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The trail is marked...but not marked well. Even while keeping a close eye out for blazes, I ended up off trail or turned around several times. The trail itself doesn't give you great views of the waterfalls, but hiking along the streams is peaceful, and it's a beautiful, woody path. Trail is still quite muddy in places.

Took lots of wrong turns because the trail was poorly marked in my opinion. Lots of red dots on the trees but when it came time to forks or turns, you'd have to go down the trail a bit to see the next trail marker and hope you made the right turn or else ya gotta turn around.
Nothing really to see along the loop. If I had known I would have turned around once I hit the creek crossing (coming from Mariaville Rd).
Very muddy and narrow. Wouldn't recommend this for kids as there are steep ledges along the trail.
No trail down to see the big waterfall but it is possible to get down there. Be careful.

A perfect place to go as a beginner or an veteran hiker. There's plenty to see and plenty to explore, going off trail for the waterfalls isn't a recommended ideal but, really brings this place out for you. Aside from very relaxed environment and amazing views this place could use a little less cautionary flare. It's polluted with signs, markers, and trash from adolescent mistakes.
Going there as a kid to now was slightly depressing but none the less an amazing place to explore and get away from it all.

Loved this trip! The falls were stunning, not flowing too much water at the moment but still extremely enjoyable. We took the red trail & found that to be the best one to see all 3 waterfalls. The trails are definitely still a bit muddy & loose which makes the steep parts a bit nerve wrecking. We got a TICK BITE from the trail, luckily the tick had just "dug in" when we found it & all is fine, but be aware that there are ticks in the area.

Great hike!!!

This is a very short simple walk into nature; you won't get a workout here at all, but you will see nature in all it's beauty. The trail is NOT marked, but easy to follow. When you get to the end there is an "End of Trail" sign. Bring the kids.

Waterfalls are flowing beautifully! The trail is muddy and slick in a lot of spots, but a good hike.

hiking
16 days ago

this is a very nice trail! very well-marked and maintained. flows nicely through the terrain. Bridges and creeks throughout here and there. lots of different watering spots for the dog. beautiful Forest scenery. no real difficulties getting around anywhere on this trail. there are up and down slopes but nothing really difficult to walk. trail conditions are excellent today. beautiful day, great exercise! 8 May 2018

PROS:
Easy to walk
Pretty nature to see and hear
Easy to follow
Close to home for an easy nature walk

CONS:
buggy
Mud and water in some spots on the path
no variety of wildlife
didn’t see much
Can hear cars/traffic in background

This was our first hike of the season. We chose to do the red trail. It was about a 5 mile hike round trip. There were some really nice waterfalls although at one point in the trail we had to cross the water which can be dangerous. This would not be recommended for families or inexperienced individuals taking a stroll. Otherwise it was very pretty and we enjoyed it.

Great easy loop

Did this trail 2 days ago. Good trail, but was very muddy in certain spots. Be prepared to cross the stream in some spots, feet might get wet since the river is high. Waterfalls we're full and beautiful!

walking
27 days ago

Might be easy for some, but I found it steep and not well marked. will try it again in dryer weather.

Hiked this trail last weekend, was a beautiful day. trail was well marked and falls were very pretty.

The single path trail was fantastic, really enjoyable with great views. The loop, however, was incredibly difficult due to multiple gigantic downed trees and poorly placed trail markers. The loop is obviously not well traveled as it was hard to see. We lost the trail multiple times and ended up having to just give up and find our way to the road. The preserve map was little help as it does not really give you the trail route, just tells you where you are in the park.

hiking
1 month ago

A little steep to first get onto the trail but once on it’s a great trail.

Absolutely loved this place. A lot of inclines, so be prepared to get a workout. Trails are muddy in some spots and there were a few downed trees, but they well marked and very clean. I saw no trash or litter as described in a previous post. Things people should know 1)There is no direct access to the falls. The upper falls has an unmarked trail, but you do have to cross the creek a couple times and yes, your feet do get wet. Also, it is still a bit icy down there. 2) You have to cross the creek a few times on the main red trail. Your feet will most likely get wet. 3) I would not recommend this area for small children. There are a lot of steep inclines and ravines. The trail is narrow in some spots on the inclines. Also the bottom 2 falls can only be viewed from the top of the falls. The rocks are muddy and slippery. Did not seem safe for little ones.

Nice trail and easy enough for my dog and I. Trail markers towards the end got a little confusing and we ended up crossing the creak at a low spot to get back onto a spot we knew was the trail. We’ll do it again.

nice day to take a hike with the dog. this is a great woodland trail. it goes up and down the ravine and has some decent inclines. Trail is pretty well-marked all the way to the north end where a nice waterfall is. past a few streams and creeks on the way. very low running water if any today. was going to finish the red trail but markers along the way indicated trail ended at different parking lot entrance so we just headed back. Trail has some steep cliffs on the side along the way. will come back later in the year to finish the trail and see the other waterfalls. beautiful day, great exercise! Sun. 22 App. 2018

Took our dog and enjoyed it! The south trail was much better than the loop but kinda short if you just did that so we did the whole thing :)

pretty good trails, the waterfall is beautiful. The problem I had was the litter everywhere.

nice day to take a hike with the dog. easy trail to walk. the longer route of this trail is just under 2 miles I believe. clearly marked if you stay on the trail and I believe it has distance markers posted here and there. there are a few bridges here and there which crossover some streams or creeks. took the long route which looped around the left and then eventually rejoined to the first two-way bridge and then back out to the parking lot. Trail condition today is very good, just saw one down tree which you only have to step over to continue on. basically pretty much level all the way through is trail. saw some people out today and mercury made a few friends to. nice day, good exercise!

Pretty icy out there

hiking
3 months ago

first time I've ever tried to walk the green diamond trail with the dog today. had to turn back after 2 miles. could not make the first stream Crossing as it was too high and running rapidly. the trail itself was all ice and mud because of the warm temperatures. scenery was very nice from what I could see of it.should be spectacular in the summertime when I will attempt to hike it again. the walk back seemed slightly uphill all the way to the parking lot. lol. great exercise!

Wear metal crampons if hiking in the winter. This trail is extremely slick with ice. Wear warm clothes and proper hiking attire. Stay away from the edges as there is ice under the snow and it is very easy to slip. It’s a long way to the bottom.

I was really excited to try this hike, but unfortunately the reserve was closed. Yellow tape and the like. There were signs saying when they would reopen.

Will try again when I am back in that part of the state.

hiking
3 months ago

Very icy today!

Traction aids are a must until we get more snow.

hiking
4 months ago

A quick loop that my dog loves to do!

Took my sister here in spring and the falls were great. Easy walk though very muddy.

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