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Good sign posts along trail
Trails have good signs at trail junctions and at half-mile intervals.
User: kcameron - 3/8/2008

Location: Huntsville State Park

Rating: 3stars
Difficulty: 2stars  Solitude: 1star
Miles Hiked: 7.00 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes


Although the day started cool, it soon warmed up, and people flocked to the park. As we hiked the Chinquapin Trail around the park, we probably encountered no fewer than 75 people, including 3 groups of at least 10 people each.

Despite the traffic on the trails, we did enjoy this hike. The trails are well-marked and maintained, and we encountered no problems. Numerous roots on the trail are probably the worst thing about this trail, and they are not bad at all.

This is a typical hike through the woods. The only unique features would be the numerous boardwalks (2 in the northern part of the hike, and another across Big Chinquapin Creek) and the lake, including the dam and spillway.

If anyone else hikes this trail, I would like to get their impression of the area just north of where the Chinquapin Trail intersects the Triple C Cutoff just north of the dam. There seemed to be a depression there where the trail dipped down for perhaps 100 yards or more. The trees and underbrush were more dense there, it seemed; very little sunlight filtered down there.

For others who might be considering this trail, pack a lunch and plan to eat at the spillway. On the south side of the spillway is a picnic table with a good view of the lake; it's a good spot for lunch.

Log Photos
Good sign posts along trail
Alligator Branch Boardwalk
North end of Lake Raven
Sample Mile Marker
Trail across dam
Lake Raven
Lake Raven spillway
Big Chinquapin Creek boardwalk
Area around Huntsville State Park
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