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11 hours ago

We started the hike at the Trillium Gap Trailhead (easy access from the auto tour--we didn't experience any roads closed on Saturday). It was a quick hike to Grotto Falls. It's always fun to see a waterfall, but I wouldn't suggest this one unless you have extra time to kill. We weren't overly impressed with the hike or the waterfall.

the road is still closed! If you have older kids the extra 3 miles might not phase them but it's steep to get up. wait to take your littles.

Quick and easy with great views

The Devil's Courthouse is a pinnacle rock outcropping at MP 422 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. From the summit you can see Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and North Carolina. I recommend parking in the lot to take a view/photo up toward the outcropping to get a feel for your destination. From the parking lot you'll walk uphill along the road on an asphalt path that then turns right into the woods and ascends very steeply up the mountain. Eventually the asphalt ends at a rocky gully that you'll follow to the top. The viewing area has a rock barricade so it's safe for children. From the highest rocks within the viewing area you can get a pretty nice nearly 360* panorama. Due to the short hike leading to an excellent view that is safe for the family this is a "must do" excursion for those driving the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Nice, easy path to the top. But super crowded even on the chilly, windy day that I went. Other than the crowds, the views are fantastic! Definitely worth going.

Absolutely one of my favorite hikes. So many trails to go on in one area, and kid friendly. The views are amazing! I could stay here forever...

This is a great hike! The leaves aren't on the tress yet so you get some awesome views that won't be there in the Summer. Definitely a heart pumper and several rock gardens along the way. The views from the top are incredible and well worth the hike.

18 days ago

We accessed the trail head by the rainbow falls parking area. Road was closed so we had to hike to the trail head. There are two options to get to the trail head. First option is to take the paved road all the way to the Grotto falls trail head, Good incline the whole way with a couple of stop points to look at the view of the mountains. Second option is about half mile in you will see a sign for Trillium gap trail. Go right in the woods then left up the hill. This is a much better hike but harder. It follows the paved path but much closer to nature in my opinion.

We saw three bear, a bob cat and a deer almost ran into us on the trail. The Grotto falls trail was busy and it was busy at the falls. Total trip was around 5 miles with the road being closed. Worth it to walk behind the falls.

We took the pavement path back.

22 days ago

Great hike to start the day! We parked and started at the Rainbow Falls trailhead and hiked up along the Trillium Gap Trail due to the road being closed. This added a couple of extra miles to the total hike. The trail was heavily trafficked; the only thing to watch out for are the roots and rocks. Would recommend sturdy shoes. The Falls were flowing beautifully due to the recent rainfall.

This trail gives you lots of freedom to see all the views and explore (in trenches!). It was busy, but not crazy busy by any means. Many cars were parked along the road but there are several trailheads at that starting point. Lots of dogs, too! Like everyone else said, great views. You can go far or not. I do think it should be rated as “moderate” though.

25 days ago

Great little hike. Had to start at Rainbow Falls and do Trillium Gap to Grotto as Roaring Trail is closed for the winter. What’s a few extra miles lol. There’s been so much rain lately the falls are pretty and going behind them is pretty cool!

25 days ago

If you were to look up the word "leisurely" this would definitely not be the definition of it. But besides the challenges of rocky terrain and steep climbs this is a very rewarding hike with an even more rewarding view once you summit.

on Grotto Falls Trail

1 month ago

We hiked this on 3/16, so had to start at the rainbow falls trailhead. This added a couple of miles to the hike, but they were fairly easy. We encountered a lot of mud on the last 1.5 miles. We saw more than one group heading out to the trail wearing white sneakers. Needless to say those shoes weren't going to stay white for long. Views along the trail are limited, but the falls at the end are a sight to behold.

1 month ago

Very gratifying hike. We started at rainbow falls trailhead so the trip was a bit longer. VERY MUDDY. 3-6 creeks to walk through depending where you start.

Had to climb over a few fallen trees at one point but a beautiful waterfall at the end you could walk behind. Not too crowded. Icicles fall from the top of the waterfall so be careful!

Very worth it and would do this hike again.

1 month ago

This was a pretty cool hike. We went in March of 2018, so the road to get to the trailhead was closed for the season. But you can easily park at the rainbow falls trailhead and walk the rest of the way. It’s 2.0 miles to the trailhead and the trail itself is 1.4 miles long. The terrain of the trail was pretty rocky and rooty. We left out at about ten in the morning and didn’t encounter anyone on the way there, but encountered 3 or 4 groups on the way back. Once we got there, there were some nice photo ops from behind the waterfall.

Just do it. You’ll see why.

A pretty strenuous trail but the view is spectacular. The trail can be muddy and features large loose rocks which can make the climb a little tougher. A great trail to hike since it’s so close to Sylva, and grabbing a beer after at Innovation brewing is a must!

Kevin, email me caronj@gmail.com

Beautiful! The way to the trail was gorgeous and the views at the top were great. Short but steep.

The views speak for themselves. Absolutely loved the scenery I highly recommend for anyone. If you drive past Graveyard Fields parking area, you can drive up the road and a side road to the right (if you are passing graveyard fields on the right) will take you to an area where you can park and take the easy way up.

This is more of an inquiry as myself and a few friends would like to plan this hike in June, but reading reviews causes some concern. We are in pretty good shape and have hiking experience, but don't wish to get lost for hours. Anyways, I think that we would be willing to hire someone who has made this trek and could guide us to the summit. If anyone can offer some insights and suggestion, I would be most appreciative.
I have a vacation home in Asheville and used to live there, and actually tested the hike for a half mile or so out of Canton, so have some insight. Looking at second weekend in June. Thanks, Kevin

Great easy trail. The road to the trail head was closed so we got some extra steps in.

2 months ago

This is a fun easy hike kid friendly. My 8 yr old son and I enjoyed this hike. He walked behind the Falls. There was plenty people around. Parking was terrible.

easy and beautiful

2 months ago

Wonderful hike! we hiked this trail on our new years this year and loved every minute of it. Something to see around every turn. We where even lucky enough to enjoy a light dusting of snow on our hike.

One of my favorite trails. You will have breathtaking scenery around you every second of the hike.

3 months ago

Love this hike and getting to go behind the falls!!

Great hike. Family friendly.

Wonderful, short and steep. Great views all seasons. Note, visitor center and bathrooms were closed

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