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22 hours ago

A fun trail with water crossings to a stunning falls. The trail is a continual climb beside a beautiful boulder filled river. Trail starts through the church camp. There is parking and bathrooms. Also check out the Christmas Tree loop.

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2 days ago

Easy beautiful trail

Stunning views. Worth the effort to reach the top. Not crowded; rain scared off some folks. Hike back was in pouring rain but still would do it again!

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4 days ago

this was a great trail somewhat challenging at spots, rock scramble near the end was fun ,would do again

well worth the hike to make it to the end amazing scenery especially in the fall

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13 days ago

we came completely unprepared with our 1 yr old and 3 yr old. our 1 yr old was carried by her daddy 98% of the time and our 3 yr old walked up it all by herself. she got carried on daddy's shoulders for half the way down.
we didn't bring any water except the 1 yr old bottle that me and her big sister took a drink of at the top of the mountain.
regardless of hardly being able to move today because I'm out of shape for the last 10 yrs. and because I forgot tennis shoes so I got a pair at dollar general that were 1/2 size to big.
it was still worth every step. so beautiful.
wish I would have got this app sooner to record our progress which was roughly 3.5 hours!!! lol :)

Very easy trail to see a beautiful waterfall. Dog friendly on leash.

Definitely a popular hike and for good reason. The view at the top is breathtaking. The knob is fun but there will always be lines of people waiting to take pictures on it. Find a secluded spot and enjoy the amazing views!

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17 days ago

This is my favorite hike out of a handful I've done in SW VA so far! The first mile or so is easy trail, then it becomes more rocky. There are several sections where you have to scramble up and walk across parallel rocks/ledges. No real exposure or threat of falling, just a whole lot of fun! About .3 mile from the top, we decided to go in shifts because the dogs weren't very comfortable continuing (a good decision). There's a lot of extra scrambling and climbing to be had at the tooth/teeth themselves, but you'll be satisfied with the view even if you don't want to climb. The trail is well marked with white (when it's part of the AT) and blue blazes. There is an outhouse at the trailhead. No fees to park. Surprisingly uncrowded at 8:30am on a Saturday (home football game). My GPS had us at about 4.75 miles round trip.

22 days ago

what a hike. coming back was easier its very nice

on Stiles Falls

22 days ago

a very good trip for the family

on Dragon's Tooth Trail

22 days ago

loved it cant wait to do it again well worth it

One of the better defined and marked trails of AT. Something to note when hiking this trail is ‘breath’. It’s a consistent climb to the top, and if your not a regular hiker or have gained good breathing techniques through maybe yoga... It’ll feel like the air is getting thinner as you elevate. And you will likely stop frequently to catch your breath. But so worth the view and getting the shot of yourself on the knob... you’ll be glad you did!!

Great hike with an amazing pay off. Completed today with two slower hikers and made it up and back in 4.5 hours with a lunch stop. Recommend going early as it started to get busy. Also recommend taking trail up and fire road back - trail is worth it on the way up and you’ll appreciate the ease of the fire road when returning.

A worthwhile hike, despite the crowds. Parking lots was overflowing when we arrived on a Sunday morning around 8:20am. There are clear "no parking" signs along 311, but we found parking on Old Catabwa Road, only a short walk away. Cross 311 from the parking lot to begin the trail. After about .3 mile, there is a fork. You can choose either path. On the left is fire road and on the right is a proper trail. We took the trail up and the road down, which was a nice, gradual descent. The Knob is actually just off the trail; look for the "overlook" sign. The rocky outcroppings go a ways past the initial overlooks. If it's crowded, go down a ways for a little more solitude. There are port-o-potties at the parking lot, but remember to bring your own toilet paper/sanitizer if desired. No fee to park.

Love it

My favorite so far

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26 days ago

Short but challenging hike. Lots of rocks to climb over near the summit. Not crowded at all during the week, but that's very different on the weekend.

The reviews are accurate. The view is great at the top.

Worth the trip and time. A few really good views before you get to the top. Good way to spend an afternoon.

This trail is active’ terrain with multiple water crossings (best with waterproof hiking sandals that have great traction), rock scrambling, with steep inclines/descends and parts of the trail are washed out that forces you to scale side of cliffs to get thru. Only one section offers a rope to guide you across, the remaining requires careful scrambling. Worth the challenges... beautiful swim hole(s) and waterfall. (Did spot copperhead on trail).

This was a amazing hike , hard but fun the stairs were challenging as well as the incline changes but I def recommend hiking early in the am less crowded

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1 month ago

So worth it. The views are amazing- a complete 360. We went in the middle of summer so it was super hot. At least 1/3 of the hike has stairs, but still bring your hiking shoes! this hike is no picnic even when you have a picnic at the top. When I go back to Virginia, I am definitely doing this hike again. - I wouldn’t suggest little kids on this hike, it’s a longer hike, ( I am 13) . If you are thinking about hiking either Sharp Top or Flat Top, we hiked both and I’ll say, Sharp Top is a much better bet. Flat Top isn’t marked so we had trouble finding our way and the views have trees in the way.

Beautiful and easy enough even for moderately out of shape folks like me.

Great hike! But a lot of rock climbing too! #notyourgrandmashike

Absolutely amazing. Pictures do NO justice!

Hiked St. Marys several times this year and absolutely love it. The different terrain keeps you active and engaged in your surroundings, shade allows one to hike in middle of summer. Appears to be family friendly and always people on trail.

Challenging, fun, great workout!

I started this hike on a Wednesday afternoon around 5pm. The hike is tough but not too bad and is just a beautiful site. Got to the knob just as a man fell off and was being medivacked to the hospital. It is beautiful but make sure you’re careful. Come prepared, bring water and s headlamp. The sunset is amazing but that means you’re hiking in the dark on the way down.

Do not attempt with anyone under age of 7. It's too challenging and dangerous for a little one. My 7 and 9 year olds barely made it, and fell several times (scraps and bruises). There are steep drops offs and one section of the trail about halfway through is washed out. We saw a loose dog almost fall off the cliff, but it clung on by some roots sticking out. You can cross the washed out section but it's better to cross the river and take the alternate path. Avoiding the washed out trail gives you two extra stream crossings, so 5 in total. The 13 old did great. The nature is sooooo pretty.

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