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Loved this hike. Passed the trail turn off to the knob for a bit more challenge and came back. Loved everything about it and the description in all trails is pretty accurate. Close to many other great hikes like blood mountain, Toccoa falls and Tallulah gorge

Nice hike to a beautiful waterfall. Enjoyed the scenery on the way also. This is not an easy hike, though. It should be rated as moderate.

Make sure to visit all three levels of the falls. My dog and I took a quick dip in the lowest level and it was amazing! Very easy hike although the trails to the falls can be precarious.

Wonderful! The trail has it's ups and downs, but it's really beautiful all along the way. God's handiwork all around you. And then you get to the waterfall. Breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL. Stunning. Words do not do it justice. Do yourself a favor and seek out this lovely trail!

Beautiful hike! lots of traffic on the weekends. Will be back for sure!!!

Great trail. The waterfall is beautiful. I'll be hiking it again soon.

Great trail, awesome hike, amazing waterfall.

It was absolutely amazing and so beautiful!! Loved every second of the hike!!

Says dog friendly, but we drove an hour and a half to essentially be told we would have to carry him to the gorge floor. Don't be fooled, you can totally enjoy all the other loops; like we did! The gorge floor is permit only and NOT, NOT a real path. It is a foot path at a 45 incline up and down through the forest over roots and slippery rocks. It is a treacherous hike. The only path we couldn't go on way the "Hurricane Outlook" path because people had died there the day before. The stairs are a fun one, but if you get easily dizzied or don't like hieghts, I recommend you do NOT do it. I wish I would've known about the gorge floor thing before we had gotten there so I wouldn't have been disappointed.

Easy, well marked trail to hike.
This waterfall is my absolute favorite. To say that it’s stunningly beautiful is a complete understatement! It’s truly magical!
100% worth the drive and the hike to get to it!

Easy hike with great reward payoff at the end. Falls were awesome and definitely highly recommended! I prefer this set of falls over Station Cove honestly. I was there all by myself in the AM! Dog did great too!

Fav trail!

Loved this one! It’s well marked, multiple easy creek crossings, beautiful falls! I recommend dipping your feet in the water & enjoying the refreshing cold water!

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful falls! The water was so refreshing to stand in after the climb down. The climb down to the falls is steep.

We did the stairs and the bridge. We were going to do some trails but ended up helping some elderly people up the stairs and were exhausted by the time we finished carrying them up. Loved the views though

Enjoyed the distance and views with bridges. Narrow at certain areas but the waterfall was well worth it!

We did the rim trails and the stairs to the bottom of gorge. We missed getting a pass but without pass you still get to go down to bottom. The pass would be much cooler but the only difference is it allows you to get in water & climb on the rocks. All in all a cool experience. And yes a TON of stairs.

Right near the beginning of the trail, just on the other side of the road crossing, there is a large fallen tree and a number of smaller chainsawed trees jumbled together. It looks very much like the path is intentionally blocked off, but just climb over/through it. Once you start ascending, the climb is relentless — be prepared for that. It’s not steep, but it continues for over two miles with no break. There are some flat areas off the trail before and after the main waterfall (at about the halfway point) that would make great camping spots, and really are the only spots suitable for tents. There is a fire ring on the summit, and several trees perfect for hanging a hammock — I napped for a couple hours before heading down again. It was a great way to spend the afternoon.

Definitely a bit muddy right now but the waterfalls are amazing and that view at the top is worth the last mile and a half. Be ready to climb over some fallen trees (worst one is at the very beginning). Bring a bunch of water and snacks/lunch. It’s pretty shaded for the most part and some areas look very snakey but I didn’t see any wildlife except birds and lizards. I lost cell service until close to the top so download the map!

woo! This one kicked my ass. Dad and I took the pup. I'd say the first and last mile are the most difficult. if you're going post rain where some boots with good tread. Bring about 2L water. Stay hydrated. we didn't as much as we should have and we are definitely feeling that today. It is a really pretty hike and if you go mid-Summer, expect to see lots of lush green forest and plenty of mushrooms. There's a pool at the bottom of the falls for the way back to stop and have some lunch and soak your feet. Reviving! The view at the top is beautiful and there are camping spots set in from the view and also near the falls.

hiking
24 days ago

one of the most beautiful spectacular views, if your able to go to the lowest level of the falls you won't regret it. I got chills just seeing the beauty that God created.

While beautiful, I feel like this was a glorified park and not a true hiking experience. I would definitely plan on getting there early to get a permit to go down into the gorge (only 100 per day) - be prepared for the water and a more strenuous trek if you get the chance to do this part of the park.

The map is a little out of date, just before the peak there are a number of switchbacks to the south side of the peak, thank God.

We loved this, but it was some work to get down to see falls. Worth the effort, but need to be in good shape.

LOTS of people there the first week of July when we were there. Enjoyed all the overlooks and the suspension bridge.

So many stairs!!! The suspension bridge was awesome. The trails were very well maintained and we were greeted with a map and verbal directions.

Steep going down to the base of the falls but worth it. Highly recommend. We did it with two tweens and a preschooler.

If you don't want to test yourself by going up and down the steps, the Rim trails are easy to walk and show off the scope of the Gorge. But if you do want the workout, take the steps at an even pace and keep breathing! Looking across the Gorge from one Wallenda tower to the other gave me chills. Lots of crowds, so there's litter. Take in the theater and information posts when you are done sweating and need the break.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great trail! Very well maintained, muddy in some spots but easy to get around. Love love love crossing the creeks! The waterfall is spectacular and a great place to take a break and cool off before hiking out. Can’t wait to visit this one again!

Like previous reviewers, I want to emphasize that this route is only the rim trail, and nothing beats getting one of the 100 per day passes they issue in the visitor center to hike for the gorge floor. That is where you will find a really fun rock scramble along the river, and where you find Sliding Rock, a giant, natural water slide. SO FUN! We arrived about 9:30 on a Tuesday morning one July and had no trouble getting a pass. The climb back up out of the gorge is also a fun challenge.

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