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Just an amazing hike with every step a picture perfect opportunity. Very family friendly but like others have mentioned, water shoes or waterproof hiking boots are a good idea. Don’t go in a hurry, and enjoy natures artwork.

So beautiful! A must see!

Beautiful, peaceful, easy hike! Well worth the drive back to the trailhead. My husband and I did this hike at 0900 and were the only ones around. Wear waterproof shoes/sandals as your feet will get wet. They filmed a scene from The Lost World Jurassic Park here if that excites you as well.

We camped at Whittleton Campground so this was our first hike of the weekend. It was REALLY muddy! But nice! We had hiked to the arch from HWY 15 but never in this way. The sign to the Arch was little hidden and we actually hiked past but quickly got back on track. The Arch is gorgeous and a great place to take a break and explore.

hiking
21 days ago

We thought this would be a nice afternoon hike to finish up a good day of hiking. Well, the first mile is pretty decent and on a trail. Once you leave the trail to head to the eagles nest you basically crawl through the woods running into spider webs every 2 feet. Besides being attacked by spiders we saw several bear scratch marks, foot prints and bear poop but luckily no bears. Once we got to the eagles nest there was only one mile left so we thought: well, this can only get better! If only we’d known.. we we’re running all over the place on top of the cliff trying to follow the trail map to get down to the river. After an hour of unsuccessfully walking in circles trying to find a way down we decided to backtrack and find our own way down to the river. This part got super sketchy because there was no trail but a lot of slippery and moving stones. After we found the „trail“ again and we hit the river we were able to enjoy the view. The river is actually really pretty, we didn’t care about the caves anymore. All in all I would not do this hike again and I would not recommend it to anyone.

And FIY: there is no waterfall. Just something that seemed to be one a long time ago.

Astoundingly beautiful, even though well trafficked. Easy, even for older, less active folks. I suggest water shoes, you'll get your ankles wet unless you can cross the shallow river/creek on a log (easily done if you have someone with you to hold your hand). So worth the drive on a very narrow, sometimes dirt road riddled with blind turns. Loved it!

amazing to hike such great sights!

hiking
23 days ago

Loved this trail. It’s definitely a “rough trail”. Would do it over again!!

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful. Great short hike. Only downsides are that access is 8 miles down a bumpy dirt road, and there are a lot of people. At least 30 cars in the parking lot for a 1-mile loop hike.

Fun area! Little crowded but so worth the sites!

beautiful a must see easy hike except to get wet feet

backpacking
26 days ago

Hiked this over 2 days in early July. We parked at the Chimney Top rd parking lot and stayed to the right on the fork for day one. We camped near Gray's Arch and hiked out the other side of the loop the next day. This hike was incredible! Lots of switchbacks on day one that were certainly rough, but it lead to a great variety of stunning overlooks and neat creek crossings in the bottoms. The arch was inspiring, and thankfully day 2 was a bit shorter and flatter. Definitely be prepared to climb lots of hills, scramble over a few rocks, and cross a few streams by hopping between rocks.

Easy hike down which was perfect for our three year old. We went after a day of heavy rain so we expected to see a waterfall, but there was not a waterfall at the end of this trail. Just rocks with a few drips of water coming off of them. Pretty disappointing.

Gorgeous fern canyon, lush and moist.
Super easy hike, try to go early or late as it tends to attract large groups and families. Well worth the crowds though. It’s a unique canyon.

I've been backpacking and hiking all over the United States and this trail is easily the worst. Sign said that you can expect 5 hours of hiking time. Was able to finish it in about 2.5 hours. The views and scenery are pretty much non existent on this trail as it's mostly all in dense forest the entire time. Do yourself a favor and take the 1.25 mile rock garden trail to natural bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

We backpacked this trail for an overnighter in mid June. It was very muggy. Luckily the trail follows the creek and we were able to wade in and cool off at spots, not to mention filter water.

The trail was wet and muddy from water run off. Though it is well trodden, there are spots where we got stuck because it was not obvious where to go. The trail could definitely use better markers at key areas. I wouldn't say it was a difficult hike, more like moderate if you hike often. However, with the 30 pound bag on my back, every step felt like a chore while dodging roots, fallen debris, thorn bushes, rocks, and muddy areas. Add relentless heat and humidity and this trail makes for a long 1 mile an hour trek.

Interesting mostly because you are hopping on rocks and logs most of the time. Recommend wearing flip flops or wellies, not hiking shoes.

Go early and you’ll have entire trail to yourself

backpacking
1 month ago

I absolutely loved this trail. Did it as part of a weekend backpacking trip rough and swift camp. This was a very beautiful trail. It definitely gets muddy and washed out but if you weren’t expecting it don’t complain you just didn’t do your research.

Short but gorgeous trail. Shoes got wet as most of the trail is through a river at the bottom of the canyon (ankle-deep water)

Loved it hiking and camping and fishing was the best!

Nice trail! Not too difficult even with toddlers. Great scenery. Mid on trail is possibility so wear good shoes.

Loved it. Hike was easy but wet. It feels like you stepped back in time entering the canyon. Definitely work seeing.

2 months ago

Ran this trail last weekend. Great trail for running slightly over grown due to light traffic. several downed trees. most definitely will do it again.

Very confusing, not worth it.

The canyon is tall and green. It is a must see. Makes me feel like jurassic park. Bring tall wader boots or plan to get wet. If it has rained then you might not be able to even get there. The road is a bit of a challenge if there is bad weather. It might close.

Very nice trail with different terrain types, creeks, great views. Swift Camp Creek in the Eastern section is a fav. Recommended for a nice day hike!

This trail was beautiful! We went at the end of March on a rainy day and the trail was flooded with water. We ended up taking our shoes off and hiking barefoot but the surroundings made it absolutely with it!

hiking
3 months ago

Brutal terrain. Elevation change and rocks and tree roots make for a really long trail. I’m not a regular hiker, so this was really too much for me. I hiked about 7.5 of the 10 miles over 11 hours and was completely exhausted at the end.

Still, it was an amazing trail that offered creek crossings, rock scrambling opportunities, waterfalls, birding, and plenty of flora to observe and delight. Highly recommended for those who are up to the challenge physically or who may be backpacking in and spending a couple of days on the trail.

Hard not moderate. It takes some serious guess work and a lot of wrong turns to actually find the eagles nest but once you get up there it’s awesome.

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