Truly one of the better scenic hikes in the area. However probably 4 miles or so of the trail is on gravel service road which is all around awful to walk on. I was able to do the hike in about 3 hours. Also, there is a lot of hunting around the trail this time of the year so make sure to wear bright colors! All around it is well marked and a great backcountry hike.
I read the reviews prior to going myself. About half of the trail is rock roads, which is awful on your feet. The actual trails, though, did not disappoint. I recently moved down to Illinois for work, from North Dakota, where I've been used to plains hiking in the Badlands, but I am originally from Georgia and have hiked several sections of the App Trail in the north Georgia mountains. I did have some difficulty with some of the inclines, as some were very, very steep gains and I didn't have poles with me. The most scenic areas are parts of the mostly dried creek bed and then the natural rock shelter. The rest was just a walk in the woods, and a very long walk at that. Everything looking basically the same made the length of the hike a bit of a struggle. I agree with the Hard rating of this hike.
Tony S. on Low Gap Trail
Good long hike. Not too challenging other than distance. Typical hike in the woods. We got a hard down poor in the middle of the trail which turned the trail into a stream. Made for an unusual experience. An average payoff for the effort.
Nice lengthy trail. Might have passed a dozen other hikers. Not extremely scenic. Down in the creek, which was dried up, was the prettiest area. Other than that, it was just a walk in the woods. Took about 3h45m. Feet are a little sore from walking on all those rocks.