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Fairly short hike, but the drive to get there is beautiful and the view from the top is even better. Much like a small Max Patch but less crowded. I suggest waterproof shoes, as the trail can be a little muddy in spots.

Did this with my girlfriend from Latvia back in 2014. Great trail but smoked my ass coming back up.

backpacking
9 days ago

Wonderful trail. Perfect for an early morning hike. Especially beautiful after a good rain. There’s so much wildlife and wild plantlife to appreciate on this trail. Also makes for perfect pictures. 10/10

Love everything about this place. The trails are marked well and the water falls were full of water due to recent rain. We were able to find trails for our level of ability.

Beautiful, decently maintained trail with some wonderful views. However, I can say the exact same thing about all the hundreds of other trails in the immediate area that don't charge you $10.

Why pay these people $10? They have nothing particularly special to offer.

hiking
22 days ago

A very popular spot esp. during the warmer months. There is a waterfall that has a nice swimming spot to enjoy.

I do not recommend this spot to novice hikers or people with dogs when it’s wet because although it is a pretty easy hike if you are there to see the waterfall there is a spot where there is barely a path and you must crawl over a thin area of rocks.

Lots of pretty foliage. I have seen horses on this trail before it gets narrow. There are rocks you can roll/twist your ankle on so be careful!

Fabulous trails, stunning lake and falls!

Waterfall was pretty much non existent. No reception and you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. No one else was on the trail which I know a lot of people love, but it tends to give me the creeps.

hiking
25 days ago

Fun trail. There can be a creek crossing after a decent rain.

hiking
28 days ago

Trail is pretty easy going though you do have to do a littler rock scramble to get to the falls. when it gets warmer I want to hike to the end, because there are creek crossing.

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked the lower loop with 14 members of our hiking club and really enjoyed it! Yes, it’s overgrown and the trail gets “iffy” in spots, however it is beautiful and not crammed with people. The stone steps are steep but nothing this granny couldn’t manage. The falls are really little more than a trickle, but still awesome. 3 water features and a nice 2 hour hike taking time to enjoy the wonder of the woods. I am grateful for AllTrails as the trail disappears in spots so the map showing your position was invaluable - there was no cell service. I will return!

hiking
29 days ago

Definitely go during the rainy season if you're going for the waterfalls, or in the fall to see gorgeous colors at the overlooks. Not exactly what I would rate as easy and for every skill level; I had no problems, but did bring my 70 year old mother. We went clockwise and it was very steep, narrow, rocky and muddy in places. Also several sets of stairs. She had her trekking poles and made it fine! We saw no other people and enjoyed some beautiful scenery. Also, I got closer to 2.2 miles than 1.6 on my Garmin, but we did walk up to the overlook, so idk. I will be back on a rainy day!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun trail that my husband and I did with our daughters ages 7-14. The first part of the trail (to the right of the loop) was relatively easy, although uphill, but the part after we reached the falls and the lookout was more difficult, narrow, rocky and muddy at points, with a less-defined trail. It was still beautiful, and I enjoyed the challenges (until I slipped on the rocks and fell- thankfully I was fine!). All in all it was a great hike with beautiful views. It took us about two hours, with multiple stops to take pictures and eating lunch at the lookout at the top. I can’t wait to go again when the trees reach peak fall colors.

This is a confusing trail system if you have older maps. Tried to get to the falls late today before dark, but was unsuccessful. I tried following what turns out to be an old trailblazer, but it led to a dead end. Too bad, because I could hear the falls upstream, pretty loudly. Hope to come back and explore more soon.

Addendum: Got to go back and finish the trail. The falls are pretty when it rains. I got soaked, but it was worth it. There were pretty steep parts of the descent around the south loop below the lower falls.

Ankle support is a must. Trekking poles were necessary for me the last bit to the waterfall, so I recommend them. Even with trekking poles, I had to pull myself up / lower myself while holding onto various flora.

Slippery rocks by the falls. And some other challenges along the way. But a great hike overall. Awesome scenery on the bluff trail and a gorgeous waterfall. You absolutely have to do both.

Short hike beautiful waterfall. Well worth the time.

on Falls Branch Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun trail. I’ll echo everyone else ... the first 3/4 on the way in is easy and fairly unremarkable. But that last 1/4 is difficult and makes it worth the hike. The falls are amazing.

From the parking lot it’s not clearly marked where this trail is located. The entrance is the name of another trail. Take it. Then about a hundreds in there is a sign and the trail forks. Keep left.

I want to do this one again in the summer and get under the falls and in the pool of water there.

went right after we had eight inches of rain so falls we're perfect

backpacking
1 month ago

Great walk in the woods. A little difficult at some areas but take your time and you can get through the challenging spots. Slight uphill going towards the falls, but easy downhill walk back to the car. Plenty of parking if not crowded. Great views.

hiking
2 months ago

great trail very slick when wet the last 1/4mile of the trail is impassable due to large trees on the rock path next to the creek.

backpacking
2 months ago

The waterfall is definitely worth the hike! The hike back is a bit of an uphill battle, but not anything too serious. The drive up the Cherohala to get there is beautiful as well, with many overlooks.

on Gee Creek Trail

2 months ago

This is a fun trail! It’s challenging if it’s been raining - the rocks can get very slick- but that just makes it more interesting ... right?

I agree with the moderate trail rating. Maybe moderate+ after a rain. There were several places I had to go to all fours to be sure I kept my footing.

The first creek crossing has a bridge and is near the beginning of the trail. The second crossing is at the main falls. The third crossing is not very far after that. The 2nd and 3rd crossings can be challenging getting across and keeping the water below the top of the boot. I wish I’d had my lake shoes.

on Keown Falls Trail

2 months ago

I started the trail from the John Mtn Overlook so basically felt like I did it backwards...first half of the hike was all downhill and the last half was up. Kicked my weak butt, was great though!

Trail isn’t too bad! It’s a little tough but the waterfall makes it worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Do this hike in the wet season, when it has rained a lot.Or there will not be any water in the falls. Trail is easy and in good shape most of the way.

My dad and I used clippers during most of the hike. Too bad it isn't maintained better. Still a great hike though. Very few people, which I happen to love when hiking.

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

my husband and i have been twice and cant find this waterfall with the rope swing??????? help.. we parked at the day use spot. we took the trail directly behind it. when we got to the bottom we walked upstream and came out at the campsites. we did see alot of pretty places just not that exact waterfall:(

Fun. Overgrown, rocky, uneven, large fallen trees, cool view at the top. Def not a light, even-keeled walk. A lot of irregular hiking. I did the counterclockwise loop from the beginning. The return back part of the loop was the most irregular, wet, and sometimes difficult to see the trail, but that just made it more interesting.

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