This is a lovely loop trail for people and their dogs throughout the year. However, it is a trail shared with mountain bikers from October 15 through April 15, so skip hiking it during that time if you want to avoid bikes on the sometimes steep and narrow trails.
If hiking during fall (an exceptionally pretty time when the hardwoods turn a variety of brilliant shades), dogs should wear blaze orange vests to distinguish themselves from game animals since hunting is allowed in the forest. Early spring is actually a great time here because it has warmed up enough for you to enjoy being out on the trail, but it is still cool enough for comfortable hiking. Since the leaves then have not yet filled in this mostly hardwood forest, great ridge-top views are visible through the trees. Dog-friendly between April 1 and August 15. Mountain Biking between October 15 and April 15.
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