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East to follow Trail with several spur trails to add to the hike.

I would rate this trail as moderately easy. Lovely scenery and the trail by the river is gorgeous with spots to relax and take a break from hiking . Very fun place to go and explore . Love taking my pup. She has the best time.

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.

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

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.

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.

Such a fun trail. A mix of straight, easy trails and more challenging.

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

Beautiful area and trail. Shorter trail at a little less than 2 miles. We made a day of it by starting at Rutledge Falls a few miles away then to Machine Falls. The hike is relatively easy. My parents are in their mid-60s and did just fine. There are some steep steps near the falls but no biggie. The falls is beautiful and has some of the clearest water I’ve seen here in Tennessee. Just beautiful. Look for the big water tower and the trailhead is across the street.

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.

This was a mostly easy hike with some steps and steeper areas nearer the falls. To see the falls you have to either walk through the water or stone step your way to it. The pay off is worth it. I wish I had brought a towel and bathing suit. I do not recommend Adam's Falls Loop trail that goes off this trail. The falls were nonexistent and we walked through lots of spider webs.

1 month ago

Too short, too expensive!! Nothing special!!! $12 / person is for my opinion not worth! I think it deserve maybe only Parking fees or $5 / person. I mean there are a lot of FREE amazing and breath taking places. Sad about !

This is a short hike with a great, refreshing reward at the end. Beautiful! We will hike this one again.

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1 month ago

Nice hike with nice falls. We added busby falls to the loop just to play in the water more

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.

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1 month ago

Beautiful property. Terrible customer service. The weirdest hours I’ve ever seen for a park. I’m rating it a 5 because the property is gorgeous & I enjoyed it very much!

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?

Nice short trail

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

We came with our four kids, ages 2, 4, 6, and 8. We decided to go counterclockwise which I think was the right move. We already got the payoff of seeing the falls before we had to climb up the stairs, so we had no choice. :) We had the youngest boy in an Ergo, but the older girls all handled the trail—and the stairs—just fine. The trail was clearly-marked, but it did help to have downloaded the map from AllTrails just to be sure we were on the right path.

The falls were incredible, some of the best we’ve seen around. We really loved that the pools are wade-able, and you don’t have to decide you want to go swimming in the cold to get close. Combine that with a really wide, really beautiful cascading waterfall, this one is near the top of our list.

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

great trail for little bigger kids 5+ be prepared for kids to swim in the summer.

This place is gorgeous and the main trail is easy enough but the hike down to the falls was pretty vigorous for someone not in the best shape cardio wise but worth it! Note to wear actual hiking shoes instead of runners for better grip on the gravel.

Lula Lake is a great place to go hiking. one of my favorite courses I do, is from the parking lot to middle Trail. Then take that to the bluff Trail. A great view of the valley. Then Bluff Trail down to the falls which is great on a nice hot day. I usually spend about a half an hour at the base of the falls. Then back to the parking lot. I have it as 4.6 MI. You do some climbing but the hills are long and gradual.

I've hiked at Lula on 2 separate occasions. I look forward to more visits for years to come.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for a beginner. It is important to mind the trail markings and if you arent careful you can get off the trail without a clear way to get back. Best bet is to give yourself plenty of daylight to get back just in case. The trail is marked with green tree markers and in a couple spots have arrows to help...pay attention to them. You can see the lake for 75% of the hike, but it's the other 25% you have to be careful.

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