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Started hiking at 12p with snow flurries and reached rainbows at 1:20 in 1/2ft of snow/15 degree temp. We stopped for a million pictures, spent 15 frozen minutes at the falls and returned back tonour car at 2:40. I can’t say how the hike is in warmer temps but this made for an unbelievably breathtaking winter hike. The snowy falls was nothing short of breathtaking. We loved every second of this 5.5mile hike and would do it again in second. This would be a great hike route to le conte as well if you’ve already seen alum cave. Parking was easy, trail well maintained, not steep at all. Saw every level of fitness hiking even in the rough winter weather

Awesome trail, didn’t see anyone on the AT Approach section but several groups on the Hike Inn section.

hiking
12 hours ago

Great trail with majestic views about 1/2 mile in. Beautiful in the snow but be sure to wear good waterproof hiking boots as it has a few small streams to cross. Falls are impressive. A few trees have fallen over trail.

The trail is relatively short and not too challenging, and has a lot of great views of the waterfall, which was much bigger in person than I expected. Be sure to keep an eye out for trail offshoots that lead closer to the falls for even better views (we found one that put us literally right next to it).

hiking
16 hours ago

Trail was technically closed but everyone was walking over the rope stopping you. Just one slippery spot going down, on a set of stairs, but all was good, there was a handrail to hold on too.

Great trail overall. Preachers Rock was sweet, but the better part of this trail is towards the end when you have to short spur. There is another view that’s just as pretty and much lower volume for people. Busy trail, good for dogs, not good for young kids.

hiking
23 hours ago

Been to Panther Creek many times. Until today I’ve never gone from the Clarkesville trail head to the trail head at Yonah lake. 13.5 miles out and back. Such a great hike! Lots of stuff you have to get around but well worth it! After you pass the falls it becomes even more scenic. It also becomes much more difficult after the falls. I love it!

From Turnipseed. Campground, we hiked out to the Lake Chinnabee dam and back. It rained very hard yesterday and Cheaha Creek was difficult to cross. It’s a moderate to easy trail except for the creek crossings in fast deep water. Really enjoyable.

Went on a day that was foggy and cool. With the fog, the park was so quiet to the point it was almost deafening. It took me 4 hours to complete. I hiked the trail in a clockwise direction starting at the coolsprings parking area. Would say that this hike is moderately strenuous. The wet roots and leaves made it just a bit more challenging. Look forward to hiking this trail again.

beautiful view

Excellent trail. Moderate elevation changes. Only took 3 hours. I am sure the views are great but today was steady rain\clouds\mist. The good thing was I only passed two other people.

Great hike. Road in good condition. Chattooga River was super high, waterfall was raging. Uphill basically the entire way back to the car but totally worth it. Nice well-maintained trail.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail in great shape. One of my favorite hikes. I will say this it is straight up. 46 degrees at the parking lot and ice and snow in spots near the end of the trail. If you aren’t in at least average shape you should avoid this hike.

If you’re looking for some of the best views on the GA part of the AT and the highest in Ga than look no further. It’s a heart pounding climb but well worth it. Can be very crowded on pretty weekends so plan your start early.

Breathtaking in more ways then one. The lake at the start is a little scummy with alot of turtles and there are fish there so I am told. As usual, watch for snakes! The sights on the trail are beautiful. The trail veers back and forth away from the creek all along the way. There are 2 major waterfalls along this trail. The first, which is about a half mile in, is The devil's den. About a 20ft fall with a large pool below. The water is cold, but the thrill is there. A great place to relax in the water on the rocks above and catch some rays. Hike about another 2 1/2 miles further and you'll find the Cheaha shelter complete with fire pit, picnic table and an awesome view. Hiking just a little bit further down the hill from there and you find Cheaha falls. A 25-30ft drop that I wouldn't recommend jumping from unless you've got a harness and rope. Some very nice and level spots to camp next to the stream near by also.

A very nice and easygoing hike. Water flows next to the trail almost the whole way. Watch out for snakes!! I have seen a few water moccasins along this trail. Absolutely perfect for spring and fall hiking. it does run through a management area. So be cautious during hunting season. Once you get to the lake it's a great places for a picnic, pictures, fishing (with a valid fishing license!!), and frog gigging

Beautiful views of the water falls. Most of trail covered by trees. Extreme solitude. Multiple options for trail lengths. Rough and slippery terrain.

My favorite hike in the Smokies.

Lots of switchbacks but still pretty steep. Fairly difficult but the view is worth it.

I usually do this loop with the Dismal climb at the end. I take my 45lb dog and he loves it. Yes, I have to help him up and down the ladders, but it’s worth it to have him with me. We’ve never had any major trouble. It’s a great workout with a variety of scenery, suspension bridge, & plenty of technical aspects to keep it interesting. Don’t forget to take the spur on Raven Cliff trail to the overlook at the end. It’s cool to see where you just were.

good day hike. remember to pack enough clothes with elevation change from bottom to the top the temperature and weather can change pretty quickly.

good hike or backpack to the top and camp overnight like we did. better be in good shape to hike this one, nice vertical ascends, some narrow areas plus a few wet areas. take emergency supplies with you if your just hiking, plenty of water, maybe some light first aid. there was only one problem we didn't have enough time to hike more. this is absolutely beautiful you have to see it for yourself. get out and enjoy our state and national parks. we are headed to Colorado next then back to the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains.

I hiked this trail early last summer and It was beautiful...Cheaha Falls and Devil’s Den were full of water. I attempted to go back from Chinnabee Lake this January 2019 and the access point from the lake was closed. However, you can access It from the Turnipseed trailhead just a short distance away. You can get a paper map of all the Cheaha Wilderness trails from Cheaha State Park in the Park office/store. You don’t have to pay entrance fee to stop by there.

Not sure why All trails does not list Bull Head trail but kinda thankful it doesn’t because no one uses it so no traffic. In my opinion it’s longer but a bit easier trail to Leconte than Rainbow falls. Can do a loop and go back down Rainbow Falls. That’s what I did yesterday.
Very steep and hard trail but with views of Gatlinburg and mountains most of the way. My favorite trail so far in the Smokys and I’ve done about all the good long ones.

Did a two day trip up to the summit and stayed in the shelter up top. Ice was on the trail, snowed about 2” over the day, beautiful views. Plenty of hikers still on the trail. Hiked up Rainbow falls and descended Bull Head, I prefer the views of Bull Head more than I do Rainbow Falls. Take caution if snowing on Bullhead due to the slip hazards, otherwise, spectacular hike. Squirrels were present on trail.

Very challenging trail for me, as it was my first back country camping trip, luckily I had my brother in law with me who has been here a couple of times and he was a big help. We did the trail clockwise and had no reals issue other than being out of shape with a heavy pack on. The trail is clearly marked and I agree with some of the other reviews that the mile markers are not entirely accurate. Please be cautious, as the the leaves and rocks are extremely slippery due to the recent rains. It took us a 3.5 hours to get to our campsite (3) and the next morning it took us 2 hours finish. I consider this moderate to strenuous. I will definitely hike this trail again.

challenging in all the right parts. beautiful throughout. not too long. great Sunday hike

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing reward at the end of the hike.

My wife and I hike this trail on a regular basis with our two Golden Retrievers. We all love it!
There are always friendly people on the trail, and we often run into through-hikers of the Appalachian Trail
The views are fantastic!

Great time with my brother! The driving path was closed about a half mile from the start of the hike so we parked at the sign and hiked, finding downed trees and giant puddles in the driving path so definitely heed the warning if you see the sign. There was a small brook where we could fill our bottles too. It was an awesome experience and would definitely recommend.
Here’s a video of our trip.
https://youtu.be/pLdjsKbhPnc

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