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This short but sweet hike is a great introduction to Henry Horton State Park, incorporating history with the lovely scenery. I was not prepared for the great views along the limestone bluffs of the Duck River. As you turn away from the river, you shortly come upon the Haunted Spring, known for a woman who lost her baby while washing laundry here in the 1800s, and it is unusually quiet here. As you go deeper along the trail, there are many short paths leading down to the ravines and rock formations, certainly worth exploring. Time seems to stand still while you are on this trail, and before you know it, you are back in the parking area. Luckily, there appears to be some work to extend the trails to make the best use for enjoying these woods.

We had the trail to ourselves for the full two hours it took to hike it. The trail is well kept, but be sure to prep for bugs/ticks.

Nice easy hike. My friend picked up a lot of ticks so make sure you check for them.

4 months ago

Quiet loop.

I enjoyed all the shade trees and taking pictures of undisturbed foliage. I agree, it is advisable to pay attention to footing.

This is one of my all time favorite hikes! We love the cedar glade opening and all the sinkholes!

great little trail!

Good hike! We started half way on the trail a little down the road from the camping sites. It was a nice trail for our kids!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Great for a day hike, alone.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Quiet and peaceful hike, usually won't run into folks back there, which is nice.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Simple hike, perfect for bringing children.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

did the outer loop and had a great hike. did pick up several seed ticks and hit every spider web lol but other than that it was a great hike. wish I saw some of the local wildlife besides the spiders but oh well maybe another time.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Well, I planned to hike the Hickory Ridge Outer Trail but, along the way I discovered the River Trail. Not knowing where it lead, I took it.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Great trail. My four and 11 year old did good on this trail. I felt like it was longer than 2.7 miles. We hiked both loops and it took us exactly 2 hours.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

Decent little trail. Super muddy when I went. I saw no one on the trail. More like 2.5 miles.

walking
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Walked/hiked it this past Sunday morning. At 9am the trails were empty, had the woods to myself. Pay attention to hazards if you are wearing walking shoes you may get a poke through your sole. The Duck was flowing well, golfers could be heard yelling expletives on the course opposite Wilhoite/River trails. The Wetlands trail was mostly dry and newly cut but of little interest other than peeper frogs. It was disturbing seeing private property owner's deer stands just on the other side of the park property fence. Made me a little leery. All in all, a good time of day, lots of privacy, could imagine this being overrun by dogs, kids and trail bikes even though they are prohibited (bikes, I mean.) Dense forest--wasn't at all disturbed by traffic noise other than the occasional train.

hiking
Thursday, February 09, 2017

Nice trail with some good wildflowers in spring.

trail running
Sunday, December 04, 2016

Fun trail. Runners, beware; Stumblestiltkin Trail is what I'd call it! HA! Pay attention to footing. Rock tips & protruding root structures litter certain portions, just pay attention. Hikers be sure to check out the limestone beds & rock crevices, sort of cave like structures. We ran this on 12/3/16 w chilly 47 degree temps w drizzle, still fun trek through the woods. Saw 4 deer twice on this loop, we circled them around after spooning them the 1st sighting. This trail reminded me of the 5 mile Hidden Springs loop at Cedars of Lebanon. Only complaint is sound of road traffic on occasion. Still, great trek through some dense forest.

backpacking
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Decent amount of miles for a little exercise if you combine the outer loop and the river trail , not much to see tho really .

hiking
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pretty trail, a little busier than some others but not by much. Multiple options for trails. I took the first trail, the outer loop and then the river trail but never found my way closer to the water. There's a cool overlook spot with stairs leading up to a deck but unfortunately you can't see much of interest up there (at least in mid October, could be completely different earlier in the year). I'll be visiting again in the Spring for a fair trial. :)

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Great trail. Well marked. Deep, rock sink holes were awesome! A must do if you are in the area. The staff at Henry Horton State Park were friendly and efficient.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

by the river and through the woods, this hike is mild yet beautiful. I always see deer.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The trails entwined so it was hard to have a clear idea of how far you actually went and where exactly you were. The trails are color coated, We had the provided trail map but were confused. All the trails loop though so we walked until we were tired and then jumped back on the color trail that took us back to our car. We had a blast and will do it again... very easy walk.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

The kids enjoy this quick hike. There were lots of side trails to explore.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Great amount of wildflowers. Love the sinkholes.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Great hike. Nice and easy with some great scenery.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

You walk past some cool sink holes on this flat and well-marked trail. It was really pretty in the early spring.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Easy trail lots of cool things to see.

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