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I have done this trial 3 times. Twice I went up the 1000 steps and once down. Going up is steep but reasonable. Going down is trickier for footing. The overlooks.are very nice. Combined with the other trails It is about a 2 hour trek. The last time I did the trail it was -2 degrees outside when we started. When finished it was 27 degrees. Also there is an area of native Americans carving along the trail. Add 30 minutes to check them out.

This trail was beautiful and well worth it but I would not rank it an easy trail. This is at least a moderate, the hill about 1/2 mile in is killer.
The views at he top though are just simply amazing.
About 1/3 of the trail is remote and peaceful but the other 2/3 follows along side roads, the pool area, and some other pavilion stops.
There are some pretty rugged declines as well, make sure you have good hiking shoes with traction.

13 days ago

Beautiful hike with various terrain changes. We went 11/3, early AM, after rain, many new leaves on paths, if it weren’t for trekking poles would have fallen four times. No ticks, skeeters, spider webs, nice. Trail head (TH) marking, signage poor. We took off from area 1/2 mile off TH. We finally found the TH, which we thought was end of trail but it wasn’t; very confusing! We were temporarily bewildered (lost) and walked 3/4 mile on road to get back to car. Blazing’s are confusing, and not very generous.

I attempted to hike here at dusk today and maybe 1000 feet into the trail there is a large tree down across the trail. After the tree, the trail looks like it’s not really maintained. I couldn’t tell where to go. I thought I found it going up the hillside but I think that was just a deer path or something else. It didn’t go anywhere. There were no visible trail markers that I could find unless I’m blind. Ended up leaving.

UPDATE: Upon reading other reviews, as I suppose I should have done beforehand, I apparently went on the unmapped side. So in that case, the area I was in was pretty good for it’s purpose. I’ll need to go back for the other side, that’s what I was looking for originally.

1 month ago

Lots of cool views and just enough hills to get a nice little work out in. Took us a little over three hours. Not a heavily trafficked trail which is cool but there was an insane amount of spider webs across the trail which got really annoying after about a mile of running into them. Overall I’d say it was a good hike.

2 months ago

Good mix of open and wooded. Several nice views. I hiked 2 days after heavy rains and there were tons of beautiful fungi. I saw a few lizards and walking sticks. Otherwise, animal life was minimal. Lots of good rocks for collecting.

Beautiful! Steep to start. Worth the climb

Tried to hike it but there was no clear path and it was confusing where it started. It was all over grown and poison ivy everywhere.

5 months ago

I absolutely loved this trail! We just hiked the full trail over the weekend and I'm glad we went when we did. The spring wildflowers were in full bloom all along the path. Although my favorite part was at the bottom of the 1000 Steps junction where all the violets and bluebells covered the ground. This is one I will definitely hike again.

6 months ago

I took my dog hiking on a Tuesday here and didn't see another person on the trail the entire 6.4 miles we were out. It's very peaceful (aside from a small section near the roads) and there is a nice mix between wooded and open areas. There are also a couple spots that offer nice views. I finished the 6.4 miles in 3.5 hours and I'm a bit out of shape so I'm confident anyone can complete this hike. There are some rocky areas but they weren't that bad. This park is very well kept and has clean facilities. The office staff were all very friendly as well.

....It made for an enjoyable, scenic hike....We went counterclockwise, so ended with the best views....It was a little muddy....We only did the loop on the western side (across the road from the TH)....Will definitely be back soon to the the eastern trails....And then later, after it greens up really good, I'll be back to do em all.... I would definitely recommend this place.... :)

Wonderful trail run! Awesome change of scenery throughout. Highly recommended

Great trail run!

....It was a pleasant, moderate hike....even in early March....Only did the western loop, but will be back for the unmapped, eastern trails....Soon.... :)

8 months ago

lotta ascents + descents over variegated terrain. definitely a workout.

It was pretty muddy today, as expected. Hoping to do the trail, again, in the Spring/Summer to see the trees full and the wild flowers.

9 months ago

My Fitbit scored this as 113 flights of stairs, and it does not score descents. Awesome workout.

11 months ago

Wouldn't consider the trail to be rated as difficult - it is more of a moderate. Relatively steep, but the steps give you solid footing.

on 1000 steps trail

11 months ago

Trail is marked as hard. I would consider it moderate. Nice trail though. Nice views...

11 months ago

Very nice loop trail with a variety of terrain and scenery. Completed this in the evening in a little less than 3 hours. Some parts of the trail are very close to roads and traffic, but other parts are very quiet and private. The old cabin ruins and and geology is very interesting. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Total recorded mileage was 6.3 miles for the whole loop.

11 months ago

rugged terrain with lots of loose rocks, great scenery + nice trek

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

I really enjoyed this hike. Covers a large portion of the park. Pretty scenery...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Pretty decent hill at the beginning, nice overlook area but a lot of the trail is near the sounds of civilization; swimming pool, roads, tractors.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great trail! Definitely keep a close eye on any little ones you bring though. The rocks can be very slippery and there are some steep drop offs. The views are beautiful from the lookout!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Terrain fairly rugged. Lots of steps and incline. Not easy!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Moderately rugged trail. There is a hidden cave off the track worth visiting.

Short hike so I did it clockwise and then counterclockwise to get views from both directions - it was a little muddy but not bad - had the whole trail to myself - it was great!!!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I just found this gem after moving to Jeff Co. I dont find the difficulty very hard as my 3 year old did the hike pretty quickly and with more ease than most hikes we usually do. We did the hike mid March and it was still very beautiful.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The hill is steep and the rocks are slick. Not a bad hike for my first one

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