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21 hours ago

Short easy hike great for a sunset view.

Easy walk to a very nice little waterfall with a great swimming hole. It's a great place to stop in for a short visit, and anyone can do it.

Favorite easy summit in the area, especially at sunset.

Steep but nice loop through balsam forest. No real views but beautiful canopy of trees and moss covered rocks. Parts of the trail are quite overgrown but push on through because it’s worth it!

Very steep but short hike up to some great views. Starts at a visitors center parking lot so a little more crowded than other trails but worth it. The Mountain to Sea Trail also joins up here so you can add some distance by following their white blazed trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

hiking
6 days ago

Short hike right off road. Expect crowds particularly on weekends/holidays. Nice little waterfall and swimming area.

Worth the view! Smells like Christmas going up

hiking
11 days ago

This hike is a nice short hike but it is straight up

My husband, dog, and I did this 1.5 times yesterday (we came back a second time after the second hike we attempted had no parking near it). It has ample parking and restrooms due to the visitor center/ranger station at trailhead. We really enjoyed this hike - but will warn you, it is a workout, as most of the hike is an uphill climb.

hiking
12 days ago

Short trail that ends at a beautiful waterfall. We let the dogs swim in the pool at its base for a bit. There’s room for 4 or 5 cars to park at the side of the road, but it wasn’t crowded on Tuesday morning.

wonderful walkway and amazing swimming hole that is just the right depth for kids.

Nice, easy hike. You can extend past the 3.1 by continuing along the sidewalk on the main road if you want. We took our dog with us and he loved it. Nice and shaded, which was great on this hot July day. There were also kids playing in the water near the bridge - so easy to take a dip if you get hot. We saw about a dozen elk near the beginning/end of the trail on our way back (super close, too!), which was cool.

Nice little hike. Pretty steep to start, but worth it at the top. Beautiful views. My 8 & 11 year old completed this with us easily.

Did not seem very hard to us, a little steep but easily manageable. Perfect hike to a great view, total time there was 45 minutes.

I just hiked this trail all the way to the N.O.C. Did it in two days my first time hiking any off the Appalachian trail. It was amazing

Beautiful view...well worth the hike

hiking
17 days ago

Great morning hike. My 5 and 3 year olds could do it fine and loved it!

Great trail! Went to the top then to the plane crash. Trail to the plane crash was a little rough but totally worth it!

Beautiful, easy trail. The old trees are amazing. So majestic. A lovely trail that you will want to meander along so you can soak in the sights, sounds and aroma. You don't want to miss anything in this old, old forest by hurrying through it.

Beautiful trail. We did both loops and greatly enjoyed the sounds and sights. However, we tried one of the other trails in the area and found it severely overgrown and poorly marked. We could not find the cutoff trail or the area where the fork was on the lollipop portion. But the main upper and lower loops were well marked and well maintained.

I love this little trail! It’s a great leg-stretcher for those driving the BRP. While there are only a couple of spots with mountain views, the forest setting is serene and lovely.

hiking
26 days ago

Out-and-back past Bearwallow Valley Overlook to Bearwallow Falls viewing platform. Overlook offers a nice south-facing vista featuring Lakes Jocasee and Keowee, but as others have said power lines do mar the view. I also agree with previous reviews that Bearwallow Falls is not as scenic as the park's other waterfalls, but it is still a worthy destination. Also, starting at the Bearwallow Picnic Area shortens the hike to the falls to only 0.4 switchbacking miles. Overall, not the park's best trail, but still a nice hike.

hiking
27 days ago

easy first mile nearly downhill until the sharp left. As of 6/23/2018, large tree fall across trail around 1/2 mile from trailhead. You must ford Holcomb creek 50 yards upstream from the slot waterfall to get to next section (not shown on this site's map) to see actual Three Forks. This section of the trail had several (we counted six) tree falls which made us turn around. Chainsaw anyone? Still, the first falls at Holcomb is worth the relatively easy hike. One campsite near this falls is tight, a few trees for hammocks, a small firepit but close to the edge near the falls (loud).

add wilderness and schoolhouse falls to this loop for a 6 miler of complete exhiliaration

Definitely recommend this hike. Beautiful drive to the trailhead and not too difficult to Waterrock Knob. There is a unofficial trail from Waterrock Knob to Browning Knob called the Balsam Traverse. Very Beautiful ridgeline hike but dont attempt unless your an experienced hiker. Also easy to get lost so look for the blazes on the trees if you do this hike.

Great Trail. Loved the trail being near the river almost the entire way, as well as the rocky "beahces" available for stops throughout. Also, we saw at least 5 different elk throughout our walk, which lasted from about 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Located just south of Cashiers, it’s just a quick walk from highway 107, with a very well maintained trail. Beautiful falls that flow into a nice little swimming hole that looks like a nice place to jump in and cool off.

Loved it. Went 3 times.

Wonderful views! A great short, little hike. The uphill is definitely a little challenging, but once you get to the top, it's worth it! Towards the top it becomes a little rocky with some really big steps, so take your time and wear good hiking shoes. My little dog enjoyed the walk too, but he was more excited for the downhill part. We went on a rainy day and got to see fog and rain on the other mountain tops, it was mesmerizing!

Was a fun hike. Plane is easy to find. Follow the trail to the left of the big steps leading to waterrock knob. Follow the yellow dots on the trees to the top of the mountain top. You will know it when you reach it. It’s the highest point. Take a trail from the top to the left down about 100 yards. There lies the plane !!

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