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We went on 8/17 and there were a ton of mosquitos. It would be a really nice hike in the Fall, but can be skipped in the summer.

was a good hike. took a lil longer than I thought.

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8 months ago

beautiful section of pine trees, mountain Laurel and rhod. gps work great. did whole trail and there lots of cross trails. no mountain views. realative flat trail.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

great overlooks!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

First I believe that this trail is longer than is written here, probably just above 5 miles. You start out around a the lake. I would NOT call this easy at all. Possibly Moderate to Difficult. I question the tag as "kid friendly". If you've got a great young hiker then yes. Otherwise NO!

Most of the trail is well groomed. You start out on yellow, go on to Teal (Highlands Trail) and back on to yellow. The yellow is very well groomed. The Highlands Trail has places in the middle that are someone overgrown and beware there are spots ridden with poison ivy. I like the Highlands Trail part. It's challenging, some nice hills and ridges as well as babbling brooks. I did not use hiking poles but will bring one if I do this again because as you're traversing over rocks to climb across those babbling brooks you will appreciate that one hiking pole so you won't accidentally grab on to a tree that has a poison ivy vine running up it. (Good idea to have those Technu packs around)

I went on the 6.8 loop on a mountain bike. It starts out nice and manicures, easy. Soon enough it changes to very technical, rocky trails. I found myself pushing my bike up quite a bit though I was there to exercise I was hoping for more rhythm and cadence. There was no scenic overlook but I found it tiring but if you can handle the technical stuff and are in good shape you might want to try this loop. Bring a patch kit or extra tube. Go early or expect lots o flies.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

One of my favorite hikes! Exceptionally we'll marked trails. I did this walk alone with my dog the first time and am always a little worried about getting lost, but it would have been difficult with the trails being so clear. I took some fantastic photos as was there on the height of the Fall. I returned a few weeks later with my Hiking Group and they loved it too!

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The colors of the trails changed frequently and without reason. My 5 friends and I were all baffled and had to stop a lot to reorient. The highest point is such a bummer. It's just a sign in the woods, no view, summit, or overlook. We were disappointed.

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Monday, August 08, 2011

nice

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Monday, March 07, 2011

I have used this trail alot over the years, both as hiker and hike leader. It is a nice change of pace from the generally more developed trails around it in the park. You get a nice variety of woodland, swamp and stream environments, and some great views. The dogs (on leash) love it. If you have a knowledgeable guide accompanying you, there are abundant historical/archeological remains of 19th century habitation, iron mining and a mine railroad. Most of those features are easily missed - except, of course, the railbed which is part of another trail. There are a number of intersecting trails that offer nice diversions, and this trail is shared by several of these trails which are under a different management. The bears are there, but are generally easy to get along with. I have seen 1-2 bears per hike at times, while often going weeks without seeing one. Most of them would really prefer to leave you alone - or more particularly that you leave them alone. Well worth a morning or afternoon.

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

One of my favorite local trails. It is very close to my house and offers a variety of environments, though there are no vistas since you are usually surrounded by trees. It is actually 4.0 miles if you include the walk from/to your car, and it includes the highest point in the county. This makes it good for measured training hikes with some nice ups and downs. Three to four laps, three times a week was a major part of my preparation for a successful rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon. The dogs love this trail. Black bear sightings are infrequent and I've never had a problem with them.

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