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nature trips
7 days ago

Such a great hike during the off season. Lots of wonderful wildlife sounds and fresh air. You’ll love it! Not too strenuous. I’ve climbed much more difficult...It’s a great day hike. Enjoy!

Beautiful hike!

very nice climb, though view is boring.

great trail but make sure you are in decent shape. I made it up the mountain but needed a nap and some snacks. beautiful but challenging

Great trail that isn’t too challenging with some great Mountain View’s.

Gorgeous views from the tower. Very busy, lots of people when we were there. Concrete pathway with incline.

Very nice trail with incredible views from the observation tower! Trail is wide and paved, but steep.

hiking
16 days ago

We parked at the stables and went in November. It was on the tail end of lead season and beautiful.

Some of the reviews/directions are hard to follow on here. Take the main road and use the BUCKHORN GAP trail head. We missed this and ended up three miles uphill.

Once we got on track it was pretty straight forward and the directions made sense. Just make sure to use the correct trail head.

It’s alright. Very, very busy. Fantastic views of the Smokies. Concrete path all the way up.

Short hike, but with an incline. We went at sunrise hoping to see the sun hit the trees in the fall, but the fog was so thick we could see much at all. However, this didn’t bother me. It was absolutely beautiful – the fog rolling off the evergreens. I’d say this is a must do for everyone visiting the park. It’s a great spot with wonderful vantage points.

walking
18 days ago

Nice hike up the hill. Mighty cold on top but nothing you can’t survive.

Only climbed from start to first peak but was kinda disappointed that it took us to Blue Ridge Parkway.

hiking
20 days ago

I went on an overnight trip here a few days ago. Definitely a challenge with a 40 pond pack on due to my camping gear. I lost five pounds of fluids due to sweating. I ran out of water halfway up, and was glad I brought a survival straw. pack more water than u think you will need. Trekking poles, wool socks, and sweaters are your friend. The higher portion of the hike is very much colder than the bottom. The fir Forrest at the top is very quiet and peaceful. a neat cave and some beautiful views await. I used this hike as a training aid for Kilimanjaro trek next year and although an eagle scout, managed to learn a few things on this hike. pole pole indeed on this as well.

Went their in the middle of October amazing views the walk would’ve been easy if I was in shape but the views at the end were totally worth it. Just take your time coming up the mountain. We came on a Friday and it was packed their was no where to park in the parking lot so we parked about a 1/2 mile down the road because that’s where most people were parking so be aware it gets busy lol but totally worth it

Very pretty and quiet trail. Never figured out the loop. Hiked about 4.5 miles up the mountain to find the trail is a dead end. Whoops.

Good wooded hike but no real destination or vistas.

hiking
28 days ago

There is a paved steep pathway to the observation deck. Not far but steep. Beautiful view from the top. Take the clingmans dome bypass trail back down to the parking lots it’s worth it. I wish I knew there was an adjacent trail before I saw the ranger at the deck.

The hike to the top is very steep but the views are amazing and so worth it! Parking is a challenge.

Pretty walk in the fall season. Walk is on a well maintained dirt/rock road. Look for the trail sign that will lead to the falls. We missed it and kept walking on the road. We heard the falls and realized we were not on the right path. Path to falls is a single wide trail.

This hike is much longer than stated. we clocked almost 14 miles. This is difficult and very strenuous! The view is worth it, but make sure you begin early enough and bring snacks!

If you don’t want to spend all day hiking this trail...you can drive to the summit and enjoy the same views. The hike wasn’t worth it after finding this little tid bit out. Also...almost got mauled by a bear.

Really fun trail with lots of creek crossings!

While we had no view at the top due to weather, the drive up was beautiful! The hike is an asphalt path which was fine for footing. Saw many people in street shoes as opposed to hiking shoes. Be aware on a wet day it might be slick coming down in street shoes. I’d do this again on a clear day.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail November 1st just before cold front came through. 3 things about this trail-rocky , rooty and windy, well marked and maintained.. Need good hiking shoes at a minimum, poles optional, and bring layered clothing with wind breaker , gloves and hat a must as it gets nippy at top . Can be a challenge if not in at least average shape. Plan on 5-8 hours round trip. Well worth doing and you get the pleasure of knocking off the highest peak east of the mighty Mississippi.

hiking
1 month ago

Question: the 10 miles it says it is, is this total? or each way?

Not too strenuous of a hike, except for the quick incline. Go early morning and you’ll be the only ones up there!

Short (moderately steep) walk up a heavily traveled paved trail. This hike is on most tourists short list of things to see, so the parking lots fill up quickly. Make this hike on a clear and sunny day and you'll see mountains for miles. Dress appropriately. The temperature can be about 15 - 20 degrees cooler and the wind can be strong. Bathrooms available.

View at the top was worth it, but the crowd was ridiculous.

Awesome paved trail, very steep and I took a few breaks to catch my breath on the way up. Views at the top were magnificent!

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