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3 days ago

Awesome short rewarding hike. Did this in January and it can get a bit slick and icy but nothing too dangerous with the wooded terrain. Amazing views at the top, 360 in some places. I'd definitely do this again!

The Parkway was closed so I came up from 221 on the Asuiti trail. Some ice but more mud. Great winter views. The Calloway trail and Nuiti trail are closed for supposed “storm damage.” Well I might have gone down both to make it a loop and didn’t see any storm damage besides one fallen branch. The park service is saying they won’t open till July. It would be nice to know the real reason they are closing these two prime trails for such a lengthy time. It certainly isn’t storm damage. Overall a good steady climb but I wouldn’t recommend it without poles. If you solo hike like I do and you fall be prepared for a being in the woods along time before anyone finds you. Extra clothes, lighter, whistle, etc.

good hike or backpack to the top and camp overnight like we did. better be in good shape to hike this one, nice vertical ascends, some narrow areas plus a few wet areas. take emergency supplies with you if your just hiking, plenty of water, maybe some light first aid. there was only one problem we didn't have enough time to hike more. this is absolutely beautiful you have to see it for yourself. get out and enjoy our state and national parks. we are headed to Colorado next then back to the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains.

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17 days ago

There are a lot of stream crossing, which are probably fine normally. But after heavy rain or snow melt it'd be best to wear water proof shoes, go bare foot, or be prepared to get a little wet

Great views at the summit
Overnight camping you can experience sunset And sunrises

a bit muddy because of the rain but beautiful waterfall and fun hike. Not a difficult hike

19 days ago

beautiful hike, a little muddy from the rain but not difficult. hiked with my 9 year old.

This should be on your top 10 list!

Great for people with a desire for a big pay. You will earn the view toward the top but it’s worth it. Can be muddy and slippery so wear proper shoes and take it slow.

19 days ago

well marked, travelled it my a 9 year old

Every time we go to this trail, it’s a new experience and always wonderful. Summer time, it’s beautiful but today absolutely blew my mind. My husky, my 5 year old son, my fiancée and I all highly suggest this trail in any season. It’s a little muddy sometimes but you don’t go hiking when you wanna stay clean!

Very nice hike. Pretty hilly but nice change in terrain throughout trail

hiking
26 days ago

Our family hiked this trail. It was a great hike. Downhill for the trek and then mostly uphill on the way out. The bridge is out and we crossed the creek easily on rocks.

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27 days ago

I have hiked this trail several times and love it! Beautiful terrain that the whole family can enjoy. I prefer to hike this trail backward. The front end of the loop is usually crowded with families at the falls area. I tend to like to avoid crowds when I first start hiking so I go the opposite direction (which also ends with a beautiful walk by the falls when you're tired and sweaty. Perfect day hike that lasts a few hours. My 9 year old daughter did this as her first hike (which added several stop and took a bit longer) with no issues. Lots of creeks to cross over so that adds an element of fun. Just be prepared that your socks might get wet!

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28 days ago

would give this 5 stars, but bridge was out. this is a bit of a workout, but for a short hike, the falls are beautiful. Highly recommend.

Wonderful! Absolutely beautiful water falls, all green with Rhododendrons even in winter... And a great workout, too!

Absolutely beautiful trail: Rhododendrons all along and the creek with little water falls! Will cross the creek several times, so wear waterproof shoes.

One of my favorite trails: Rhododendrons all along and the creek with little water falls, just beautiful!

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1 month ago

Some snow and mud--beautiful.

Beautiful place camped overnight got a snow flurry or two. November 11 when we were there

Hiked this yesterday (December 19)! would recommend going at a different time than my group did if you have inexperienced members! One of my friends nearly took a plunge of some icy rocks. Snow also made it difficult to see crevices between rocks you could easily break your ankle in!! My group hiked up profile trail to Calloway peak, then took grandfather trail to the parking lot and hitchhiked back to the car. The views and adventure were absolutely stunning, but the trek is certainly not for the out of shape or faint of heart! One of the best trails I’ve hiked!

Great hike! It was muddy, icy, and had snow so prepare accordingly. We didn’t quite make it to the end due to time restraints. I definitely want to go back to get to Calloway peak!

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1 month ago

Went right after a decent snowfall, and boy was it muddy! Very fun trail with tons of water crossings, and decent markings. Its been said a million times to do the loop clock-wise (vs. what the mileage markers would suggest), and that's what I did; I would submit that the markers aren't as easy to see if you do it this way, but still very feasible.. If you don't want to do the full loop, I would say do the loop counter clockwise to hand-rail the Boone Fork River and get the most bang for your scenery buck before you turn around.

I admit I was surprised how technical this trail was. I fancy myself pretty good at balancing, but even that didn't keep my feet dry as the melting snow contributed to higher than normal creek levels that just overflowed the stepping stones that probably work fine other times of the year. When I say you cross the water, there are many bridges, but there are many many MANY more unforgiving stepping stone crossings that will test your balance, and leave you wet if you aren't perfect. I imagine its the same way after heavy rainfall, so BRING EXTRA SOCKS...maybe even extra boots, especially if you're planning on doing anything after the hike.

I can't imagine bringing my dog on this hike, as there are practical ladders to climb/descend. I saw like three other people on the trail (winter time, Monday afternoon); I see a lot of others on here brought their dog; more power to them, I'm glad I didn't have mine.

This trail was FUN, but don't let the 5 mile distance fool you if it just snowed or rained a lot.

Pretty easy hike. Slippery when wet and it was extremely windy and foggy, so my view was nothing. I’m sure it’s a five star view, but I didn’t get to witness it.

This was an incredible hike!! With the new (super nice) parking area, this trail is now over 8 miles. All the water crossing were high, We made it to Shanty Springs in knee deep snow and had to turn around due to trail conditions. Super slippery at the top. Can’t wait to go back when the snow has melted and finish up the last .4 miles!

awesome

This trail is one of my favorite trails in N.C. It has beautiful water features in the first section of the trail and stunning views from the top but do not expect this hike to be easy because it is a burner, especially towards the top. I have two dogs that I’m glad stayed at home for this one since it is, in some sections, very technical as there are ladders and exposed rock faces where a slip or loss of balance could result in injury to you or your dogs. Also, I would caution anyone who is hiking this in winter weather to be prepared with the right equipment.
I hiked to Calloway Peak and then went over to Raven Rocks before heading back down. Spend some time at the top because the views are awesome. All in all I hiked a little over 10 miles in about 5.5 hours according to the AllTrails app.

the view from the summit is great. the trail has many switchbacks and is not hard at all if you hike moderately.

This was a quick trail. Definitely easy to moderate. Some areas may be slippery when wet. Also, we took two wrong turns. There were no trail markers.

Was apprehensive but the most fun and rewRding trail. Beautiful views. Very technical. Must be comfortable with heights and climbing ladders

Went in late October 2018 with good friend Kelly B. We are in mid 60’s and was no problem. The leaves still had not changed but we took my dog (Peaches) and she loved the hike also. We live about 9 miles from Elk Knob and the total time was around 2.5 hours. Trail is well maintained and views are sensational.

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