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8 hours ago

Great trail for a hike/run. I did the McKay Hollow Trail to the Southern Plateau Trail to make a loop out of it. The start of the trail (coming in by small pavilion and water fall) is quite steep, lots of rocks, boulders, and roots.

The long, flat section in the hollow makes for a great section to run. Ascending up out of the hollow to the South Plateau Trail is a fairly easy gradual ascent.

Once you make it up to the South Plateau Trail, you’re home free with a flat, easy trail to finish up with a run. Great workout that took me approximately two hours to complete.

Saw two bucks, both had nice racks, and three does. They didn’t give much of an opportunity for pictures. I did get a great shot of a doe eating grass on the side of the road while driving back home, though! Ha! But of course!

I was with a group of 5 when we decided to try this trail. We started off on another trail, the white, I believe, to get to this one. That one prior was a quick three mile and pretty flat; we started there because we parked at the main pavilion (first parking on right).

As soon as we started on the McKay Hollows Trail it quickly got rocky. Starting from where we were, it first went down the mountain, great scenery and not terrible. Going uphill, was another story. The trail is hard to follow since you are walking on just rocks and tree roots. Sometimes the rocks were color coded for the trail.

For the 4.4 mile trail, it took us about two hours, perhaps under. The last 30 minutes it was getting dark so we had to slow down just a bit.

Overall a good trail, dogs would love it, go in the morning or at a time where you can have a good slow pace.

The hike in wasn't bad at all. The last mile has a lot of rocks in the trail so beware of that. Now the hike out was a challenge. The elevation change is mainly in that last mile. The walls themselves are beautiful, definitely worth the hike in and out. For those wanting to hike it soon, there is water at the end right now.

A good hike for sure! the hikers included me 42yo, 13yr, 10 yr and 2 8yolds. Yes, it's the south in the summertime - be prepared for the sweltering humidity with plenty of water and snacks. The kids got a little discouraged on the way down, but said the swimming hole was definitely worth it. The canopy of trees provides plenty of shade but also locks in the humidity if it has rained recently. Don't rate the trail poorly just bc it's hot and humid! the rock formations at the end are amazing, so suck it up and carry on! Just remember, what goes down must come back up - be prepared for the 100% uphill on the way back out.

More geysers. All unique

Definitely a difficult hike but if you prepare mentally and bring plenty of water it's beyond rewarding!!

An awesome trail! Put my 2 yo in the Tula, 5 year old walked. Was a little bit too much for 5 year old. As we got closer to the end on the way back, she got whiney from being tired. Tons of places to stop and rest. One of my fav hikes ever!

Definitely worth the 2.5 hour drive

where it's the water? took family of 5 and several family with kids. we camped at bottom and hiked to walls. the falls were dry never seen it like this usually at least some water in falls. good time down and the kids with backpacks did great on way back 22 min miles uphill. needed lots of water kids drank over 1.5 litres each and started getting into ours at end. make sure to plan ahead to purify water because wont have enough to go down and back without refills.

Really Great hike! Make sure you park at the hiking trail head and not the horseback riding trail head! We definitely parked at the wrong one and initially had a really hard time finding the correct trail.

hiking
16 days ago

The trail is well marked and sown with sand and mulched leaves, making it easy on the feet. Path goes through moss-covered trees and beautiful rock formations. Waterfall at the end was beautiful. Any trail that I'd re-hike again is fantastic in my book, and this certainly is one!

A nice hike, not as difficult as some reviews had indicated. the falls send rock formations are worth the hike. The decent from the Alabama trail head is basically switchbacks and it isn't unpleasant, but is unremarkable. If you can't walk down hill on uneven terrain this may not be a good hike for you. but if you take your time, it isn't daunting. the last mile or so takes you across and beside a creek (or dry creek bed, depending on the weather) and there are campsites, wildflowers and even a small cemetery. The trail does get more difficult here, footing isn't always secure and the rocks give your ankles a work out.the walls/ amphitheatre area are really cool. We went in a dry season do we could see the rock basin that the water has carved over time and had a nice picnic by the deepest pool of water that we could find. the hike out was more strenuous, the elevation map is not really ambiguous, slow down, take some breaks, enjoy the scenery and you'll be at the top before you know it. 4 star rating because the hike was nice, the walls are unique, the trails mostly maintained (some branches and obstruction here and there) and the blazes were quite faded in some parts. All told, I recommend the hike, stay hydrated and enjoy the walls!

Good workout and pleasant view at the end.

Awesome hidden treasure! Great hike.

Not overly impressed. We turned around about halfway down. Might try again in the fall when the temperature is more pleasant.

The waterfalls are so awesome. Worth the drive out to see them!

This trail is really pretty, but it deserves the difficult rating. If you enter the trail on the Tennessee side, its much longer than if you enter on the Alabama side. Once you get about 2 miles in, it gets very steep. Once you actually get to the waterfall/swimming area, its gorgeous to look at but if it hasn't rained in a long time then its pretty dry and there's very little water. The water in the swimming area is ice cold as well. The hike back is very uphill and intense. My girlfriend and I had 6 water bottles each and we probably needed a few more. I would say 8 water bottles would be enough. Also, we saw several dogs so that made it even better.

hiking
28 days ago

The falls were really neat and this was a fun little hike if you live in the Huntsville area. Get ready for LOTS of uphill for the first mile!

dragon's mouth spring was the neatest feature here. the mud pots at artists paint pots are cuter, lol.

The trail was ROUGH, but totally worth the effort. Took three dogs, they struggled in certain areas, but had a blast. If you’ve been to Cummins the trail is harder, I thought this trail was closer to strenuous than moderate because it’s really rocky.

1 month ago

Lots of wildlife seen a lot of deer. Really liked the top

Not gonna lie, this trail is tough. Deserves the hard rating. The description says the trail is 6.6 miles, but my tracker says it was 8.8 miles. It’s not a loop trail, you go up the same way you come down. The initial descent is easy, but it was completely uphill on the way back. I felt like it would never end and we would never get there. Make sure you bring more than enough water. I brought a filled 17 oz bottle and four regular sized water bottles, and that wasn’t enough. I would bring 6-8 bottles. The elevation gain is intense on the way back up. You should probably be in fairly good shape to hike this trail. I would go in the fall because it was really hot during the summer. Also, wear bug spray. Bugs are flying around you just about every second you’re hiking. And while going down the trail you walk into spiderwebs pretty much the whole time. Some of it is overgrown, so I’d be sure to check yourself and others for ticks when you get done. The views were decent, but not the best. It was just an okay hike, not really worth it in my opinion.

Great trail! Section along the river is far better than the rim overlooking it. If you like waterfalls, rivers, cool rock formations, you will love this one. If not, why are you hiking?

hiking
1 month ago

So many mud pots. It's my first time to see the boiling mud. Very cute.

gorgeous view and fun water hole to play in

great trail. return trip kicks your ass. take your time it's all up hill

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Tough at some parts, but that’s the point! Lots of fun and plenty of resting parts/shelters.

Beautiful trail, make sure to bring enough water (at least 3 liters). Steep elevation gain on the way back.

This was our first loop / home at Yellowstone, an excellent way to start. Relatively short and super informative, many interesting features to see.

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