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This is my home trail. My dog and me hike it atleast twice a month. It never disappoints us. I recommend it to anyone that wants a good hike but not to tasking. my favorite trip was probably when it was snowing.
There are some stairs that are unevenly spaced and deep. my friend has a bad knee (old sports injury) the stairs were a little difficult for her so you want to plan ahead for them. Super dog friendly with plenty of swimming opportunities for our furry friends.

Half the trail has moderate elevation gain in a beautiful wooded area and the other half is flat and runs along the water. We almost always see deer and a variety of birds on and along the water. The hiking trail is well maintained. The rangers are friendly and helpful.

Nice walk in the woods and along the lake shore.

hiking
3 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike this morning. I was on the trail by six am. The trail head can be accessed right before you drive into the park, to the left and right of the ranger station.

Heading to the left takes you through the woods and along the stone fence and meadow. Slight inclines. Heading to the right takes you along the lake first. I opted for the left since it was raining and let the trees be my umbrella!!

I saw deer, a turtle, cranes, turkeys, and ducks. And heard the frogs!!

it was a great little hike. Pretty. There are some inclines and steps on it. There are also several felled trees at the moment that have yet to be removed from the trail but there are ways around them.

I'd do this one again and would even consider camping and doing it :)

Lots of down trees, but it was a nice hike.

The trails were very nice, well-kept, and clearly marked. And there were a nice variety of trails to choose from, nice length. The lake is beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Trails are nice, wide, and well traveled. Great natural canopy over most if the trails. There some steps that are a little sketchy, I didn’t think they were that bad but my SO is afraid of heights. Got some pictures of dear we saw on the trail. The clouds opened up about half way through and soaked us but we didn’t really care because it was a lot of fun.

Nice relaxing hike.

The trail is in great shape overall. The main loop is clearly visible and easy to follow. New Spring growth is just beginning to pop up along the sides, but mostly still just fallen leaves. Even after all of the recent rain, it is mostly dry, with muddy areas just in the low lying areas on the southern most edge of the park along the lake.

hiking
6 months ago

Enjoyed the path this morning. Good rise and fall. Very nice around the water. Smelled the bacon as path went near the campsites.

Parking. Clean bathrooms. Easy to follow. Rustic. Pretty views. Peaceful.

Love the trails at Bledsoe.

Loved this trail. Fairly easy with a few steep areas.
Saw several hikers on trail, cuts thru campground area.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail is moderate to easy with a few inclines. The trails are not clearly marked and it's very easy to get off track. I had to backtrack a few times and once I just cut across the terrain. The trail came very close to the campers at the camping sight... which I didn't like, but all in all it was a decent outing.

trail running
11 months ago

Probably my wife's favorite trail to hike with the dog. I have run it multiple times. The Shoreline trail is fairly flat until a steep incline takes you up to the Ridgeline trail. That trail is more rolley though not really difficult. Overall a great trail for a hike or run.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

hiking
Friday, May 26, 2017

We tried out this trail last weekend and loved it. The ridge trail is pretty challenging. It was very shady though and would be a nice hike even in the heat of summer. The lakeside trail is much easier and still shady. This is going on our repeat hiking list for sure.

nice shady wooded trail. super easy. if you want go swimming then this isn't the place for you. if you want adventure then again this isn't the right place. campgrounds and bathrooms super clean though. playground as well.

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Really well maintained but heavily trafficked park. The trails are extremely slippery and the shoreline path can be downright soggy. Very pretty with a lot of deer and waterfowl.

Friday, April 07, 2017

My wife and I really like this trail! We have done the trail loop in both directions and we love it for a short quick hike with the dog! The only negative about this trail is that if it rains its slick. The part of the trail where you hike down the 'wooden stairs' is dangerous! We hiked down it after a recent rain (maybe 2 days later, seemed barely damp) but the 'stairs' were so slippery I fell HARD and almost IMPALED myself on a railroad stake that had eroded away from stairs. Really great hike except for that spot!

Monday, April 03, 2017

I love it! It is beautiful and there are some steep hills. You really get a workout

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Nicely marked trails but would be better if it had mileage, beautiful scenery, tons of wild life. On our hike we 6 deer which was nice. Definitely will come back.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Nice loop trail with great water views from several locations. Did this hike in winter when the lake level was low, so a ton of submerged litter was exposed along the shore. Amazing and sickening how much garbage gets tossed into such a pretty lake.

hiking
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Nice park. An unexpected gem in Gallatin area. Was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this park. Will definitely be back again.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Love it! Such a nice park! Def worth the 40 min drive to get here!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

This starts with a few challenges but smoothed out with a walk around the lake. Good training hike for hitting tougher trails.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

we enjoyed this hike. Views of the lake was spectacular. Some areas would have been impossible if it had just rained...steap and slippery. They have a nice campground too with great fishing spots.

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Not a very long trail but the views were beautiful. One super steep hill. Trail around the water was beautiful but it's a busy lake (I don't mind watching the boaters) My son fished and caught one on his second cast. All in all an enjoyable day, we will be back!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Several trails located in this area for those looking for easy to moderate. Great views and some other historical sites in the area. small campground in case you want to pair camping with hiking. Also has public boat ramp. I saw several kayaking. we enjoy going here a few times a year.

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