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I love DBST. It's one of my favorites. Last I heard it was closed due to weather-related damages. I would be glad to help repair it!

Very nice area to hike on a day trip from Charlotte

Did just the Moore’s wall part of the trail today and it was absolutely lovely!! The trip to the top was a good workout but totally doable. Views spectacular without having to go all the way to the “big” mountains of N.C.!!!

Fantastic trail. lots of great views and good campsites. Pretty tough though, and the trail isn't always the most well kept. A challenge, but a welcome one.

mountain biking
10 days ago

Great flow!!

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike during the first Hanging Rock State Park "Reach the Peaks" event on National Public Lands Day in 2013. Lots of views, great ups and downs and be prepared to sleep well after.

hiking
14 days ago

Great loop with amazing views!

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

Very nice.

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!

on Five Peaks Hike

24 days ago

Fun exercise, especially in the fall! The best way to do it is start with Moore’s Wall...700+ stairs to climb...but CLIMBING stairs is way better than coming down that many. Too hard on the knees.
Check in at the Visitor’s Center and tell them you are doing the Challenge. They’ll give you a paper to log your times at each Trailhead.
I took the MST trailhead, at the Visitors Center parking lot, to the lake, and started Moore’s there. The Visitors Center people will tell you to walk up the road through the camp ground, if you start with Moore’s Wall. But I would much rather walk a trail!
When you’re finished, turn your times in and you can get a ‘5 Overlooks Challenge’ patch. Pretty cool.
For a real challenge, you should add the Indian Creek Trail for another 8 miles...total of around 18. Now that’s a challenge and a GREAT day :)

on Five Peaks Hike

24 days ago

the park does offer a five peaks challenge historically in September but have heard that will now be held in the spring 2019.

Awesome trail! We started to the left, like other hikers mentioned and I’m glad we did. The trail was a bit steep toward the end, but we were commuted by then and the kids couldn’t poop out. Three young kids with us and they did great! Lots of beautiful waterfalls, lots of great climbing trees, one great scenic view, and breath-taking scenery everywhere! Definitely want to do this hike again!

hiking
25 days ago

This is a really nice hike. We did, in fact, go counter-clockwise and started with Moore's Knob, which is what I would recommend. Strava says 10.5 miles with a little under 2000' of elevation change. Moore's Knob and Hanging Rock are the coolest, the other "peaks" are cool too, but the other definitely stand out. Great trail for dogs, mine had a blast. The entire trail is well-shaded, so cool even if the sun is out. A bit out of the way for us in Raleigh, but was definitely worth the day trip.

Hiked this trail yesterday on a beautiful crisp day with my dog. I took the advise of others and started the loop on the left side. Good call as the harder portions and sights were in the final portion of the hike, versus the beginning of the hike. I did encounter some fellow hikers at the end of the hike. Be aware this hike is wet and muddy, and dress appropriately. Great hike, and I recommend it.

I completed this loop yesterday going down Mt. Mitchell trail and up Big Tom. The BHT section was a muddy mess from all the recent rain. Took me just under 4 hours to complete while taking my time. It was definitely tough and I thoroughly enjoyed it and the views were great! I'm not sure if me or my dog enjoyed it more.

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful sights. My dog loved the mud, and water that covered this trail! Beautiful waterfalls, and flowing creeks through out. We took our shoes off and climbed across the rocks and ate lunch overlooking the waterfall. it was a strenuous trip and my tracker clocked us at around 7.7 miles after all the off trail walking we did to find the water. If your looking to be exhausted and dirty after this is the hike for you.

Took longer than expected, but a beautiful hike. Would do just the falls hike next time or pack a lunch halfway to make it more enjoyable.

The sound of the cars didn’t bother me at all, hard for first time mountain bike riders but a lot of fun!

Wonderful hike. lots of climbing and views. while this is hard I think older kids would enjoy this.

We hiked about week after hurricane Florence and many days of rain. Trail was wet and slippery as you would expect, but still delightful. We were quite glad to have high ankle boots and trekking sticks. Encountered five ladders which were challenging with dog on lead. Up the ladders wasn’t so bad, down ladders were frightening but with two humans and one 40 lb dog we did fine. Many creek crossings and we got wet. Very enjoyable and one of our favorite hikes ever. We went counterclockwise based on other reviews. Took our time and were on trail just over three hours. Take lunch - take your time.

Great trail! River pools to swim in and multiple river crossings. One of our favorites!

Finally a sunny day for hiking. Parked at Boulder Field pull off. Before starting we had decided to the end point would be Flat Rock View due to the added miles just to get to DB Scout Trail. At this point the Tanawah Trail is very narrow and since we've had a lot of rain lately it's pretty muddy. The Scout Trail is in pretty good shape but pretty wet also. Next time I'll head up from 221 which will be about the same distance as if you hike from Boone Forks parking area. This hike to Flat Top was 7.8 miles round trip.

My wife and I did this hike with our 9 mo. daughter in a carrier and thought that it was on the more difficult side of moderate, but not quite strenuous. Great hike, but if we did it over again, we could have just gone straight to Hebron Falls (so, go right at the fork instead of straight) and backtracked the way we came in. Going the full loop seemed a little tedious because after you see the rock community and the falls, there really wasn't much more of interest (except for a bunch of little creek crossings and a very brief section in a meadow). Plus, the full loop has you walking a couple extra miles through a large camping area and along the parkway which was a little boring. The best part of the hike is definitely the 1.5 stretch straight to the falls. Lots of awesome places for getting in the water, and beautiful variety in terrain.

This is the hardest trail I’ve ever done.
Do not attempt.
7 hrs on trail one way from Boone Fork, mm299 BRP to the swinging bridge.
Epic scenery.
I hiked Sept 10, mostly cloudy and rainy.
Wore only baggies and no shirt, was never cold.
I wore the most slippery loose fitting shoes I own.
(That makes you a better hiker)
The trail is difficult, wet, muddy, slippery, jagged, steep, large, exposed, with many slippery wooden off camber ladders and cables.
This is mountain climbing, not simply hiking.
I was boxed in with clouds and wet conditions, I never saw anyone else on trail.
It was perfect.
I hiked one way from Boone Fork parking lot on BRP to the swinging mile high bridge alone, 7 hrs.
Super scary ladders, wet ladders, very high exposed wood slippery ladders.
Difficult rock gardens.
Steep rock gardens.
Sharp steep jagged rock gardens.
A not ideal landing of an airplane from 1978, cause of incident “controlled flight into terrain”
I heard Bigfoot threatening me on trail.
I walked faster.
I was wet the whole time and muddy but never cold. I burned 7000 calories.
This route was hard.
Hard and scary.
All alone high in the Smokies.
With Bigfoot stalking me.
The bridge at Boone Fork and trailhead is closed, you will get a citation if you use the closed bridge, I brought beer and bacon.
Everything is better with bacon.
All is factual my ph 321-720-3034

Lovely walk through the woods. Every trail on the Cone Estate is worth doing - they are all well-maintained and beautiful. This route in particular has a chance of seeing wildlife - we saw two fawns and many chipmunks and birds. It's long enough to get some cardio, but not strenuous by any means. Highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a peaceful walk in the woods. Getting to sit in one of the rockers on the manor's porch and chat with a stranger (new friend) is an added bonus!

Totally worth the hike! We went after a bit of rain and had several water crossings at mid calf. Beautiful waterfalls and rapids! We added Hunts Falls onto our hike and I'm glad we did! Tough but not killer if you are in shape. I recommend that you use GPS or record your loop to stay on trail bc the timber ridge portion has NO markers and intersects with several other trails. Even the trail head is kinda difficult to find and stay on.

hiking
2 months ago

I'm not sure I would classify this trail as "hard," but it's definitely got some elements of difficulty, especially near the falls. There are some uphill climbs that can leave you a bit breathless, but the falls and the rocks are beautiful. If you hike the trail counter-clockwise, you will get to the falls (along with Hebron Falls) in a mile and a half or so, leaving the easier portion for the end. There are rhododendron thickets, a open meadow-like area, camping area and fir forest to be enjoyed near the end. This is a really beautiful hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Almost no one on it. Start the loop by going straight at the fork. Gorgeous when the rhododendrons are in bloom.

Great hike. Have hiked this trail about 3 times and it is just lovely. Hard in some spots but well worth it. Pack a lunch and enjoy the river and views.

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