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Excellent trail! Definitely difficult and I would not have packed my own water because there are plenty of water spots along the trail if you are camping. Beautiful views and a really awesome camping site at about the halfway mark.

Great hike not for beginners it's up up all the way! But the 360 panoramic view is amazing.

The hike up is short but if wet (as it was for us) it would be slippery coming back down. We elected to take the alternate route back. It is worth the detour. Beautiful hike in the woods crisscrossing several streams. The view from humpback is awesome! It was a bit crowded but nothing unusual for other good hikes in August.

Beautiful hike, lots of rain the last couple of weeks so the falls were roaring. Moderate is an accurate assessment. Hiked it with my wife and our two granddaughters. Girls complained a little but not to much which rates this as a good family hike. will differently hike it again when in the area.

Great hike for young children. Trail is strenuous but short. Great view at the top.

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6 days ago

Hiked this with a friend after a week of heavy rain and the falls were incredible! The trail was waterlogged and a little difficult to navigate at points, but overall still a beautiful hike. Crabtree is one of my favorite hikes in central VA.

A quick hike leads to an amazing 360 degree overlook from an old fire tower. The hike itself isn’t too interesting and gets quite steep in some spots. However, the payoff is definitely worth it. I’d highly recommend this for a sunset hike!

You *will* wade through water, you *will* climb up and down steep surfaces, and you *will* walk over all rocks at some point. Hard to advise on footwear cause I’d want a high hiking boot for ankle security but chacos/keens/watershoes for wading.

Trail is not well marked but look for trees w/ orange paint, that helped us. Those who complain about overgrown vegetation on trails have high expectations for weekly hedge trimming at a U.S. forest... Do be mindful of trails that aren’t a the primary trail! Even if you have to wade, better to stick to the better path. One path does have a rope to aid you since the trail has washed out but there is another trail option. Small kids (ages 6-8) made it all the way to the waterfall, so it’s doable if you choose the right path!

Definitely do not advise this trail when it’s cold out - the water is very cold!

great views of the waterfall. well maintained trails.

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14 days ago

Based on the google maps directions provided by this app, you’ll be driving up a tight service road for a significant amount of time until you reach a point where you may be able to park your car. Do not drive a car that rides low to the ground as you’ll basically be driving over two small creeks and many potholes. Signs for the trailhead are nonexistent, so the gps tracker on this app is absolutely essential. The actual hike is easy, with a bit of a rock scramble at the summit, where it’s a panorama view of the mountains surrounding you.

Beautiful views all the way up the trail! View from the top was nice and had a small area if you want to sit and enjoy the view! Pretty steep incline but worth it! Work out with a view! Loved it

Me, my husband and our 3yo goldendoodle did this hike on July 28th. The hike up the falls was simply stunning and we took full advantage of the rest areas to enjoy the scenery. The view from the top was absolutely gorgeous and decided to continue on to Crabtree Meadows, the AT and then back down. If you have time, I highly recommend adding the extra miles to round out the hike.

Perfect hike for anyone looking to take in some beautiful scenery, diverse landscape and breathtaking views from the top!

Me and my husband did this as a day hike on July 27th and fully expected it to be challenging and long based on the reviews we read here, and it was that! We started at Reeds Gap and went clockwise, leaving Mau Har for the end and were happy with that decision as the scenery of the falls made you forget about all the climbing. My Garmin also came in over 16 miles for this loop but I believe that is because in “hiking” mode the miles keep adding even when you’re standing still, I noticed this when we stopped to eat. Regardless, the entire hike took us just under 8 hours to complete. The scenery was beautiful with a couple of gorgeous lookouts and the wildlife a bit scarce; worms, butterflies, squirrels and a snake. I would definitely recommend this trail to others but probably wouldn’t do it again as I’d prefer to see other sections of the AT.

Beautiful views at the top. At times the hike was difficult but nothing too bad. I did this hike 20 weeks pregnant with my 5 year old and 7 year old. Enjoyed a lunch at the top

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18 days ago

Spectacular views. A little busy.

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20 days ago

Wonderful climb to the top with spectacular views from the rocks.

Did this hike July 13th with great weather for a rigorous hike. I followed the AT Trail up and then looped back down following the Mau-Har Trail. Took me about 9 hours to complete- stopped for breaks to enjoy the scenery frequently at the stunning lookouts this trail has. It’s predominantly canopied, thickly wooded forest- but has a surprising amount of biodiversity on the ground. This loop definitely earns its “hard” rating- long sections of uphill hiking with 4 distinctly difficult 1/4 mile stretches. But the views on top of the ridges makes for a very rewarding experience. Will have to come back soon and do the opposite direction.

I love this trail. It has decent views, rugged terrain, and decent elevation gain. I highly recommend doing this hike clockwise, as AllTrails suggests. A clockwise attack is not only easier, but you save most of the views for the end which is a good pay-off. The fire road portion is boring, but you only have to endure it for about a mile right in the middle of the loop. If you are super anti-fire road walking, you can always skip it via the Meneka Peak Trail that makes the loop a little shorter by cutting through right at the ridge line (also avoiding a 500 ft elevation loss/gain right in the middle of the hike).

My husband, daughter (age 7), son (age 5) and myself (who is 20 weeks pregnant) LOVED this hike. We did it in June. Plan to pack lunch and bring lots of water. The trail, at the time we went, was moderately trafficked with other hikers. Very enjoyable and something we will do again

Great view of the falls and even saw otters! Great time

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26 days ago

Did this late October. Weather was perfect and the trail itself was easy for beginners. Loved the waterfall, foliage, and overlook!

Fabulous views at the top, after a somewhat challenging rock climb at the end! On the difficult end of “moderate”.

This trail is a lot of fun with some pretty amazing views at the top. I stayed at the summit and watched the sunset. Camped close to the summit and got up and watched the sunrise. It was a perfect little trip. Took the longer easier way down. Pretty views there as well. Saw lots of bear too!!!!

I love taking this early in the morning when there aren’t many people and it’s not so hot. A great view to sit and enjoy morning coffee! It’s worth the climb!

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1 month ago

Awesome trail. Absolutely stunning views. Very fun for children. Cost was $3 to park. Zen rock sculptures along the way that was really neat. Cave for kids to climb through. Beautiful vista at the top after uphill trek.

hiked up there today for the first time and with my 2 grandkids, 4 and 5, and we loved it! It is a climb but it is worth the views.

currently the downloaded trail is not accurate.park service has it roped off alternate trail was much more challenging. not what I was expecting, but what an awesome hike!

1 month ago

Absolutely stunning.

Great hike. Moderate difficulty. Great view from the Rocks

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