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Amazing trail with great views along the whole thing. Moderate trail, with a few strenuous parts. Busy by the Black Balsam portion. Weather changes very quickly, so pack appropriately.

Great trail, very tough with all the leaves down, makes it very slippery.

Nice creek and Cold Mountain near by. Boy Scout camp and while not active was in backdrop much of the hike

Completed a small part of this trail; round trip was around 5 miles. Make sure to wear sunscreen because once you get to the top you are pretty much exposed. Once you get to the top you have 360 degree views of the mountains. Some parts were a bit rocky and narrow so you will get scuffed up by the brush. We took our lab with us and there were several other hikers out with their dogs.

Steep, narrow, rocky but worth it

I'm one that loves to hike strenuous hikes and this hike lived up to my expectations.

The directions to the trail were spot on. The entry to the trail is easy to fine and get started. Be aware that the last mile of the hike is not well maintained and not marked.

The views from the top are worth the time it takes to get to the top.

nice fairly easy trail. parallels a nice large creek. trail is fairly defined, gets a little confusing in places where the trail gets closed to the water and goes out onto the rocks. there are many campsites along the trail that would make a great hike to fly fish and camp trip

Cold Mountain is a beast, but worth every tired step. Great views, interesting terrain and rock formations, and a 6K'+ summit. Allow ample time going up. Ramps cover the sides of the hollers in the springtime.

This is a beautiful trail. There are plenty of wide open views and the hike is a very enjoyable hike. It's best to go during the mid day,sometimes the fog is heavy and the views become obsolete. We really enjoyed this hike. Black Balsam Knob is one of our favorite places to go to,it has many trails to explore.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a nice trail,it's great that you can experience the river and all the swimming holes it had to offer. I will advise a compass and a map for this trail,as it has numerous trails that you can easily end up on with out knowing if you are on the actual trail you planned to trek on. I also liked it because the traffic was a little less than moderate and not heavy.

backpacking
2 months ago

Best 3 day 2 night backpacking trail in Pisgah. Great scenic views as you climb. Must do if you like to backpack and hike more than just a few miles!

My husband and I did this hike in about 5 hours (including a 30-minute lunch break at the summit). Given the full leaf cover, there were not many views until we got near the top -- but they were certainly worth the effort and the wait! It's a beautiful, peaceful, quintessentially southern Appalachian hike, with plenty of climbing, rocks and roots to keep things interesting. We will definitely do this again in the fall when the leaves are changing.

Rocky!!!