My wife and I (and our dog) turned this trip into about a 15-mile backpacking trip, by adding portions of the Sheltowee Trace and Lick Creek trails to the 8.5-mile loop described here. The terrain is sometimes difficult, and the trail is not very well-maintained -- many downed trees in the way. However, there is only one serious ascent and descent, and no difficult stream crossings, so our 15-mile route was manageable in a one-night trip. We greatly enjoyed the solitude; on an early April weekend, we ran into virtually no other hikers, although boats go by on the river from time to time. The scenery was good, even though the leaves weren't out yet. Overall, a satisfying trip. One warning: ticks are a serious problem in this area. Check all hikers, human and canine, for ticks at the end of each day -- every member of our party picked up at least one.