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Did this on a cold day in November with beginner hikers. Great little hike for everyone to an awesome hidden waterfall with photo ops.

The trail isn’t what it once was. The trail is marked as moderate at the trailhead but is actually a little more strenuous than most trails. I’ve hiked this trail for years and year after year the trail is less clear with more large rocks which could easily cause serious bodily harm, such as broken ankles. I’m not sure how all trails can rate this as easy.
All this being said, it is not an easy trail but I do still love to hike it.

I've hiked this trail twice now and it's probably my favorite on the east coast. It's definitely not for the inexperienced or out of shape, but the grueling path is more than worth it. The MacRae Peak path features stunning view after stunning view. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to take them all in and enjoy the fantastic vistas in all directions. The ladder climbs and rock scrambles can be nerve-racking but are a lot of fun at the same time. I took the Underwood Trail on the way back down which is a bit less strenuous and having gravity on your side makes the going a bit easier. It's easy to see pictures and hear from others about the sights along the way, but one thing you have to experience firsthand is the smells on the trail. You're hiking in a mostly alpine environment and the conifers give a refreshing piney scent for almost the whole way; it's like walking through a christmas tree farm.

Backpacked this trail about a year ago. Was a solid trail but lots of sand so prepare to be a little dirty. Boardwalks were pretty cool. I recommend going during the winter. Watch out for the rainbow people! They won’t hurt you but they might try and steal stuff while you sleep.

hiking
5 days ago

Very fun trail with amazing views! In my groups opinion it wasn’t very hard like the reviewers say (and we aren’t in very well shape like most). Would recommend this trail to anyone.

on Crabtree Falls Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Went today with my 3 little dachshunds. The falls were a beautiful sight to behold. You can only follow the Loop A path right now and then return the way you came after reaching the falls. I initially tried following Loop B but it lead me back to Loop A. After arriving at the falls, another couple had told me that the path leading from the falls and back to the parking lot was closed (to make the actual loop). My dogs and I headed back the way we came.

I would say that at this time of the year, it is more of a moderate hike. You go downhill all the way to the falls, and walk uphill upon your return (since the loop is closed). It is very steep in one section and a little slippery when wet. There are 3 steep stone staircases. Dachshunds’ (hot dogs) backs are not good for going down the staircases so I held two while going downhill. It was a little slippery for me and I consider myself to be really fit with my HIIT workouts and surfing...lol. So be careful and hold the rail. Another person suggested walking sticks, I think that’s a really good idea at this time of year.

Overall it was a breathtaking experience and the people we passed with other dogs, large and small, were SO kind and considerate. We all let each other know when we were rounding corners. My dachshunds get nervous on a leash and we all respected each other’s spaces and were able to flow past each other and share peaceful vibes :)

An exciting hike! We went in November and the path was so icy we almost turned around a few times. The views were worth it! We took grandfather trail up and Underwood back down, made for a great loop!

horseback riding
6 days ago

awesome place to ride plenty of shade. well marked trails.

Beautiful absolutely breathtaking

hiking
10 days ago

First trail after knee surgery and a heart attack. I made it up to the Chimney Point.

Just finished a three day hike from Clearwater Lake to Hopkins, November 2-4. No real water sources from Clearwater until you get to Alexander Springs. From Alexander to Juniper Springs there is one water source at the prairie campground near the lake. From Juniper to Hopkins the only water source would be Hidden Pond. All in all, great hike and lots of hills, ups and downs, not a flat trail by any means. Thanks to the Florida Trail Association volunteers that were out doing trail maintenance on November 3rd. They were getting the trail in great shape for another hiking season.

This is probably the most beautiful waterfall that we’ve seen yet and is definitely worth the hike. Going from the campground parking lot take the trail by the amphitheater and you can choose trail A or trail B to begin your hike. Both lead to the falls. For a shorter hike choose trail A and you can back track up trail A after seeing the falls. We had two kids and they were fine with the climb back up after seeing the falls. Be careful toward the bottom of the trail if it has recently rained. The rocks on the trail are very slippery. Overall, this is a fun hike and the benefits of seeing the falls is worth it!

Not as great as we were expecting. The trail is more of a short walk than a true hike. Very crowded and heavily trafficked.

hiking
11 days ago

It​ is​ place​ to​ visit​ for​ Fall​ season.

hiking
12 days ago

The hike is well worth it! It is recommended for the novice hiker to use a walking stick to help with foot support when walking over the smaller wet rocks located on the trial. Well worth the hike.

hiking
13 days ago

Moderate climb, muddy with some slick rocks and roots and lots of traffic but 100% worth the amazing 360 degree views of the mountains. Parking was tight, dogs were friendly and people were courteous on the trail when it got a little narrow or tricky. One of the best trails on the parkway!

hiking
13 days ago

Great Hike but very short and easy. Make sure to take a left over the bridge and not a right to get to the top.

absolutely beautiful trail. overnight tent camping at the top. make sure you wear good hiking shoes or boots the trail can get slippery. HIKE THIS TRAIL you won't regret it.

hiking
14 days ago

simple hike of the highway

Hands down the most fun trail I have ever hiked! Extremely strenuous, so be careful. My only problem is I hate that you have to pay so much to get to the main trailhead. You can access it from the parkway, but it becomes a pretty long day hike.

hiking
16 days ago

The views make this hike a really amazing one. So stellar.

hiking
19 days ago

A fair amount of climbing for a short trail but the trail condition is excellent and that makes the climb a breeze. The overviews are quite pretty and there's an excellent view of the Linn Viaduct. Not much parking so it's best to visit on weekdays.

hiking
19 days ago

This is such a beautiful waterfall. Amazing to see such a lovely display after a short hike. There's a lot of small rocks in the trail and some steep staircases but if those minor obstacles don't bother you this is a "must do" hike if you're in the area.

Lots of fun. Very well marked and the ladders are a blast. The view from the top of McRae is fabulous. We went up the Grandfather trail and back down Underwood. Underwood is much more in the woods and bit more rocky/rooty. You get much better vistas from Grandfather trail, though it was fun doing both of them. The trail past McRae peak is a less travelled, as many seem to turn around at McCrae.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful views, but lots of tourists. Easy walk to each site.

Love the trail. Our kiddos kept up and we did a round trip of 3 hours total. We took our time and enjoyed the hike. We took the longer trail that looped around to the river. Not a lot of people at all on our hike. Temps were cooler so no mosquitoes and didn’t find any ticks on us, hopefully won’t find any later. If you’re worried about ticks however, definitely wear leggings tucked into boot socks or breezy pants tucked into boot socks if you plan on taking the trails during warmer weather, it definitely will help keep the ticks off your legs. We had a stroller for our smallest child and the trails were very stroller friendly.

Wonderful hike w amazing scenery but was very wet and slick. You have to take very deliberate and cautious steps.

Trail has stairs and rocky sections. The uphill back to parking is not overly strenuous. One mile hike to falls with option to continue another 1.7 on loop. Plenty of rocks and a bridge to hang out on and take in the beautiful falls!

This is my favorite trail. It is a bit treacherous, especially for an old guy like me. I don’t go on it after heavy rain as it is slippery and mistakes could be costly. But it is beautiful and dramatic and fun.

walking
24 days ago

Short and sweet but very beautiful.

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