Popular trail. Seems very influenced by humans (wide graven road, blocked paths, yellow tape, ext). The main road hike gets pretty steep. Some nice views.
I found a path towards the beginning river before the falls that allows you to walk on the rocks to the bottom of the falls.
Wide gravel dirt roads make this trail around Lake Julia beautiful and easy for families or bikers. The lake is not populated and very pristine. You can do a portion of this and not the whole 19 miles. The hike from the visitors center to the lake and back is about five miles total. The hike has some small hills near the lake. Most parts are in the shade but you'll also see some meadows and sun.
Karen P. on Wintergreen Falls Trail
First of all, the waterfall is just ok. The hike is through a pretty part of the forest but not along any srream...down hill going in and up hill coming out. When you get to the waterfall, you have to boulder jump or climb up a 4' rock at a short, tight, rocky trail to get a good view of the falls!. So, not for the less mobile! When you are in front of the waterfall, it's a small area and is crowded with even a few people. Don't even try the path to the right just before the caution sign. It is the trail to nowhere...and goes on forever! There are just better waterfalls and hikes in the Dupont Forest/Pisgah area. But if you need to check this off your waterfall list, have a nice hike!