Sheer sandstone canyons and gentle slopes comprise the 1,512 acres of Grayson Lake State Park. This site was a favorite camping area for Shawnee and Cherokee Native American. The hiking trails offer several species of ferns, mosses, and lichens, the flowering rhododendron, "lizard head rock," and the unusual combination of beech-hemlock trees.
Loved the hike but it is far from being an easy hike! I found this hike to be a moderate hike. Definitely not a hike you should take if you are not use to hiking! We enjoyed our trip and the views were breath taking! Well worth the trip! Just want to make sure you know it's not an easy hike.
My dog and I had a good time with this trail. The markings get a bit confusing half a mile in but once you get back on track it's easy to follow the rest of the way.
The combination of the canopy of trees and the breeze off of the lake made it pretty cool. I wouldn't recommend this 3 mile loop to a first time hiker but it is certainly beginner friendly.
Do NOT put Lick Falls into Google search then use their map directions. You will windup down a dirty road meant for jeeps. Not good. Use AllTrails directions and go to Grayson Lake golf course. Campsite at end of drive. After guard building turn left then go to far back right camping culdesac. Trailhead sign is on right out of site at start of culdesac. Someone change trail name on sign to Lick Balls (from Falls). Trail is marked in blue for about mile. Intersects with Yellow marked trail to leading down to falls. Best view of falls is from a boat.
The surrounding wilderness is incredibly beautiful "Loved the waterfalls". However, the trail markings are way too large on the trees. It appears as if someone painted the blazes with little regard, almost to the point of vandalism. It seems the campgrounds and golf course has the primary attention of the maintainers. Also, a bit of garbage seems to be thrown about the trail system. This trail has great potential, it just needs some TLC.
Great trail to be on! Saw some wildlife! Be careful of spiders, there are plenty of webs about. Unfortunately the water at the falls due to water levels. Some great views of the lake, however it would be nice to have some benches around the trail with lake views to sit and enjoy the views!
The 1st half of this trail is definitely not as exciting as the 2nd half. But the 2nd half is well worth the wait. I never knew how beautiful Grayson could be. Trail is well marked and a pretty easy hike. The waterfall is definitely a seasonal waterfall but its a beautiful area nonetheless. Thoroughly enjoyed it & looking forward to kayaking it next time!
The trail leads to a small waterfall in the woods. The waterfall itself isn't incredibly impressive, the trail offers a point of view from nearly on top off the falls, so you don't get the greatest view of it. However, the trail does offer great sights alongside Lake Grayson which make the hike worth your time.