The slightly more rugged of the two loops that make up the John P. Saylor Trail, this hike winds through areas of hardwood forest, across woodland meadows, and along Clear Shade Creek, with some wetland areas mixed in. Fisherman’s Path, which you first hike in on, and use again to get out, is fairly steep, but the rest of the hike is relatively easy.
The larger of the two, which covers about 12.0 miles, is often wet and boggy. The smaller loop—known as the Middle Ridge Loop—will stop you in your tracks a few times, too, as you try to figure out how to keep your boots dry. Still, winding through the nearly 2,800-acre Clear Shade Wild Area, it takes you through an interesting and very pretty mix of woods and meadows.
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