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Due to the Government shutdown, we had to park on 215 and walk a mile on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the trail head. This was a blessing (to be explained later). As explained by others, the trail is paved. The view is amazing. Being January we had the place to ourselves. On the way back we took the trail leading to the Mountain to Sea Trail. This was the blessing. The MST back to 215 was great going through various forest, by a few creeks and is mostly downhill. I highly recommend this route. Total time was approximately 3 hours.

The Parkway was closed so I came up from 221 on the Asuiti trail. Some ice but more mud. Great winter views. The Calloway trail and Nuiti trail are closed for supposed “storm damage.” Well I might have gone down both to make it a loop and didn’t see any storm damage besides one fallen branch. The park service is saying they won’t open till July. It would be nice to know the real reason they are closing these two prime trails for such a lengthy time. It certainly isn’t storm damage. Overall a good steady climb but I wouldn’t recommend it without poles. If you solo hike like I do and you fall be prepared for a being in the woods along time before anyone finds you. Extra clothes, lighter, whistle, etc.

I haven't been on a hike in some time so it was somewhat hard at times but I enjoyed it! would definitely recommend this hike!

I did this little trail in December before the snowstorm forced its closure. It’s a nice, easy trail and great place to enjoy the fresh air and just get outside. The boardwalks would make a great scene for a photo shoot in the fall. There were remnants of fall color when I went and I bet it’s stunning in the peak of fall. The falls are small and several people have attempted to climb them and fallen off and died...

May be better for bicycles and horses than hikers. The man made lake is usually low and not very appealing to the naturalist. Great for exercise rather than forest bathing.

Spectacular views with just enough challenging sections! Great for either a day hike or an overnighter.

hiking
12 days ago

Excellent track that provides equal parts elevation, exercise and excitement with multiple stream crossings that require some relative ingenuity and agility. We started from the HRSP parking lot, taking in the descent first. The way back up isn't exhausting for moderately-conditioned day hikers, and we found that the bathroom access at start and finish was worth an ascent finish. Surprised this trail isn't rated higher, with more reviews, but a 'Hard' designation at a state park may shy people away.

We visited in January, after a week of precipitation and while trekking poles weren't absolutely necessary, they were helpful with slippery, leaf-strewn trails and the crossings of Indian Creek (about 10 feet wide at their widest points).

One of the most diverse - and least-traveled - trails in HRSP. That should put it on your must-hike list.

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

hiking
13 days ago

I've done this trail many times. It's a great 4ish mile loop if you use the bypass. Today (1/6/19) we hiked it counter-clockwise. There were quite a few downed limbs and trees at the beginning and end of the trail, but overall it was not in bad shape although muddy throughout.

Went on a hike with a friend in first week of January and had a great time! We did not hike the whole thing due to slower pace and the time we had. We made it to the waterfall then turned back, so didn’t make it to Walker’s Knob or the summit. We left a little before 1:30pm and got back maybe around 5:47pm.
It was not as cold as you would expect, but definitely muddy from all the rain these past days. We were wearing the right shoes, but in some places it would be easy to get your feet wet. There are 3 beautiful water crossings in order to get to the other side of parts of the trail. Definitely a moderate hike because of creek crossings and incline in the first part of the trail, but it evens out in the second half. Before reaching the waterfall there is a beautiful lookout called Walden’s Rock.
The waterfall was cute and maybe medium sized. Not huge though.
We hiked a total of maybe 6.5-7 miles. Out and back.
We felt safe and passed a solo female hiker with her dog, a couple, a solo male hiker, and a group of college aged students hiking.
Overall very nice experience!

Very nice fall. Came here on the first of January.

Went on a cloudy, rainy and windy day. Most would’ve stayed home but we went anyway - so glad we did. Although the fog and clouds obscured the long views. Being out in adverse conditions imparts the beauty of nature upon one in a unique way. So great to feel the winds whipping and appreciating the power of the earth. Btw - no crowds when bad weather - try it sometime.

hiking
19 days ago

This trail has become my favorite hike in all of Asheville. The first half is along a strong creek, adding a lovely sound of running water as background noise. I highly recommend making it to the Walker's Knob Shelter and taking the lookout trail from there...it was incredible!
This trail was a bit strenuous but well worth the effort. I'll be back for this trail, and to explore the trails leading off it.

Very amazing trail enjoyed every thing about it not
To hard to get to the top

Beautiful!!! Not challenging verticals makes for a great family hike. From Parking lot to parking lot it’s 7.3. Use suggested routes and watch out for bikers.

Quick and easy one, no views because of the fog but the snow and icicles were beautiful.

This is a fun, easy trail in Pisgah but due to recent snow/storms the trail is closed. Looks like some bridge rebuilding and a lot of clean up is needed.

hiking
24 days ago

Technically the trail is closed as of 12/19/2018 because a portion of the boardwalk was taken down by a fallen tree, rest of the trail was in great shape, though a bit muddy in a few places. Did it on a weekday afternoon in December and had the trail and falls all to myself. The falls are amazing and I Iove how you can get behind them, makes you feel small compared to everything else lol. Give yourself 45mins to complete, thats giving you enough time to enjoy the falls and get a few pics/video, makes this a perfect late afteernoon hike with high rewards. A must do in Pisgah!

hiking
25 days ago

Posted distances vary. From the Montreat trailhead to Walkers Knob we recorded 5.25 miles on my son's Fitbit. Total round trip 10.5 miles. The description , though, was accurate. Initial ascend is moderate to strenuous. Then, is traverses upward at a moderate but enjoyable climb. Our hike was on the aggressive side, 4.5 hours up and back. View from Walker's Knob were enjoyable.

The taller mountains were snowed in, so this was a great alternative! Lower elevation had great winter weather, and the views were still exactly what I was hoping for when we were planning this trip.

hiking
28 days ago

This is a short, well-maintained, easy trail, that leads to a wonderful waterfall. It's a heavily trafficked trail, but the waterfall makes it worth fighting the crowds. You can walk behind the waterfall, which flows over an overhang. This is a must-see in any trip to Pisgah.

This is an excellent, well-maintained trail with fantastic views. If you prefer a long, gradual climb and then a steep descent, go clockwise around the loop. If you prefer an initial steep climb and then a gradual descent, go counter clockwise. It's a very heavily trafficked trail, especially on the weekends, but the views make it worth fighting the crowds.

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.

This is a great hike with an excellent reward at the top. Moderate, quick hike for such a beautiful view. We went counter-clockwise which was probably a little tougher with steeper climbs but that’s the way we like it.

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

trail running
1 month 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.

I love this hike. very scenic And moderate hiking conditions.

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

Great hike! Very well marked and like others have said, it takes just as long to get back to the trailhead. If you take this trail on then plan on a 5 to 6 hour day, and that's going at a pretty decent pace.

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