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A great walk in the woods. Well marked. Only did shorter trail

on Jackrabbit Trail

1 month ago

hiking
4 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

mountain biking
7 months ago

mountain biking
7 months ago

Love this trail. Have done the 6.3 and looking forward to do the other trails.

mountain biking
8 months ago

We had a wonderful time. We went in the morning during the week - meaning we were the only ones there. When we were leaving a couple more people cars pulled in. It was quaint and nice; the trails were fast flowing, but not what I call thrilling.

on Jackrabbit Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice level trail that has lake view for much of the hike. While there were mostly bikers they were all polite and friendly and shared the trail appropriately. The leaves are just beginning to turn. This trail has many educational tree and fauna identifying markers with great descriptions so if you are interested in learning about this then this is the trail for you!

on Jackrabbit Trail

9 months ago

Did the 6.6 mile loop during rain storm today. It was a blast..

backpacking
9 months ago

mountain biking
11 months ago

there are 5-6 loop trails sharing the same parking lot, all are fairly easy and fun! maybe 10 total miles.

backpacking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Very narrow trails with many bikers on them which were not polite . Would not go back

backpacking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Great trail except washed out bridge was not replaced and good thing water level was low or would have been dangerous to cross. Well marked with blue blazes. No animals seen but beautiful flowers

backpacking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pat Helm's review below is pretty much spot on. I will say that if you are looking for beautiful vistas and views, this is not your hike. There are only a couple of these on the entire trail during the "green season". It is, however, very peaceful and quiet.

Even with the "orange guide book", the water was very, very, very scarce. Getting to the sources and gathering the water was very time consuming and I would definitely bring a pump filter next time.

Compared to the AT, many sections of the trail are not well-maintained. There are many confusing points on the trail where a blowdown blocks the trail. And no matter how hot it is, you're gonna need to wear long pants or suffer the wrath of constant briers scraping your legs. There are even sections where you have to walk through shoulder-high blackberry bushes.

And yes, poison ivy is everywhere.

If you're going to do this, don't do it without the orange guide book (amazon) and bring a GPS device.

It's a good little hike, though. I finished it in one night and one day, but it could be easily done over the course of three days. And yes -- the climbs and downhill sections are pretty epic, so no beginners for this one unless you're doing super low-mileage days.