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good for kids would be great in summer

I took this little trail in December. I had it all to myself. It’s a nice little waterfall and peaceful place to be outside. Good for families with children.

Bear Island is a beautiful hike. Florence did her damage but they have worked hard to restore the island

Beautiful trail with amazing sites

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful view!

This was a lovely easy trail with lots to see - waterfall, covered bridge, lake.

hiking
16 days ago

Great First Day Hike. Love the sound of the whispering Pines when it was quiet.

Last of the Mohicans 1992 film was shot on this location.

Great First Day Hike 2019.

Wide, well maintained trail along the water. Falls are beautiful. Add the Hooker Falls trail for another beautiful falls view and a nice place to sit and enjoy a trail snack. Great trail for newbie hikers and for family treks.

hiking
27 days ago

This is an easy, fairly level walk on a wide, well-maintained trail. At the end, at the base of Hooker Falls, is a wide pool in the river where you can take a cool swim. Lots of people climb on the falls, and some people fall, hit their heads and drown. Don't be one of those people.

After this trail, we hiked on to Hooker Falls and Grassy Creek Falls. True total mileage of hike was 6.3 miles. Trail ratings are probably correct but as most of hike was over hard packed snow and ice, difficulty is obviously higher with those conditions. The snow cover truly added to the beauty of the area.

High Falls Loop Trail is a very beautiful hike but the incline makes it very difficult to do in the snow. Our 10 year old was super excited to see High Falls thought, because they are big, beautiful, and powerful.

The hike is steep in some parts but not for long periods of time. There are many well marked optional routes, like a hike to the covered bridge, a hike to the base and a hike to Triple Falls. The signage even tells you have far for each detour.

We walked this trail (actually the ENTIRE park ... every step of every trail) during our vacation in July of 2018 and it was easily the highlight of our trip to North Carolina.

hiking
1 month ago

Great swim spot. Love going behind the falls and sliding out on the rock.

I love coming here in the winter and walking through the morning mist. No wildflowers, but I feel like I’m in LOTR. And not many people make it up here in early winter. If the visitors’ center is closed off, you can park at the picnic area.

Our family hiked this with kids 6,8, and 12. They did great! Beautiful waterfalls!

We hiked to these gorgeous falls for the 1st time today and we fell in love!

We started out at the visitor’s center where Marijane, a very helpful volunteer, gave us a map & went over the hike details. I was glad to be offered a map since at least one review mentioned a poorly marked trail. It turns out that we didn’t need the map at all. The trail is clearly marked with signs at every intersection. I will add here that we have been hiking as a family for over 20 years, so we are well seasoned.

We took the right at the Y, then went to the covered bridge before doubling back to the loop and continuing to High Falls. It was a magnificent sight! The trail continued to Triple Falls where a nice set of wooden steps (approx 100 in all) lead us right onto a rocky shelf at waters’ edge. The staircase had many decks with benches if you need to rest. We followed the loop on around & ventured down to Hooker Falls. The path was very steep but only for a short distance. We retraced the path & joined the loop, walking on the forest side of the trail & ended back at the visitor’s center.

There are bathrooms at the center in addition to several port-a-potties along the trail. There are also many picnic benches spread throughout the loop. This was a great morning hike & if you take your time, even young kids could walk the gravel trail the whole way!

Great trail, and pretty easy with just a few steep parts. The steepest areas are in the beginning so if you’d like an easier walk you could park at the visitor’s center instead of hooker lot. You could still walk down to see triple falls without having to walk the steepest part. There are a lot of stairs to get to the bottom viewing area of triple falls but you can still see them without going down the stairs, it’s just not quite as nice of a view.

When we were there we got to see kayakers take part of the triple falls, it was so cool!

Only reason it lost a star is the trail is not very well marked. Forks (and even 3 direction splits) weren’t always marked, the signs that were there often didn’t include distances, and there were very few signs along the trails. It is a short trail but it’s always safer to be well marked, especially for inexperienced hikers or anyone who might find themselves there when it starts to get dark.

If anyone has an issue with the steep part of these falls I suggest parking up at the Visitors center lot first in stead of Hooker lot. (Reason being the steepest part is from Hooker up to Triple) . From the visitor center lot walk out the trail to the Y that begins the loop trail, turn right you will see a sign to left going to the Covered bridge first. Walk the gravel road to the Covered bridge. Water starts downward on High Falls from the Bridge. Hike the path to left (looking down from the bridge) going down to Triple to look back at High Falls view where you came from (beautiful view looking back up of High and the Bridge) . continue hike down to Triple then back up around on the part of the loop back to Vistor center lot. Last drive down to Hooker lot and only a short walk to see Hooker. This will help if you need to avoid a steep climb from Hooker to Triple. Enjoy a day here, It amazingly beautiful.

Beautiful falls, well maintained trail. However, it was super crowded on a Saturday afternoon.

Absolutely loved this beautiful trail! High Falls is a BEAST and easily one of the most impressive waterfalls we've ever seen! The trails were nice and wide, some pretty steep incline between Hooker Falls and Triple Falls, and while there were no trail blazes noted, it was easy to find and stay on trail due to signage. Highly recommend this hike- it was beautiful! Full trail review + more pics coming soon to our hiking blog at www.Wander-Full-Life.com

Beautiful !!!

walking
2 months ago

Such a beautiful beach! It’s not crowded as other beaches! Water is very clear! Nothing I’ve seen before! Cute little place to go to and relax!

Very accessible and scenic, therfore a bit busy. The first half went by the waterfalls and the covered bridge. It was nice to complete the loop, because even though the second half was less scenic it was a nice quiet stroll through the woods without the crowds.

Great short hike, but I would not rate it as easy. You are still hiking up a mountain. Good for most skill levels, but if you are out of shape you will struggle a bit.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was nice! There were a lot of rocks which made it more difficult but it wasn’t the worst rocky hike I’ve ever done. When we went it was extremely foggy and couldn’t see a whole lot.... however we did hike the additional 3.6 miles to Douglas Falls and it was beautiful!

This waterfall was cool but the other two further down are way better!

This was a great waterfall but definitely not easy.

walking
2 months ago

I went around September, surprisingly there was a ton of mosquitos. We did get to see like 4 snakes on the trail. Depending on which path you take, you may run into snakes. I was looking for a more of hike and maybe bit of incline. I ended up being rushed out because of the mosquitos which I had spray at hand but it was just overbearing! It was nice seeing some cactus on the same walking near the beach. Then nice walk through the woods? Getting closer to the Venus trap which are VERY VERY small by the way.

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