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So beautiful! The beginning is definitely steep, but so worth it for the views! I did it with my 14 month old on my back and was a great workout! Would love to come back and camp here.

Great hike..... 1st half is pretty tough in spots, then your rewarded with GORGEous views of the Linville Gorge. Great spot for exploring and finding some excellent "off the trail" views. 2nd half up to Table Rock is much easier, and again rewarded with some 360 degree views of the whole area. My only complaint is the trails up are poorly marked. No blaze markers on trees what so ever on the trip up. Their were several spots that we had to guess which way the actual trail was. Most of it was pretty obvious, but not all of it. We enjoyed the challenge though! Highly recommend though! Will do it again for sure!

My favorite Hike Gorgeous!

Best hike in TN so far ! Steady slope on the way up ... last mile might be a bit more rough but the view at the top is so worth it just stunning ! 3 hrs up 2 hrs down
Enjoy !

What an awesome gem! If you only have a little time (like we did because of a cheer competition) this is THE trail you should do. Parts of it are more difficult for people who have trouble walking over small creeks, trees, and wet stones. But if you are able-bodied and willing to get moving, this trail is super fun and interesting.

trail running
11 days ago

Just completed a trail run here for the first time and will definitely be back. Even on a cloudy/rainy day the views were incredible. Plus it links up with the Mountains to Sea trail so you can go as long or short as you like.

The first mile is the most difficult - rocky elevation gain - but then you get to traipse along the ridge line for a while and it’s a breeze.

The self-guiding brochure provides lots of good information about the site. The cabin and barn are interesting, as is the tub mill beside the creek. Glad to see so many of these historic structures being maintained. This trail features several stream crossings on sturdy footlogs. Parking for 10-12 vehicles at trailhead; no toilets.

Was apprehensive but the most fun and rewRding trail. Beautiful views. Very technical. Must be comfortable with heights and climbing ladders

Awesome. Start at wolf pit go as far as you like. Great sunset

nature trips
16 days ago

easy trail

Easy hike, but the parking can be confusing. For the shorter hike, you can park right near the falls, which is located by Park HQ (not visitor center). For the longer trail (which I recommend), park at the visitor center and walk behind the building. You will see a sign for the falls. Nice hike along the streams.

Awesome getting to the bottom of Linville Falls. It was kinda tough and my hiking poles made a huge difference with all the rocks and roots.

Love this hike! Fontana Dam was closed to vehicles but you are still able to walk across. Added an easy 2 miles. Very quiet and moderately challenging trip up to the tower which rewards you with breathtaking views! Highly suggest this one!

This trail is so much fun. We didn't investigate it before taking it on with our 4 kids. Probably would not have taken them on this until they were older. Dangerous for younger kids. I definitely recommend it for older kids and active adults. Exhilarating.

Parts of the loop were closed today. Signs warn you at the start of the loop. You can still do an up and back if you go left at the sign. Lots of easy creek crossings. Great way to spend Black Friday this morning.

Nothing too impressive about this trail. Very underwhelming in late fall. Would probably be more attractive in Spring when things are in bloom. Literally just did this to mark it off my list to achieve my GSMNP 900.

Easy Hike up to the Peak! A lot of rocks and roots on the way which I had stumbled over, but nothing strenuous. The peak had some wonderful views! I understand the name now, this trail is not for those with a big fear of heights as this peak features a view on the edge of a cliff that goes straight down for a few hundred ft

Hard to find but AMAZING!

Absolutely amazing. Some parts are hard especially if caught in the rain. But well worth the view.

Hiked this as part of a two day trip this weekend. We hiked up to Icewater Spring shelter to overnight, then went on to Mt LeConte (and down the Alum Cave Trail) the next day. I think this is a total ascent of 1500 feet, rather than what’s listed: check other sources. Some great views along the way on a fairly strenuous hike. There is a nice spring available for water near the shelter, btw. Trail was in good condition. Few people on the trail, at least at this time of year.

So much fun! 6 miles round trip, 9 river crossings. Deepest part was up to my knees and on a couple crossings, the current was strong! Each crossing has cables so that was helpful. The waterfall, the window cliffs view at the top and the water crossings make this a new favorite!

scenic driving
24 days ago

My favorite trail in the mountains!

25 days ago

It was in the 40’s when we started the hike. The Water crossings were frigid! All crossings were mid shin to mid thigh! Not a good hike if your wanting to stay dry! The waterfall was way rad! The cliffs at the end of the trail were an awesome to eat some food and enjoy the view! On the way out it was in the 60’s the water was still cool but much more tolerable. The last thing you do is walk up 300 ft of elevation right before the parking lot. Probably not a good hike for small children, but very fun!! Will do again!

26 days 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

We had a little trouble finding the trail head at first, but finally got there. The gravel drive to the tail head threw us a little. The trail head isn't much more than a dirt patch with a mud puddle in the middle so we just parked where we could. No signage but the trail is well maintained and obvious. We hiked up the north side first and there are some sections that are harder than I thought we'd encounter, but overall I'd say moderate is a good description of the trail. The double falls are beautiful and well worth the hike. We came back the south trail which runs along the creek/river and it was so nice. The sound of the water, the fall colors, the smell of the forest, it was awesome. The trail was well marked on that side too. The hike felt longer than described and another person told us it was a little over 4 miles. My husband and I are 58 and 56 and had no problems.

29 days ago

I've hiked this trail twice now and it's probably my favorite on the east coast. It's definitely not for the inexperienced or out of shape, but the grueling path is more than worth it. The MacRae Peak path features stunning view after stunning view. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to take them all in and enjoy the fantastic vistas in all directions. The ladder climbs and rock scrambles can be nerve-racking but are a lot of fun at the same time. I took the Underwood Trail on the way back down which is a bit less strenuous and having gravity on your side makes the going a bit easier. It's easy to see pictures and hear from others about the sights along the way, but one thing you have to experience firsthand is the smells on the trail. You're hiking in a mostly alpine environment and the conifers give a refreshing piney scent for almost the whole way; it's like walking through a christmas tree farm.

on Cataract Falls

30 days ago

Not really sure how long this trail was but it seemed like maybe about three quarter of a mile round trip. The falls itself was ok. And if you continue to the left of the falls you can reach laurel falls in about 10 miles and cove cave in about 8. Lol.

Love this trail. Great challenge, but not too difficult.

An exciting hike! We went in November and the path was so icy we almost turned around a few times. The views were worth it! We took grandfather trail up and Underwood back down, made for a great loop!

trail running
1 month ago

Easy trail to run, better for nature walk with kids, especially with Cataract Falls being an engaging end point. Well marked and scenic!

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