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Great trail went yesterday with my 12 year old son and my wife. Tuff for the kid in the 1st leg but after that no issues beautiful hike.

Breath taking!

I thought I was gonna pass out but beautiful

not much to view, couple of stream crossing, mostly walk through the forest, some elevation gain.

We hiked the first week of November 2018. Great trail, beautiful colors with the leaves. The day was awesome, mid-60's. The trail was nice, a little mud from recent rain, tree roots and rocks in the trail. well marked to Hen Wallow Falls. Round trip was about 4.2 miles. This trail is highly recommended, we would definitely hike here again.

Nice hike on old road bed. Great views. I agree with the difficulty rating only because I was carrying a 30 pound toddler in my pack. It really isn't too bad. The hike down was almost worse because of all the loose rocks hidden by leaves.

Nice trail not heavily used. The creek is very nice.

Hiked this trail while vacationing in Pigeon Forge with my family (10/30), it was a nice hike to the creek/small water fall. Uphill all the way to the bridge crossing mostly on an old service road, then it narrows to a rocky and root filled trail until you get to the foot bridge, we did not do the loop. We sat by the water on some large rocks and ate our lunch. All the way up you will pass small streams, you could hear the water flowing the entire hike, recent rains had the water flowing nicely. The parking is pretty tight at the trail head, but other than that it was a nice hike!

Great views at the top, especially if you go during the fall. It’s one of the hardest hikes in the Smokies in my opinion, just due to the first 3 miles up. It’s definitely doable, but pack plenty of water. The trail is not hard to follow. We went at the very beginning of November and saw some beautiful snow/ice on the trail (not enough to make the trail more difficult, just enough to make it look like a Winter Wonderland)

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike but VERY strenuous unless you are an athlete. The cascades itself were gorgeous and cold this time of year (November). Steady incline and until you reach the first log bridge and then it gets steeper. Careful on the way down as it could be difficult for people with bad knees so hiking sticks are a good idea. Bathrooms are in the picnic area about ten minutes prior to reaching the trail parking area.

Was a great hike. Steady climb was a workout but not as tough as I was expecting. Very slick in some spots with the leaves covering up wet rocky spots though. Fire tower views fantastic!!

Can’t beat the Panoramic views from the tower during peak color in the fall. Maybe the best views in the smokies. Pretty tough on the way up.

hiking
10 days ago

hike it with my wife on November 2nd. beautiful, foggy and cold. not too many hikers. nice and relaxing.

I had to yell “OH S***!” when I finally saw the waterfall.

Well worth the steep hike.

I brought 3L’s of water, drank all of it, and saw no bears.

2 hours up. 1.5 down. I pushed it... going up.

Was a beautiful morning no one on the trip till we headed back out still plenty of water on the falls

This hike was a challenge and I loved it! In spite of a rainy day which made for slippery rocks/boulders there was still beautiful scenery the entire hike.

It was difficult due to having to climb over and wiggle through boulders. Not due to elevation change. The boulders increased in number and size for the last 2.5 miles. The last 1/2 mile was the toughest for me. And lots of tree roots to navigate.
The end result of seeing the falls is well worth the boulder scramble.
3 hours there...2 hours back.
I felt for those (kiddos too) who were hiking in tennis shoes and jeans when it was raining.

This was a great trail. Not too long and not difficult. Great for a quick hike!

Definitely a hike to take on a clear day. Somewhat strenuous but well worth the trip!

started off on chesnut branch up to cammerer, dropped packs at the spur trail. went down walnut bottom and camped at 37. nice spot, with all the warning I did think a bear was going to eat me but the worst thing to happen was a mouse kept bothering my friend and I. hiked up sterling trail 2 miles but turned around to big creek due to weather change. great trail

We loved this trail! Uphill but not strenuous, large rock outcrops along the trail with beautiful views of the stream along the way. Lots of places to stop and reflect, draw, paint or photograph or take in a snack.

My boyfriend and I did this hike on 10/20/2018. We are not particularity fit people and found this trail to be quite easy. There is a slight steady elevation increase as you make your way to the waterfall, but nothing that is overwhelming by any means. Be sure to wear proper shoes, high-tops if you have them, as the trail is covered in loose rocks. There are beautiful swimming pools along the way, but it was a bit too chilly for us to indulge. The actual waterfall is very pretty, not spectacular, but worth the hike. I'm giving this trail five stars because it is exactly as "advertised" in all descriptions I read online. A perfect easy hike if you're looking to enjoy nature for a few hours without partaking in strenuous activity.

The views from the lookout make this worth the effort. 360 degree panoramic views of the Smokies and beyond; probably the best views of all the GSMNP trails I’ve hiked. We went on a cool fall day which made the all-uphill manageable. Some rock scramble at the very end. About 4 hours up and 2.5 coming down (2 middle-agers, average fitness)

Perfect amount of hiking for a short day hike ! Beautiful water to sit by while having our lunch ! I Highly recommend this trail

Great trail to get kids outside.

a nice, moderate trail, with easy reaches along the Little River. A portion is also known as Jake's trail, and the signs can be confusing. The non-river reach is sparsely hiked, with several challenging stream crossings, making the trail totally worth it. Parking at the trailhead is easier to get than at some of the other trails in GSM park.

Great trail! Follows the water the whole way. Small steady incline, fairly rocky.

This trail kicked our butts. it was 3 hours of strenuous uphill climbing, then 2 hours of going back down. However, the falls were gorgeous!! It was actually cold up there and we cooled off quickly. Take LOTS of water if you do this trail.

I was too late to see the mountain laurels and rhododendrons in bloom, I'll have to come back!
The views from Rocky Top as well as from the junction between Spence Field and Bote Mountain Trails are amazing. The weather was cloudy and it might be useful to know that it gets dark fast on some of the trails, especially on the Bote Mountain portion (which is also where I saw bears, a bit too close to the trail for comfort). When I hiked this, it was drizzling, but there are a bunch of picnic areas along this trail, so it's easy to find a dry spot to rest, eat and enjoy the views. Highly recommended hike!

Good hike with an 11 year old and 8 year old. Took around 2.5 hours in for hydration and picture breaks and 1 hour out. The water fall was nice. I think it was slightly challenging for me not being a novice and not physically fit. It only gets rough toward the middle and at the end near the waterfall. Very rocky and rooty. I recommend good boots and a couple bottles of water.

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