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Absolutely loves hiking this. Was a challenge but once we made it to the top, it was well worth it.
The view is absolutely breath taking.

hiking
8 days ago

I loved this hike and would do it again in a heartbeat.
The cardio workout was excellent. View was wonderful!

If you do the full loop you must cross the river twice and you will get wet. Lots of tree roots but a nice hike with great views of falls. I have dogs that enjoy the water and there were a couple of places for them to get in.

Difficult on the way up but the virws are beautiful. Much easier on the way down. Worth the climb!

hiking
10 days ago

Enough of a challenge to feel like you did something and hiking behind the waterfall was ✌️. Hard to find the “trail” (more like a golf cart path) and saw about a dozen people - those are the only drawbacks.

A bit more challenging going up than expected, but we were also trying to keep a fast pace. Slippery in spots when coming down- hiking boots recommended if it’s rained recently. Saw a mother bear and her two cubs in a tree which was awesome! Pretty trail and pretty falls

Great views!

hiking
13 days ago

I can't give this anything better than "average" until they reopen the full trail. Pretty tough hike for anyone not in shape, straight up most of the way with a few views. End section to the Chimney Tops is closed (gated and spiked). Park Service built a little overlook pad but doesn't compare at all to the chimney tops. Park Service needs to make reopening this a priority!

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail and pretty falls. Just a warning...we were there yesterday and there was a fairly large and active yellow jacket nest in the ground right next to the trail. It’s maybe a half mile and those suckers were aggressive. I was stung a couple times and heard of others that were as well.

Quick and easy! It was empty when we went and we loved the view!

hiking
14 days ago

So many steps but a very nice view once you hit the top. Unfortunately the second half is still closed but you still get a great view of the mountains and the chimney top.

Lots of up and down over a short distance. Good for cardio training. Stop for a snack on the rocky overlook at the top of Little Butt (right side as you hike away from the parking lot).

hiking
15 days ago

Hawkbill rock is a treat that should not be overlooked.

Paved trail short, but challenging. We were there on a clear day so views were great.

trail running
16 days ago

great trail! a little scrambling and ALL uphill! hiking is very manageable, but even the most experienced and fit runners will need a walk break! along the way, you can see remna ts of the fire that took place here but also the recovery, simply beautiful. i swear some of the trees here would compare to the Sequoia's in CA. the falls at the 2.5 mile marker are a welcome sight and resting spot...even managed to crawl behind the falls for a cool spraying! as stated only currently open friday-sunday and there are signs warning of bear activity. well worth the effort put in to see this gem!

Our group really enjoyed the hike. It becomes easier when you do it with a group. Towards the end of the trail there are lot of steps ,good to be prepared for that. Trails has lot of beautiful water falls . Beautiful hike overall

hiking
17 days ago

beautiful waterfall, hike is super easy and straight downhill ths whole way. which means it's straight back up on the way out. Easy hike and well worth the trip.

Outrageously beautiful on a mostly clear day in Sept. It is as hard as you would think, and so it is that rewarding to complete. If the weather is nice, give yourself time to enjoy the amazing views.

hiking
18 days ago

I enjoyed the trail very much. The last part to the tops is closed. But that does not affect the beautiful view of surrounding mountains!
We faced thunderstorm on our way back and it was pouring!! Memorable hike!

This was a fun hike. Definitely take your time going up especially with kids. We had a 7, 9 yr old and two toddlers in backpacks... slow and steady was the rule. Took us about 5.5 hours with lots of breaks going up.

hiking
20 days ago

Loved the views from the top! Very steep and difficult considering a thunderstorm.. the rainbow and sunset was worth it!

Pretty easy hike, but I saw others having difficulty with the altitude. Very crowded so I’d suggest getting there first thing in the morning.

nice hike, good views, weak falls

We took this trail last week and a shout-out must go to the fine people who built and maintain the trail. So excellent!! Do not let the difficult rating discourage you from taking this trail. My husband and I are over 60 and not big time hikers, but we were easily able to do this trail. We just took our time. The trees were amazing on this trail. Huge beech and cherry trees. As others have mentioned, the very end of the trail is closed due to last year’s fires, but the views at the end are beautiful, and I was wishing I could go back when the leaves are turning.

hiking
20 days 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.

hiking
21 days ago

21 days ago

really beautiful waterfall and hike

Very difficult trail with quick elevations. A LOT of stairs. Walking sticks recommend.

hiking
21 days ago

Quite a challenge but worth the awesome views.

The trail is beautiful and well maintained but even for two fit Floridians this trail was very difficult. I’d rate it much more than moderate.

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