dogs on leash
For the most part this trail was good for young children, but there needs to be some type of sign detailing the smaller loop that leads to the falls themselves. Which actually, maybe it was due to the time of year and lack of rain, but there was no waterfalls, it was dried up. The smaller loop to the falls area consisted of climbing down rocks that was not suitable for very young children. There was also another area on the main loop where you had to climb up rocks to continue on the trail. There was beautiful large boulders throughout the woods, but it would have been nice to actually see waterfalls.
Very nice for what it is. The trail is pretty short, but for what you see on such a short path it makes it especially nice for those with younger children, carrying a meal (Pack out what you pack in!), or just if you don't have a lot of time. The cliffs and stream boulders were much more impressive than I would have guessed the area would hold, and the elevation changes along the path so it is not just level walking. Very happy I took the family and will probably come back.
CINDY P. on Pate Hollow Trail
At the first split, If you take the lower (left) trail, the trail will be mostly up hill. Take the upper (right), the trail will be mostly down hill. They have two splits that will shorten the loop if wanted or needed. Out Fitbit said this trail is about. 6 miles.
Walked this trail with my 7 year old daughter and it was good for kids. Pretty flat with a bit of elevation change. Which made a good hike for my daughter. Lots of different mushrooms and animal tracks to check out and the trail was marked well. The water was down, so there was a nice beach area near the lake to sit for a snack.