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Beautiful trail leading to very nice falls.

Really pretty and short - but definitely moderate (not easy) hike between the climb on the way back and the uneven surfaces. We were mostly alone mid afternoon on a Friday, but as we left we passed at least a bakers dozen of college students on their way in with (open on the trail) cheap beer, so perhaps less delightful late in the day on a Friday!

Should not be advertised as having a waterfall. You can only get to the waterfall by hiking an additional 3.6 miles to Douglas Falls. Overall disappointing hike. If you go after a rain the clouds will hide any sort of view from the trail.

best waterfall trails in the state...two great falls on this trail....bring your shorts so you can get a swim in at turtleback

Beautiful falls! Worth the hike!

not easy. 1/2 mile but either up or down, no flat.

hiking
12 days ago

Ahhhhh... Back in the Appalachians. Despite my relatively high ratings of trails in (flat) Michigan and Florida, this one is qualitatively different. Superb. The system needs more than five stars so that I can nudge those others down a bit, but this is a real five-star trail. Pretty, well maintained despite its popularity, hilly, green and alive with a variety of flora and fauna, and punctuated with a lovely waterfall that’s a great place to watch people, to get wet, to picnic or hang a hammock, and to marvel at Nature’s creative paths and tableaux during her slow march forward. P.S. Remember to enjoy the drive along the Bluegrass Parkway with plenty of time for stopping at overlooks.

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail, beautiful waterfall

Wonderful trail! Very rocky and wet in places, but I had fun!

hiking
16 days ago

nice waterfall!

Great hike! If you’re looking for a good workout with views as your payoff in the end, this will deliver. I also agree with other reviews - advisable for people who are already physically fit and I don’t recommend bringing a dog, even though they’re allowed. I rate this in the “difficult” spectrum.

We wanted to camp and swim but it rained almost the whole time we were there. The gates close at 8:30, so if you changed your mind about camping after that (because of rain) you can’t get out. Also, all but one campsite had been reserved- the vacant one had had bear sightings! The actual trail tho is very well marked and maintained. There are lots of cool mushrooms and flowers along the way and the river/falls are some of the best I’ve seen! There are signs posted that say swimming is prohibited due to dangerous currents- we even saw a memorial to a dog who’d been swept away! There are small pools to wade in, however. I want to go again when it’s not raining!

Awesome hike — I recommend going to the top of the falls and walking out on some of the bigger rocks that approach the edge. We picnicked up there and it was great! Don’t forget to bring a bathing suit for once you get to the falls, too.

It’s a good hike to it but the terrain is kind of hard specially if you got kids with you! It takes a while to get to it! ...

19 days ago

Fun little trail, very rocky as to be expected. Nice and scenic swimming area at the end. Fun but very, very crowded.

hiking
20 days ago

Directions are a little misleading. Once you turn on to Big Hungry Rd., you cross one bridge before you get to the trail head. You also about 4 miles before you get to the trail head. The trail itself is fantastic and the narrows are beautiful. If you go in a Saturday there will probably be kayakers running the rapids. Hike a little ways up river and you get some excellent views of rapids and small waterfalls.

easily the best hike to waterfalls in the state of NC....

hiking
23 days ago

TLDR: Do the trail! But wear shoes with good tread, and DON’T BRING OLDER DOGS!!

Beautiful trail, I absolutely loved it BUT it is not as dog friendly as the moderate rating and other comments had me thinking it was. All 3 dogs were fine until that last bit with the long, steep rope-aided scramble down to the falls. My younger, 40lb dog with boundless energy did totally fine, however the tiny dog needed a lot of help, and the old 60lb dog called it quits 3/4 of the way down the scramble. She goes with me on all my hikes and does tend to slow down a bit towards the end, but she has never put the breaks on like that before. We were lucky enough to be the only people on the trail today so I set her up with a bowl of water and went the last bit with just the 40lb dog. Tiny dog and his mom waited for us towards the bottom of the scramble rather than her trying to navigate all the way down to the falls while carrying him (and in basic running shoes with no real traction). The falls are BEAUTIFUL and I tried to convince her otherwise but she’s not an avid hiker and that scramble section is REAL Y’ALL! And it’s longer than it seems in the pictures. There are maybe 4 or 5 ropes to help you on the way down, thank goodness, but there are spaces between them too, and some particularly steep drops.

My old girl only made it back up with lots of me pushing her and lifting her over big roots. She collapsed and wouldn’t get back up at one point. If it weren’t for the deep section of stream right off the trail about a mile or so later (where she was able to lay submerged in cool flowing water for a full 10 minutes) then I truly don’t think she would have made it back to the car.

Gorgeous views though! I plan on going back soon, without the dogs. I never did cross the final plank onto the big rock at the falls area, because I was worried younger dog would get swept away by the current if he jumped in the water.

walking
23 days ago

This is a pretty easy trail. Not thing special to look at, but has a cute swimming hole at the end. It is ALWAYS CROWDED. We used to go swimming here 20 years ago before it became a thing in any guide books and there really wasn’t a trail to follow. But we skip it now because it’s just not big enough for the crowds.

hiking
24 days ago

The falls are beautiful and well worth the hike.
Follow the AllTrails route closely, many opportunities to take a wrong turn. Got lost which added an extra mile.

Went on a weekday and didn’t see a single person on the trail.

Recommend doing the trail in reverse so the falls are near the end of the hike.

on Twin Falls Trail

hiking
25 days ago

This is definitely a "moderate" hike but so worth it. Beautiful area. We went on a rainy day and had the trail to ourselves. The water was flowing from the beautiful waterfalls. This is on the Waterfall 100 Challenge and very deserving on it.Lots of great foot bridges to pass over and lots of great creek crossings.

trails are very well maintained but it gets a little crowded. Nice place to take dogs as well

Too close to the road. Mileage not marked well so I had no idea it was as far as it was to a “view”-when I literally could’ve parked not even 1/2 a mile and walked up for the view. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the hike but I didn’t go until later in the day because on All Trails it says around 3 mikes and it’s much longer than that. It’s also mostly all UP, so be prepared for that. All in all from the Folk Art place it took us 2 hours there and back. We stayed at the lookout rock for about 10 minutes but the rest is all hiking.

The view is amazing but if you don’t want a pretty rigorous hike park closer.

Nice forest, well marked trails and two waterfalls

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed the hike to the falls. The trail is gorgeous, and the "obstacles" walking in and around rocks and tree roots made it interesting. Definitely not difficult, since we saw many people with young children during the hike. Took our two Chihuahuas along and they had no problem with the terrain. The falls at the end made the hike well worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Well worth the effort. Only a few other people on the trail and had the falls all to myself.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely fabulous hike! Not really difficult, but can be a little muddy and slippery at parts. I highly suggest going all the way to the turtleback waterfall. Also, try going on the rocks (dry ones) that are a little bit off-path to get really good shots. We were warned about copperheads, but did not encounter any.

Steep steps towards bottom. Down all the way in, up reverse. One of the nicest falls in NC. Well worth the hike

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail. We hiked after a rain and it was muddy in places, but the waterfall was well worth the wait.

Great trail. Lots of people though. Didn’t expect to be that crowded. Nice waterfall.

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