This hike is nIce anytime during the year. The scenery is nothing exceptional.
Ravines, easy stream crossings and plenty of trees make for a long day hike or an easy overnight backpack. This is an excellent backpack if you're just getting started or a pleasant trip for anyone who likes the outdoors. If you do the entire loop, you'll pass over a quaint, gravel-covered country road, old logging trails and single track.
The Low Gap Trail is well blazed with the exception of the spur from the Orcutt Spur Trailhead to the main loop, which will leave you scratching your head. With the exception of Sweedy Hollow, the hills are not too long or too steep. As a State Forest, there will be logging going on, so be advised. Best backcountry campsites are in the pine plantations north of the East Fork of Honey Creek. Many existing campsites show signs of over use and heavy impact. Using leave no trace practices during your visit will help preserve this area. The Forest Office, located near the Mason Ridge campground, appreciates it when you let them know you'll be in the backcounty overnight. No fee, but you must camp in designated area east of Low Gap Road. As of date of this review a new bridge was under construction on Honey Creek at Low Gap Road Trailhead, but a plank in the water made low water crossings a cinch. Easy stream crossings along entire trail, except during high water, when you might have to ford some of the Honey Creek Crossings.
Park at trailheads at south crossing where trail crosses Low Gap Road, or two lots along the Main Forest Road. You can also you park at the Forest Office on blacktop, but if you do, walk south along the Main Forest Road to the trailhead. The Orcutt Road Spur from the Forest Office is not worth the confusion.