One of the most beautiful trails I have ever experienced. While this is listed as a moderately strenuous trail, my children aged 11 and 6 were able to hike the entire thing with no trouble. We like to make many stops, though, to take in everything around us and take pictures, so the entire hike took us about 4-5 hours. We could easily have taken more time - there is so much to see!
When we went, the waterfall was at low water and the creek was not running in most places, and the adventure was still fun and scenic. The small cave was a nice cool-off on an 85-degree day, and the large cave was breathtaking. The fall colors were beautiful.
The way out is steep, and the very last twenty or so steps of the "switchbacks" is a tough scramble on loose soil. You'll get your cardio! On the way down, the trail has lots of large, loose stones, so I would recommend hiking boots or shoes with good ankle support.
I can hardly wait to hike this again when the water is running high.
We loved this trail. Exploring the caves was fun and more than we expected them to be. We saw three types of salamander among other interesting creatures. The river isn't far away so enjoyed cooling off in the water once we were finished hiking. Great hike, will be coming back for more. Highly recommend.
This is about the best trail I've ever been on. I loved the area around the Indian Rock house, the waterfall. Saw only a couple people on the trail but I am sure its crowded in summer. We went weekday May2. Will wait till fall to go again. Sign said no dogs but we took them anyway. Also walked the other trails in park.
Amazing hike! Going in we went to
The right as the trail guide suggests. You will actually not notice the left if you're not looking for it. You descend down the mountain and at the base is a water fall it had a small amount of water running at the time. Then you follow Panther creek all the way to a cave in your left that's not the Indian Rockhouse though it's just a cool cave. Keep going you'll see signs for the Rockhouse it's amazing !!!! We hiked up to it explored the cave itself and then had lunch in it. It was cool and inviting after the hike to it. After being well rested we hiked out and up the other side of the loop which isn't as scenically breathtaking and is a good uphill hike. It was worth the effort though I'll definitely go again maybe In the fall