A great hike with some ups and downs. A few spots that were a bit muddy but can easily be avoided. Some bugs along the way but nothing too bad. Some nice views of the water and some birds on this path. Almost entirely shaded which was nice. Mostly dirt path with some gravel spots. As of today, very lightly trafficked. Easy to find parking. Enjoy!

Beautiful variety of different types of trees and trailscape. Loved being by the water. Very peaceful and quiet. Will return to hike more of this trail.

hiking
5 days ago

This is a good meditative walk as it’s an easy, paved path. Love the energy here. You get the best of both worlds...woodland vibe and Lake Erie. This used to be the best beach in Northeast Ohio as there weren’t many people and had a bit of an island vibe....sadly it has eroded away. There’s something for all the senses...the sound of the waves, feeling of the lake breeze and so many floral aromas to breath in. I’m a little biased here as there’s a sense of nostalgia too as I’ve been coming here since I was young.

I love this trail. And when I’m in good shape it’s a perfect maintenance trail. Right now though it’s moderate.

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blowdown
flooded
muddy
7 days ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
9 days ago

This is a decent trail overall that runs primarily through the wooded area surrounding the lake. There have been rains lately and the trail was muddy in many parts and overgrown in many others. I’ll have to write an update in a few days to see if my legs are covered in poison ivy or not. The wooded areas are shaded and the scenery is nice but does not change much over the 8.5 mile loop. There are road sections to this hike as well and you must hike the side of the road for about 1 mile making this not really suitable for young kids if the distance is not a problem. Overall the hike was nice but the trail definitely needs some maintenance in areas and the mud slowed the pace significantly. If you only plan to hike a small section off the parking area I would say dogs and kids would be good, but if you hike the loop I would say no.

Great trails. Mostly in excellent condition. Some muddy places but easy to avoid getting muddy. Some sections busy with people and other sections uninhabited. Very hot and somewhat humid but trees kept temperatures tolerable. Long route but mostly easy walking. Walked S.R. 73 bridge crossing in one of the construction lanes. Workers present but nobody cared.

Observation tower open 6/20/20. Gorgeous views!

Only went a mile on this trail, just because we had my one year old with us and she started to get a little cranky. Views of the lake were nice and the trail wasn't hard at all. It's good if you are looking for a leisurely walk. We are used to longer/harder hikes in the hills of West Virginia, but still had a nice time.

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blowdown
bugs
over grown
13 days ago

I hesitate to give this trail a good review for fear that more people will use it. This is a great trail if you like solitude and only want to listen to birds and your own footsteps. Trail is overgrown in parts because of low usage. North side of the lake is better marked than the south side. Mostly shaded. Great summer hike!

Such an awesome trail, many different views and trail types. I didn’t have issues with overgrown sections like other reviewers, but as a caution there are a large number of non-hikers in the first and last mile (hanging out by the water) of this trail. Otherwise didn’t see too many other people other than the occasional fisher

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bugs
muddy
over grown
13 days ago

Muddy and only overgrown in a few areas... overall a great hike!

Hiked this trail today. Nice lakeside walk. Mostly level except one slippery, steep bank. Trail very difficult to locate. Ultimately discovered that as you drive towards the park, but before the final turn to go thru the entrance gate (almost across from the dairy bar) there is a large, but hard to see sign for CHERRY HILL NATURE TRAIL (.5 miles). I will post a picture of this sign. Take this trail and about half way around the loop there is a connector to the Lakeview Trail. My recording is my return leg of this out and back. Trail was easily navigated once found.

hiking
muddy
over grown
16 days ago

The first 1.5-2 miles either way from the boat ramp were fine. Much of the rest of the 8.2 miles needed weeds and branches trimmed. Pretty disappointing.

Easy trail with gravel pathways. Lots of beautiful overlooks of Lake Erie.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
19 days ago

Beautiful trail! A few notes: If you're allergic to poison ivy, you'll want long pants. It is everywhere and you are at times basically wading through it. Also, the Eastern portion of this trail is very muddy in spots and also very overgrown.

Should have read the reviews first. Was not expecting parts of the trail to be 8 inches under water. Some of the boardwalk gives way more than others so I took one unfortunate step in what I though was maybe an inch of water over the path up past my ankle. Seems pretty dangerous and we saw many people pretty upset about the conditions and turning around. Wasn't prepared for completely soaked feet and lost out on hiking for the rest of the afternoon as we were drying our shoes.

One thing to note before going into more detail. There is part of the trail that is currently "CLOSED" because of construction on a bridge that you need to cross. And you WILL NOT be able to cross it when work crews are there. But on a saturday at around 1800, nobody was there. When you reach this point you can either backtrack or well.... you know.... and crossing the bridge is a little bit interesting as you are on the road very close to very quick moving vehicles on a quite high and quite narrow path but can be done if no workers are there. So if you chose to...you know.... be careful. ......Not that we know from experience or anything....... As far as the rest of the trail, This was a very nice trail. This was just the parents of the beans family, no littles on this journey. We throughly enjoyed it and there many variations of terrain that we experienced throughout that made it exciting. The trail is very well marked for the majority of the time. There are a few creek crossings but nothing difficult. A bit of road walking that doesn't take too long and is not difficult (Except the bridge). There are numerous enjoyable views of the lake throughout and a few opportunities to go up to it. There are a few small waterfalls and a really neat suspension bridge. There are definitely some inclines but nothing too strenuous and each ones duration is not long. You are mostly in tree cover the entire way except a few prairie crossings, so sun is not too much a concern. Very well spent day, with perfect weather.

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