April 26, 2017
Sleepy Hollow State Park is the place where the International Brotherhood of Swamp Mosquitos (IBSM) was holding their convention. A group from the IBSM Local 450 got drunk and were looking for trouble, they assaulted me and I'm pretty sure they were going to steal my bike. I might have taken more pictures but had to vacate the area in fear for my life. The rowdy convention goers apparently flooded the would be trails, trying to slow the escape of their would-be victims. My drivetrain courageously fought through the mud enough for me to turn back. It's a miracle that I survived to share this harrowing tale.
I checked the weather history, it had been dry for a couple weeks. But that is not enough to dry out this swamp tour. I tried several different routes and found them all in the same shape and ended up returning to my car. If you love horse hoof-softened surfaces, sloppy mud, and an abrasive sand-clay slurry all over your drivetrain, this is the trail for you.
It might be OK in the middle of a drought summer, but this would not be a trail I will be returning to. The lake looks pretty nice for boating or kayaking. The whole lake is a wake-free zone. So it is peaceful, just don't get so close to shore that you run into the rowdy IBSM Local 450. They are a mean bunch.
September 14, 2017
iliketexmex, the trails won't dry out until June-ish. Once they are dry, it's not a bad trail. It's fairly open and not too technical so one can bang out a some miles if that's what they're after. There are some fun sections for those that enjoy boots off of roots to get some air and there are a few fun flowy sections. They have group rides on Wednesdays once the trail is dry enough.
Of the 13ish mile loop, there is less than a mile that is shared with horses and that part (the island) is easily avoidable.