This is a Dr. Jekyl Mr Hyde sort of trail. The first 1/2 is open, wide, smooth and very fast, but with just enough curves to be very interesting. Then it gets very windy with lots of ups/downs and roots and is quite technical. This section can be muddy.
Recommend parking at the business just down the hill. Exit parking lot to left, small climb up to trailhead.
* Bridges with step-ups/downs
* Bridges without rails
* Downhill/uphill roots
* Some small steps
This trail has some long, flat straights broken up by bridges. Some bridges have an immediate drop with a small flow onto flat singletrack. A couple bridges with step-ups.This is called the "Tow Road" and runs next to a couple 100-year-old trees grown over the canal and the Fore River Stream.
Then you move into an uphill climb over roots into a downhill. There is a tricky switchback at the bottom with a small drop-in over root directly onto a bridge (with rail) that also cuts back slightly. Cross the bridge into another uphill, then downhill over a long bridge (no rail). Small rooty climb to train tracks.
Cross the tracks to a steep uphill (lots of people walk this), then a downhill to the the base of Jewell Falls, alternating between clean path to root path. Just before the falls is a nice, curvy, fairly tight downhill.
Jewell Falls has a bike track up to the left. Cross the low bridge and there is a quick root uphill section that opens to a smooth steep uphill climb. You can walk the climb or bike carry up the steps for a fast steps workout.
If you continue past the falls, you come out at Nason's Corner and a variety store. Many people turn around at the falls and reverse the track.