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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.

Running and jumping through the rock structures is a blast! Views from the cliffs are pretty incredible for the area. The tower took away from the natural beauty a bit but overall it was decent hike.

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2 days ago

Fun trail... beautiful views especially with the fall leaves. Lots of dogs which i loves. I didn’t like the loud music some patrons were playing...I believe there should be a rule about that. It disrupted our hike.

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!

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3 days ago

A very steep incline. Must watch your step! This was a great workout. Will definitely be back!

Your workout for the week. Not a casual hike. We hiked the shortest, steepest trail up to the Mount LeConte summit in TN. That was a walk in the park compared to this. I gave it 4 stars, though, be cause it challenges you and there are great views.

Good exercise, beautiful view!

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9 days ago

My 15 year old son and I hiked the Pinnacle Trail to the Ridge Trail, and connected back to the Table Rock Trail all the way to the overlook. We did this Saturday, November 2, 2018. The weather was perfect, but everybody and their brother was there making it pretty crowded at the overlook and on the way down (we took the Table Rock Trail back down). We started at 10:30am and arrived back to the parking lot at 4:40pm. We spent about 15 minutes enjoying the overlook. We hiked this same route when my son was 11. We just can’t work up the nerve to take the Table Rock Trail up, because it is very steep ALL THE WAY. We plan to come back many more times, but will probably come on a weekday from now on, due to the crowds. I would advise taking some good snacks and plenty of water. My only complaint is there are no places to pee if you’re a female, but I do believe porta potties here and there would ruin the experience! LOL

Well worth the drive. But the gravel road is very bumpy and barely wide enough for two cars. Without an SUV, that road takes a lot longer to drive. It took us an hour to drive it. But it was a beautiful hike with great views.

hiking
10 days ago

Did this hike early on a cool Sunday morning with my parents. They are in their 60’s and we needed to take breaks for knees and lungs :) The trail is beautiful. Steep at points. But the pay off with the views are spectacular. The leaves were changing colors — magnificent!

Such a fun trail! We took our 3 year old twins and 7 year old and they made it this whole way with a little hand holding. Don’t turn around early- make it to the top loop for the amazing views! Picnic tables are available at the top to have lunch. We will definitely return!

Left at 7:21 on a beautiful fall day. will do it again.

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
12 days ago

Short hike with great views.

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
14 days ago

One of the tougher trails that I've hiked...very rugged terrain. Steady uphill climb for 3.5 miles. Over 2,000 feet in elevation gain. A lot of rock steps and a few rock faces to hike up. Governor's Rock is a nice view before the summit. Guess I was expecting a little more at the top.

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.

I love this trail so much! I often take friends out of town to this hiking trail. The view is ten out of ten! It’s beautiful!!

Beautiful. Moderate walk with superb views, especially at the top. Bring a lunch and a camera.

This was nice strenuous hike up to a mesmerizing view. Completely worth the effort to see. Stunning views.

My wife and I hiked this trail and loved it. It is definitely hard but the view at the top is worth it.

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

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.

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20 days ago

This is a great trail! Did it with our kids ages 13 to 4. We loved the rock face portion on the way down. The trail is very well marked with maps at each intersection and the open rock face sections are marked with cones. Some great views along the way with picnic tables to sit and enjoy the views. There is an awesome “rock park” at the end of the trail with a zip line and a huge slide. The kids loved playing there at the end of the hike. Highly recommend!

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20 days ago

The hike itself is beautiful. Steep and definitely kinda difficult, but short enough that it's not a problem. HOWEVER, only go if you have a car that can handle a bumpy gravel road! You'll be on a dirt road for about 15-20 minutes before you hit paved road near the very top, and the dirt road was difficult to navigate for our VW Beetle. If we had a sturdier car it would've been totally fine, but instead it was quite nerve-racking!

Very nice.

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22 days ago

Really short hike from the parking area. Good view at the overlook.

We hiked the loop counter-clockwise. The first 1/2 of the trail is poorly marked and our AllTrails app with the download trail was referenced frequently to ensure we were on track. The trail itself was fairly easy to see but there was one 300ft section on an uphill ridgeline that we could not see a trail at all. Once we got to the top of Bee Mountain the trail was easy to follow to the end. The last 2 miles have several creek crossings. This fall the water levels are a bit higher than average and rather than take our boots, socks, pants off for each crossing we new it was only about 40 minutes of hiking in wet to get to the end. Even picking the "easy" places to cross the water was calf to knee high and pushed on you pretty hard... doing that barefoot on the slippery rocks would be tough. We finished the hike with wet feet, tired legs but a big smile.. would do it again!

Amazing hike! Best yet in north Carolina. Lots of ladders and hard uphills. I’m not sure going all the way to callaway peak was worth it if your in it for the views, the first peak was beautiful and stayed beautiful to the callaway peak but didn’t change. About 4-4.5 hours out and back. 40$ to get into the park for 2 people.

what a greAt trail to take family out on bikes. the trail runs beside the river and gives a beautiful view. I love this trail and cant wait to go back.

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