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there is a small cemetery at the start of a trail head just behind the welcome center . very well maintained and very clean hiking trail. just beautiful.

This is actually a collection of three trails to make it the loop as described here: Conventional clockwise loop: North Rim from the Visitors’ Center connects with Mossback Ridge, which connects with Greenfield, back to VC. But we did it backwards, clockwise, to get most of the climb in early while we were fresher. Enjoyed it. Trail varies from wide & easy to narrow and rocky. Got off trail once on Mossback section. Places could’ve marked better, especially Dill Point (rock outcropping) (but that may be skewed because we hiked the loop backwards). Map recommended. On North Rim section, if in doubt take fork toward the mountain, not toward valley, except to seek view from overlook.

the family loved this trail. it wasnt too difficult for my 7 yr old and the area is awesome.

I enjoyed this trail a lot. Very diverse terrain and pretty throughout. My dog loves creeks so the spring was a plus for us.

This starts in pretty dense vegetation that rubs on your legs. Wear pants. Lots of ticks and chiggers too, so bring bug spray. Otherwise a good trail.

Going in as one of my favorites! The cliff rocks. The foliage. The lizards. The cave! The lake! It is definitely a moderate hike. Steep in places. Close to the edge in others. Loose rock, so good shoes needed. It is very worth the time tho.

Beautiful trail!

mountain biking
7 days ago

Awesome trail, great work by the biking group making such great trails for us to visit.

Great little hike. The beginning was a little boring but the falls were a spectacle to see. Also the cave was a little creepy as it was getting dark later in the evening.

Round trip: 3miles
Elevation gain: 846ft
Time: 1hr 5min

Soo...we attempted this trail last weekend. Got about a mile in and saw the biggest rattlesnake I have ever seen. It was on a narrow curve in the trail. It was unhappy and it had no intention of sharing the road with us. Unfortunately we decided it was safer to turn around. Hopefully we can attempt it again someday. But Rattlesnake food is not something I want to be. I suggest keeping a watchful eye on this one for now!

been here once, talk about beautiful!

Any area along Richland creek offers great trails and beautiful scenery from the wooded area's to the multiple waterfalls. Falling water, Twin falls, and six fingers falls to name a few. This is a must see area if you've not been dont miss out anymore

it was a great trail did take a little bit to find the trail went off of it multiple time but was also first time out there had a blast water was kind of low went July 15 2018 going back this weekend right after a rain august 11th 2018 will report when I return.

Beautiful views at Spy Rock and a fairly easy trail. Unfortunately all the waterfalls and creeks were completely dry, it being August, so we didn't get to enjoy the beauty of the trail to its fullest. We will have to try this one again when it's less dry.

hiking
12 days ago

The views were simply amazing. Waterfalls, caves, wildlife ❤️

Great trail. If you have bad knees I would be cautious most of this train is lost on large steps and large lost rock!

The hike there and back is not easy but the falls!!!! What a spectacular bluff. So much larger than I’d imagined. It was like walking into a cathedral, it creates a magical space to be in. There was only a trickle, but it was still beautiful. There is poison ivy around on most of the trail, but also so many lizards and butterflies. The way back up is serious with large rock steps and large rocks to climb on the way.

Beautiful fall !!

hiking
14 days ago

pretty sweet, cool mixture of scenery, definitely needs more blazing but its usually got it when you need it and doesn't have any when you don't.
recent rain has put lots of debris on the trail, cows have torn up a good bit of trail and made it stinky
my GPS came out at 4.1miles not 4.9

but overall ill probably be doing it again

Pay attention to your map! A TON of people we talked to along the way told us we were at the top when we were only halfway up. There are roads at both trailheads, if you don't see a parking lot and a road you are NOT done.

YES!!! This hike is a must!!! We did this hike with our 4 sons ages 6-11. They did fine. Pack water and good hiking shoes. Check out the pictures! I would suggest stopping at the cemetery on you drive in. The Whitaker’s are buried there. Kinda cool. They lived in he 1830’s.

Using the directions from this app we found the trail with no issues, although it is in the middle of nowhere haha we were thinking we had gone the wrong way before we finally ran into a local on the narrow dirt road and he told us we were right around the corner.
The trail was easy for the most part and the end result is def worth all of the time it took to find and hike the trail. Beautiful rock, waterfall, and water! Would love to go back during rainy season as the water flow wasn’t as much as I expected. Our 6 year old twins absolutely loved it!

hiking
17 days ago

Very easy hike and lots of cool things to see, you have to go into the cave at the very end!

backpacking
18 days ago

My wife and I along with another couple backpacked Sneed's Creek and then back to the Compton trailhead by way of Hemmed in Hollow. Very beautiful! Even though the waterfall was merely just a sprinkling of water it was still amazing to see the size of the wall! Hiking back to the trailhead with our backpacks on was extremely difficult, but exceptionally beautiful. Definitely a hard trail on the uphill hike to the trailhead. Would love to see the waterfall during the wet season. Next time may use this trail as a starting point and not an ending point.

The trail was really challenging for us as we are beginners but was worth it.

hiking
20 days ago

We LOVED this trail! My 11yr old son and I did this hike on a Monday and it wasn't crowded at all. This trail has so much to explore along the way. The natural bridge, large rock shelter, waterfall (just a trickle currently), and the cave were all fun. I had read reviews previously so we came prepared to explore the cave with headlamps and flashlights. Explored far enough back that we were very cramped and then squeezed into a little tunnel where we could stand up that led back out. There was also a very large "room" just to the left when you enter the cave. As others mentioned, the rocks around and in the cave are slick so be cautious. Overall, a very cool trail and one that I would love to do again if I'm back in the area. I think we spent about an hour and a half doing the whole trail.

hiking
23 days ago

Awesome trail! Very scenic

Got .3 miles in and saw a huge brown animal that we couldn’t identify. Won’t be back here.

hiking
25 days ago

Great little hike! The cave was cool, even though it’s closed. You can scramble down to the creek to the right of it and watch the water come out from the inside of the cave. Very pretty. Lots of cool bluffs and a nice shaded amphitheater-like place. The bluffs overlooking the creek were just beautiful. Good spot for lunch. We had a cool breeze and saw lots of wildlife. The overlooks were pretty, too, but the bluffs were my favorite part. Definitely worth checking out. So many awesome features packed into a short, fun hike.

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