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hiking
4 days ago

It was perfect for young kids and a puppy. Wide trails. No drops. They could play in several stops along the river and even at the fall.

hiking
5 days ago

Well maintained and clean trail with great views at the top. Wide variety of plants and fungi along the way. A pleasant dog that lives nearby decided to join us on the hike but they are not typically permitted as it is a state nature preserve.

Great trail. Well marked and shade almost the whole way. Beautiful outlooks. You can see for miles at the top. My son and I really enjoyed ourselves this morning.

Beautiful arch and also if you go up some more there is a small cliff, a little dangerous for kids as there is no rails on that cliff. It is less than a mile walk and not bad at all.

hiking
18 days ago

A fantastic, family friendly short trail for first timers with a decent pay off at the end. The views around the arch are awesome, be careful on top of the arch, it is a bit slanted to the side

Hiked this while camping at twin knobs. Was a good little trail.

Beautiful! I forgot my hiking books and was abke to do this trail in sandals. W didn't see a waterfall. I'm not sure if we missed it or if that is a mistake in the description. Either way, it was an amazing hike with breathtaking views! We relaxed and did yoga at the top for quite some time, enjoying the mountainous scenery and sunshine!
I would like to remind folks that this is a nature preserve. You aren't allowed to bring your dogs so please don't! I love hiking with my doggie and there are loads of trails where dogs are allowed.

I've been backpacking and hiking all over the United States and this trail is easily the worst. Sign said that you can expect 5 hours of hiking time. Was able to finish it in about 2.5 hours. The views and scenery are pretty much non existent on this trail as it's mostly all in dense forest the entire time. Do yourself a favor and take the 1.25 mile rock garden trail to natural bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

If there hasn't been a lot of rainfall lately, the falls won't be much of a falls. In that case, it's more about the journey than the destination. There are a lot of fallen trees to go over/under, and since it is an unofficial trail it feels a bit more like you are just exploring in the woods. We hiked on a Saturday after camping nearby. We saw about a dozen other people on the trail as we went. I will probably come back sometime when there is more water flow.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty straight forward. Has 2 paths that run almost parallel and cross each other at times, so even while on the creek just look left or right and pick a path or hike it's entirety as a "loop". The waterfall isn't that great but I'm sure it has better days.

Did this trail this past Sunday morning. Easy to find once I got parked in the parking area by the bridge. No trail markers but was able to locate with no problem. I was worried the falls would not be running because the stream was dry. It was running but not much. Beautiful area to hike back to.

hiking
1 month ago

Continuing past DeBord, it’s an easy, steady climb (about an additional mile) to the next fall on Emory Gap trail. Muddy and rocky but not difficult. Only complaint is that the fall isn’t impressive and rock climbing is necessary to get the best view.

hiking
1 month ago

Great Trail! Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

It was very tough hike getting back there. The trail is loaded with copperheads and rattlesnakes. The waterfall was a mere drip drop. It was not worth risking my life with all the poisonous snakes. No thanks.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail. Pretty easy to follow. The waterfalls are not plentiful this time of year but still worth it. Watch your step our dog was bitten by a copperhead and we had to get to a vet fast.

hiking
1 month ago

The water falls are nice and and it is a good walk. Definitely on and off of the creek and it can be confusing at times as to where the trail goes. Traffic is going to be picking up now through the rest of the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun, easy trail - not marked. You must cross the creek several times. The first half mile the creek was dry. Many social trails, I picked the ones of least resistance and stayed near the creek. The falls were trickling and the pool was muddy brown. My dogs had a blast and we didn't encounter anyone until the hike out.

The ascension certainly earns the rightful title of pilot knob. Along with what most are saying, it’s a tough incline but glorious, sweeping views await you at the top. Stay in the middle of the path, as poison ivy forms a phalanx on both sides.

I don’t think this is an easy trail as everyone thinks. It is straight downhill to the river and then when you take the loop to Deep Hollow it’s steeper back up. However, it is a scenic trail so I will give it credit for beauty. Might try again in the fall!

Throughly enjoyed hiking the trail. Didn't see anyone until we were almost back to the trailhead. From a photography standpoint, the falls is a little difficult to photograph because it is not very thick. However, there is a small set of waterfalls that are very photogenic along with the creek and the large bolders

hiking
2 months ago

Best kept secret in Powell county/RRG. Not a dog trail. not a kid trail, teenager approved for sure. Clear trail, stay in the middle as poison ivy to the left and to the right. Steep climb was invigorating, mt.bikes cannot handle the elevation climb. My son has hit most of RRG and "invigorating" was his observation. Please take care of the trail, we did not see any trash, u can tell anyone that finds this trail can share some cool stories

Wow! anyone using the app for directions to trailhead though beware.... trail does not start from there. Be prepared to get wet!

This hike was crazy insane fun! It was raining and foggy but it did not stop several people from hiking the trail that day :) I really enjoyed this hike, crossing the Creek several times.

2 months ago

Ran this trail last weekend. Great trail for running slightly over grown due to light traffic. several downed trees. most definitely will do it again.

trail running
2 months ago

Great trail run! Secluded and well-maintained. Holy elevation, Batman!! Can’t wait to see those spectacular views again!

hiking
2 months ago

Such a great hike. Location here is a little misleading. Go to the parking lot with the bathroom right beside the one lane bridge. Trail is a little farther down from the bridge on the right. Basically just follow the creek until you get to the falls. Trail isn’t right beside the creek the whole time but it is always in sight.
Beautiful place and it really feels like hiking through a jungle, or at least what jungles look like in movies and tv. Definitely bring bug spray. It had rained a few days before we went and the falls was flowing pretty good but if it hadn’t rained I’m not sure there would have been anything but maybe a trickle. It is much higher up then I thought it was going to be which was a great surprise. There is a trail to the right that goes around to the top but we didn’t go around so not how that trail is. The trail to the falls is a pretty easy walk. Does cross he creek several time so be prepared to get a little wet. We will definitely be going back!

hiking
2 months ago

Do the Fossil Trail instead. We found the 4.5 mile Fossil Loop to be well marked, well maintained, shaded, hilly and worthwhile. We added more miles by hiking down to the Butler-Turpin homestead, hiking up to stone overlook, and hiking a piece of the Woodland Trail near the lodge (great lunch buffet). We’ll be back.

I really enjoyed this trail and found it to be much different than the others in RRG. This trail runs along the creek for the most part and is very lush, attracting frogs, insects, and beautiful flora and vines that gives you a unique feeling that you’re somewhere more like a jungle. Finding the trail can be a head scratcher, this app brings you somewhere before the actual trailhead but you’re close. Continue over the bridge and you’ll see a popular parking lot with a bathroom on your right. Best to park there. Then on foot continue down the road about 50 steps and on your right will be an unmarked trail, which is the correct one. You can’t get lost on this trail if you use the creek as your guide. The trail does traverse the creek a few times, but fortunately for us the water was low enough that rock bridges/logs were popping out of the water and used for crossing. There are also several downed trees to climb over but the trail does remain visible almost the whole time. The waterfall itself is super cool and taller than I expected. Word to the wise: Bring bug spray!

hiking
3 months ago

One of the RRG’s best kept secrets. If you are looking for a few hours on the trail, away from the more popular, crowded spots, this is the hike for you. Deep in the creek, you definitely feel like you are in a tropical rainforest. The trail fades in and out, depending on the water levels, but just follow the creek and be prepared to cross several times (choose footwear accordingly). There were a few spots with downed trees blocking portions of the trial, but nothing unnavigable, just mildly inconvenient. The waterfall looks best after a good rainfall (or during), and conversely, may only be a trickle in drier periods. If you are feeling adventurous, you can climb up the side of the cave to the top of the waterfall. Be careful, as the rocks are slick up there! I parked at the Copperas Creek kayak put-in parking lot and walked away from the one lane bridge, along 715/ the Red River (downriver) until I came to the trailhead. Plenty of parking spots, bathrooms, maps and park bulletins.

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