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11 days ago

Overall, great hike! I would say superior to craggy gardens because it is a bit more challenging, longer, less trafficked, and has some excellent moments of exposed rock. Follows the ridge line with a continuous rise and fall of elevation. Trail is well marked with yellow indicators. I am confused why some reviews say it “goes nowhere”. Maybe they didn’t hike far enough?

Easy and pretty, nice walk

I love coming here in the winter and walking through the morning mist. No wildflowers, but I feel like I’m in LOTR. And not many people make it up here in early winter. If the visitors’ center is closed off, you can park at the picnic area.

hiking
25 days ago

Decent hike. Short distance so I went around 3 times to get more miles in. It always good to get outdoors.

Good wooded hike but no real destination or vistas.

Great short hike, but I would not rate it as easy. You are still hiking up a mountain. Good for most skill levels, but if you are out of shape you will struggle a bit.

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike (1.5 hrs round trip to the rock and back) with gorgeous views from Hawkbill Rock, and far fewer hikers than on nearby trails. Can't believe I've lived in Asheville for 12 years and just did this hike for the first time!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was nice! There were a lot of rocks which made it more difficult but it wasn’t the worst rocky hike I’ve ever done. When we went it was extremely foggy and couldn’t see a whole lot.... however we did hike the additional 3.6 miles to Douglas Falls and it was beautiful!

Nice spot to stop at if you want to stretch your legs and enjoy a wonderful view.

hiking
1 month ago

I love this hike. If you are wanting a walk in the woods with a spectacular waterfall at the end, this is not the hike for you. This is a moderate hike (IMO) with a lot of up and down with a nice waterfall to relax by at the end. There are a few creek crossings so your 4 legged friend can get drinks along the way. I didn't feel there was anything too technical that would make this trail truly hard. The slope at the end is somewhat steep and could be slippery in spots after a rain. Overall, an enjoyable hike.

great trail, I agree, the directions to where it starts isn't correct. it's on your right -you'll see the signage. it just stops at the blue ridge parkway, but if you take a left once you hit it, you can walk down to Haw Creek Valley Overlook. it's not too far down, just be careful.
our dog loved the trail!

This was definitely a moderate hike with some pretty steep inclines and rocks at parts of it. The view is absolutely worth it!! The leaves look beautiful from the top and there’s an opportunity to get some really good panoramic pictures!

hiking
1 month ago

Spectacular at sunrise! Gorgeous views st the top and lovely goi g up and down. It’s an easy hike but if you’re trying to catch the sunrise, allow enough time to make the short trek to the top since it’s so steep.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail. start at picnic area and go for it! The train is a bit rocky in some areas, but good trail. About a 7-10 degree incline at begin, but easy trail. Remember people, you're hiking a mountain, grab a walking stick, pit on appropriate shoes and go have some fun.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy well travelled trail, round trip 1.4 miles, to a beautiful waterfall. To get there take the 8.8 miles gravel road called Big Ivy. Many mini waterfalls along the Big Ivy Rd too for enjoyment.

Beautiful trail right under 2 miles. Beautiful lake and nice trail for a run

hiking
2 months ago

Short and fairly steep hike with great end views for a relatively easy hike. I’m 38.5 weeks pregnant and able to hike. Looking forward to going back in June or July to see the rhododendrons in full bloom. Make sure to wear hiking shoes with a good grip due to some slippery wet rocks.

Great views

One of my favorite spots to watch the sunset!

On the moderate end of difficult (for me). Update from hurricane Florence: About a mile from the Falls, there are several spots where fallen trees block or hide the trail. Minor bushwhacking required, but so worth it!

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.

nice, short trail. beautiful view at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Hawkbill rock is a treat that should not be overlooked.

hiking
3 months ago

The overlook at Hawksbill Rock is about 1.5miles down - you might as well turn around here. Not sure why the map here stops where it does - literally in the middle of the trail towards the Snowball fire tower, which is another 1.5 miles past where the Alltrails map ends. After a steep uphill most of the rest of the trail is downhill - good workout, but not much to see.

on Snowball Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Too many Horseflies and Hornets in the summer. Great hike for the fall and winter months! Excellent exercise!

I cannot say enough about how much I LOVE the grounds of the Biltmore. it's so worth it to get a season pass just to walk here whenever you want (and in all the seasons!!!) I highly recommend getting there very early in their high traffic season and go during the week. I rarely ever went on a weekend because of crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Needed something easy that we could get a quick 5 miles in in the morning.

Let me first put a warning here. There is a $14 parking fee at the Arboretum (where the trailhead is) if you are not a member. There is a way onto the trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway, however it puts you at a weird starting point to loop and will change the mileage from what is in here. It is also not marked in any way there to know what trail you are on. We went ahead and became members for $50 so we can use the parking lot and explore the other trails and such.

Moving on. It is an easy trail, however you can get kind of turned around since you have to go through a gate, which puts you off of Arboretum property & into Pisgah to continue on the trail. I want to say it is a few miles in. You will see a call box by a fenced area. Go through that gate to find the map details on the other side. There is no sign outside of the gate. The trail continues and does do a decent ascent to get a bit of work out in before reaching the top. At the top, turn left and it will circle you back around to Hard Times Road. You will go through one more fence to get return to Arboretum property.

The trail is nice and easy. I do different levels. Very pretty and lightly traveled in the morning when we went. That is nice as it is quiet and relaxing. We will definitely be back and have marked this as something to do with visitors

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.

Very easy trail on the parkway offering great views!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice, short easy hike for all. Wife and I were the only ones there. Absolutely peaceful and really pretty. Walked from end of forest rd showed on Navigation as Dillingham rd.

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