Explore the most popular forest trails near Georgetown with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The directions to get to this trail are dead wrong. it takes you to peoples houses and expects you to walk thru thier yards.....

I found the correct location and it’s a park one road over that costs money to enter. :(

hiking
2 months ago

Kind of treacherous, especially when wet. Steep rocky climbs. Definitely would not run this trail. Great river cliff views though.

hiking
2 months ago

I only hiked down to about Walnut Spring Park, but boy was it gorgeous! Nice views of the lake (more like a river here) river at first, then after a short bout of woods (with a small water crossing) and the open fields, you get another nice view of the lake. After this is hiking in the woods for awhile, but you get glimpses of the lake at a distance, cool looking vegetation.

Once at Walnut Spring park, you can actually hike down to the edge of the lake. And here, it's just utterly beautiful- a least in the Summer when I hiked it, I wonder if it holds it's beauty during the Winter.

I'll definitely be back soon, to try and hike all the way to Russel Park.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is really a network of trails, in a park with playgrounds, some pavilions, a splashpad, a nice house to host events in, a river a the back and horses. It has nice restrooms, but kinda few and far between. Water fountains and trash cans and benches. But all that stuff are at the two main areas. When on the trail, you're on your own (though the trial never goes too terribly far back).

The trails themselves are either hiking only, or else hiking and horseback riding. No bikes at all. And they all have crushed rock and/or woodchips on them, so no rocky and rooty and watching your step. here are some hills, but nothing too bad. And the trials aren't very "tangley". Saw deer several times, and some squirrels.

The park looks brand new, and no one told me that you had to pay $10 ($5 for Georgetown residents). Even though all the construction going (on the westside of the park, near the playground area) on will eventually end up making the place look nice, it's not worth a $10 revisit.

trail running
2 months ago

Good combination of trails and pavement. Plenty of shade.

road biking
5 months ago

Very relaxing trail! Really enjoyed and would recommend to new cyclists.

You definitely need balance for this Trail. There are some steep areas. I wish there were markings or something so I knew where the trail led to.....we turned around at some point. I also would NOT bring my dogs on this trail.

trail running
6 months ago

The first 5 miles of the trail are easy, slow rolling and easy to run. Exposed and hot in the summer, the trail is full of wildflowers and great for a spring run. The rest of the trail is rocky, technical and more shaded. Additional trail exists in Twin Springs preserve, adding another 3-mile loop after an uphill climb for about 1 mile. Wear shoes with a good rock plate and carry plenty of water.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail actually makes a loop and is about 26 miles long.


The trail isn't marked very well and I've gotten off track a few times.

I haven't done the whole thing yet. Still working on it.

hiking
8 months ago

I absolutely loved this trail. The water was so clean and it had a small second trail near the water that lead to a very nice surprise. it has great views and even had a touch of optional harder routes.

trail running
9 months ago

Had a good time on this trail today. ran it out and back. Climbing the stair in the middle was sort of tough but fun. Near the south end of the trail, you get into a more wooded area with single-track, winding dirt trails- different than the rocky, step ridden trail at the northern end of the trail.

My experience above might've been a little rambling, but hey, so is the trail :)

hiking
10 months ago

Enjoyed this short trail with the kids! Some changes in elevation and stairs .

hiking
10 months ago

The are pretty parts and worth it the first time. I probably won’t repeat. Felt surrounded by civilization.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail. Plenty of things to see along the way. Worth the trip here. Just watch out for the spider buddies and their webs across the trail. (The trail looks to keep going town towards University Ave but you will have to cross the water)

trail running
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Parking is easy to find at Blue Hole park, but then you gotta run west down the river about a quarter mile, and just after the picnic tables and pavilion area, you'll see in the woods by the river a sign for the trail. You can access the trail from the neighborhood, from scenic drive and possibly other roads. This trail is marked easy, but it should definitely be marked at least moderate. It is short with few obstacles, but those obstacles- some rather steps steps, climbing between and through some rocks, the trail going just a few feet away from the river. This should be at least moderate.

For trail running, this trail lacks water crossings (bu you are right next to the river, so have fun!), long hill climbs, and mileage. But as short as this trail is, it boasts off shoot trails overgrown trails, some ups and downs, some stair climbs, and even a rock scramble or two. It's kinds like an "intro to trail running" trail. it's rough and rugged with a variety of terrain, but it's just so short.

Strollers are not welcome, I promise. Use the city trails for running with strollers. And if you try and bike this, I promise, the ups and downs over the jutted, craggy rocks, and the very steep stairs, make it almost impossible. You'll be carrying that bike half the time.

But there are great views. Great views of the river (even if there are apartments on the other side), views of the "bluffs". Most of the trails shaded but near the middle you get the wide-open views. Again, be prepared for a rugged hike, but not a very long one.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Really good trail. Start early as it gets hot!! Great bathrooms with running water at Russell Park!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I wouldn't recommend bringing your dog on this trail as there is quite a bit of broken glass. Other than that it's a nice short trail!

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Very nice trail. Most of it is paved except for a small section which is crushed granite. Majority of the Trail is shaded also. Longest unshaded sections are near the dam and when you have to go through the neighborhood hood. Plenty of spots to refill water your water bottle along the way also.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Excellent. Interesting and very well shaded. Very beautiful.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

My sons and I enjoyed it.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Epic bluffs and sensational views. Enjoyed every minute of this beautiful trail and then took a dip in the Blue Hole. Loved it!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

GREAT fun hike with kids!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Took ol Turkey swimming, dagdom good time

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

great trails

backpacking
Thursday, May 04, 2017

Did the whole loop in a day...not the best idea, but i wanted to see if I could. And hooray, I can!
My main issue is that when you reach a trailhead there are no directions or signs on where to pick up the trail again! Also, the water stops marked on the map aren't really there. Not sure why it says they are!
Quite pretty though.
Be safe and bring water!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Nice and relaxing 1 mile trail with great views!

hiking
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Well this 77 year old who thought he was in better shape was surprised by the challenge of the trail. The steep climbs and descents plus the nearness to the edge of the cliffs made this more of a moderate trail. It is amazing that something this nice is in the city. Great views of the river and the bluffs on the opposite bank. Good shakedown hike that will toughen the knees and hips. Will definitely do it again.

hiking
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This trail is hidden on the back side of Blue Hole park, but there is a sign directing you to it that gives a bit of history as well. I would actually say this is more "moderate" than it is "easy" as there are some narrow parts next to steep cliffs that have no railing. It's definitely up and down, there's a metal staircase at one point that feels sturdy, and a short distance from that, 2 sets of stairs made of wooden logs. It's definitely not a kid friendly trail, nor would I bring strollers or kid carrying backpacks just because I personally wouldn't want to fall down a cliff with my kid riding shotgun.

Overall, this is an awesome trail located right inside the city, and it's got some great views. I'll definitely hike this again!

hiking
Thursday, January 12, 2017

beautiful location! Not super easy which I love and there weren't very many people so it was nice and quiet. loved my time there

hiking
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Decent trail. Not so great on hot sunny days. Take water for your dog if you bring one.

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