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gorgeous hike!!! a most see

trail running
14 days ago

Started a 10 mile out and back at Alston Trailhead near the Peak Pharmacy. Wide trail, not technically difficult, flat with numerous bridge crossings. Boardwalk in good shape with a few areas in need of repair; do watch your feet on the bridges. Past peak leaf season today but still very pretty. Next year will try to come a few weeks earlier. Consider stopping at George's Grocery(around mile 6.5 from the start) if you need some refreshment. Watched some YouTube video before going and they are spot on.

Decent hike but poorly marked. I liked how close you get to the river

Good work out on this one.
As many have stated up hill both ways - in a way this was good, it provided a good work out thru out.
The big prize are fabulous views on top. We stoped for lunch and threw the ball around for our dog.
The abundance of leaves made it a bit slippery in spots.
Well marked, light traffic.

hiking
1 month ago

It was decent. $30 for 3 of us was a little out there for a mile and a half walk. Hiked many places in the United States for free that had more to see. Gets repetitive. Definitely good for beginners though. Nice and flat

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail with my two year old son. Had to pick him up twice for some tricky parts. (Rocky hills and some tree root steps), but for the most part it’s easy to navigate. Loved walking close to the lake. Towards the end you can branch off onto other trails to make a longer hike. Five dollars a person or 49 a year for individual and 100 for families fee. Beautiful place with much to offer.

backpacking
1 month ago

Parking is on the side of the road, GPS will take you right to it. There were a ton of cars around but it appeared everyone was doing the Bearwallow Mountain Trail not this one. We backpacked down the switchbacks and to an annoyance of deadfall over an exceptionally steep place. Beyond that one bit of deadfall the remainder of the trail was clear. Once we got down the first initial grade it seemed the trail leveled off until we started to incline to the knoll. We packed through the deep forest without seeing anyone going in and only one couple coming back out. Trail deadheads in the middle of the knoll. We stopped and had lunch and watched the clouds go by. Field had recently been mown so there was no overgrowth to deal with. Trail over all was very nondescript. It was a good workout to get the heart rate up carrying the additional weight. Will likely go back again during the winter to see the snow on the mountains.

hiking
1 month ago

Agreeing with other reviews, much much harder than expected. The trail starts with paths and stairs climbing down the side of the mountain you drive up to reach the trail head. The woods are very dreamy, but the drop off to the side of the trail felt steep at the beginning. Before long, you do feel very deep in the woods. The trail climbs and descends several times, passing some small waterways and a lovely natural archway bent over the path, which was stony and features helpful log and stone steps from time to time. Again, it is a challenging hike. You basically climb down one mountain, over the one next to it, and up one more to your prize- the view in the pasture. The hike is really worth it - this was our final hike over a 5-day NC vacation that had included lots of views, and this was the most panoramic. When you finally reach the top, there is a little ladder that gets you over a fence and into a small copse that leads up to Blue Ridge Pastures. If you walk towards the sky and up to the top of the small hill, you get a view worthy of the name. We went in mid-October and didn’t see any flowers, understandably; the pasture grasses had mostly gone brown and brittle, but the foliage falling around us and the rainbow of leaves under our feet along the way really completed this very challenging, very empowering, very rewarding hike.

really nice hike. felt like the mountains!

Beautiful, quiet trail! Went in the morning and saw no one. A little slippery since it had rained the night before but loved the challenge. All downhill to the rapids. Definitely worth doing!

My group and I did The Great Wall Loop, which is about 7.5-8 miles. It is a challenging hike with the up and down hills. Some parts are a little steeper, and you will feel the burn the next day! I recommend bringing at least 3 liters of water. We went when it was muggy outside and about 84 degrees. I went through 2 liters of water and another liter I put my electrolytes in. We took breaks every mile or so - take as many breaks as you need! It’s not a rush!!

I really enjoyed that scenery changes a bit, there is this cool part where it’s like a forest, a part that is kind of jungle like, and another part that is more barren. September is also wild flower month so keep your eyes open and look out of the little flowers along the trail!

I have enjoyed these hiking trails a lot so far. I think the map is off as regards the number of trails and the full distance of you connected, and walked through several of the trails. lately the has been excess debre, but nothing terrible. only issue with the app is would like the map more up to date. as the are other trails available, not just the high road and primaries.

trail running
2 months ago

Great for a run - especially in fall!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, straightforward hike. Little to no change in elevation. Tons of spiders, but overall a nice, easy day hike. The bridge is the best part!

Nice walk. Pretty view of the river.

Beautiful moderately challenging. I was the only one on the trail on a busy holiday weekend. It was pretty perfect. Easy to find and navigate too. Mostly shaded with sun at the top ❤️

We did the Brown wave loop. Beautiful hiking!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice and easy flat trail
Did .7 in/out on the prosperity peak trail. Very heavy mosquito population so bring the bug spray! Great little hour hike for me and the 30lb ergo held 18 month old.

pretty flat but could be a nice running trail

hiking
4 months ago

There is NO biking allowed on this trail at all. Please remove that. Other than that it is a very nice trail.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Woooohoooo Did Deepstep today and there are places that the trail is not so beginner friendly. I would call it a moderate trail

The swinging bridge is closed as well as the blue star trail where it intersects north sugar creek

hiking
4 months ago

Challenging!

Nice late morning hike. Saw turtles, millipedes, and lots of fungi. Beautiful view of the rapids.

hiking
5 months ago

Up hill both ways, secluded trail. Offers a little bit of everything

My wife and I went hiking yesterday and because we Did Not know nor understood the map instructions and were not prepared for the trails, we suffered a lot. We wanted to take the smaller trail, but we missed the entrance to it and ended up in the longest one (Red Trail). No water, No cellphone, No flashlight (it was about to get nighttime). Wife had Converse Shoes which are Not good for hiking like that. It could have gone real bad if it wasn’t for two Angels. The two Angels were running the trail we were in and as they passed by, they stopped and asked if were alright since we look awful. They offered sip of their drink and explained that that was the long trial and we still had about 4 miles to end at exit. They recommended to turn back which we did (about 3 miles back). That sip was a lifesaver. When we were close to the exit (about 1/2 mile), here comes the Angels looking out for us with a big nice cold bottle of water. They stayed w us until the exit and explained how the trail system works. I really want to Thank these two Angels. They are French and live in North Augusta. I wish I remember their names, but my brain was not all there. We Bless then with our prayers and thank God for their timing. If you see these or you know of them please send an email to jose.delvallex@yahoo.com. Lesson here, be prepared for these trails and understand how they are set up before you go in.

Loved the hike. It was harder than I imagined. Have fun!!

Good park for being close to a dense urban area.
The track starts with pavement and then becomes a mostly shaded path through woods around a small lake. The track is scenic.

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