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The 2.5 mile North-South Lake Loop located at the popular North-South Lake Campground is an easy hike that all members of your family should be able to enjoy. The hike takes you on a journey around the lake with numerous vantage points featuring views of the lake as well as a few benches along the way. This is a great morning walk for those staying at the campground.

This loop trail follows yellow DEC plastic trail markers. Start your hike from the west end of South Lake, at the earthen dam on South Lake Road. There is a small parking area here. Cross the 'dam' amd follow the trail sign into the woods. This first part of the trail is rooty and can be wet and muddy at times. At 0.5 miles you will come out near the South Lake beach area. Cross the beach to where the trail enters back into the woods. This stretch of the trail can be hard to follow. At 0.7 miles the trail passes by Dinasaur Rock.

At 0.8 miles the trail reaches a dirt road and turns left. To the right goes to Alligator Rock and the last parking area for South Lake. On the yellow marked loop trail will soon reach quite a few great spots next to the lake. You'll reach the North Lake beach area at 1.0 miles and soon the path will be start going through the campground area. Be sure to watch for the yellow markers as you will be following paths as well as campground roads.

After the trail passes by scenic campsite 145, it will soon cross the inlet to the lake on a bridge at 1.7 miles. The trail then travels by a real nice secluded picnic area before reaching the road for Loop 1 campsites. Turn left and follow the road past the residence of the campground caretaker. The trail will leave the road on a wide path and soon will reach an informational kiosk at South Lake Road at 2.5 miles. This is the end of this loop hike.

The trail is wide and easy to follow on most sections

Dinasaur Rock

Many scenic spots along the lake



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