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Used and Abused
As far as we can tell, the so-called trail does not exist. We think there is a primitive pathway along the East Verde River, which approximates the rough equivalent of a 'trail.' You can reach this area by turning on the Flowing Springs Road North of Payson about 5 miles and righly one-half mile before reaching the East Verde River. Turn east on the Flowing Springs Road and travel seven tenths of a mile until you reach a pseudo campground on your left. The only way to tell it is a campground is by the sign, which states, '14 Day camping limit strictly enforced!' Otherwise, there's nothing except for the broken-glass-laden-charcoal-darkened fire rings to tell that it is a so-called campground. Pull into this area and walk down toward the East Verde River. You will soon see a small pathway, definitely not a trail in the traditional sense, meandering downstream on the South side of the East Verde. This is apparently the trail. It travels about sixth tenths of a mile to Highway 87. Another alternative would be to park next to Highway 87 and walk sixth tenths of a mile upstream until you encountered profuse amounts of broken glass and charcoal-darkened fire rings. As far as we can tell, there is no such thing as a Flowing Springs CG Trail. We think this so-called walk would be valuable only for someone simply passing by on the highspeed highway. This might be a welcome relief in a long journey between Phoenix and Winslow. Otherwise, we think your time would be better spent browsing the deli at the Payson Wal-Mart Super center.
Like we said, this note is posted only to help the unsuspecting avoid the same frustrating experience we had there on February 13, 2002.
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