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For safety and maintenance reasons, this park should be closed in the winter months. Tons of trees blocking the trail, leaves covering the trail making it very slippery, and not well marked. THIS TRAIL IS 7.2 MILES. The map on alltrails is not accurate in terms of where the trails lead. Several instances of having to walk through a river so be prepared to have your feet soaked.

Tough trail and a good workout, if that’s what you looking for. Would not recommend for a casual hike.

hiking
17 days ago

Gorgeous hike, love this trail out of all others at Jefferson Memorial Forest. I always take the right hand fork at the beginning of the trail. A steep ascent but comes to a stunning overlook.

It’s a good hike. If you want to add to it, you can add 3 miles by adding Scott’s Gap.

We done this trail twice last weekend for training. There were two picnic tables but no restrooms.

Good trail but the markings could be a lot better!! If doing the trail counter clockwise your left hand turn is about 50 yards from the trail head!!!

on Siltstone Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail to test your metal!

hiking
1 month ago

nice area . paddle boating, hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is beautiful, just be prepared to work for it! Would do it again, maybe in the winter when you can get better views.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked the full trail out and back today. It’s a beauty of a trail but it will make you work for it. This trail was clean and well marked. I started at Scotts Gap so I could rest at the welcome center a bit before heading back. I can’t wait to go back when the leaves have fallen. As others have said, take lots of water.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is great, but O-my, the people here at Bernheim are absolutely wonderful.

Totally loved these trails. My husband and I did these trails along with trail 2 which took us about 6 hrs to enjoy. Parts of these trail were a little rough. I didn't bring mine this hike, but a pair of trekking sticks or a staff would have been helpful. Areas of the trails got close to bluffs and would have just made me feel a little more secure on the trail.

Tough 13 mile hike on hot summer day. Bring lots of water. Lots of elevation and a lot of roots on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

I'm an avid hiker/explorer and this place is a blast! Make sure you have atleast a full day to enjoy this magical place!

hiking
3 months ago

We enjoyed kayaking and then hiking to the waterfall. Very pretty. I did unknowingly get into some poison ivy so be aware that it’s along the path to the waterfall.

I love this trail. As others have said, it will keep the heart rate up. It’s a clean trail with beautiful wildflowers and we’ve seen plenty of deer and other wildlife. Personally, I prefer to get the sharp ascent out of the way first, so that would be counter-clockwise on the loop.

This park is very well maintained and the trails are well marked! We couldn’t record our hike because my phone battery is not stellar, but we hiked 7.6 miles with a combination of 8, 1, 5, 4, & 7. It was a super hot day and we were pleased to find that the Nature Center on the south end of the park is air conditioned with a lovely bird viewing room. We saw all of the falls but I think Tunnel Falls was the best! I liked Little Clifty Falls as well. When the map says the trail is rugged, they’re not kidding. The ruggedness is a great challenge, but be prepared to climb up and down on rock and roots quite a bit. Also, people who are afraid of heights should maybe stay on trail 2, because there are many drop-offs next to the trails up on the ridge. Overall we had a challenging, but rewarding, day in the outdoors!

hiking
3 months ago

I enjoyed the hike in the first 3 mile section of the hike, closer to the welcome center. Beautiful trail. In the second 3 mile section you can tell horses have frequented the trail leaving divets. There are also many many dead trees and debris along the second section. Overall great workout. I wish at the end of the trail there would be picnic tables and a place to rest and eat before heading back another 6 miles to do the full round trip.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a nice trail well maintained, easy to access. Great for a Sunday hike close to the city!!

Loved trail 5. Tunnel Falls was my favorite waterfalls of the day, Caution on the rocks leading up to the tunnel as they are slick. The tunnel is closed to foot traffic from fall to spring. Trail 5 goes around the tunnel also. South end of trail has a 153 step staircase that will give you a great quad workout. There is also a leg of the trail to take you to the creek.

Love the creek trail all the way up to the falls!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy but interesting hike with lots of little rocks passages and foot bridges to make things interesting. Some views of the valley and Harrod's creek. Passed by two swinging benches in shaded areas. Friendly passerby.

Beautiful hike with lots of good views. My dog really enjoyed playing in the river. We took the blue trail to the orange. Orange is a lot hotter with little shade but its short. My only caution is that there is a LOT of poison ivy so kids should be watched carefully!

Easier than I was expecting with lots of benches and seating. I stopped to read by the creek about half way through and still finished in about an hour and a half.

Very hot and some challenging ascents so bring plenty of water

hiking
4 months ago

There is currently a ton of blown downs. A few that required walking through thick thorn bushes to get around. Lots of ticks. My advice would be to wear pants on this one, until they get the trail cleared from the blow downs.

hiking
4 months ago

Brutal trail in the heat. So much constant elevation. Has to be over 3000 feet. 2 of us went thru 5.5 liters of water and 2 16 ounce gatorades. Ran out of water for the last mile. I know the heat was a factor but I found this more challenging than the millennium at Bernheim.

Scott's Gap section is the most under appreciated section of JMF. This trail has been one of my favorites for years.

hiking
5 months ago

Spent the good portion of the day hiking this trail with my son after forgetting to pack any food. We had water covered though and finally made it. The reward for the hike was a massive feast at Shack in the Back BBQ.

Love this trail. I want to go back and see more of it.

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