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on Bridalveil Fall Trail

15 hours ago

East short walk in the snow.

on Bridalveil Fall Trail

15 hours ago

Pretty trail in winter.

hiking
snow
19 hours ago

Completed in January when trail was icy and without spikes. Very sketchy but I finished it..... sliding on my butt on a couple occasions. So worth it though! Views were aaamazing! #whyihike

hiking
snow
19 hours ago

Completed in January when trail was icy and without spikes. Very sketchy but I finished it..... sliding on my butt on a couple occasions. So worth it though! Views were aaamazing!

Easy hike with beautiful views! I Recommend hiking this early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise without crowds:)

I did this trail in December and mostly had it to myself on a rare sunny day in the middle of the week. The falls are huge and breathtaking. The trail is well maintained with some small inclines. There was a little ice on the inclines when I went which made it a little slippery in spots but not bad. The stairs down to the falls are worth the effort. A good short little hike and workout.

Short but keep ur heart rate up!!!

Was a little hard at first due to the previous day frozen rain but totally worth the "dangers". Breathtaking view at the top. Make sure to check out the tallest point for another amazing view
No crows at all in Jan. Accessible even when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed

This was a trail that was totally worth the view at the top. All paved trail that has a steady and tough incline the whole way. The view from the observatory at the top is great. 360° view of the mountains that is very photo worthy. The most challenging part of this trail is parking. It is an absolute nightmare. Narrow two-lane road with cars inventively parked on both sides and a line of cars that goes halfway to Gatlinburg.

Really not terribly difficult, the stair portions are the hardest since they are quite the incline (calves and quads will feel it). The rest of the trail is moderate incline the whole way. The view at the top is pretty good but as of recently the last part of the trail has been closed, which is where the good view is.

hiking
4 days ago

Lovely hike! I found it to be a bit easier than Flat Top, next door. Trail is in good condition (for now; snow storms this weekend will change that), despite the lapse in appropriations due to the government shutdown. I did, however, pick up a lot of litter. Please remember that even biodegradable items like citrus peels are trash on the trail. Check it out: https://lnt.org/about/faq/can-i-leave-biodegradable-waste-eg-apple-core-or-banana-peel-woods-long-i-hide-or-burry-it. If you have the energy, consider bringing a trash bag to pack out trash during the shutdown to minimize our impact on these great resources. Bathrooms are closed now, but the Blue Ridge Parkway approaching Peaks of Otter from the South is still open. The parkway is closed just North of this area. Be sure to check out Buzzard Roost while you're there; just a quick jaunt to your right once you reach the ridge (you might see this rock outcropping to your right on your ascent and think it's Sharp Top). Sharp Top itself has many "false summits," as you approach, but you'll know you're there when you see the building/signs. Excellent, unobstructed views. Highly recommended!

Stats (all including Buzzard Roost)
3.30 miles RT
1438 ft. elevation gain
1:30 hours RT

Short and sweet! Easy walk to the bottom of the falls.

hiking
6 days ago

Really nice hike. Roads were closed due to snow when we visited so took the long way, but was worth it because of all the Mule deer that crossed the trail in front of us. Not recommended on a cloudy day, because then there is no view from the top.

probably have done this same trail hundreds of times the beauty of the james never gets old

Despite the brutal switchbacks near the ridge, I keep coming back to this trail again and again. As other people have recommended, I always just hike to the top of the ridge and generally sit and enjoy the view for a while. Right before you reach the best overlook, there are a few stairs and big rocks so if you make it there, you're close. ;) If you want to have a slightly easier hike, you can drive up Hercules Road (between the parking lot by the bridge and the one at the trailhead) and start hiking where the trail and road intersect (1.2 miles). There's enough room for a few cars to park beside the road but its easy to miss if you're not paying attention. One downside to starting there is that you'll miss some of the pretty creek views but you cross the creek at one point in the second part of the hike too. There is a shelter/bathroom around mile 2 (or before the switch backs anyway). During the fall and winter, there is a really thick layer of dead leaves that can make the trail harder to follow and make you more likely to slip but as long as you're careful, follow the white blazes, and don't try to rush too much, you'll be fine. Its definitely worth it for the amazing views and gorgeous trees!!

Really fast if you know what you are doing.

Was quick and easy... nice view!

Hard Core with excellent views hiking up and at the summit! Coming down...tough on the knees.

Great views from the top, not terribly difficult

Great trails, very crowded on a weekend when the weather is nice. Hiked the High Falls Loop today starting at the main parking lot going to High Falls then Triple Falls & back on the High Falls Loop to the parking lot.

It was a great little hike. It had rained two days before and it was not too flooded when we went. We were going to scope out the rock climbing and they have some good problems up with hooks all ready to go. We will for sure come back this summer to work on the problems.

Four stars because it was a little dirty but that’s kind of expected seeing as there was a ton of people there. There were kids smoking pot in the woods too. But in all it was great!

View at the top is worth it! Very muddy right now, and our watches showed 3 miles each way

Dear lord this was a hard trail. Me and my two best friends went camping together and we spontaneously decided to do this trail for some reason. The whole thing is pretty much uphill but the view... my god the view was incredible at the top. It was so breathtaking it made the whole hike worth it. Just a note: the three of us are not in peak physical condition. I’m moderately fit but have hypoglycemia and a syncope problem, one friend has asthma and hypoglycemia but she runs frequently, and the second friend just casually works out. It took a while to go up and down this monster but we managed it.

hiking
10 days ago

Very nice hike with awesome views on Spy Rock. Reminds me of a mini version of Old Rag, but not as difficult. Views along the trail (AT most of the way) are best during winter months.

hiking
10 days ago

One of my first hikes!

If you like rock climbing this is a great spot!

on Boone Fork Trail

10 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

hiking
11 days ago

Clean trail, not overpopulated, amazing view!!

walking
11 days ago

Great concrete trail for outdoor walks. It will puddle heavy in spots after a heavy rain.

12 days ago

beautiful hike, a little muddy from the rain but not difficult. hiked with my 9 year old.

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