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backpacking
3 days ago

An amazing, brutal, rewarding 3 day trek. Me and 5 other dudes did this as our first real backpacking trip, heck, might as well do one of the hardest local trips to set the bar high. We started at Wolf pit, starting up the switchbacks then to the top where the evidence of last years forest fire was seen. We made it to Table rock and camped that night. Didn’t pass any good sources of water the first day, make sure you have enough to last until you start the next day. Leaving table rock, continuing north, we went came to a beautiful river crossing, had to rock hop.. 3/5 guys made the crossing without getting wet, the other two ended up waist deep in the river.
We did the long stretch along the river, got dark and rainy but had to keep going.
The last day was pretty good. Had to cross the river after hiking all morning. It was about knee deep but about 100ish yard across in someplaces. Honestly, I didn’t even use a physical map, I used this app the whole time. Probably wasn’t the smartest thing but it was basically 100% accurate the whole time.

challenging in all the right parts. beautiful throughout. not too long. great Sunday hike

on Table Rock Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail with a great view at the top! Beware this trail is much longer if the gate at the bottom of the paved road is closed. It turned into a 4.1mi round trip with over 1300ft of elevation. No issues on the dirt road with a small sedan, but it does take nearly 25min of driving on the dirt road to get to the trail.

My husband and I and our two dogs hike this trail all the time because we only live about 15 minutes away from LNSP. It's one of our favorites because we can keep it pretty short using the Short Turn trail or you can make it longer by doing the full loop. My dogs love it because there are lots of little beaches along the way where we can stop for a quick swim in the lake. Moderately hilly, you'll get a decent workout without it being too difficult. Very enjoyable any time of year.

Loved this hike. We started with HQ, which was a much quieter trail with a steady incline. The falls were much more crowded but beautiful. It was a great workout - lots of steep stairs. Watch out for slippery steps and mud, especially if you go after it’s been raining. The whole loop took us under 3 hrs.

Love this hike. The waterfalls are some of my favorites in North Carolina. Be careful on the slippery stairs though.

hiking
12 days ago

Very nice unobstructed view of Charlotte skyline and surrounding plains. Kinda unique since this mountain stands on its own without others around. Short but somewhat steep hike with a tiny bit of rock climbing to get to the final view. Keep walking right along the ridge from there to get better views. You’ve found the summit when you get to a rusted metal pole sealed in concrete.

mountain biking
14 days ago

some signs are misleading, but this trail has some really intense downhill sections and other fun stuff but it can be hard to tell which trail you're on at times.

hiking
16 days ago

Great day for a hike even with fog after a rainy morning especially with 17 people!!

Walked wit 3/4 full pack. Some challenging climbs out of the hollars for this old man with a pack. Many folks trail running today. Great trail, some roots for sure so wear good footwear. Drain fairly well. This area has just had several days of rain and even snow 2 weekends ago and the trail is in relatively good condition. We’re some slick spots but not bad considering the weather of the previous few weeks. 12/23/18

hiking
25 days ago

Finally made it here for a hike on a crisp but clear December day. Thoroughly enjoyed it, would do again! I'd rate this hike as moderate, not difficult. It's not at significant altitude and it has less than 1000 feet of elevation gain. The trail begins from the visitor center parking lot and is very well marked with a round orange blaze. The trail is well maintained but I'd suggest boots, especially for the rocky parts at the top. I brought hiking poles but really didn't use them, but if you have bad knees they would help on the descent. I am 55 years old and had no issues hiking this trail and I think anyone in reasonable shape can do it by just going at a pace comfortable to you. The last 100 yards or so is "steep" but nothing to worry about, just go at a pace comfortable for you. It took about an hour to get up at a leisurely pace. The views from the top were great! I could clearly see the Charlotte skyline and the mountains of western NC in the distance to the west. Going down was fairly fast but be careful of your footing in the first quarter mile down. A thoroughly enjoyable hike, I'd definitely do again.

hiking
1 month ago

Physically demanding but rewarding. This trail is very steep in the last 1/4 mile and sucks the wind out of you, but the view at the top makes it all worth it.
Pro Tip: Trekking poles are a huge advantage on this hike.

Easy as pie make sure you bring food and water or you will go hungry and thirsty.

walking
1 month ago

nice easy loop trail around price lake ,can be wet in places .

Nice trail. Lots of rain the night before and raining while we ran it, and the trail did not hold water. Plus, the view is beautiful!

My family and I have done this trail many times. We like to park at Sugarlands and walk it to Gatlinburg to eat breakfast then walk it back. Makes for a good morning

short hike with a moderate elevation. the view from the top is nice.

this is a good hike that is moderately hard. water fall is the best part of this hike.

this is a good hike that is moderately hard. water fall is the best part of this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty fun and easier trail considering the views at the top. Like many others have said 3/4 of the trail is pretty light, the last 1/4 being the most work. Got up in about 45 min-1 hour just in time to catch sunset then about 30 down. Glad we decided to swing by while on our way to Charlotte.

backpacking
1 month ago

Completed the loop with a buddy and our boys 13 & 15. Epic adventure, this place is the real deal. We started at wolf pit Friday afternoon and made the first river crossing up to the shadow of Short off mountain the first night and set up camp. Got up and made it to Conley cove for the second night. Up and made the crossing at Spence bridge first thing in the morning, this required some doubled up 550 cord and a pulley for our gear and a swim for us. This was at the end of November so it was cold but not undo able. Dried off and made the epic climb to table rock for lunch then over to the chimneys for camp the third night. Had to pack water to this campsite from just under table top. (Water is marked there on most maps) this was the most unbelievable part of this hike. Everywhere you look is absolutely beautiful. Got up and made it to the top of short off mountain for lunch then to the car back at wolf pit by 2:00. If you plan to do this loop, make sure you are prepared and make good decisions and do not take short cuts. We made it without issues but did many hours of preplanning. I will return to do this again, it was amazing and worth the drive and challenging terrain.

easy trail

walking
1 month ago

Pretty fun walk. My recommendation would be park at the visitor center and walk right towards the river across the street. There are signs posted that say Gatlinburg trail. It runs right next the road for a while, with the river on the other side. There are some great photo opportunities on this trail where you can get right next to the river. One of the only trails in the park that allows dogs, so it was definitely worth it to be able to walk my corgi.

hiking
1 month ago

Came out to take a few pics. November hikes are the best.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail that runs along the river. Has some beautiful spots along the river and in the trees. Obviously there are better hikes available within the park, but this one is one of two that allow dogs. If you have dogs, this is a great trail.
It does go along road to start and hen near park maintenance, but once beyond that then you are along the river.

I was honestly surprised at the level of difficulty of this hike when you get right to the top. That last hundred feet or so is quite something! But what a payoff...the view from the top is simply spectacular. How great that there is this kind of elevation just a short drive from downtown Charlotte! Highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail to the top also can go to the left of the parking lot to take the trail towards Shortoff mtn. Go as far as you want and turn around

hiking
2 months 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.

backpacking
2 months ago

Leaving my first review of many....
Second trip back to the gorge for 3 Chicago guys and one mastiff. The first time we set out to do the loop and we were humbled by the gorge very fast and learned a lot from our mistakes. We immediately planned for our return and that’s what I’m going to tell you about right now.
Second trip - Leave Chicago 10/6 - 7am arrive Wolfpit road 10/6 - 8pm. We camped next to car for the night and headed out as early as we possibly could the next day. We started heading west towards the river with our plan to do the entire loop clock wise and end back at our car at wolf pit on Sunday morning. Our first campsite was supposed to be up near cathedral falls right before Spence bridge. We thought we could do 8-10 miles our first day and get near Spence bridge, leaving the rest of the loop for thur-Saturday, but it didn’t happen. We were each carrying 80lbs packs with steaks and booze, 3
Guys and one 150lbs mastiff carrying a 20lbs backpack, we like to eat good. Our pace was much slower than expected. The gorge is no joke, when they say every mile feels like 2 in the gorge they are 100% correct. Heading north along the river is insane with a lot of weight on your back, crazy boulders and trees to hop over every 50 feet. There is literally no flat terrain on this side. You’re going up or down the entire time. We literally aimed for 10 miles our first day and hiked 4. We made it past the first river crossing which was very deep, chest high, built a fire dried off and set up camp at the next campsite. This took all day. Thursday we left camp a bit late. Everybody was exhausted from long drive and the river crossing yesterday. Again we didn’t get as far as we thought we would. The river trail has some
nasty, nasty terrain. We are fit individuals in the gym 6 days a week, and this was a struggle let me tell you. Our packs might have been a bit too heavy but we asked for this. We made it about another 4 miles and set up camp once again near Conley cove. Weather was great the entire trip, but this night it rained, and the rain prevented us from leaving camp the next day (Friday) until about 3pm. Another late start. We got up to spence bridge by night fall and scoped it out, it didn’t look promising, the bridge looked bad ass when it was usable, but it is completely destroyed now. We camped by cathedral falls Friday night, with plans to cross the river first thing in the morning. We found the worst campsite ever. No room for a tent so we all slept under a tarp and got no sleep. We woke up packed up and headed to the river crossing. When we got there it was a problem and we ran into about 8 other people in the same boat on both sides. You have an option to rock jump, which is very, very dangerous. We saw a couple people succeed but not without being saved by their friends, we literally watched people risk their lives to get across. The water level was nasty. This place is absolutely no joke. We helped construct a zip line to send the backpacks across east to west, for 6 hikers, and then we sent a dog across the zip line....We threw our backpacks rock to rock, west to east. Then we swam across. I had to drag my dog by his neck because he was so exhausted and confused. He was dragging me down and It took me three tries to get him across, I was in the freezing water for dam near 10 minutes and I came close to death. Set up a fire, dried off, and didn’t have much energy left in the tank that night. We set up
camp Saturday night 3 miles from table rock with only Sunday left to get back to the car. One day left to hike 12 miles, about as much as we have done in the past 4 days....it was not promising. We acquired a solo hiker Saturday at the crossing who stuck with us Saturday night. His car was parked at table rock and he offered to give us a ride back to wolf pit if we wanted to take the easy way out. Sunday morning we got up and started hiking. We were going to make the decision when we got to his car. We really pushed hard all day, we got to his car about 2pm. We all had very heavy packs and are extremely exhausted at this point. We
made the decision not to get in his car and keep on going and we are glad we did. We figured our trip would be extended one more night because we just didn’t think we could make it all the way to wolf pit. We were out of food and now with limited water stops hiking along the east side south, we were a bit nervous. A couple very generous people in the parking lot gave us an MRE. We said we would hike as far as possible with the sunlight we have left, camp up and finish the rest Monday morning and hit the road....we pushed as hard as possible and started searching for water. Water is limited near the chimneys, and on the east side. There are a couple of hard to reach spots on the map we tried to look for but didn’t need to. Along came another solo hiker who really boosted our confidence. He said he was parked at wolf pit also and he was going back to his car tonight. Afte

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