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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.

I live close and use this trail often. perfect for short strenuous trail runs. good mix of steady up hill to steep switchbacks. and the view near the top isn't bad. plus two waterfalls

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muddy
8 days ago

Kinda sketchy drive to the waterfall but totally worth it. This is an easy and short trail. Was completely empty when we visited. The view is espectacular and you might be tempted to jump off the water fall. Please do not do that read the signs there have been fatal accidents at this location. Enjoy the view enjoy the sounds that should be enough !!

on Boone Fork Trail

16 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

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

Very busy place but beautiful waterfall.

hiking
25 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.

hiking
26 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!

hiking
27 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!

hiking
1 month ago

An easy half mile to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area.

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!

hiking
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.

awesome

Easy trail nice falls.

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

hiking
1 month ago

I came over from the Tanawha Trail and went right (easy part first). That side is easy but boring. The other side of the trail is gorgeous and definitely more challenging, but nothing the average person can’t accomplish. Be prepared to stray from the trail at creek crossings or to hop from rock to rock.

Amazing!!! The drive there is beautiful, but the parking area is small. The hike is so short tho people are coming and leaving quickly. Short and amazing! A little crowded due to people swimming.

This trail is so much fun. We didn't investigate it before taking it on with our 4 kids. Probably would not have taken them on this until they were older. Dangerous for younger kids. I definitely recommend it for older kids and active adults. Exhilarating.

Absolutely amazing. Some parts are hard especially if caught in the rain. But well worth the view.

hiking
2 months ago

this is an awesome trail. very easy to get to. short walk. there is plenty of rocks to climb to get good pics. our kids loved it.

scenic driving
2 months ago

My favorite trail in the mountains!

hiking
2 months ago

I've hiked this trail twice now and it's probably my favorite on the east coast. It's definitely not for the inexperienced or out of shape, but the grueling path is more than worth it. The MacRae Peak path features stunning view after stunning view. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to take them all in and enjoy the fantastic vistas in all directions. The ladder climbs and rock scrambles can be nerve-racking but are a lot of fun at the same time. I took the Underwood Trail on the way back down which is a bit less strenuous and having gravity on your side makes the going a bit easier. It's easy to see pictures and hear from others about the sights along the way, but one thing you have to experience firsthand is the smells on the trail. You're hiking in a mostly alpine environment and the conifers give a refreshing piney scent for almost the whole way; it's like walking through a christmas tree farm.

An exciting hike! We went in November and the path was so icy we almost turned around a few times. The views were worth it! We took grandfather trail up and Underwood back down, made for a great loop!

Hard but lovely

absolutely beautiful trail. overnight tent camping at the top. make sure you wear good hiking shoes or boots the trail can get slippery. HIKE THIS TRAIL you won't regret it.

Hands down the most fun trail I have ever hiked! Extremely strenuous, so be careful. My only problem is I hate that you have to pay so much to get to the main trailhead. You can access it from the parkway, but it becomes a pretty long day hike.

Nice trail had rained so part were mucky and slippery but quiet for the middle if a town.

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