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I live up here and this is my favorite hike to take especially when fall hits.

hiking
2 days ago

Very well kept trail. Challenging but doable!

hiking
3 days ago

Reviews are spot on! Very intense hike! Starts off fairly flat for the first half but then it gets very steep! Lots of rocks and loose dirt so the climb down gets tricky as well. We explored further down the path until we met the Holston Mountain trail and then turned back. Legs were definitely shaking on the way down! Was able to accomplish this as my 3rd hike after many years off! The view at the top is breathtaking! Looking forward to doing it again in the fall when the leaves are changing! Definitely recommend this hike if you can handle a steep climb up and down! Just make sure you have plenty of water and take plenty of breaks!

on Rainbow Falls Trail

hiking
4 days ago

A good hike. Only opens on Fridays to Sundays. Mostly unpaved, with rain it could be a bit muddy. My 5 year old did it. It took a bit time to hike up, but coming down was a breeze.

If you are looking for an easy trail that gives great 360 views- this is one of the best in that regard

Really great hike. Good trail for beginners as there are not many difficult parts to it, but one is still rewarded with breathtaking views. I suggest going around noon or in the afternoon as in the morning the views are a little limited.

hiking
7 days ago

Very strenuous hike! The first part of the hike is very deceiving and leads u to believe that its not gonna be that bad. After about 1/4 a mile it is absolutely straight up the mountain for the rest of the hike. There are lots of trees to lean on the way up. If u do make it to the top, you will see one of the neatest habitats around here and some of the most unique wildflowers. Its totally worth the effort!

Harder than I thought it would be. The trail is as steep as described and is definitely hard. The road to get there has more potholes than actual road so drive with caution. Worth the view!

I must see what an adventure

little bit of a workout but totally worth it

Great hike especially with younger hikers. Awesome views and a real sense of you made it to the top for the young ones.

Clockwise is the easier route.

hiking
9 days ago

Excellent trail with a view that cannot be beat. The road up is very rough so t as ke your time and know it's worth it.

hiking
9 days ago

This is as hard as the other reviews say but man were the views worth it. If you can do it, definitely go

hiking
10 days ago

Nice enjoyable hike, it took only a hr to hike up to the falls. The falls are well worth the hike.

hiking
11 days ago

Paved trail to the summit. Slightly steep but well worth the trek up for the 360 degree views.

on Craggy Pinnacle Trail

hiking
11 days ago

Great short hike to the summit from the parking area. You ascend around 400ft over 3/4 mile so not to bad. The trail is dirt and rocks. Great views at the top.

hiking
14 days ago

Excellent short but easy hike. The road in is rough but worth it. I suggest a truck or Jeep as the recent rain has down damage to the roads.

hiking
14 days ago

Our first hike in the Smoky Mountains! Very scenic with a beautiful waterfall in the end! A little steep but a nice challenge. Our group ranged from 6 to 62 and we all enjoyed it! Will definitely do again on our next visit!

The parking lot is big but fills quickly so arrive early. There is a short hike up switchbacks and stairs to get to the top quickly or a long gravel road to get there more easily but takes longer. I'm 60 and found the switchbacks to be easy and the best route. I went on an overcast day and found that visibility was 0 feet when I got to the many viewing areas along the SE face of the mountain. However, after lingering for 15 minutes the haze lifted and visibility stretched to the horizon after about 30 minutes. The main trail is well guarded by safety fences but the side trails are not so watch children. I'm posting the hazy pictures but also some unique photos of the mountain taken off-trail. There are many gated communities in the area but the shot of the mountain over the lake was taken on Whiteside Cove Road at 35* 04.035'N and 083* 07.194'W. The clear and sunny shots were taken at a place called "The Spa" along SR-64 between Cashiers and Sapphire. (It is a beautiful place that is not gated and the people were friendly.)

Was more of a walk up to the summit then a hike, nicely paved and great views from every direction. They have built this for all ages so that all can reach the highest summit on the Appalachian Trail!! There are trails to hike when you get there. Beautiful!!

The only downside was the rapid influx of obscuring clouds once we reached the top....after a few minutes, the Parker my lot was not visible, along with everything else. But what a view we had before the clouds engulfed us! Loved this!

Fun family hike!

Pretty nice trail. Steep so it’s a little challenging. The falls were cool but not amazing

Great hike and views. Rocky terrain so take caution. Marked trail leads to Mt. LeConte.

hiking
21 days ago

Great Hike! I didn't want to believe the other reviews on the difficulty, but they are pretty accurate, pretty much an uphill climb the whole way. Worth it though to get to see the view at the top.

Neat well kept trail

Beautiful Views! Hike was a little difficult

Nice family hike with our 15, 10 and 2 year old. A lot of hikers for A Friday morning. Easy hike up the gravel trail. Great views along the ridge line and nice hike down the other side. Once you reach the top, make sure you follow the trail to see the views along the ridge even if you come back down the gravel, easy trail.

Amazing!

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