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9 hours ago

Short hike. Water flowing nicely. Definitely NOT Hard as AllTrails rated. A little steep in some places but not difficult at all. Several nice cascades. Parking is available for only one car at the trailhead.

1 day ago

Great half-day hike. Not difficult, but harder than its 5.5 mile and 1600 feet of elevation would have you think. Steady climb that is rewarding with a great waterfall payoff. Hit the waterfall just after midday to get some of the best photos with the sun at your back but be careful to not arrive too late as parking is limited. I added an extra quarter to a half mile having to park farther down the road. Lots of people parked along the road, with no real fear of towing as long as you got far enough off the road.

5 days ago

My birthday hike! A crisp 32 degrees in the morning! Snow and ice after the footbridge made for a interesting trip back down from the falls. Temps warmed up enough to thaw out the froze mud which made it as slick as the snow and ice! Loved it!

6 days ago

We started the trail while snow was still falling and it was around 25-28 degree outside. I couldn’t believe we climbed up for 1,000ft from trailhead to rainbow. It didn’t seem to be that much to me though. It was very slippery and frozen in last mile. We had to crawl over the big rocks to get up to the fall. Bring spikes if you have them. They will help a lot in the icy condition. When snow was melting, trail got super muddy. I got hiking shoes so it didn’t bother me much. People going with me in sneakers was struggling little bit. Overall, the fall wasn’t that impressive to me but the surroundings along the trail is fun and beautiful.

Beautiful! Really steep though

did this trail may of 2017, loved it a little difficult, but really fun. On the way down saw three deer on the trail and almost could reach out and touch them, they were standing that close it was awesome

Great trail. Pretty long walk for a creek. If you are looking for just exercise this is a good trail. Good walking grade and nothing too extreme terrain wise. The creek wasn't passable without waterproof shoes or wanting to get wet.

Beautiful trail. Some areas have big rocks that you have to sit and swing around to get over. If it’s a dry season the waterfall will only be a trickle with no rainbow.

Nice trail! Hiked it on 5/8. Rocks and the incline to the waterfall make it challenging. On a good day I don’t think it would to hard. The rocks would make it challenging for anyone who wants to attempt to run it. The day we hiked it was in the upper 20s to 31. Trail was snow covered and had lots of ice so that made to challenging and slow going, but the snow made the trail and waterfall look like a beautiful white winter wonderland!

10 days ago

14 days ago

Well laid out trail. Fairly easy if you exercise regularly. I highly recommend wearing correct hiking gear. The multiple areas of water accumulation make rocks and mud slippery in certain areas. Worst part is the trail is extremely well traveled and crowded. Waterfall at the end is amazing! There are a few small waterfalls on the way up that keep you entertained, but keep going until you see a large number of people crowded around the falls with a sign that says no climbing on rocks!

This is one of my favorite trails I have ever done!! Better marked than I was lead to believe, certainly some rock climbing/scaling and creek crossing! My feet were SOAKED! All of the amazing waterfalls along the way made the trail even better than the overlook! We stopped a lot as my partner is a photographer and we really wanted to take the time to look at and photograph everything. Staked out some really nice campsites for returning in the future! I agree with other reviewers who said if you have ONE day to hike in the area, this is the ONE!

Great short hike!! Falls are not that far in from the parking and they are beautiful. It has rained for a couple days so maybe the extra water made them that more beautiful... not sure. Seem like a perfect swimming hole in the summer. Once you are past the falls the climb begins. I can see this being a strenuous hike in the heat but a 55 degree day made it perfect. Once at the top you have a great 360 view of it all. You can even see the Smoky Mountains in the distance. Looks as a fire has gone through the peak sometime in the recent past as its pretty bare at the top and everything in charcoal. Still worth the climb to see it though.

A pretty strenuous trail but the view is spectacular. The trail can be muddy and features large loose rocks which can make the climb a little tougher. A great trail to hike since it’s so close to Sylva, and grabbing a beer after at Innovation brewing is a must!

great hike. .not to long
going back up is another story lol

Fantastic falls!! Made the trip when my dad was in town and we always do an annual hike. I had heard this was a good hike. I would say it is moderate but then again it was in February and wasn't hot out. I can see this being difficult in the summer heat. Make the time to go to the top. There isn't a really good view of the falls from there but the climb up and views are worth it.

21 days ago

Great hike. Not super strenuous but not easy. Small waterfalls along the way and following a river. Gorgeous waterfall and great areas to climb/scramble around on some rocks!

Good trail with great scenery. Hiked it on weekend and had a fair amount of traffic.

One of the best hikes in TN. Pay attention to the markers but the trail isn’t as poorly marked as other people say. Never seen so many different features on one trail. Really technical but not super difficult. Be ready to crawl and climb. If you’ve got one day to hike in Tennessee this should be where you go.

Stunning. Absolutely one of the best in Tennessee. My son and I had a complete blast hiking this trail!

Beautiful falls especially with recent abundance of rain. A good trail for all skills levels. Not a lot of parking or indication your there so make you use the apps directions.

My and my dog went. Amazing trail and we went after all the rain so it was that much more fun!!

27 days ago

Great experience. we did it on Jan 4th so the temperatures were in the teens ☃️❄️.

One of the very best trails I have ever been on. Not for the faint of heart. Trail markings are hard to find at times and it is easy to get off the trail. Lots of complicated maneuvers such as climbing ropes, cave traverses, and ladders. The water was up from the Spring rain which made crossing the fast moving creek difficult in areas especially with a dog. Still, this was an adventure course full of spectacular waterfalls, massive rock crevices, and mossy Appalachian territory that never ceases to surprise. Lots of steep and difficult elevation changes. It took us under 5 hours with lunch included. It is recommended to pack plenty of water or a filtration device along with a few precautionary emergency tools because of the remoteness of this area. Go see it for yourself. It’s an adventure to remember.

Short uphill hike with several small waterfalls and cascades. Towards the top is a small rock house. Great scenic walk.

Interesting man made waterfalls—quite a feat of labor and engineering, wonderful overlook. The hike goes a way by the interstate which you have to get used to, and big chunk rock demands focus! But all in all, it’s a great hike.

Hiked Feb. 17 2018. With all of the rain the creeks and water falls were awesome. Trail to ourselves. Found the old car and found the falls at four miles. Had to really watch for the trail to the falls. Not marked at all. New favorite hike.

Enjoy abundant cascades early in the hike. We hiked in February after several days of rain, so the water was dramatic. The bare winter trees allow views of crags well above the stream. Some mud. Some trail water. But our feet stayed dry. The last falls come bursting through a towering (man-made but who cares) slot. After the falls you cross on a charming footbridge and switch your way up to the impressive, rocky summit ridge. This clear day gave us views of the Smokies on the east horizon and I-75 to the west below. Some trash, yes. Some graffiti, yes. Ignore it and enjoy this scenic, compact hike.

1 month ago

This is a nice hike! If you just want to see the waterfalls and make it to the top of the racetrack, I suggest parking off of Shelton Hollow Road. The waterfalls are less than half a mile away from the pull off where you park. If you start at the official trailhead you hike alongside the interstate and the noise and smell is distracting.

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