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love this trail, good morning workout , fun

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19 hours ago

Nice short hike to lovely falls. Not as secluded as we had hoped.

One of the best. Waterfall more impressive than Abrams—especially after rainfall. Little to no other hikers. Great hidden gem.

hiking
1 day ago

First 2.5 are relatively flat, easy. Leaves were off the trees so we had great views of the river. Then
grade began to increase , moderate difficulty, nothing over the top though, a few nice vistas. By the time we got to the end we were ready to turn around.
By the finish we were suitably tired. Great way to spend a few hours!

Tough trail, quiet a bit of an incline and very rocky. However, totally worth the view!

Super easy hike, really short. There are some giant trees just off the trail that are really neat!

Awesome hike, beautiful falls

The day was fogged in, so unfortunately we didn’t get any of the awesome vistas. But we could imagine them. We did however still have a great hike. The leaves are gone at the upper elevations now but there is color (every shade of green) in the moss, ferns, and undergrowth. Still quite amazing. I’d rate the trail as moderate, and found it a nice leisure hike. We stopped at the shelter for a bite to eat and were greeted by a die and two fawns grazing in the reeds in front of us. That was our ‘10’, along with the shades of green undergrowth. We decided to head back from there since there was no expected view from Charlie’s Bunyan ; we’ll be back on a clear day. I rated 5 stars as I didn’t want to down rate it for the weather. This has all the makings of an awesome trail.

hiking
8 days ago

One of my favorite trails. I did not like all the bear jams along Cade’s cove though. Took a long time to get out of the park. But we’ll worth it. Saw a total of 16 bears mostly mammas with their cubs. Wild turkey. The biggest red headed woodpecker I ever saw and bunch of deer. Great day.

Fantastic! Last part a little tricky but not bad. Wonderful!!!

We loved this short little hike... It was not so crowded. We easily navigated the roots and rocks. Well worth the effort!

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful trail! Longer than expected, but worth it. There were down trees, and a lot of rocks and roots, so you have to be cautious. The waterfall was beautiful, and I’ll never forget it. My boyfriend proposed at the fall. What’s not to love?

hiking
12 days ago

Great views. Trail repairs very nice.

We had trouble finding the trailhead at first, because the sign just says "Falls," with no name or mileage number. It's right by a little parking lot and gift shop, though, which was great so that we could all use the restroom. The trail is easy in the sense that it's short, but is narrow, steep, and rooty, with some precarious edges, making it difficult if you get dizzy or out of breath easily. Otherwise, it's great fun and the kids loved it, and the falls were beautiful!!

Fun little loop with streams

Can combine this with Rich Mt beginning @ Rich Mt Rd & create a 12mi loop with plenty of elevation gain & loss. Good for trail running.

Fairly easy! Did this as a warm up before doing Charlie’s bunion! There are other trails attached to this as well. Didn’t go past spruce falls myself though.

One of the first hikes I did of the weekend! It was definitely a challenge and pretty long but well worth the hike up! Weather was beautiful, part of the mountains were frosted off from the sun not hitting them just yet. The views are to die for! Keep your speed steady.

Absolutely Beautiful, seeing the cycles of life and death, a humbling experience of Divinity!

I would also rate this moderate. Granted I had a 30 lb toddler on my back. But there were many precarious rooted sections/ muddy slick sections in the way. More on the moderate side of easy in my book.

Very pretty! Short, and beautiful. I loved the fall leaves!

Really worth it when you see the view! Kids might think this is “moderate” but this old dude w bad knees and a pacemaker says it is most definitely worthy of a “hard” rating! But a great hike!

Location
The trailhead starts in the Newfound Gap Overlook parking lot. It's on the left side right next to the bathrooms! It is labeled Appalachian Trail. Nothing about Charlie's Bunion is listed.
About 1.5 miles in there is a spit in the trail. Go left!
Still no mention of Charlie's Bunion haha.

Splits in the trail
Whenever there is a split in the trail choose the Appalachian Trail side. I believe the next split is at mile 3 or so. Choose to go right there.


Views
On your way to the Bunion you have lots of views and even a chance to check out a shelter. Be mindful of thru hikers who may be using that as a resting spot.


The Bunion is better than any picture so hike it yourself! We even did a shoot off to the Jump Off and wow!!!

Moderate is right
We were exhausted from the constant climb up to the Bunion and are legs were sore Dr the long walk back down (burning calves). Moderate is an accurate listing for this trail. Not super technical, but definitely a work out.

Time it right
We got on the trail around 7:30 and had it mostly to ourselves. We passed at least 50 hikers on our way down though, so get there early!

Conditions
It is wet/icy and VERY windy!

A lot of incline but the views were incredible. We started around 12pm and there was a little bit of ice on the trail but overall a great hike.

Beautiful and quick hike, a little steep and rocky in spots. Definitely a hike to take friends new to the area.

We loved it! Hiked it with our 6 y/o twins. Maybe a little rough for them, but overall a great hike!

We parked in Cable Mill Visitor Center lot and trekked an extra mile to this trailhhead. The trail starts out easy and gradually gets more technical. There are lots of rocks, but the falls make it so worth it! Beautiful waterfall and amazing fall foliage this time of year!

A little rocky but the incline is pretty gradual. I’m super out of shape and was able to get all the way to the end. Not sure where the 7.9 mi number came from- we clocked 8.4 and the internet said 8.3. Good variety of interesting things, from historical remnants (don’t miss the old Cadillac off to the right as you’re ascending- around 1.9 miles from the trailhead!) to waterfalls and a nice stream to the beautiful forest setting (made better by the fact that the leaves are peaking in color for fall right now!).

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