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Challenging climb. Great views. Fun hike.

wandern
1 day ago

Nice trail, with enough elevation to get your heart up some. The overlook wasn’t much on a rainy winter day, but still an enjoyable trail. Some of the rocks on the western side of the loop are a really crumbly sandstone, so watch your footing on those.

wandern
1 day ago

Getting to the trail was a journey! The trail is marked very well and parking lot was large enough with a big sign at the entrance. No restrooms at the parking lot but there is one by the observation tower. Very beautiful views. I went on a cold and windy day so I didn’t spend as much time on top

wandern
1 day ago

Has multiple lookout areas that are just beautiful!

wandern
schlammig
1 day ago

Well-maintained, easy to follow. Not secluded (comes across trailer park along the way), but some wildlife and nice views.

Well marked and well blazed. Definitely a moderate to hard hike with long, steep hills. Nice views.

schlammig
steinig
3 days ago

60* and sunny in January. Couldn't pass up the opportunity to check out a new trail. Took my 12 y/o Westie (who's never been hiking) and she slowed me down a bit sniffing every darn tree. But otherwise it was a smooth pace to the top and back. Trail was well marked with double yellow dashes the entire way, conditions were dry and the trail maintenance is top notch. Wolf Gap Recreation area had plenty of parking (again - this is January). Parking is across the street from the trail. The recreation area has public restrooms. It was not until the very end that I saw 2 other hikers. Otherwise, we were totally alone on the trail. So "heavily trafficked" is dependent upon the season. AllTrails has this listed as a 3.1 mile ~900ft gain out-n-back. **NOTE** That distance is only to the area labeled "VIEW" on the GWNF map seen at the trailhead. The trail actually continues for another mile! Now, that extra mile is super easy, flat soft mossy and goes steady along the ridge. Plenty of great camping spots in that mile with stone fire pits already constructed. So, if you begin at the Wolf Gap Recreation Area and follow Tibbet Knob Trail until it stops at Judge Rye Road, the distance is 2.5 miles and elevation gain of 1,300ft. Out-n-back was 5 miles. We did the whole thing and it took us 3 hours with regular water breaks. The scramble was (in my opinion) not a big challenge. I had to carry the dog through it though. She's agile but just too small and tired to leap like that. Don't let the "scramble" dissuade you from this trail. It's a great beginners scramble experience because you're not near an edge or clif, there wasn't much loose rock (January), and it's short - like .2 miles. Overall the views were nice and many to choose from, but more breathtaking views exist on trails nearby. This is a trail I'd choose for an easy/moderate physicality. It will be a little challenge for some beginners, and easy for the physically active. I wouldn't do it in the hot summer months because it seems it would be crowded, and there's not a lot of true shade for most of the hike. With that many prime camping spots I may just come back to spend the night!

wandern
schlammig
scrambling
steinig
5 days ago

Great trail! Very steep though. You’ll walk right past a waterfall within the first few minutes

The access road to this trail is gated from January until the snow melts.

wandern
ausgewaschen
schlammig
überflutet
6 days ago

We drove here from wheeling. The first gps map took us an HOUR out of the way and wrong way, never will use google maps again! Then we used a different app and got there shortly. The trail to get to table rock was flooded with rushing water and was washed out- so unfortunately we couldn’t cross. We did decide to walk to lindy point overlook instead and it was pretty awesome! We plan to visit again with a better vehicle as it looks like a fun place to do a little off roading. I did like this place more then Coopers rock.

wandern
steinig
6 days ago

Very easy trail with nice civil war historical landmarks along the way including a nice overlook of the Potomac River. Highly recommend for kids.

wandern
7 days ago

The overlook is the big payoff but the full stone fort loop is well worth it, especially if you’re into the history. There are extensive remains of a large stone fort and some pretty decent views east and west. The ascent is steep for a short stretch but the trail is in excellent condition. Far fewer people up here.

wandern
schlammig
scrambling
steinig
7 days ago

Great challenging hike. Lots of technical stretches over rocks, including some with steep drop offs around the southern point of the mountain. Areas closer to the trailheads are quite wet (we hiked in the midst of a snow melt). If water is high you should plan to get wet crossing the Stonecoal, which you will do numerous times. Just north of the Breathed Mountain-Red Creek junction is an easy side trail down to the creek which has a great series of waterfalls and rapids if the water is high. Many cool small waterfalls along Red Creek. Easy to lose the trail in places

this trail is not at Hawk nest State Park, it is a couple miles away. Loved it. flat and easy trail, fun waterfalls to look at. perfect for my girls and dogs.

wandern
7 days ago

Definitely a challenge, but a rewarding one! The hillside was quite steep (and I will definitely be sore tomorrow), but if you take an extra minute to follow the road once you reach the top, you’ll come across a beautiful and worthwhile overlook. We had to cross a few streams at the beginning of the hike, so definitely bring the proper footwear!

wandern
schlammig
steinig
7 days ago

Started from the resort office. The trail is moderately easy the first mile. But once you start hiking up the “hillside” it’s extremely difficult. To see the scenic over look, once at the top of the “hillside” take the trail till it meets the road, hop on the road for probably 5-10 minutes and there you will find the over look! I highly recommend ankle supporting hiking boots, and plenty of water! Have fun!

Be aware that the bridge at the beginning of the hike is closed due to train derailment last week.

wandern
steinig
7 days ago

If you are in to a moderate workout, this one will do it! Definitely a moderate trail. Some places are really rocky... better have good strong ankles. Took us about 2 hours to complete.

wandern
schlammig
7 days ago

Easy trail with something for everyone: multiple waterfalls, ruins and in warmer weather there are boat and tram rides at the bottom. The stream looks even prettier coming back out. The trail to the old mine is on the right between the water tower and fox branch falls, hard to see going in.

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