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A little rocky, but overall a great hike for people and pups alike!

Jumped on the trail head just before you get to the park entrance. Easy hike around 1.8 miles in until you hit the roadway. You can cross over and continue if you want, but we decided to turn back because we were pressed for time. Loved hiking along the creek and we timed as the leaves were turning. Beautiful.

I loved this trail! Beautiful rock formations and seen a timber rattler! Unbeatable views! Didn't seem like 4 miles at all.
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Great quick hike. It was a chilly day but very clear and sunny, perfect day out. I saw 25 or more people but had nice bits of quiet time. The campsites were half full.

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10 days ago

I would consider this a sleeper trail that many people simply bypass. On top of that, I would also consider it being moderate as appose to easy. The trail becomes very rocky just getting to the very end of the mountain but there is switchbacks. The trail offers two great viewpoints but the 180 view is at the end on top of a concrete viewing platform. I am a 65 year old daily hiker and I enjoyed the whole trail. Some old timers would be just fine going to the first viewpoint. When you are standing there, look at the lower mountain to your left. That's the end !! There is a sign at the Trail-head and you can loop down from the STONE road near the horse stable.
If you are in the Skyland location then you could also do the Stony Man Trail. We got caught in the fog and rain on that one the day before. I wanted to do it a second time but our day was coming to an end. Skyland has two entry points. One trails at one and the other trail is at the other.

So worth the climb up. Walk passed the Big Schloss cut off and go about a half mile more to look back at it.

Awesome hike today! Lovely weather, amazing views.. a bit crowded on the trail, but I suppose that's to be expected on one of the last warm weekend days of the year! Went up to the top and ate our sandwiches sitting on the cliff and enjoying the silence...ahhh

Super steep, but our group of mostly-out-of shape hikers, 2 young kids, and dog made it no problem. The only issue was all of the acorns on the descent. 2 adults and both kids took pretty bad spills. I definitely would bring walking sticks next time.

This was a fun hike. Not sure why but I didn’t think it was too rocky as many of the reviews do mention. Great views on the way up and also at the top. Moderately steep which makes it not too difficult.

Very rocky moderate climb to the top. Views are stunning!
Make sure to go early or midweek to avoid most crowds.

Went there in February of 2017 with a nephew and a couple of nieces. The weather was ridiculously 80°F. Gorgeous views, as the description says; and lots of ups and downs. But if you take your time and enjoy the walk, it’s just magnificent.

Steep hike up to a great overlook. Fit people will fly up this thing. Average people will hurt a little but make it up fine. Unfit people can make it to the top, just take your time and take short breaks up against all the big nice boulders. Everyone can do this one, some with more effort.

I went super early, got in the park when it was still dark. Was on the trail right after sunrise... didn’t see another soul until I was halfway up and I passed this guy with trekking poles coming down (probably hiked from the other route). I got to the top and there was one young lady there who I chatted with for a bit. I stayed for a little while at the top alone even though it was cold and rain was on the way. A family with a young child about 10 got up to the top. When getting ready to leave I heard the boy say, “going back will be easy!” Well it is easier but not easy, take your time because all the rocks and downslope can lead to a twisted ankle very easily.

On the way down I ran into a few families and couples on their way up. So if you want to do the hike in solitude and have some time at the top by yourself go early!

Wonderful hike, we did take a wrong turn which made the hike longer but we really enjoyed a fantastic View at the top.

Moderate hike with pleasant panoramic views at the end. Trail was moderately trafficked, but not crowded. Elevation steepness and roots/rocks on trail make it a bit more challenging, but it should not be too challenging for anyone with hiking experience or a good fitness level.

Moderate trail, views are so-so

Great little hike very convenient to Skyland Lodge. View from the platform area is spectacular

Challenging great hike!

hiking
29 days ago

Went on this hike last month. Don’t be mistaken by the first nice view. Make your way to the ridge line for great views. Good for a day when you need a good hike, but don’t have all day!

Went on this hike last May and loved it. First hike in the States after seven years overseas. Great rock formations and views from the top. Recommend going as early as possible to avoid crowd and experience the hike in at best viewing time.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. However going counter clockwise thru the loop, after the first overlook (1.5 miles) there are several rock piles across the trail and rocks off and on for the next mile or two. Be sure to wear the proper shoes and take care. The overlooks are quite spectacular. I was however disappointed at Signal Knob overlook looking west as the small Maple trees have grown to block a lot of the view that was so breathtaking just a couple of years ago. I hope the trail maintenance crew in that area can trim those back as the view really has been compromised. Saw 4 solo's and 3 pairs of hikers all day. Temps in the 50's and cloudy.

I don’t know if its ‘as good as it gets’ but its a really fun hike!

Great short hike for a fall day (hiked 9/29) with good views. Not too many people on our Friday morning.

The view at the top is great and good for short hike. Not a 5-star though because we were aware of Skyline Drive for the first half of the hike. Trail traffic was moderate on a Wednesday.

on Dickey Ridge Trail

hiking
1 month ago

All up hill from the start, no significant decline until you turn around. Not many views, just deer and bears. It's a great trail to train for mileage and incline.

A short but steady incline that takes you to some incredible views. This is a popular trail with a parking lot, bathrooms, and water at the bottom. Expect to see people, possibly quite a few if it's a weekend or holiday.

Nice trail. Very rocky path all the way up. I brought my three and a half year old son, and he completed the whole thing by himself (while holding my hand). Good trail for kids as long as they can hold onto you so they don't trip on one of the rocks.

Trail was harder than I expected but that may be because I thought it was “Moderate.” Some fairly steep sections and overall it was very rocky. Great view from the summit. Also, the map currently displayed has the turnaround point in the middle of the woods on the way down, which leads one to believe that there are multiple overlooks... there aren’t. No need to continue past the first opening.

A great trail with a rewarding overlook at the end though not quite as nice as the one across rt. 7 at Bears Den. The trail also crosses two small rocky steams which added alittle something to the trail. It took us about 1hr 15mins to reach the overlook.

Beautiful view - just stunning. This hike I would rate as a little more difficult than moderate- only because my 8yr old daughter had a tough time. So beware if you plan on bringing any children. Take your time and take breaks. Kids aside- rocky but well maintained trail. Most of your view is through the forest of course on the way up- you will pass an old home- chimney remnants. Really cool- once you reach around 3000ft there are views- beautiful once you've reached the rock. Worth it.

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