Very shady. Lots of different animals around. Super peaceful and wonderful to walk around on!

We did an 8.5 walk this morning. The start of this path was difficult to find as all the maps in Independance Dam State Park just say "hiking trail". even when ists a paved, perfect asphalt 2 lane. if you're wanting to hike drive to the campground and park. Walk a little on the asphalt and you'll come upon the official trailhead for this. Once you find it, the path is easy and somewhat scenic. Very peaceful. There wasn't as much wildlife as I expected, but what we did see included the wow factor of a bald eagle and a huge grey heron. We want to revisit in the fall. We both think it'd be spectacular the.

off trail
5 days ago

So it is not exactly a 4.4 mile trail around the lake. It is about a mile that you can loop, but to go around the whole lake, you have to walk alongside the road. The road was closed too so I couldn't even go around. I did a lot of back tracking and only got 3.6 miles in. It is a nice place. The trails are narrow though, and not really marked. If you want to follow this "trail" listed on here, make sure you go to the left. There is more to see. Just be careful for the parts that are a trail, some step are steep.

Trail was in great shape- beautiful scenic route right along the river

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

A muddy, boggy mess. If you stand still for longer than a second you’re covered in mosquitos (even with bug repellent on). Walking doesn’t help much.

walking
bugs
15 days ago

hiking
over grown
16 days ago

Variety on this trail. Grasslands, forest and wetlands and a lake. The grass hasn’t been mowed and is up to my mid calf so make sure you have bug spray. Also the orange markers can be confusing, we ended up missing a small section. I’d enter by the restrooms and that should help.

If you’re into extremely short and easy day hikes, go for it. The stone house is cool to see. There are a couple of decent lake views. I’d say it’s worth the 45 minutes. Me personally, I’d rather be much further from the road and the dozens of people fishing along the way, but that’s my personal preference.

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

walking
bugs
17 days ago

The lake is primarily for fishing, but Owen was able to swim a little bit. Trail is nicely shaded in parts.

hiking
rocky
washed out
18 days ago

Overall good trail. Not sure I’d consider this moderate though. I thought it was pretty easy.

hiking
muddy
over grown
19 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.

hiking
21 days ago

Easy, peaceful. Had no issues both times I’ve been. Can get a little muddy in a few spots, but there are walk arounds.

Bigger 10k loop mostly on river view trail at Side cut Metropark

Nice overall park with easy parking lots and well-marked trails. This particular path had high grass and we did end up with bites on our legs. Would recommend either long pants or bug spray.

hiking
bugs
over grown
22 days ago

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This is a really nice trail and wasnt expecting to see so many scenic things (ie: rock formations, cliff overlooks of the lake, 1/4 mile long boardwalk on the lake, dam/reservoir bridge, even has a rope tied to a tree that you can jump off a big rock into the lake). Most of this trail is right along the shoreline of the lake. Saw quite a few back country hikers camping along the trail. Only knock on this trail is that the north/upper half of this trail is not well maintained at all. It has a ton of overgrowth and trail is very narrow walking through the high vegetation. The trail was mostly all dry today but would be cautious doing this hike after recent rain as most of the north half had a lot of dried up mud pits. It was almost like walking 2 different trails compared to south/lower half which was very well maintained and trail was fairly wide. *Also the length of this trail is closer to 8.5 miles

hiking
bugs
24 days ago

Relatively flat trial. Walk on the road from parking lot to trail. Connected to a second trail.

A really fun and beautiful trail! I’m guessing the “moderate” rating is bc of all of the wooden steps at the beginning of the trail and all of the roots and larger stone steps throughout, but, once you’re on the trail, nothing crazy. A mix of paved pathways, wooden bridges and stairs, a couple sections where you walk along a two-lane road, but mainly woodland paths and grass walkways as you wind around the lake. I’d totally do this loop again!

Not a trail for walking. It's a trail for a kayak.

running
muddy
28 days ago

My first trail run, it was a great workout...we followed trail counter clockwise from the spillway..parked in lot where spillway was visible, walked up steps to spillway and was on the trail...trail was in good shape, your feet will get wet and muddy...close to a half mile in you will come down to creek to cross, there is a large rock on opposite side, I believe one can go up and over it, we hugged along the side of the creek in front of the rock, I was with someone who was familiar with trail, that did help, but I feel it would have been easy to follow on my own...it is well marked...there are some downhills that were a little tricky, slick, however some saplings had been used previously to help scramble down...the creek was down, wasn’t deep at all, tho feet still get wet..wear old shoes if you have them, you will get muddy..plenty of roots to trip you ...did me...around and back to spillway and down steps was just at 8 miles..at about 6.5 miles you will come out to beach area and cross over to wooded section to pick trail up...trail will follow right along lake, continue in and follow to spillway, cross spillway back to steps...was there on a Sunday morn, another runner there and some very polite backpacker/campers...overall great experience...will visit again soon!

hiking
blowdown
28 days ago

We enjoyed this hike yesterday. We’re glad we took the lake side part of the loop first because the woods side was very steep right off the bat. Dog friendly. There was a tree down on the trail by the lake but it was easy to get around. The stone house was lovely even though it was closed. We visited the veterans memorial out back and had our lunch at the little pavilion with picnic tables. Very nice hike. The trail is also available from the water as there is a dock.

Nice trail. Good length, right around 8 miles. You can see the lake for the majority of the hike. The trail is easy to follow. A lot of people were swimming and/or fishing at the start, but after about a mile in it became a peaceful, quite hike. Next trip I will bring the kayaks.

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