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Hiked this in December, took the counterclockwise route as suggested. There were 10-12 stream crossings that were very challenging. A few of them can be navigated just staying on dry portions of rock, but most had rocks that were just too far apart to take a step. Solutions include bushwacking off the trail to find a better spot to cross, shimmying across fallen logs, or just take off your shoes and trudging through the ice cold water.

Aside from the initial stream crossings, the hike is not very challenging beyond Devil's Bathtub. There is a sign saying something like "Warning: next 5 miles very strenuous and rugged", but it was a relatively easy walk through the woods compared to the first part of the trail. First 2-3 miles took 3 hours, remaining 5 miles took 2.5 hours.

Overall it was a lot of fun; navigating the stream crossings added an element of challenge and decision-making.

Nice loop trail from deep creek access point of GSMNP. Maybe 5 miles but easy enough that keeping track isn’t really necessary. Going to juney whank falls first and going clockwise the first half will run along a creek, then climb a bit, then descend to run along another creek. 3 waterfalls in all and all pretty for this time of year. Most of the trail is wide and flat with benches so it’s good for anyone.

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hiking
21 days ago

Enjoyable, easy hike. Well maintained.

Short and sweet. Great for kids, grandparents, and the whole family! Heavy traffic every time I've gone, but worth it as a family trip.

Really nice and well maintained trails. A lot of different options to explore depending on how lengthy of a hike you want to do. We did the 5 mile loop. It was easy for the most part. There was a 0.5 mile climb up a ridge about half way through that was decently strenuous. Outside of that, it was fairly easy hiking. You walk along side 2 different creeks and get to see multiple waterfalls. We went in mid-December when it was in the low-50s. Made for a very fun day.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy day hike with cool views and nice waterfall. The airstrip offers some nice views if you hike out to the end. The trails are forest roads so doesn't offer much fun or challenge in terms of 'hiking'. You can also add in the Reasonover Creek Trail to make a longer loop.

Loved it! Beautiful trail and I was very fortunate to have gorgeous weather.
There were many people out, including families. It seems to be a popular spot, not exactly secluded if that’s what you’re looking for.

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.

this is a relatively easy moderate Trail with beautiful views. It's nice to do the hike up over the Ridge and get away from the loud sounds of the river and end of The Quiet of the forest. the signs are pretty good at showing the way.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

If you want a quick photo opportunity, this is perfect. You can hike up to the falls in a matter of minutes.

Easy hike with slight inclines to this falls. Well worth the hike to see

The trail was well marked but a little steep for two 76-year olds. The waterfall was worth it however.

walking
2 months ago

Fine little trail with nice falls to admire. Took my 86 yo mother along.

walking
2 months ago

Short and sweet but very beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyable hike to the falls after a 9.5 mile hike the day before. The bridge bench is a great resting place and beautiful photo op.

Loved it!! Took about an hour round trip including a lot of time spent at the four different overlooks. Amazing views of Linville Falls, Linville Gorge, and the chimneys. The trail is very easy and clear, would definitely do again!!! It’s actually 0.9 miles one way, so almost 2 miles total.

This took us 10 minutes to do. The terrain is pretty rugged with fallen trees and the creek/waterfall is very small. Not worth the time!

walking
3 months ago

It’s worth it remember to see both sides of the falls! Then head to the North Carolina rock museum place up st Kings overland !!!! Learn about the geology of Linville!

Great experience. Crossing the creek multiple times can be challenging due to slick rocks.

awesome hiking with wonderful views

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike to a gorgeous view.

The entire 7.5 mile loop that includes the Devils Bathtub was fairly strenuous. I hiked the back 5 miles first and then descended the mountain and made it to the bathtub. The first 2-3 miles were fairly difficult and elevated but once on top of the mountain fairly easy going. Trails are rustic and at some points wild. Keep eyes on the trees. The park has marked the trail with yellow markers following the path on the trees. I got turned around several times and had to back track to make sure I was going in the right direction. The bathtub was very interesting and would probably have been better if I didn’t make it there right around dark. I recommend you doing the hike earlier. On the way back from the tub (2 miles to the parking lot from this spot) you will have to cross about 10 different places on the main stream. Prepare to get wet! Overall, the trail was the type of hiking I enjoy. More of a back country feel. Feel free to bring dogs (it is pet friendly) but I recommend bringing animals that have experience going up and down steep hills with rocks and streams.

hiking
3 months ago

I am not sure this should be an easy if you do the entire trail. Yeah the wide flat part is super easy, but there are climbing parts that are more like the low side of moderate. I enjoyed this trail and did veer off the path some. Total distance for me was about 7 miles. The side parts of this path are nice and more lightly trafficked in the AM. I arrived early and saw much more foot traffic when finishing up around 11 am. I did the path solo so did bring a clicker to make noise as well periodically. It was only needed on the less trafficked parts. Evidently I wasn’t making enough noise though as I still walked up on a deer before it got startled. At least it wasn’t a bear :) The waterfalls were great as well. Definitely a great hike overall. If you use all trails just be sure it updates as mine struggled on this path (showing me accurately) and I had it downloaded.

Short and sweet with several beautiful falls down gorge.

Easy of hike as it gets!

hiking
3 months ago

Great falls. We met a new friend at the falls and hiked the rest of the day with us. Made for a great time to see the adjacent falls that are well worth seeing!

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