26 days ago

Strenuous on the way back. The water fall makes it worth it! Not a bad hike. Decent.

easy walk...nice and quiet

Excellent hike. Pretty hard though. Either I found the top or only an outcropping, but what I reached was very small. Bring lots of water. It's a longer hike than you'd expect.

Excellent hike but very strenuous. Take it slow. Best for kids too. Very safe imo.

Great experience. A lot of diverse life on trail. Beautiful views.

3 months ago

I've been up there a few times. Not a whole lot to see on the way up there but once you get there there's an incredible view from three different places. It's best to see it late fall when the leaves have fallen on a clear Day you can see a long way. The last time I went I saw a bear! Not to worry black bears are more afraid of you than you are of them. Definitely wear your hiking boots.

Easy hike nice view

The Buck Mountain Trail is located at MP 123.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's a short (1 mile round trip) hike to the overlook at the summit. There's not much of a view, but it's a good leg stretcher if you are traveling the Parkway and need a break.

Worth it. Yes, strenuous on the way back out to the BRP, but worth it. Multiple beautiful falls. Depending on the time of year, mountain laurel blooming. Some areas are slippery. Some over-hanging rock formations.

Beautiful hike! The last 0.8 ish miles are definitely more strenuous than the whole rest of the hike, but the falls are gorgeous and make the effort worth it.

Quite steep but fun

gave us the wrong directions. need to have better directions

No trail here.

A few things you need to know before you choose to hike the oddly named Balcony Falls Trail. First, Balcony Falls is a set of rapids at the confluence of the James and Maury Rivers. You aren't going to be hiking to a view of a waterfall, which most people probably expect. Second, we never found an overlook. So the only time of year you are going to see any views of any kind on this trail is during leaf-off. Even then, you don't get a very good view of Balcony Falls. Third, there was a major fire in this area a few years back and the first 3/4 miles is through a lot of scrubby new growth that isn't very pretty. That being said, we hiked this in January and enjoyed the hike. The best views were on a fire service road during the last 1 1/2 miles of the trail.

This trail is definitely a winter hike. I went May 24 and it was very overgrown. The view is not as visible because of the leaves. There is no waterfall either.

Straight up straight down, not a great view, quick 25 min -we left a little disappointed