tuxachanie on this route. Make sure to park a car at the 49 entrance if you hike the entire thing because it’s at least 13 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

Not too bad. Hard to find off of gps. You will drive past where the gps takes you and take the next right. Eventually this road will turn to dirt and you will come into a camp ground. There is a sign that says the trail name with a parking Area. The trail is clearly marked from there.

hiking
2 months ago

The biggest complaint is the trail head is hard to find. The problem with this trail is that the map is incorrect. The beginning and end of the trail, trail head, is at the Big Creek Landing Recreation Area. This map is drawn backwards. There is a parking area here.

hiking
2 months ago

I truly imagine myself doing this awesome trail, but unfortunately I couldn’t find the trailhead. Based on the GPS location, when I got there I didn’t see any legit parking space. However, I did see mud tracks of previous vehicles off the side of the road and it’s not safe to park a car there in such a muddy side road. I recommend going somewhere else unless you truly want to come here and see for yourself.

If you want an easy trail with some miles than this will be the trail. Unfortunately, the S. Bethel portion of the trail was closed during my hike so I end up only hiking 8.86 miles. At first I was worry that the bikers will be in my way or vice versa, however, during the hiking I ran into 2 groups of bikers and they were extremely nice — very friendly atmosphere. I would hike this trail again and choose different routes to extend miles. Happy hiking! 4/28/2020.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was very clean and the camping experience was great! There was quite a bit of shade also. We only did 7 miles but will be back to finish. My only take away is that I wish I’d done my research beforehand because the arrows are not clear. I did get lost. ( but the interstate was very close ) .

this isnt accurate. the trail starts at hwy 49 and is 13 miles to pow. airey tower rd is the halfway point.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail and I truly enjoy it. The first 2 miles I saw a few people, but after that I had the trail to myself. I spent a good 3-4 hours on this trail and it definitively will not be the last time. 4/21/2020.

hiking
2 months ago

Took 5 kids along with me to get them outdoors and some fresh air. Great walk. We walked 4 miles and then turned around only because it was getting late. Good times.

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

This is a great trail but this time we decided to link it up with the big foot horse trail. Bad idea. Do yourself a favor and stay on the people trail and leave the rocks to the horses.

Good trail to hike if you're just trying to get out into nature. Like others have said, a bit repetitive but I would love to get out here on a bike! Great way to spend an afternoon!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for a walk. Not too strenuous but great to get outside and mostly shaded. Parking is limited.

Usually a great trail but Right now due to a storm several weeks ago, it is closed. Lots of trees down.

Easy stroll. The trail is maintained well. We went in March just as flowers were blooming. No bugs yet and cool weather.

hiking
flooded
muddy
3 months ago

Easy trail with some spots that’s could be maintained a little better.

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