The first thing I need to mention about this hike, the trails are mixed use. Hikers and mountain bikes share the same narrow trails. For this reason my husband and I hiked the blue trail clockwise even though the markers are displayed counter clockwise. We decided it was safer to see the cyclists coming so we could get out of their way. Although it was a Sunday morning we only encountered only 2 riders during our 3.84 mile hike. Both cyclist were come at a good clip so it is wise to be prepared to step off the tail. This said I feel fellow hikers should have this information before heading out. (see printable map below for list of trails)
This is not a full on mountain hike, it is instead a peasant hill and dale terrain. I would highly recommend hiking boots as the blue trail is narrow, rocky with continuous exposed roots. The free flowing streams have both man-made and rock bridges for all weather condition crossings. Also be aware there are no benches for those wishing to sit and rest along the trail.
The Trees were alive with song during our hike, but we did not catch sight of any birds. I believe the mountain bike usage may have made them wary of coming close to the trail edges. Butterflies, Lizards and Hummingbird Moths were abundant throughout our hike. As the weather heats up areas around springs should become a great place to spot turtles, snakes and frogs as well. Next time we will go a bit earlier in the morning as the trails numerous natural springs likely attract larger wildlife as well. In late April or early May when all the Trees are in full leaf it should be like hiking in a mini rain forest.
Please note this is a multipurpose park and some areas will be noisier than others. This said once we were on the back side of the blue trail we heard only sounds of Nature. For a family seeking a variety of activities there is a rock wall, Frisbee golf, hiking, biking even a hike-in campsite. Clean modern bathrooms are available at both entrances/trail heads. This is a great road trip stopping point for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages or a fun FREE use day trip.
Love to All!