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If you are going to do this trail, take a left at Dismal Trail instead of taking a right on Gum Gap. Get the hard part out of the way first. Very steep decline on Dismal followed by a steep incline on Natureland until you get to the suspension bridge. Gum Gap has minimal elevation change in comparison. Pros of the trail are it is well marked and not overgrown. Cons are not much too look at other than the overlook of Raven Cliff falls and once you get to the suspension bridge over it. Don't know if I would do it again, but it was a good workout.

I like this trail. but my 4 year old and i agree that it isn't easy. We about didn't make it back. It's beautiful especially at the waterfalls at the end. but if you are out of shape this is not a trek you want to start!

My favorite at Poinsett. Watch out for snakes.

I took my adventurous 4 year old daughter on this trail and we loved it! I would have given it 5 stars, but the last half of the loop was "meh"...I'll explain.

Almost immediately after you leave the hikers registration, you walk upon the base of a small waterfall with a great wading-deep swimming hole! Keep walking another minute or so, and there were some other great places to sit and enjoy the nature...or have a picnic.

At the Carrick Creek trailhead, you can go either left or right since it's a loop. My daughter and I wanted to see water (and play in it) so we took a LEFT as the Park Ranger said the falls would be on that side. The hike/walk was great for us! Loved seeing all the tiny waterfalls and places to cool off and take pics along the way. Once we passed all of the fun water places, the hike began to get steeper and the scenery wasn't as enjoyable. If I had known this, we would have turned around and not done the full loop.

When we were done, we ate lunch at the base of the falls and then swam at the swim beach across the street :)

1 day ago

Absolutely stunningly beautiful views❤️

I put a one-star just so I can write a review. This was the worst park ever. No directions, I got lost and had to come back in the way I went.

mountain biking
2 days ago

The MTB trail at Sesqui is a Jeckyl and Hyde monster. Go out slow, maybe for fun or with the family, and it will probably seem pretty basic. Most of the trail is fairly wide, it is well marked, and the greatest technical features will be rooty/waterstepped climbs or rooty short descents with the greatest drop/ledge being about a 29" wheel height. The surface is sand so it's a fantastic place to ride when the other local trails are too wet. It drains quickly and really firms up when wet. If it's been dry then expect many areas of deep loose sand. This is where I believe the Hyde monster comes in. The trails technicality comes from the sand and going out fast. IMO if Sesqui doesn't seem exciting enough then you need to go faster. This is an excellent trail to test cornering ability and holding speed on an unsure surface. Practice, practice and it will get faster and faster. Lose your focus on cornering and it will let you know quick with a washout.

Nice easy trail. No one else on trail but a few people hanging out in the water near the waterfall which really isn't much of a waterfall

2 days ago

This was great trail - good challenge. Became even more challenging in the pouring rain. Read several posts- seemed that 7.4 mile at 4 hours was typical.
Well - some how ours became an 8.4 mile hike and took 5 hours. We did not make it back before the rain rolled in and soaked us. I couldn't believe we weren't back yet as the rain kept pouring and we kept hiking. The climb up in rushing water on dismal trail was a struggle for me - I've been out of hiking for a while but didn't seem to bother husband.
We took raven cliff (trial to right) to natureland to dismal back to raven cliff - both devices clocked 8.4 miles. Signs and trails extremely well marked. Great view of falls and rock face. Will do it again.

3 days ago

One of the most difficult hikes I have done. But well worth it. The views along the way, climbing up rocks and the falls were all breathtaking. Would not recommend for an easy afternoon hike, but to try something different and a great workout, this is the trail. Do bring water and snacks, and take as many breaks when needed!

Good easy/moderate hike. The falls is quite a distance from the overlook platform so is nice to look at but won't get a good pic of without a decent zoom lens. Would definitely recommend taking one of the trails that splits off it to get closer to the falls.

Took this trail to the water fall then came back and connected to rainbow falls trail. Easy hike but rocky. Falls were nice. Get there early as suggested.

3 days ago

Fairly difficult hike. Uphill, narrow in places, and you do climb over rocks most of the way. I took my dog and even she had challenges in a few spots. Overall worth the hike.