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Good hike with kids. A few good vistas, a few good scrambles, good exploring among the spires at the end of the trail. We got lucky and saw a heard or mountain goats along the way.

Wonderful easy trail between the Minnehaha Falls and Mississippi River. Also very close by is great off-leash dog park.

walking thru here in the spring is always beautiful

7 days ago

Short trail takes you up close to the iconic falls.

7 days ago

Nice hike to attractive 65 foot waterfall. Marked with blue i-shaped paint blazes. Mostly flat and easy on wide trail until you reach the stone steps down to the base of the falls at the very end. Go after a good rain for best waterfall viewing. Overall, best short hike at Chilhowee Recreation Area.

By far my favorite hike in Missouri

8 days ago

We were here in Oct., and the weather was perfect - partly sunny, light breezes and 75-80 temp at midday. We were a little short on time, so only hiked out about 1 mile and then returned. I wanted to get past all the mounds with footprints, for good pictures, and found that in spades! We returned over some dunes that weren't directly on the trail, but in the general direction of the trailhead, and that was neat to be the only ones you could see for quite aways. In the distance we hiked, it was easy to navigate. Very easy to hike barefoot, and this is preferred, especially in the looser sand of the dunes.

A great easy walk. There was enough water over the falls to make it beautiful.

Great hike. Had snow falling most of the time. Highly recommend.

Nice easy hike on a gravel and sand marked trail. Some ups and downs, but not too strenuous. Went around 4:30 pm and was mostly shaded. Finished around 6:30 with a brisk pace on the way back. Can’t see the sunset here but beautiful colors on the surrounding mountains and area.

The Woodland Trail is a beautiful well tracked trail that starts with at the Nature Center with a cool suspension bridge overlooking a beautiful stream and waterfall. I would rate this trail as a moderate hike until you get to the part of the trail that leads you to the base of a huge waterfall then the trail becomes difficult. We loved this hike and did it as a day hike. The Gorge Overlook branches off the Woodland Trail and is also a beautiful moderate hike. There are a couple of very difficult spurs off the trail that lead you out to some of the prettiest views in Fall Creek Falls State Park!!!

Wonderful hike! We hiked it, with a break in the middle to play on some rocks and grab a snack. It was no problem for our 6 yr old and I carried our 1 yr old in the baby carrier with ease. We'd love to do this hike again and highly recommend it to anyone in the area.

scenic driving
13 days ago

The wait time to the shuttle was around 20mins and its awesome, the shuttle stops and many places and you can start your hikes, if you dont have time and just wanna see few viewing points this shuttle is the best way.

13 days ago

Stretch your legs and enjoy the view.

14 days ago

The Waterfalls are wonderful, well worth the stairs to them .

14 days ago

Such a fun hike. The rock scramble and rock stairs were awesome. This entire trail was very scenic with gorgeous views of the foliage. Definitely a quick and fun one. We got done in an hour and a half.

Have visited Cloudland Canyon several times. This is a great place even for children. Was warned by a Ranger, stay off the rocks. Also stay off Sittons Gluch Trail it goes nowhere. It ends where people live. We were blessed a man with a pickup truck happened to come by and drove us back to the parking lot.

Lovely trail.

19 days ago

Pretty. You can do some free climbing on the nearby wall which is quite fun and highly recommended.

Favorite hike I’ve done in the Black Hills, hands down.

Beautiful hike. The rock monoliths barricade one end of the lake and are used to dam the lake. Fall color really adds to the scenic beauty.
Some people enjoying the hike but not overrun.

Easy trail with a few stairs that take you down to one very nice view of the gorge, the New River, and the bridge. Easy access from the visitor center. Be sure to go into the visitors center, the staff is very helpful on your adventures into this beautiful area.

This was a great trail. The Falls were really pounding over the cliff because of the heavy rain last week, over 10 inches. Good shoes are a must, as it is muddy and rocks are slick. The power of the waterfall is awesome. Hike back up was difficult, but I'm old and out of shape. Well worth the effort. I did see my first Tennessee copperhead snake sliding across the trail. Only 2 ft. long but we gave him his space.

21 days ago

Cute little walk and a great little ride around the loop! Stopped as a pit stop on our way to the lake!

Steep and slippery but fun! Did it with 3 littles (6, 3, & 1). Kids loved getting all wet at the bottom!

Great hike ...trail is good but the way down to the falls can be difficult, if it has been raining .very slippery a lot of people park at the top and are not really prepared to hike down. The weekend is busy.

it's a beautiful lake with an easy, gravel trail, but was very crowded and noisy with visitors. worth a visit if you are looking for something short and easy with amazing scenic views all around

26 days ago

Short but lovely.

Easy trail with beautiful views, especially in the evening.

27 days ago

I definitely didn’t know what to expect after reading numerous reviews... but I loved it! I wouldn’t consider myself super in shape and it took me 2 hours and 45 minutes and a solid 30 minutes of that was time stopping to take photos, collect rocks, etc. I took 20 oz. of water and some jerky for some refueling along the way (because it was HOT!) I didn’t expect as much roadside noise as there was at the mid-way point but it wasn’t horrible. I started clockwise simply because I’d rather climb huge rocks at the end than jump down them at the beginning.

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