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Beautiful Trail. Moderately trafficked. Stays by the river the whole time. A must do trail.

Beautiful views! Great to combine this trail with High Falls and Hooker Falls.

hiking
2 days ago

Great short hike with really lovely falls. Not crowded but it was mid week.

hiking
10 days ago

Trails are wide and clean. Beautiful location.

walking
11 days ago

East going trail ideal for older folks who may be unused to hiking. Can be longish for them. Hiking poles useful for traversing rooted areas. Wild flowers and birds.

hiking
19 days ago

A well-manicured and often over-populated trail to a stepped falls. Not as impactful as High Falls, but a nice easy hike for families. Go early in the day or late to avoid the masses.

Nice, pretty trail. A lot of mountain bikers around but enough space for bikers and hikers on most parts of the trail. Parked in the area before the “fees” sign by the bathroom. Walk up past the fee sign and there’s a ranger station, we asked him for directions to the trail. If you don’t take the connector and keep going to the left at that point, the trail ends at the lake.

hiking
23 days ago

Took our two small dogs here. We were impressed with the condition of the trail. It was very nice to walk on and great to just get some time in outdoors. Very easy hike. Make sure you park at the bottom/end of the road. Don’t go past the gate where there is a sign for a fee. You need to park in the areas at the bottom of that hill then walk up that road for about half a mile to get to the entrance of the trail.

hiking
24 days ago

MODERATE - not sure this should be rated as easy. The hill climb is good - not the worst - but a good workout. The view at the top is totally worth it. I started at the far end of the lot and went in that way - up the first John Rock summit trail and down the second and instead of heading back the same way took the Cat Gap Bypass trail which was awesome past some great waterfalls etc. this adds to the hike - about 1.6 additional miles if you have time do it.

It’s an uphill battle most of the way through relatively heavily wooded area, but the end result is worth the wait. Some of the best views of the Blue Ridge in the Hendersonville area. Highly recommend.

hiking
30 days ago

Pretty!

Great trail! But yes, whomever rated it ‘easy’ must have been smokin dope. lol Definitely Moderate.

Camped in cat gap trail and connected to John rock during the day trip, it was gorgeous! mostly uphill the whole last two miles so I'd rate it moderate, but so worth it!

Loved this trail. We did cat gap to johns rock. We wandered off a little bit to see the waterfalls we heard and it was beautiful. There were creeks to cross over and great view at the end. This is one of my favorites. I do think this should be labeled as moderate instead of east.

The road getting to the trail was a little rough. You drive over two creeks. The trail is beautiful. The waterfalls are clean and flowing strong.

hiking
1 month ago

My mom (51) and I (24) hiked to the falls on March 4th and it was lovely. The hike is not super forested the entire way, but making it to the falls is worth it! There are tables near the falls to picnic if you’d like. There was a decent elevation gain but nothing my mom and I couldn’t handle. This trail would be perfect for mountain biking. This hike is easy to moderate (moderate only when gaining elevation). There are two lakes along the loop you can enjoy as well.

Easy trail and with a sweet little falls that empties into a pool of water before it rushes out into a rather loud fast flowing river.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely breath taking! Very easy and short hike to get to the falls. You can sit on the rocks at the second level and enjoy the view. Would highly recommend!

Took the Cat Gap Trail to the top then the John Rock Trail from there back down. The trails are definitely moderate in difficulty and the view of Looking Glass Rock was awesome as well as a few other views if you take some of the short side paths. I will be doing this one again for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

More on the moderate side of difficulty. The trail could use more signage. You just can't walk up to the trail. You have to use the Cat Gap Loop to access it. There is one section that could be labeled difficult but it is only a short distance. The view is really great from the rock.

hiking
1 month ago

We really liked this hike lots to see especially crossing the bridges over the bogs

hiking
1 month ago

5 mile short hike on mostly rough forest roads which is well signposted. Little in the way of steep ascents. Good day for hiking with temps in the mid 60' s by noon. Take care around the falls as the rocks are steep and very slick.

Hiked this a few days after it snowed. The rock was covered in some places with ice and snow. There were places to climb down safely to get a better view. Great views of Looking glass rock and the parkway.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail but the signage is terrible and John Rock trail loop actually starts as the Cat Gap loop trail. Also, I would rate it moderate instead of easy. Great views!

hiking
2 months ago

This was the first hike I had ever done in North Carolina, it was pretty easy, beautiful and the waterfall was worth the entire hike. We went late in January and only ran into one other hiker. It was cool to walk on the airstrip as well.

hiking
2 months ago

First, my review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

Second, the trail itself is easy to find, well maintained, generally dry and free of obstructions such as roots and rocks. The trail is not marked but even a novice can stay on it. All the trail junctions are posted and point to major landmarks.

Third, most of the trail is typical eastern US forest and is nothing special, with the exception of the two waterfalls, Triple and High. I feel the Triple has the better composition potential. Make sure you take the stairs down to the creek. On the “con” side the falls are open, not shaded and you are shooting into the sun. Try to visit on an overcast day to reduce the extremes in contrast.

If you want to save some time and effort just do Triple Falls and bypass High. But if you also want to do High then you may also want to take the Covered Bridge Trail. At just 0.2 miles (one way) it’s worth seeing.

hiking
2 months ago

An absolute must do if you are in the area. Easy and beautiful. If you have time go all the way to the french broad and don't forget to look at the remains of the logging town Runion. This is hike is great for all levels.

Beautiful hike. Tons of water features. Can’t wait to go back. Portions of the trail are not suitable for small dogs. We had to carry our pups!

hiking
3 months ago

I parked at the cherry hill parking site and this trail starts down and across the road. I had trouble finding it at first. Once on the trail there were many fallen trees. I had my dog with and we had to stop about 2 miles in. We could have kept going but after hiking 3 miles on a previous trail and it being in the afternoon we turned back. There are also a few spots that are quite narrow and would be hard to navigate with small children or a rambunctious dog. I'm hoping they clear up the trees and I can go back in late spring/early summer.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike!!

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