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mountain biking
14 hours ago

Very fun bike ride with a gorgeous view at the end!

Beautiful! Well-maintained. Mostly stairs and boardwalks. Three lovely falls!

3 days ago

A classic in this area year round. During colder months, you can see the old mining towns across the gorge. And of course it’s lovely during the summer. Easy if you’re in shape.

TIP: This isn’t a true “loop.” The lower and upper parking lots are probably about a quarter of a mile apart with no where to walk but the road. I try to park at the lower lot so that I can walk downhill at the end.

Did the whole trail with some friends, made for a great backpacking trip with fairly easy trails. Some steep climbs here and there but they were always worth it. The views are breathtaking. Defiantly gonna go back to run it sometime.

Amazing hike! Easy climb and amazing views! We could spot some of the rafters down on the gorge.

It was ok, but definitely would not do again. View is lovely, but nothing spectacular or worth all the people on the more narrow switchbacks. I would count it as an easy climb if crowds were low.

Nice walk through the WV forest. Wide trail for most part. Took our Lab and Boxer, they loved it.

hiking
7 days ago

This is a nice hike, not to difficult with a great view at the end which is a great place to sit for a while and enjoy a drink and maybe have a bite to eat. I would do this trail again.

My husband and I hiked this trail this past weekend and really had a great time!! It was a wonderful scenic trail! Do be careful of the cliffs though especially if u are hiking with kids!!!
The only downside was that when we finished our hike we found that our car had been towed!! The trailhead parking lot was full when we arrived so we did what others had done and parked on the side of the road. There were not any signs indicating No Parking so we had no reason to believe it would b a problem. Multiple cars were towed that day. Imagine coming out of the woods and not knowing where your car is!!! What a shame to treat visitors this way!!!
Julie Bartram

hiking
12 days ago

Moderate is the perfect way to describe the difficulty - a gradual ascent up to the platform through switchbacks, your heart will be pumping but not so much that you need to stop very often. The view is wonderful & as it’s a mostly shaded path through the woods it can be done on even hot days. I recommend parking in the heritage house lot rather than taking the trail from the visitor center & just stopping by that after the hike.

Started at the North Terminus on Smoke Hole Rd and hiked to chimney tops. Would love to come back and hike the full trail. Great views and well-marked, well-maintained trails (at least the section we did). There were Carens (spelling?) marking where to get off the trail and head up to chimney tops.

Steady climb up. Lots of switchback but a great trail. Very we maintained. Ton of people out- kids and puppies included. It is a good bit of cardio and is not a light walk. Proper footwear is encouraged . The overlook platform is very nice. We climbed a little past that on the rocks. This is only suggested if you are confident in your skills and have proper shoes on. There’s a lot of climbers utilizing this as well. Moderate is a good rating.

hiking
15 days ago

Great day hike with a beautiful vista at the end. Today it was especially muddy, but definitely passable. Unless you have a Jeep (or other serious 4WD vehicle), you can't get to the trailhead from Blackwater Falls State Park. You need to pick up Canaan Loop Road from Route 32 near Canaan Heights. From there it's a 10-ish mile drive along a gravel/dirt fire road (which is a beautiful trip in and of itself).

15 days ago

We went in early July and it was very green and beautiful. A lot of tall, old-growth canopies, lush undergrowth. The trail has some steep parts as well as flat, mossy clearing areas. We noticed some poison ivy by the trail so pants would be a plus. When you get out to the knob on the way out, you are rewarded with a beautiful view before heading back to the trailhead.

hiking
15 days ago

Great moderate trail with great views and you might even get to watch some rock climbers doing their thing. Cliff views. Hang on to your little hikers. This is a must do hike. I believe you can make a loop out of this hike.

hiking
15 days ago

Easy hike. Mostly level. Mostly shaded. Great views on rock outcrop. Hang on to your little hikers. Bit of a forest road drive to the trail head. I believe 9 miles or so. Worth doing.

hiking
15 days ago

Great half day hike. Fairly scenic especially at the overlook. As mentioned, mostly shady, some rocks and roots. Basically, a cliff view. As always, hang on to your little hikers.

hiking
16 days ago

Great short hike with spectacular view of the New River Gorge Bridge at the end. There is one slightly steep rocky section. View at the end is on an unprotected cliff. Hang on to your young hikers.

quick hike, and a must see.

Loved this trail!

Good for a couple hours out of the house. Always beautiful scenery. Best in the winter with snow on

hiking
24 days ago

Easy hike, epic views!

hiking
26 days ago

Tried to get to this trail via Loop Rd from Blackwater Falls side & had to turn around. The road conditions are rougher than I expected. Its so washed out that there was no way my SUV would have cleared the rock drop offs. Also some very deep puddles that cannot be crossed. I recommend you find another route unless you have a Jeep & like an off-road challenge.

hiking
26 days ago

Easy hike, well marked trail. Great views once you get to the end. One thing to note, you will be on top of very high cliffs once you reach the end of the trail. I had the idea of swimming the lake once I reached the lookout but realized it would be impossible to get down/back up without serious risk of injury or death.

Great easy hike with rewarding payoff at the overlook.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy hike rewarded by a spectacular cliff top view of the lake at the end.

walking
1 month ago

Great view from top! Nice, steady 1.5 mile climb to top. Gravel path entire way up, with switchbacks and some steps. Moderate rating is accurate, despite gravel path, due to steep grade up. Watch footing at top in wet (slippery) conditions.

I'm new to hiking and this was amazing and not super difficult the views were AMAZING! Worth the bit of huffing and puffing with the incline but it was not an extreme incline and lots of beautiful areas to stop and catch your breath

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail. Multiple overlooks into the New River Gorge with views that are breathtaking. It states it is a 2.2 mile loop. However, to really enjoy the view you will need to venture off the main trail multiple times. There are two places to park, one at each trail head. You will have to walk the road either at the beginning or end. Total hiking distance was 4.0 miles. There are also several places for climbing. We hiked this as a family with a 14, 9 and 6 year old and there was something for everyone. Allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours to enjoy this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Make sure you take the little path to Diamond Point Overlook!! That is the big overlook with amazing views. Though all along this trail there’s a few little places to look over the gorge. Pretty light hike and nicely shaded.

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