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good hike or backpack to the top and camp overnight like we did. better be in good shape to hike this one, nice vertical ascends, some narrow areas plus a few wet areas. take emergency supplies with you if your just hiking, plenty of water, maybe some light first aid. there was only one problem we didn't have enough time to hike more. this is absolutely beautiful you have to see it for yourself. get out and enjoy our state and national parks. we are headed to Colorado next then back to the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains.

Brp still closed, but the walk there wasn't so bad from the barricaded gate. Nothing crazy hard, if I can do it, anyone can do it! My first ever view of a waterfall, very pretty for a first timer

a bit muddy because of the rain but beautiful waterfall and fun hike. Not a difficult hike

hiking
20 days ago

Our family hiked this trail. It was a great hike. Downhill for the trek and then mostly uphill on the way out. The bridge is out and we crossed the creek easily on rocks.

Short and sweet. Great for kids, grandparents, and the whole family! Heavy traffic every time I've gone, but worth it as a family trip.

hiking
22 days ago

would give this 5 stars, but bridge was out. this is a bit of a workout, but for a short hike, the falls are beautiful. Highly recommend.

Wonderful! Absolutely beautiful water falls, all green with Rhododendrons even in winter... And a great workout, too!

Loved this hike; not overly difficult, but some very fun sections of trail over gnarly rocks and under cliffs. We went when this were a bit flooded, which made for a very impressive waterfall!

Keep in mind, the trailhead that AllTrails links you to is off the Blue Ridge Parkway, which may be closed in the winter. You can get to this trailhead via the other visitors center nearby as well.

Hiked this yesterday (December 19)! would recommend going at a different time than my group did if you have inexperienced members! One of my friends nearly took a plunge of some icy rocks. Snow also made it difficult to see crevices between rocks you could easily break your ankle in!! My group hiked up profile trail to Calloway peak, then took grandfather trail to the parking lot and hitchhiked back to the car. The views and adventure were absolutely stunning, but the trek is certainly not for the out of shape or faint of heart! One of the best trails I’ve hiked!

awesome

Beautiful waterfalls and scenery along hike. Ok view at top.

the view from the summit is great. the trail has many switchbacks and is not hard at all if you hike moderately.

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

Went in late October 2018 with good friend Kelly B. We are in mid 60’s and was no problem. The leaves still had not changed but we took my dog (Peaches) and she loved the hike also. We live about 9 miles from Elk Knob and the total time was around 2.5 hours. Trail is well maintained and views are sensational.

Nice trail, beautiful scenery!

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.

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.

Well maintained Trail with great views at the top! My husband and I are in our early 60s and had no problem hiking this trail. I highly recommend. We hiked the day after Thanksgiving and found it a winter wonderland. So beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate hike. Round trip to the falls was about 1h 45m. Had to scramble over some boulders and roots, some of which were slick during our late-November hike. Totally impressive falls though, and well worth braving the cold!

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

scenic driving
1 month ago

My favorite trail in the mountains!

Did this on a cold day in November with beginner hikers. Great little hike for everyone to an awesome hidden waterfall with photo ops.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail isn’t what it once was. The trail is marked as moderate at the trailhead but is actually a little more strenuous than most trails. I’ve hiked this trail for years and year after year the trail is less clear with more large rocks which could easily cause serious bodily harm, such as broken ankles. I’m not sure how all trails can rate this as easy.
All this being said, it is not an easy trail but I do still love to hike it.

hiking
2 months 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 Crabtree Falls Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Went today with my 3 little dachshunds. The falls were a beautiful sight to behold. You can only follow the Loop A path right now and then return the way you came after reaching the falls. I initially tried following Loop B but it lead me back to Loop A. After arriving at the falls, another couple had told me that the path leading from the falls and back to the parking lot was closed (to make the actual loop). My dogs and I headed back the way we came.

I would say that at this time of the year, it is more of a moderate hike. You go downhill all the way to the falls, and walk uphill upon your return (since the loop is closed). It is very steep in one section and a little slippery when wet. There are 3 steep stone staircases. Dachshunds’ (hot dogs) backs are not good for going down the staircases so I held two while going downhill. It was a little slippery for me and I consider myself to be really fit with my HIIT workouts and surfing...lol. So be careful and hold the rail. Another person suggested walking sticks, I think that’s a really good idea at this time of year.

Overall it was a breathtaking experience and the people we passed with other dogs, large and small, were SO kind and considerate. We all let each other know when we were rounding corners. My dachshunds get nervous on a leash and we all respected each other’s spaces and were able to flow past each other and share peaceful vibes :)

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!

Hard but lovely

Beautiful absolutely breathtaking

hiking
2 months ago

First trail after knee surgery and a heart attack. I made it up to the Chimney Point.

This is probably the most beautiful waterfall that we’ve seen yet and is definitely worth the hike. Going from the campground parking lot take the trail by the amphitheater and you can choose trail A or trail B to begin your hike. Both lead to the falls. For a shorter hike choose trail A and you can back track up trail A after seeing the falls. We had two kids and they were fine with the climb back up after seeing the falls. Be careful toward the bottom of the trail if it has recently rained. The rocks on the trail are very slippery. Overall, this is a fun hike and the benefits of seeing the falls is worth it!

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