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From benign to intense. A must hike.

hiking
15 hours ago

Great trail, view is amazing, but a little too short for my taste.

Great hike!

Great trail along the lake.

Wonderful views. Can't wait to go back. Go early to beat some of the crowd!!

Great Trail!! Great work out...

hiking
5 days ago

Good hike through the woods with several creek crossings. I linked up with the Hanging Rock Trail to make a longer and much better hike.

hiking
5 days ago

An excellent hike with plenty of elevation change and challenge. One of the best hikes in the park. The lookout tower is unbelievable. Views in every direction for MILES! That was excellent.

hiking
5 days ago

The best trail in the park in my opinion. The day I hiked it was super foggy/rainy so views from the summit were zero. The fog up there made it feel like being in a cloud, so it was still very neat.

hiking
5 days ago

This hike was fun and challenging with great views. We got to the parking lot around 8 or so and it was almost empty. Note, the bathrooms don't open til 9 I think, so you have to hike down into the picnic area to find some unlocked bathrooms at the start. We hiked counterclockwise, with Hanging Rock first and Moore's Knob last. There were probably 10 or so other people at Hanging Rock when we got there, so not too bad. Best views were from Moore's Knob but it was hot and buggy by the time we got there. The whole thing took us about 5-5.5 hours with ample time stopping at the overlooks. It got toasty and much more crowded towards the end. I didn't think the Cook's Wall portion added much to the experience and the trail was overgrown. I also didn't really enjoy the last mile or so by the lake and parking lots -- not a very fun way to end the hike! It's definitely more than 9.5 miles; more like 10.8 or even longer.

trail running
5 days ago

Calling this a loop is a little deceiving. You have to connect the trails together by walking along a busy road with not a great shoulder. A portion of the trail in the beginning is also quite overgrown with kudzu.

Amazing view and enjoyable hiking..

hiking
10 days ago

came here on my first trip to North Carolina. was an amazing hike and well worth the drive

on Bill Craft Trail

hiking
12 days ago

My favorite!
Out of parking lot head northeast towards water to see the large beaver lodge. Not on marked trail but there is a path. Lodge is 15 yards from point. Two large dams in this corner of the preserve. Wear long pants to guard against poison ivy and check for ticks after your hike.

Definitely some sweat but didn’t think it was hard if you’re moderately in shape

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome hike! Arrived to start the hike later than anticipated around 2:45pm from the twelve o'clock knob overlook and started the hike clockwise... great start considering everyone recommends the opposite direction. The first mile was spent taking in some seriously spectacular views as we passed rock castle gorge overlook, rocky knob, and saddle overlook and even from the first cow pasture! After that you get a feeling of being deeply alone in the woods which is just incredible and exactly what a long, hard hike like this should deliver. There's about a mile of traversing a rocky descent before you arrive at the bottom and meet up with the creek. Then, you're on the fire road. This serves as an excellent place to make up some time which may have been lost enjoying the sights at the overlooks. These 2.8 miles have a slow and steady incline and are wide and easy to traverse-- also another treat! Along this part I did see a black bear and various prints, so beware. After the fire road we began our ascent once again out of the gorge. this was moderate at worst and to me what made it difficult was just the sheer distance preceding it, but it was definitely manageable. At the top of the 1.5 mile 900' ev section you will arrive at another cow pasture. If you have a dog with you please use caution because me and my dog almost got mauled by some angry cows as we interrupted their feeding along the trail. They were not fans of us stepping on their grass before they got to eat it :( from there its easy and your only about 1.5 miles from the twelve o'clock knob parking area again! All in all this was a great hike with excellent views and a challenging but rewarding and manageable terrain. Great for training for an AT thru hike. Make sure to bring plenty of water. Me and my dog went through almost 5 liters on a 80 degree day. There is the creek so you don't have to bring it all with you as long as you have a water treatment system with you (yay for Sawyer filters!) I loved this hike and its a rare gem. Took 4 h 15 m with 3 10 min breaks:) Hike on friends!!!!

Amazing views!!! We had a lot of fun exploring the different trail options. Be sure to check out the waterfalls!

on Bill Craft Trail

hiking
21 days ago

Great place to to enjoy a walk in nature. Not too crowded in my experience and we always encounter a critter or two!

Two of the best trails in the park. Great views and challenging to some degree. Rewarding hike! Those steps are a bit of a workout!

A somewhat lengthy woodsy hike. Less hiked than many of the other trails. Nice and quiet.

Very smooth trail for beginners

Good trail, good workout, well maintained. Be prepared though because it's up and down constantly. And per my wife's Fit Bit it was a little over 6 miles from the parking lot through the Red loop and back to the parking area.

hiking
27 days ago

Quite a challenge. I wasn’t prepared for it. Took me just over 6 hours including a lunch break. Great trail!

Great Trail! 600+ steps going up and great view at the lookout point. Steady and patience is needed going down. Well worth it!

hiking
29 days ago

Not too long of a hike, but gets steep and challenging right at the top. BEAUTIFUL views from multiple lookout points - and great photo opportunities at hanging rock!

hiking
1 month ago

The value/difficulty of this trail depends on which route you take and your physical condition. An average person should find this quite doable, but not easy. It’s not technical, just a lot of elevation change.

Coming from the lake parking lot, if you take the route to the right (shorter by 0.7 miles) its all stone steps and constant climbing for 1.8 miles to the summit. A helluva workout, wider trail, but no real payoff until you reach the top.

Alternatively, take the longer route (2.5 miles to the top) to the left and its a much more enjoyable hike. Yes, it still has some climb to get you to the top, but no stairs until the last 50yds. Kids would have more fun going this way, too. Certainly an easier route. You will encounter multiple rock outcroppings and great vistas (slightly off trail) of the north and northwest, even grabbing a view of the Sauratowns and Pilot Mountain. Moving at a pretty leisurely pace, you can reach the summit in just over an hour or so.

Coming back down, you will have to decide to retrace your steps, or take the other part of the trail you didn’t come up. Watch your step on the stone steps...loose gravel can catch you off guard.

hiking
1 month ago

very good trail, I made the mistake of having to many drinks the night before and it made the trail a little bit tougher

hiking
1 month ago

Not worth the hike. It has stairs which makes it harder, but I don’t believe the views make up for the intense hike.

Did this hike with a couple buddies a few weeks back. We backpacked into the primitive camping area (about 2 miles) in the morning and set up camp. It’s not too “primitive” in my opinion, there are I think 6 sites with metal fire rings with attached grates for grilling, metal hooks to hang lanterns from and even food storage (bear) boxes for each site. We day hiked the rest of the trail up to the cabin and back after lunch and dipped our feet in at the waterfall. Pretty much the whole trail is shaded which was nice in the heat. Too many creek crossings to count, but we had no issues getting across with dry feet. It was really fantastic, the ruins are cool and I will definitely be returning. I might even try to do one of the loops that I saw on the map out there for a longer hike.

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