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A very easy trail with wonderful views

Viewed the lower falls and then hiked to the upper falls. The trail to upper was pretty muddy but not at all un-passable. We hiked back to the parking lot by going on the graveyard fields trail to add some variety. Lower falls were very crowded but the hike to upper falls had more solitude and when we arrived at the upper falls we were the only ones there.

Steep trail, but worth the view. Beautiful flowers and butterflies along the way.

walking
3 days ago

Easy walk around the lake. Sunrise is beautiful. Watch your step though, not all folks pick up after their dogs.

hiking
3 days ago

Took two older dogs on this trail. Had to fireman carry them back down. Great views otherwise.

Beautiful trails and waterfalls!

hiking
4 days ago

Really enjoyed the hike to the falls. The trail is gorgeous, and the "obstacles" walking in and around rocks and tree roots made it interesting. Definitely not difficult, since we saw many people with young children during the hike. Took our two Chihuahuas along and they had no problem with the terrain. The falls at the end made the hike well worth it.

I really enjoy walking around this Lake

on Lake Junaluska Trail

walking
6 days ago

We loved this trail. Beautiful walk. ❤

walking
6 days ago

use it for exercise at least once a week for a very beautiful calm walk. never considered it a trail just a paved walkway.

on Waterrock Knob Trail

hiking
13 days ago

This is a great hike and it’s a half mile to the top. It is steep and you ascend 480 ft in that half mile. The first half is paved and the second half is a dirt/rock stair trail. About half way up at the end of the paved trail is a viewing platform(if you don’t want to make the trek to the top).

So fabulous that we come back every year!

Good trail.

23 days ago

Easy. Nice clear water swimming hole

Nice trail. The waterfalls are gorgeous but the trail to the upper isn’t well marked. Never saw a blaze and went off the path for a little bit. Fortunately there are a ton of people who you will run into at some point to redirect.

Upper falls is worth it despite wet trail and many offshoots.

Easy and mostly flat.

hiking
28 days ago

Oh my gosh of my favorite falls thus far. So gorgeous. Hike isn’t bad.

hiking
29 days ago

Short easy hike great for a sunset view.

hiking
30 days ago

Loved the water fall. Was so much fun!!

Favorite easy summit in the area, especially at sunset.

Swimming hole!   Bring a towel and get your paws wet.  

This is a must stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway.   Get there early!   The parking lot fills up early.

Theres a fair amount of elevation change.  Fortunately there are stairs at the top, stairs in the middle and stairs at the bottom.  Lots of well maintained stairs plus a bridge and a bordwalk with an asphalt trail in between.   There's really not much of a trail to get your paws dirty.   Thanks USFS!  A great trail for older owners or owners with younger children. 

Four rest rooms in the parking lot if you need to do a quick change into dry fur before resuming your journey.   They're pit toliets but they're clean and well maintained if you need to do your business and can't sniff and pee along the trail like I can. 

Remember to practice safe waterfalling.  Stay at the bottom.  No climbing.  Finally, remember to always keep your owners on a leash so they don't get lost. 

Five woofs.

Swiming hole!!! Much more private than Graveyard Fields just up the road.

An easy hike over a well maintained trail. Easy parking. A must stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Despite the name, wear your fur. Otherwise there might be pointing, giggling, and shrinkage.

Five woofs!

hiking
1 month ago

Very steep but short hike up to some great views. Starts at a visitors center parking lot so a little more crowded than other trails but worth it. The Mountain to Sea Trail also joins up here so you can add some distance by following their white blazed trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

walking
1 month ago

Wouldn’t call it a hike, but it’s a lovely paved trail around a lake with beautiful gardens.

Great trail. So much of the Appalachians in such a short distance.

Worth the view! Smells like Christmas going up

hiking
1 month ago

I went in October with a group of friends. First trail I did after breaking my ankle and it was amazing

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is a nice short hike but it is straight up

My husband, dog, and I did this 1.5 times yesterday (we came back a second time after the second hike we attempted had no parking near it). It has ample parking and restrooms due to the visitor center/ranger station at trailhead. We really enjoyed this hike - but will warn you, it is a workout, as most of the hike is an uphill climb.

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