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I live up here and this is my favorite hike to take especially when fall hits.

Great trail. Spectacular view.

From benign to intense. A must hike.

Great trail, view is amazing, but a little too short for my taste.

So cool omg!!!!

Great hike!

Amazing hike, we hiked it on a rainy day but it was still a great time. I highly recommend for everyone!

If you are looking for an easy trail that gives great 360 views- this is one of the best in that regard

hiking
6 days 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.

Really great hike. Good trail for beginners as there are not many difficult parts to it, but one is still rewarded with breathtaking views. I suggest going around noon or in the afternoon as in the morning the views are a little limited.

Wonderful views. Can't wait to go back. Go early to beat some of the crowd!!

Great Trail!! Great work out...

A great hike with several options to lengthen it if wanted. Hanging Rock Trail makes it all worth it.

hiking
7 days ago

An excellent hike with plenty of elevation change and challenge. One of the best hikes in the park. The lookout tower is unbelievable. Views in every direction for MILES! That was excellent.

hiking
7 days ago

The best trail in the park in my opinion. The day I hiked it was super foggy/rainy so views from the summit were zero. The fog up there made it feel like being in a cloud, so it was still very neat.

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

hiking
7 days ago

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

I must see what an adventure

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

The trail is well maintained and well marked. The views at the top were weak at best. There is very little space for multiple hikers and the flies/bees are out of control.

We did this trail and absolutely loved it. My kids 10& 12 rocked it but there are places that are a little scary. During the first mile, there is a picturesque area with big rocks and and a mountain stream to take pictures and play in the water. As you wind your way up, it gets harder and becomes very steep. We climbed through rocky, dense tree areas and then reached the peak by climbing up man-made ladders onto boulders. Several trails merge so it was a bit crowded at the top. Beautiful views! One of our favorite family hikes!

Great hike especially with younger hikers. Awesome views and a real sense of you made it to the top for the young ones.

Clockwise is the easier route.

hiking
9 days ago

Quick hike to see a waterfall off of the Blue Ridge Parkway! We did this hike in a slight rainfall and it was perfect weather! Falls were the best at that time too.

Amazing view and enjoyable hiking..

on Craggy Pinnacle Trail

hiking
11 days ago

Great short hike to the summit from the parking area. You ascend around 400ft over 3/4 mile so not to bad. The trail is dirt and rocks. Great views at the top.

hiking
12 days ago

came here on my first trip to North Carolina. was an amazing hike and well worth the drive

Went after a heavy rain and waterfalls was amazing!!

hiking
13 days ago

Plenty of parking available.
The trail was very well marked, and despite having rained earlier in the day, it wasn’t overly muddy or slick.
The falls were gorgeous! Definitely worth the hike to see. I strongly recommend hiking the full loop...there are beautiful views all along the way:) took less than 2 hours altogether, including time stopped to enjoy the breathtaking waterfall.

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