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Beautiful swimming hole and waterfall is the reward at the end of this hike. We took our six-year-old and with some assistance from us on parts of the trail she did just fine with this hike.

Beautiful flowers in May. Bring extra water, as the trail is often in sunlight. Use plenty of bug spray, as this trail has more buzzing insects than others we've walked. Trail is not always clearly marked, so make sure to bring the app with you for the map.

hiking
21 hours ago

Challenging but worth it once you get to the top.

I did an out and back. Steep grades at the trailheads. Not as long as advertised but if measured by steps maybe. Trees down blocking path on north end. Had to bushwhack some to complete it. Poison ivy and mosquitos. Repellent and breakaway pants rids those problems.

hiking
1 day ago

A short loop that is good for kids. Look for frogs and other wildlife in the small pond at the former quarry. I had some trouble staying on the trail not far beyond the quarry (traveling clockwise) due to a recent controlled burn. I added a few tenths of a mile and ended up following the park road part of the way back.

1 day ago

Great for families.

An excellent all-around hike. Great terrain variety, almost everything you can imagine on one hike except waterfalls. (The midpoint of the Merritt Ridge loop drops you to a surprisingly remote spot on the lake.)

mountain biking
1 day ago

Was an ok greenway type deal but lots of people. A good ride for beginners on the mtn bike to build up some confidence.

It is a very nice little trail but quite short, only 45 minutes or so depending if you take a lot of pictures. There has been extensive damage to overlooks (leading to a massive pile of planks and nails lying discarded on the gravel road) so the central overlook is closed entirely as well as the path down from the level of the highest fall to its base. Some of the handrails are a little rickety but the path didn't seem very dangerous even hiking the day after rain. If they ever fix the closed sections I would probably upgrade it to 4 stars but it seems very unlikely. I also saw ZERO wildlife which was remarkable.

These views will blow your mind. Lots of traffic on the trail, was pretty muddy with the recent rains- but worth it for those falls views! Will definitely come back!

Amazing lookout in the middle of the loop, a civil war cemetery, crossing a riverbed and overlooking a small waterfall. This trail had a little bit of everything. Will definitely do this hike again for the overlook alone!

hiking
2 days ago

I've hiked this a couple times but it's not worth 5 stars. It's a decent hike to get out on for someone who doesn't mind some elevation gain. However, don't go just to see the falls because they aren't very big & it isn't nearly as impressive as other falls in the area. The trail is well maintained & isn't too crowded.

road biking
2 days ago

Awesome hike and beautiful scenery! We hiked to Laurel Falls but didn't make the other due to time. Definitely going back!