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Took this hike Sunday Aug. 19.
I went to the right and took the climbers loop. I went down onto the climbers loop at the first drop down then came up at the second. Doubled back and took the loop to the falls. The falls was worth the trip.
ended up going 3.5 miles and had an elevation climb of 800 feet total.
Word of advise, don't take the climbers loop if you aren't in good trail condition. It's a high moderate and you will climb some height.
will do this again.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike and quite easy. Recent massive rock slide across the creek after the waterfall. Near the final creek crossing, you must climb over rocks which could be a little difficult but worth it. After the final creek crossing at the large waterfall, the trail continues for a short distance before the trail just ends. Lots of poison ivy and oak so watch your step. Just past the concrete structure where they used to mine quartz is a short trail up with nice view overlooking the creek. We had rain the night before but the trail wasn’t wet and hardly any insects.

My first hike in Tennessee! I wish that waterfall was little bit taller for round trip of 5.5 miles. enjoyed the hike, and beautiful waterfall

This was a beautiful hike I took with my 16 year old son and 50 lb dog. We went in the morning so we could finish the trail well before sunset, so started about 9 am. I am so happy I consulted all trails before going, because some other reviewers mentioned that they didn’t bring enough water. I took 108 oz split between our backpacks, and we drank it all. Other reviews mention a section which has large jagged rocks, and that it would be easy to twist an ankle on those. I second that. Hiking boots strongly encouraged.

Our hike was last year, and I can’t wait to hit this trail again in the fall.

hiking
2 days ago

When you get to where the trail splits (I went to the right) it’s one big loop past a nice little waterfall with a cave type place (nice and cool on a hot day). After the waterfall the trail gets kind of vague. The overlook is pretty. I enjoyed it. The loop is a nice short hike.

Great hike. Lots to see.

2 days ago

As heavily trafficked as this trail is I was surprised by the overgrowth. The signage is nonexistent. Made a wrong choice at a no sign split and entered into the path of the secret garden. The over hanging kudzu made for beautiful doorways to enter into the unknown, but climbing through them was a bit difficult. We finally got ourselves turned around and made it to the top. We didn’t mind the adventure but for a non local , signs would be helpful.

hiking
3 days ago

All of the reviews were very helpful. The entire trail is easy until you get to the falls. When you turn left at the falls sign, the last 100 yards is descending down stairs and a slippery root filled trail. This was an excellent first hike in Tennessee.

Fun hike with a great view at Signal Point! We loved seeing the bridges, creeks, and boulders throughout the route. There were many rocks and tree roots to traverse along the trail. Watch trail signs as some of the trails seem to cross at certain points. We definitely enjoyed this hike!

I found a couple spots of this trail to be a little more difficult than “beginner level.”
But it’s worth the climb out. Beautiful falls! And much of the hike is alongside a creek.
There were lots of folks on the trail when I went in late April. Pack your patience for the Cade’s Cove Koop on the weekend :)

Busy Trail, easy accessible from the free parking (behind the washrooms) at Point Park Loop or if you are extremely lucky you can park right above Sunset Rock. The trails is not marked from Point Park but if you follow the signs to the Museum you will find steep metal stairs down to the Bluff Trail, turn left for a nice easy hike to Sunset Rock. Once there your choices are return the way you came or as we did walk up the road and check out the well to do residents who live atop this historic landmark.

The Bluff Trail for the most part is well maintained, I’m guessing that's because of the high amount of visitors that walk this route that it is just foot bare. On other hikes around Lookout mountains we have come across neglected and dangerous trail conditions.
Trail signage could be improved A LOT.
DANGER! ZERO TRAIL MAINTENANCE on Mountain Beautiful Trail!
At this time 08/17/18 we strongly suggest you avoid Mountain Beautiful Trail, this hazard filled trail presented us with grown over trails with waist high ground cover, (much of it "leaves of three") making each of our steps hazardous and onto unseen thus unknown ground. There were multiple downed trees and choking vines forcing bent over tight squeezes or clambers over sizable downed trees, staying ever aware of the potential for snakes below the downed trees.
We can confidently state that the Mountain Beautiful Trail was the WORST maintained National Parks trail we have EVER experienced.
By the time we finished our legs were red and itching, we were covered in spiders webs and brushing off spiders (freaking Maxine out) and we were just so pissed off at the trails condition that we seriously contemplated walking up the busy Scenic Highway to return to our car parked at Cravens House.
Luckily the Hardy (hike/bike)Trail paralleled the road, this unimpressive trail follows the Hydro Pylons, but we were truly thankful that it was wide and clear.
I have written a letter to the Park Superintendent, I trust he/she would want to take immediate action and clear the dangerous hazards on Mountain Beautiful Trail, but who knows???
Just be warned!

very cool and gorgeous trail. very difficult at times. Definitely a quad and glute workout with all the steps. waterfalls are amazing

Great trail but it's closed past Sycamore Falls which was only around 2 miles in. Looking forward to going back after the gas line has been repaired.

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

Enough uphills and downhills to keep everyone happy. Make sure to check out the trees early on in the hike and you can see where the forest fire must have come through.

Must do!! One of my fav hikes in Chattanooga, beautiful sights and challenging routes. Also connects to waterfall and other trails for longer hike.

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.

3 up hills and 3 downhills going to the Falls and then back to the parking lot, Abrams Falls is well worth the walk. It is usually very crowded and you have to drive about half of the one way, Cades Cove Loop, to get to the trail head. I like the hike, but it isnt one I choose very often

Nice easy hike!

rock climbing
10 days ago

Was a nice hike to the falls, recommend going in to the right at entrance so you end at the falls. Took climbers access 2 and ended with 2.5 miles total

Most of the trail is meh, the falls are great. Be sure to keep going back until you see the large drop off that’s impassable.

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
10 days ago

Would highly recommend this trail! Did it with my dog and she enjoyed swimming in the creeks. Was one of the easier hikes I’ve done and was fairly short. The directions on this app took me to the Gee mountain caves and not the trail head so be careful when you arrive. We just walked about .5 miles and found the trailhead no problem. The waterfalls were BEAUTIFUL.

There is a great pool at the falls near the bridge.

Love this little trail! We only had a little time before heading to Nashville and this was the perfect hike. Very interesting with small waterfalls and pools of water (a lot of rain lately).

hiking
13 days ago

Enjoyed the trail. Beautiful waterfall although I wish it was taller for a round trip of 5 miles just to go see it. Some members of my family found the trail to be a bit too challenging for them because of all the climbs and rocks along the trail. It is rated moderate and I would not recommend going on it if you’re looking for an easy trail. Liked that the trail goes along the river.

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

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful waterfall and great for swimming on hot days. Can be very crowded on weekends, so I recommend going during a weekday if possible. I think its about a mile or so longer then the 5 miles listed. Saw a bear on the long winding road there (plan time for the drive). Good for all skill levels.

Great hike in and out! Combination of high & low slopes with small waterfall!

hiking
16 days ago

Always a nice hike. Go early if you want to beat the crowds.

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