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Great trail, and pretty easy with just a few steep parts. The steepest areas are in the beginning so if you’d like an easier walk you could park at the visitor’s center instead of hooker lot. You could still walk down to see triple falls without having to walk the steepest part. There are a lot of stairs to get to the bottom viewing area of triple falls but you can still see them without going down the stairs, it’s just not quite as nice of a view.

When we were there we got to see kayakers take part of the triple falls, it was so cool!

Only reason it lost a star is the trail is not very well marked. Forks (and even 3 direction splits) weren’t always marked, the signs that were there often didn’t include distances, and there were very few signs along the trails. It is a short trail but it’s always safer to be well marked, especially for inexperienced hikers or anyone who might find themselves there when it starts to get dark.

We did the the North Slope trail. It was a nice walk. Wet with recent rain but a great fall walk.

If anyone has an issue with the steep part of these falls I suggest parking up at the Visitors center lot first in stead of Hooker lot. (Reason being the steepest part is from Hooker up to Triple) . From the visitor center lot walk out the trail to the Y that begins the loop trail, turn right you will see a sign to left going to the Covered bridge first. Walk the gravel road to the Covered bridge. Water starts downward on High Falls from the Bridge. Hike the path to left (looking down from the bridge) going down to Triple to look back at High Falls view where you came from (beautiful view looking back up of High and the Bridge) . continue hike down to Triple then back up around on the part of the loop back to Vistor center lot. Last drive down to Hooker lot and only a short walk to see Hooker. This will help if you need to avoid a steep climb from Hooker to Triple. Enjoy a day here, It amazingly beautiful.

Beautiful falls, well maintained trail. However, it was super crowded on a Saturday afternoon.

Well maintained trail and beautiful falls!

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 like taking out of town company here, especially if they aren’t seasoned hikers. It’s got a nice mix of a leisurely, level hike along a stream in a beautiful forest, with some moderately steep hills with a nice payoff of a beautiful view of Looking Glass Rock. It can be an out and back or turned into a loop, see All Trails Map. Before or after the hike it’s nice to walk through the fish hatchery, visit Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock.
If heading back to Asheville taking 276 to the parkway is the way to go. You can take the parkway all the way to Asheville (Check for closures in the colder months), but I like to take 276 to Rt 40 and enjoy it’s windy curves with a canopy above.

Went on a chilly Sunday. Trail is pretty flat and uncrowned. The Falls were a pleasant surprise. Very large and a very peaceful stop for lunch. One of our favorites in DuPont.

on Crabtree Falls Trail

hiking
8 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 :)

Absolutely loved this beautiful trail! High Falls is a BEAST and easily one of the most impressive waterfalls we've ever seen! The trails were nice and wide, some pretty steep incline between Hooker Falls and Triple Falls, and while there were no trail blazes noted, it was easy to find and stay on trail due to signage. Highly recommend this hike- it was beautiful! Full trail review + more pics coming soon to our hiking blog at www.Wander-Full-Life.com

Beautiful! Hiked to all three falls Nov 10, 2018. Well maintained trail and gorgeous falls.

Beautiful absolutely breathtaking

Fun, pretty hike. Not hard, I did it 6 months pregnant!

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!

beautiful hike and impressive waterfall

hiking
14 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.

One of the most beautiful views in this area!

Very accessible and scenic, therfore a bit busy. The first half went by the waterfalls and the covered bridge. It was nice to complete the loop, because even though the second half was less scenic it was a nice quiet stroll through the woods without the crowds.

This was a great waterfall but definitely not easy.

hiking
21 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.

hiking
22 days ago

We parked at the hatchery at 10 Sunday morning and by the time we returned, cars were lined up to find a space. Arrive early! The trail was a bit muddy in spots and my feet were covered by water on a couple water crossings, so wear waterproof shoes. We loved the trail. My Fitbit counted 89 flights of stairs, but there was not any intense section. It somehow seemed very easy. Absolutely stunning views at the top. Well worth seeing.

This hike was actually further than I thought. I read 1.6 miles to the main falls but it actually seemed more than that. maybe is was all the elevation changes. Excellent walk. The trail actually goes outside of the State Park where it is not quite so well maintained so expect some dodgy bits. At some point in the trail follows the river with several smaller Rapids to view. The Falls themselves are spectacular. Well worth the trouble.

My wife and I did this nice 5 mile loop, we started the day with this hike. For more challenging ascent, stay straight/left at fork (longer distance to viewpoint), going right is shorter and easier. The flat rock at the viewpoint is wide and accommodates sitting and having a snack or just taking in the view. We would recommend this before Looking Glass just down the road as that view is much better. We are in our 30s, hike is moderate if taking left at fork, easy if going right.

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!

Such a great workout! The waterfall was breathtaking!

hiking
29 days ago

Easy downhill going into the falls, narrow path with lots to step over and around. There are a couple of benches along the way and a bridge for taking pictures and admiring the falls. We saw families and small children and lots of dogs. Would go again if we were ever in the area.

Gorgeous falls. We've hiked all over the mountain states and this beats all those falls. A Virginia treasure.
be prepared for lots of stairs. We were hiking with our dog. He's fast, big and experienced but the steep wood steps were covered with wet leaves and slippery. we worried he might slip. We didn't get very far.
great park and great hike

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is perfect for those who want to walk along a river and hear the rushing water. there were several small waterfalls and Cascades along the left side of the loop. this was my favorite part. many great primative camp sites and one very cold water hole. I will definitely return for more activities along this loop when I can

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