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this is one of my favorite trails in the area! some buddys of mine and me started it around 9am and went counter clockwise first part of the hike was brutal but worth the pain. we completed the whole loop in about 4 1/2 hours with take a few quick breaks for food and water. would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an adventure

forgot to review this place. nice hike around the lake, would go back to kayak

10 days ago

There is a lower spur off of Birch Run Road that is not depicted on this trail map. It is the best part of the trail. We started from the lower spur and hiked clockwise to the upper trailhead and back. If we were to hike this again, we would start at the lower spur and hike counterclockwise. There is a convenient access to the Knob Run creek where you can take a quick dip after the hike. Very refreshing.

12 days ago

Moderate is correct. Good workout. Decent views.

was very interesting, lots of interesting rock features to see, but not a very long or strenuous walk/hike. was good because I am in recovery from foot surgery. Parking is tough not much very close to road, but the guy was asking for donations to improve so we donated.

Was pretty. Loved the water sounds. Gotta watch the roots when walking.

16 days ago

Decent hike. Nice mix of lowlands and some hills.

Great trail, loves the mystery at every turn. I brought my dog and she's not human friendly or dog friendly. There is a dog that lives on the grounds and he is off leash. If I would've known I wouldn't have brought my dog. Just a heads up for all of you pet owners!

The hike has some overgrown areas. Some muddy Areas. It has very little elevation changes. It is well marked and trail maps are available at the park.

Very interesting place - peaceful, relaxing and a great walk for families!! My kids thought it was very cool. Very easy walk (we had a 3 year old) yet beautiful!

20 days ago

Great hike. Love all the water falls along the way!!

Pretty relaxing hike, beautiful river running next to the trail.

Beautiful, quaint trail with spectacular structures, fungi, waterfalls, and greenery- 20+ varieties of mushrooms, very uncommon foliage, and old stonework paths.

The family really enjoyed this trail. I’d rate it East/moderate because the roots and rocks and if it’s wet it can be very slippery. Every turn has a new gem to discover. There is a large waterfall and a few smaller little ones. Loved the in-between rock wall, steps. Nice rhododendrons line the path. Just watch your step on the roots. Portable Johns are available at the head of the trail.

23 days ago

Some decent views of the other ridges and the reservoir. Hiked clockwise, a couple of short steep sections but not too bad. The trip back to the top proved to be a workout on this hot and humid day.

25 days ago

Parked on Old Forge Road where the Appalachian Trail crosses. Hiked north (uphill) to Chimney Rocks and back south again. It was about 4 miles but we walked around the AT shelter a bit- spring for water and the orange mushrooms everywhere. Cold Spring Road (gravel) has another access point by the Shaffer Rock sign to the Hermitage Cabin and then to Chimney Rock.

Tough hike however worth it. Various terrain with many different views. We added the cold run spur with this loop which added an additional 1.5 miles. Would definitely consider doing this again.

Beautiful trail with lots of cool spots for photos. Very challenging too especially after a rain the night before. Tou have to watch your every step. The waterfalls was indeed a treat.

1 month ago

been here many times! great trail, and beautiful scenery!

I loved this trail!! So fun and exciting, lots of little obstacles to climb over, my dog loved it! I would however consider this a moderately difficult trail, can be slippery in some spots, especially near the waterfall parts

1 month ago

Should be marked as moderate/difficult. In some spots it was challenging.

on Rocky Knob Trail

1 month ago

It was ok. It has one view that overlooks the reservoir. Expect to go up and down in elevation. We did counterclockwise and the return part was grueling at times.

Fun day hike, 11 year old daughter also enjoys it. The ascent at the second half can be challenging, and the overlook is a nice reward.

Hard to find trail head without reading comments, but great hike once you find your way.

Nice well marked and maintained trail. View not as nice as Flat Rock trail but still worth it.

Beautiful trail and waterfall. Great for kids! But watch out where you step we had a rattlesnake on the trail 2 feet in front of us before we saw it.

I’m 72 years old and in excellent shape. AllTrails rates this hike as “easy” but my own observations mixed with comments I solicited from other hikers were: “challenging “, “dicey”, “treacherous” and “more moderate” . The path follows a rushing stream with falls and ponds. It’s beautiful but the path itself is often narrow, rock and root filled, and slippery. Hickory Run State park considers this hike the “most difficult “ in the park. Be cautious.

Had a great hike. Lots to see at every turn. some roots on the trails but no worries. Our dogs had no troubles either. We are marking this one as one of our favorites

Fun hike, not too challenging. Lots of cool sights.

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