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Great little hike. Most of it is easy but about 1/4 mile is uphill. Nice camping spots along the trail!

Awesome trail, little traffic and awesome views at the top.

Great little hike lots of swimming holes and a little bit of a incline , great view the only sad thing is there is sooooo much trash every where and it doesn’t seem like the park is well cared for. Always super upsetting . But would def do this hike again- just next time bring some trash bags.

I did this hike today and it was very nice. The view is so beautiful at the end! The hike isn’t too strenuous and I would rate it moderate to hard at the very end. Be careful with yellow jackets (there was a nest), I got stung and ended up with a severe allergic reaction and a rescue team had to come get me. So if you’re allergic, take your pen/meds with you!

First hike ever and it was amazing! Loved it

Absolutely fabulous hike! Not really difficult, but can be a little muddy and slippery at parts. I highly suggest going all the way to the turtleback waterfall. Also, try going on the rocks (dry ones) that are a little bit off-path to get really good shots. We were warned about copperheads, but did not encounter any.

Great trail. With all the rain I would definitely have some shoes that handle mud and water really well. A lot of the trail is shaded so it was very wet. I loved it though.

Enjoyed this hike a lot. Only came across three other groups of hikers so we pretty much had it all to ourselves. There are a lot of tree roots to navigate through the first half of the hike and there was a lot of muddy areas but the wild flowers were worth it.

hiking
2 days ago

Gorgeous Waterfall at the end

This trail is just under 8 miles from parking lot to parking lot. We went clockwise, down Dismal and up Naturaland trail. There’s a cool foot bridge at the bottom. The Naturaland trail between the two bridges can be a little brutal, very steep, but not bad. My wife and I had no trouble with trekking poles, though there are a few scrambles. Take bug spray, food, and 2-3 liters of water. We did the loop in about 4:45, taking our time and stopping for lunch.

First thing to note is that this is a different trail than looking glass falls which several people seemed confused about. The only water fall is a very small one near the start. The trail is not steep but the 3 miles out is entirely uphill. The view at the top is definitely worth it though!

on Virgin Falls Trail

hiking
3 days ago

First hike for us. Grueling hike back but it was definitely worth it. We did this in eight hours including closing out the day at Welch’s Point. Will definitely go back to camp! We played in the falls at Laurel Creek and explored the cave behind it. Hiking down to bottom of Virgin Falls was breathtaking. Beautiful and powerful!!

Did this hike a few weeks back, for the first time. By the time we went back and explored a bit at all the main "sites" of the trail, it ended up being 11.3 miles. The hike itself was pretty but the falls, both at the bottom and the top are definitely a site to see. I highly recommend going being the falls, just be very careful.... there's a crazy drop down into some kind of underwater river system. Its just neat to see. will definitely be back. I don't have a ton of "difficult" hiking experience, but I'm a very active person & at times I struggled. It took us 6:14 to complete by the time we stopped for lunch and messed around at the various sites. If we were focused, we could have easily done it in under 5. We will definitely be back, loved this hike!

hiking
3 days ago

I feel that "hard" is an exaggerated rating for this trail. I did have some blow downs to bypass and there are some steep sections with loose rock, but I would rate it more early moderate. I went up the Blue trail (around 7pm, after work) and went to the Eastern Overlook to catch sunset. GPS recorded 3.3 miles and just under 1000 ft in elevation gain. The views were very good for being so close to Knoxville and well worth the trip. I will definitely go again. I hike every weekend possible in the GSMNP so I am use to the climbing and descents, but don't let the rating keep you from going.

Lovely views, lovely hike. The climb is never steep, just steady and moderate. We hiked up for sunset and soaked in our first Eastern sights of the Milky Way along with a hand-full of meteors from the Perseid shower. Other than a few passers-by, we had the place to ourselves.

Fun hike! Went after a rain storm so the trail was super muddy but not very crowded. Under the rainy/muddy conditions, the trail was more of a moderate hike. Lots of rocks at the end just before the gorgeous falls!

It is pretty! We went on a Saturday so crowded and it rained, so really muddy! More on the moderate side than easy. Had toddler with us that couldn’t be carried up the last steep rocky portion to the falls. Had view though!

Started at upper parking area not as shown.

Take this trail which connects with the John Rock loop trail for some spectacular views! Much less crowded than the Looking Glass Rock trail and still with beautiful scenery. Park at the Pisgah Wildlife Education center and pick up a trail map- very well marked and maintained.

Great workout. Not a scenic “hike”.

hiking
5 days ago

This was a nice, easy hike to take up an afternoon. We took the high trail and it was easy to miss the turn down the stairs to the falls. It’s a great place to take a dip

I did the knob creek trail; one of the longest in the park but so nice. When you get to the ‘loop’ part where the mountain meets the water you can jump in right there... the water feels amazing! In total we hiked 6.6 miles. We asked the ladies inside where to go and they didn’t know much, but on the map it says to park where the horse trailer parking lot is, then hike on the horse connector trail until you come to the “Knob Creek” Trailhead (which is right past the camping grounds) The horse trailer parking lot is about a quarter mile past the main entrance depending on which direction you come from (right near the boat ramp) But while we were walking on the connector trail we went right by the tennis courts which are in the park so there is probably a way to park in the main lot, then just find your way down to the trail.. it would definitely shorten the walk.
Knob creek itself is about 3 miles. But like I said, definitely worth it at the end to take a jump into Cherokee Lake and cool off!

Loved the scenic trail and the destination is breathtaking! Hike is very strenuous but worth it in the end!

walking
7 days ago

A pretty walk, but nothing spectacular. Really close to the road, so we could hear traffic the whole time.

loved the views. Truly worth the drive. Would like to go in fall and even start over night.

Went after a heavy rain and waterfalls was amazing!!

hiking
9 days ago

I found it strenuous but once you hit the falls it is so worth it.
It took us 4 hour and 30 min round trip at an elevation of 906 ft

Once you hit the cross the path above the falls there is a cool spot perfect for a picnic

An easy way to get 7 miles in. Enjoyable stroll along the river, some rocks and roots along the trail but easily tunable. 4 of us went and all agreed it was great :)

Views are beautiful and it’s very peaceful at the top. Like others have said, it’s not much of a “hike” it’s more of a walk to the top, take in the scenery and head back to the bottom. All and all tho, it’s definitely beautiful up there.

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