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Not very well marked.

2 months ago

Fun and easy


Poorly marked trail on the lower loop. Lots of down trees.

6 months ago

Did all trails today, Very strenuous hills, whoever made trails did not know how to make a switchback! This is Not a loop trail, it is several trails to equal the six miles! The lakes are nice and picturesque!

7 months ago

Halfway through the Caldwell/fire tower trail and the trail just stops, completely lost to logging in the area; other 2 trails were decent but not marked at all.

This is not an easy trail if you go the whole way!! Don't underestimate, very steep inclines.

8 months ago

Both loops are not maintained very well, down trees, overgrown with grass and green briar, and not marked very well in many sections of the 2 loops. The North Loop is approximately 9.5 miles and is easily accessible from the main campground. The South Loop is about 10.3 miles (including the Dullen loop) but starts at the fire tower which is about a 1.5 mile hike from Pine Lake at the campground. Both were challenging, fun, and beautiful. Will enjoy hiking the area again.

Not bad got to watch out for disk golf great to to be outdoors

If you want to have 20-50 ticks per square inch of your person, hike on an overgrown and unkept trail over fallen trees and through bramble, this is the spot for you.
Just please for the love of all things good, don't bring your dog here. You're asking for a tick infestation.
Seriously just stay away, far far away.

Been bicycling this trail for years and watched it grow. It is a well maintained and scenic trail.

Nice trail, a little bumpy

Great view of Paint Creek Gorge!!

11 months ago

Beautiful views.

Agree .. great views.

Monday, April 24, 2017

sadly on Sunday April 23rd we were told trail unavailable as it was being logged. We did hike a 1.6 mile trail. You get trail head across street from camp store. take road back by campsite #48. you can add on a other .5 mile connector trail. great campground. walk in sites or Reservable sites. Beautiful wildflowers today.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Great views

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Some technical aspects, but overall not the most challenging hike. The views are amazing..... every hiker MUST make the climb to the top of the old fire tower.

road biking
Sunday, December 11, 2016

Great trail to bike, run, or walk along. I have enjoyed the year round access from the flood wall in Chillicothe, OH to the fields between Frankfort, OH and Washington CH, OH. Parks are stretched along this trail making it great for a day long adventure that could included a packed lunch. Carry a hammock and setup for a nice nap along the trail.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This trail meanders along some cliffs that are surprisingly high and with great views. A short off-trail is a hidden gem to Paint Creek below the cliffs. A couple of nice look outs along the trail!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Really fun. Some parts of the trail were a little narrow, but all in all a great hike.

This trail can easily be rated as an easy trail. If you've hiked anywhere besides flat states like Ohio this incline is extremely easy.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Great Seal was a fun and challenging hike. We started at parking lot B (I think) and worked our way through small hills and then up the side of a relatively small, but steep elevation. Getting to the top wasn't easy but the view and accomplishment was well worth it!

We hiked south from the camp ground on the blue trail all the way to southern point of the trail. We then came back on mostly blue trail but added a few others in there to mix it up at times. We hiked 15 miles in all & it was awesome. Some parts of the trails are extremely steep & challenging but worth the effort. Trails marked well for the most part. Will definitely be hiking here again.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tried starting at the South Loop entrance near some campsites. A fallen tree blocked the path 0.6 miles in and was not equipped to go around on the graded slope and decent undergrowth. Turned around. Thankfully continued up to the fire tower and found the well marked system of trails. Just after taking the Logan Trail across the access road about 5 miles in, we quickly lost the trail soon after bypassing another downed tree. Doubled back and walked the road back to the tower. Decent incline for approximately .75 miles was a good workout. We will return to finish the rest of the long loop! Total mileage - 6.09 miles

Moderate / Advanced trail. Great inclines and good terrain features. It will test your land navigational skill so be prepared to have a trail map and do some terrain association since the trails are marked bellow eye level and at times on the rocks. (Ground)

We packed day packs and took a a light lunch. Look for the camp sites of the yellow / blue trails.

Last but not least if you go the day after a rain - pack extra socks and pants. Muddy - muddy and more mud

Thursday, March 10, 2016

First Backpacking trip for boy scouts

Friday, April 24, 2015

hiked this trail a couple years ago! sounds like not much has changed. A tick breeding ground in the dead of summer. ..

This is a great hike close to the city. Strenuous due to steep grades ,quite, great views, First time here we went across and back fairly easy other than the steep hills! Beautiful rock formations and plenty of big trees! You can get maps at the trail head or main entrance.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Did north and south loop.
Trail can go through grass and tall bushes; easy to get wet from dew or rain residue.
Ground is rocky in places.
Sometimes you're following a muddy road that's been driven on and the blazes duck away down a tiny path back into the forest.
Plenty of spider webs that can get in your face during summer.

South loop has a small extra loop on the end.
I went down there and 3 big blazed trees were fallen over on the trail, with a timber rattlesnake in the roots.
On the way through the extra loop there was a spot where the trail runs through a thicket of thorns and the trail hasn't been walked at all recently, the blazes emerge out of the grass about 200 feet up the hill and are nowhere to be seen prior...

There's was a 2nd loop on the end of the south loop that's not mapped and I didn't walk, it appears to be an obsolete trail and has grass and fallen trees all over it.

All that down, I enjoyed the walk.

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