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14 hours ago

Loved this hike! Fall weather is perfect for this trail because I hardly sweated at all (even though the hike is long)! Super beautiful views from so many spots and everyone is really friendly. No pets are allowed for a good reason (some parts are very challenging climbs)!

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1 day ago

This is the classic AT trail in Virginia and a great one at that. A little muddy in parts due to recent rain, but trail was great. Jammed on a beautiful fall Saturday, but that’s to be expected. Made it to the top in about two hours (solo hiker, light load). About the same back (took it a little slower). A must do.

hike is short but steep! gets tough when you get to the rocky section near the top if the rocks are wet, very slick, especially coming back down, if its super wet i would recommend going down and doing the loop back to the parking lot its longer but way easier. views at the top are always worth the hike up i do this one fairly often, if you still feel like hiking afterwards the albright trail is in the same parking lot and it is a nice trail to add on some extra miles plus it is much less busy and has a nice overlook too.

Amazing experience! Just watch the weather because it was dry and sunny at the base but rainy and slippery at the top. Also carry an extra jacket and leave your hands free; you’ll need them!

One of the Iconic stops on the AT. good hike not too difficult. Fire road gives easy access up and back, but highly recommend Tinker Cliffs also.

Did this with my sons... it was a well marked trail, and we didn’t get lost or turned around as I tend to do! Take plenty of water and watch out for copperheads. We saw a big one that blended in perfectly with the sand on the trail.

Nice trail fits all purpose and all ages. Fatanstic view and many suprises if you like to explore.

on Crabtree Falls Trail

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8 days ago

Loved it. My GSD also enjoyed. Did this trail in October when the weather was cool. Falls were refreshing. Bring snacks.

We went on a Saturday in early Oct. and got to the park right as it opened at 8am. Parked in the lot just below the very top lot and hiked the short hike up to the swinging bridge. Then walked across the top lot to the start of the grandfather mt trail. We started the hike at 9am, made it to Calloway peak by 11:30, spent 20min at the top for lunch and then got back to our parking lot via black rock trail by 1:45pm. Round trip was about 5hrs and that is with us stopping for views and really taking our sweet time. We hiked about 5.5miles. My advice. Keep right on the underwood trail? On the way up to do the cables and ladders (which weren’t as scary as I was expecting) and then keep right at the same split on the way back for the easier descent. Calloway peak actually wasn’t as impressive as macrae peak was, so if you wanted a shorter trip just go to macrae. But all in all the $20 was worth it and this is one of the best and most fun hikes I have done. 5stars! If I can do it anyone can, just take your time on ascents and descents, but honestly they weren’t too bad. Oh, and start early!

Truly the best trail I’ve hiked in the entire Blue Ridge area. The hike did take a lot longer, because of all the heavy traffic, but it thinned out the higher we hiked. The trails had more views than I would have thought possible(due to all of the edges of the cliffs that the path etched through).

Lots of rocks! I had tennis shoes and definitely wished I had hiking boots. Tough hike for a novice and I think I nearly sprained my ankle 4-5 times. It was very challenging but lots of fun.

If you are impaired and can't do the stairs go to the picnic shelter for a view of all 3 falls. Good place to take a break. Port a John on site.

Fantastic & dynamic trail with large boulders to climb over

Gorgeous views at the end with birds circling the peak. Easy, but rocky, trail. Take your camera on this one.

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11 days ago

Definitely one of our favorite trails. Great trek, great views. We really enjoyed this one. We took the fire trail down to give our dogs a break. We learned you can also take the fire trail up.

great views ! spent the night at Campbell camp and watched the sunrise .

hiking
12 days ago

This is a phenomenal hike—highly enjoyable and satisfying. The trail is challenging for the first third of a mile and the last mile plus before the knob. The two miles in the middle (along the fire road) are very easy and relaxing. They are also satisfying b/c they are along the ridge and, while in the trees and shaded, offer glimpses of the magnificent views to come. Then the destination, the Knob, is spectacular, breathtaking both for its geology, with the intimidating overhangs, and the views that rival any you’ll encounter anywhere. For an added treat, there’s an excellent novel in which the Knob figures prominently: “Prayers the Devil Answers” by Sharyn McCrumb. Adds an extra level of interest to the hike.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful water and falls.

As always - Old Rag never disappoints. Took a leisurely 8 hours with stops for views, lunch, rests (we're in our late 50s/60s). Saw about 20 people on a Tuesday. Not much color yet. Check the humidity before going. It was 70 degrees, but humid. Shirt was soaking wet in no time. Drink 16 oz water at parking lot, and carry at least 48 oz. I only took 32 oz and was thirsty. No bears or snakes. But fun to watch the birds soaring beneath you. With no passes, it will cost you $20-$30 for entrance fee, based on the number of people in your car. There is a ranger at the parking lot.

Fantastic hike! The view on the rocky part of the hike is truly beautiful.

Great hike. Views are great. Extremely crowded on the weekends. The fire road is also a good option to get to the top.

3rd time for me. I’m 63 years old. It is very hard but very rewarding when you reach the summit. I wear Solomon hikers, low tops, and have zero issues with gripping on rocks, and toes pushing forward in long downhill. Can’t say enough how important lightweight but strong soled shoes are. Also good fitting gloves. Mine are leather and sinch at wrist and are actually garden gloves but they work awesome for getting traction in rock crevices and surfaces. Unless you are doing it alone, it’s important to check the condition of your companions along the way.. Sometimes I can go without a lot of breaks, other times I’m stopping 5 min after each obstacle. I use 1-1/2 liters of water for the entire loop. But I bring 2 in case someone doesn’t have enough. PB and Js, nuts, and fruit seem to work for me. Water pack should be small and fit well for climbing. So far I’ve seen 2 black snakes, one on path and one in the rock scramble, and a bear crossed the path in front of me a while back. I don’t carry bear spray because this trail is so busy. We were there in a Monday, and still there were maybe 20 cars in the parking lot and we saw folks all along the way. But no backup at the rocks and everyone helped each other get through the obstacles. It took us 6 hours RT back to parking lot. Don’t plan a lot of physical stuff for the next day! It’s an awesome place though and I will go again. There was a little water on some off the rocks, and they could be slippery in places....again good gripping shoes help tremendously.

Great hike with some of the best views I’ve seen!

My favorite hike yet. McAfee Knob challenges you in ways you wouldn’t know possible! Plan to spend several hours here as the trail itself is 3.9 miles out and 3.9 back. It took us 3.5 hours with minimal time at the top. Loved every second! Already planning on coming back soon!

Best hike east of the Mississippi so far!

Absolutely worth the hike. Pretty easy trail overall.

Amazing views! So high it just takes your breath away. A lot of uphill but for my seasoned hikers, ages 5 and 9, we had no issues and the views were worth it. Buy the Stony Man brochure at the beginning of the trail (which is in the Skyland resort area) to get more history and perspective on the trail.

The out and back is a little over 8 miles due to the relocation of the parking area. The top 1/3 is very steep with large rock steps. Excellent payoff at the peak though.

If you want a quick morning hike with great views this is a good one. It is also kid and dog friendly. I would certainly rate this hike as Easy and not Moderate. Views from the peak are amazing, though it can be very crowded on weekends.
As people have stated get there early as parking fills up fast. Also with parking limited don't be a tool and take up 2 parking spots. Someone today slammed their car door into mine leaving a nice big scratch, thanks.

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