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

backpacking
3 days ago

This is not the exact route that we backpacked, but I think this could be said of the entire Cumberland Island trail system:

Easy hiking with gorgeous views that range from live oak groves to historic plantations to flawless beaches to stands of conifer. What's not to love? This place served as a perfect early spring backpacking getaway.

Very few people and tons of wildlife including wild horses, dolphins, and a cougar!

There was one hiccup as we were trying to rush to camp before dark one night, and were confronted by a flooded trail closure halfway across the Willow Pond Trail. That made for a dark and stressful hike back. Some signage at the start of the trail would have been appreciated.

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.

Cravens House is a cool historic sight to see. Trail was great, awesome views! I went with some friends that rock climb- definitely good for that!

Very nice trail with beautiful view of Chattanooga from the top! Strongly recommend

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

There is not a 2-mile trail - only a 3 and 7 mile trail.

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.

trail running
24 days ago

Pretty quiet. Good run. Steady mild ups or downs. Finished next to a nice small lake. Drinking fountain in parking lot. No restrooms. Good wildlife sounds.

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.

hiking
25 days ago

Love this Trail. It is a little piece of heaven in the middle of suburbia!

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.

hiking
27 days ago

A friend and I came to the area to hike Neels Gap to Blood Mountain but the weather was horrible and she wasn't too comfortable doing that much elevation in the pouring rain.
We opted for this trail instead. It was October so there was still enough leaves to canopy us some from the pouring rain. It was quite lovely. The trail is really interesting but it was quite slippery in places due to all the rocks.
We intend on revisiting this entire area in the near future and revisiting this trail and the ones we missed.

A really nice walk, a bit warm at noon in July , no real shade to speak or, saw 3 alligators, many varieties of birds and several types of butterflies

love this trail! great boulders in the river for relaxing, and a decent workout too. the ruins are cool.

Straight up climb. Great exercise! Even better views! :)

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail covered with Oak trees and palmettos. Took the main road up to my campsite at Hickory Hill, then Parallel Trail back down to the dock... much more pleasurable than the main road! Went in July so it was pretty hot, and the mosquitoes were horrible. Bring extra repellent.

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.

Beautiful hike! loved the cured if the waterfalls in the gorge. the suspension bridge was awesome. The stairs were intense coming up, but there are places to sit and drink water on the way up or down. I would do this again!

many awesome views but beware of stairs, many many stairs

We couldn’t get a floor pass when we got there at 10am but still enjoyed seeing the beautiful gorge. Next time we will be there when it opens! Those stairs though

took a day trip, beautiful scenery, the home on the North room trail is awesome, if you take the steps prepare yourself, 600 something steps doesn't sound like much but remember you have to go down then up, the view and the suspension bridge after well worth it! for a Monday in July it wasn't too crowded. My son is five and autistic and he had a blast!!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Out of 4 to 5 trails I've biked on, this is probably the shortest in distance. However, I'd consider this trail more "workout" than fun (...nothing wrong with that). Lots of steep elevations and narrow paths. Not as many bikers on the trail as anticipated but way more hikers. The hikers were mindful and respectful of the biker's traffic. Not a whole lot to see on the 2 mile bike loop but as mentioned, you will get a good workout. I went on a Saturday and curious if I will feel the same on a Sunday biking in the opposite direction.
I am definitely adding this trail to my favorites.

We hiked the north and south rim Trail's including the climb down to cross over the suspension bridge and also the quarter mile past the interpretive center towards inspiration point. We did a half this hike with a dog and the entire hike with an eight and 10-year-old children. It was a moderate to strenuous hike if you take into account the climb down to the suspension bridge and then back up in addition to the climb up to inspiration point. Overall covering all the ground you can't hike more than 3 to 3 1/2 miles. It is an awe inspiring hike with gorgeous views throughout. Highly recommend.

I'm giving a 3 star rating because when I hiked this trail there was a copperhead in the middle of the path. I had made it about halfway and there are steep dropoffs and narrow turns. I did not complete the course because of the snake. Be careful on this trail.

trail running
1 month ago

Nice network of trails with varying grades and windy-ness. Love running around and taking a dip in the creek with the cool, old ruins there. We saw a fantasy costume photoshoot taking place in the natural river scenery, and a group taking their yoga walk. People have fun mountain biking— look out for them. The pond is a lovely setting for gazing, with a dock for lounging or other friendly activities.

Beautiful place to visit. Don't be fooled that it's listed as EASY and 2.1 miles. That's just the ground-level loop. The real fun is in exploring the depths of the canyons. (Check out canyon#5 for sure!)

Coming back up via the 3- or 7-mile hikes is the real adventure! There are some short but moderately intense inclines (careful - they're slippery after rain) on those paths. We're going back in the fall after the leaves have changed.

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