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I hiked with my dog the mountain trail to Grindstone to ledge ridge, then to the summit. The total mileage was a little over 10 miles. I agree with other reviewers, the trail rating is hard is because of the total mileage. I had a great hike during the week, encountering very few hikers. I’ll be back.

Easily, one of my favorite hikes. Started at the Lower Trailhead. A lot of steps and rock faces to hike up, a lot of overlooks, and a 200 foot waterfall. Total gem of a State Park.

This was my favorite hike I've ever done! Highly recommend. Definitely start with the summit.

The view at the top is truly worth all of those stairs.

My gps said I did 6.5 miles for this loop. It was strenuous. Uphill both ways. Lots of steps. Took me and my pup about 4 and a half hours. Stopped at top of rock for snack and rest. It was a really nice hike though.

hiking
3 days ago

The trail is a nice, light exercise with some great views of the Eno. If you live nearby it's certainly worth an outing!

gorgeous babbling Brook, great view!

pretty easy except for one hill about 3.3 miles no jumps nor barrel curves hiker walk opposite direction but nice trail

Due to intense rain lately it was impossible to the follow the trail past .5 marker - zig zagged around. Also heard a a lot of gun shooting which is a bit stressful when trying to hike.

I hike this trail at least once or twice a month since it’s so close to my house. Other than the stairs to get to the waterfall it’s fairly easy.

Great hike anytime of the year.

I love DBST. It's one of my favorites. Last I heard it was closed due to weather-related damages. I would be glad to help repair it!

hiking
10 days ago

Great View from the top but very busy trail .

some amazing views. and one amazing waterfall. bucket list this one. you'll thank me

my favorite quick hike getaway.

trail running
13 days ago

A fun trail to run with dogs.

Amazing views. So worth it

Beautiful hike. Took approximately 3-4 hours for novice hiker.

hiking
15 days ago

We hopped onto this trail where it intersects the Sugarloaf trail, which cut down on the more or less level part of the trail. There were a TON of people...but that's probably also because there was some sort of festival going on as well. Seriously great views, though.

Beautiful views.

Did just the Moore’s wall part of the trail today and it was absolutely lovely!! The trip to the top was a good workout but totally doable. Views spectacular without having to go all the way to the “big” mountains of N.C.!!!

Moderate hike with phenomenal views! Took our time exploring and was done within 4 hours.

This hike is much longer than stated. we clocked almost 14 miles. This is difficult and very strenuous! The view is worth it, but make sure you begin early enough and bring snacks!

hiking
16 days ago

Straight up Stairs! This is a good and challenging trial with a view that is worth the effort. I don’t mind hiking moderate trails, but this one had a good section of the trail as stairs with timbers or stone steps, which is hard on my knees, especially on the way down. It also makes the trial narrow in places which caused for bottle necks. Fun hike, very busy on a fall weekend, but the view is so worth it.

Started just after eight on Sunday morning, so parking lot was nearly empty. There's traffic sound on the south side of the the Occoneechee Mountain trail due to proximity to I-85, but that diminishes further along the trail. Highlight of the trail is the stretch along the Eno river. There's a moderate climb after the river to get the blood pumping. Parking lot was quite full at 10:30 am, so getting started early was a plus.

Gorgeous views of the river and waterfall. The perfect hike for a beginner that wants a challenge. We were pressed for time so we only hiked to the waterfall viewing platform and came back, but we crossed a cool bridge, a lot of rocky terrain, and the views of the creek alongside the trail were beautiful! Plus, we visited in early November so the fall foliage was picture-perfect!

If you don’t want to spend all day hiking this trail...you can drive to the summit and enjoy the same views. The hike wasn’t worth it after finding this little tid bit out. Also...almost got mauled by a bear.

Great hike...good workout and amazing view!!

hiking
17 days ago

Excellent hike! Not many views on the way up. The view at the top is definitely awesome and made the hike worth doing!!

hiking
19 days ago

Hiked this trail November 1st just before cold front came through. 3 things about this trail-rocky , rooty and windy, well marked and maintained.. Need good hiking shoes at a minimum, poles optional, and bring layered clothing with wind breaker , gloves and hat a must as it gets nippy at top . Can be a challenge if not in at least average shape. Plan on 5-8 hours round trip. Well worth doing and you get the pleasure of knocking off the highest peak east of the mighty Mississippi.

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