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this is a relatively easy moderate Trail with beautiful views. It's nice to do the hike up over the Ridge and get away from the loud sounds of the river and end of The Quiet of the forest. the signs are pretty good at showing the way.

hiking
15 days ago

Straight up for just under 4 miles but was very worth it. Loved the view from the top!

We loved this trail! Uphill but not strenuous, large rock outcrops along the trail with beautiful views of the stream along the way. Lots of places to stop and reflect, draw, paint or photograph or take in a snack.

My boyfriend and I did this hike on 10/20/2018. We are not particularity fit people and found this trail to be quite easy. There is a slight steady elevation increase as you make your way to the waterfall, but nothing that is overwhelming by any means. Be sure to wear proper shoes, high-tops if you have them, as the trail is covered in loose rocks. There are beautiful swimming pools along the way, but it was a bit too chilly for us to indulge. The actual waterfall is very pretty, not spectacular, but worth the hike. I'm giving this trail five stars because it is exactly as "advertised" in all descriptions I read online. A perfect easy hike if you're looking to enjoy nature for a few hours without partaking in strenuous activity.

A walk in the park. Only a very beautiful park. A sunny day mid 60’s. Had the entire trail in and out to myself.

Great river going along the trail. Hardly anyone here but gets more hard than moderate in middle.

Nice and diverse trail. No complaints. Wasn’t difficult, but it was longer than it is listed here. I tracked the hike to be 3.07 miles each way, beginning from the tree line at the road. Great view, will definitely go again.

Great trail! Follows the water the whole way. Small steady incline, fairly rocky.

hiking
1 month ago

Really pretty trail that follows the river. Flat the whole way, so a very easy one. Saw fresh bear tracks along the river in a couple of spots.

trail running
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails by far. Orange blazed. High Peaks maintains it very well— good signs and trail isn’t overgrown. There are cables and ropes on some of the more slippery rocky sections— helpful when it snows.

There are a few ways to get to the trail— from the far end of the trail at the Bowlen’s Creek parking area (you have to Ford the little creek, the bridge is sketchy). Here you will go up an old fire road for about 4 miles until you reach the ridge line. You can also park at the other end in Mount Mitchell State Park. There are also ways of accessing from side trails— if you don’t want to do the whole thing— for example, use the Woody Ridge Trail (park on White Oak) or Colbert Ridge Trail (park on Colbert Creek Road).

The trail has a lot of rocks and summits many 6000’ peaks— Mt Craig, Tom, Balsam Cone, Potato Hill, Winter Star, Mount Gibbs, Horse Rock, and Celo Knob (via a .20 mile overgrown spur trail.) the crest has amazing 360 views for a lot of it, also spruce- fir forests and stone staircases.

There is very little water on the trail, so bring some with. There is a spring on the Colbert Ridge side trail and a creek toward the Bowlen’s Creek end.

awesome hiking with wonderful views

Ankles currently killing me because of thousands of loose rocks of various size that are strewn all over the trail. this geature makes the trail moderately hard, rather than easy. you have to watch your every step, which detracts from being able to enjoy the scenery, etc.

Hiked with three young children from Mt Mitchell to Mt Craig and back. There are challenging parts, but our clan took it in stride. Beautiful walk and outstanding views.

I did this trail in September of 2015. Difficult but rewarding, bring water and a change of socks is a must due to always muddy conditions on the trail. Even in early September the temperature can be in the low 40’s -mid upper 60’s Make sure you also have some warm clothing because when the sun goes down it drops 15-20 degrees at 6,000 ft.

Nice easy trail. Falls aren’t marked and you have to listen for them to enjoy. If you go further you will come to a bridge that crosses upstream.

hiking
1 month ago

I am not sure this should be an easy if you do the entire trail. Yeah the wide flat part is super easy, but there are climbing parts that are more like the low side of moderate. I enjoyed this trail and did veer off the path some. Total distance for me was about 7 miles. The side parts of this path are nice and more lightly trafficked in the AM. I arrived early and saw much more foot traffic when finishing up around 11 am. I did the path solo so did bring a clicker to make noise as well periodically. It was only needed on the less trafficked parts. Evidently I wasn’t making enough noise though as I still walked up on a deer before it got startled. At least it wasn’t a bear :) The waterfalls were great as well. Definitely a great hike overall. If you use all trails just be sure it updates as mine struggled on this path (showing me accurately) and I had it downloaded.

First review on AllTrails. Awesome hike but would also rate this one a little more on the difficult side. Lots of climbing and descending. Took the wife and 25lb Boston Terrier. I started to feel unsafe toward the end but my wife pushed us through and very glad she did! Views are amazing! Pack some snacks and bring plenty of water. And give yourself 3 + hours to really enjoy it and spend some time at the summit. Didn’t run into anyone on the hike until we got to the summit, but still very few people. Would definitely recommend but do consider this one as a more difficult hike.

Easy hike along an amazing creek with some great swimming holes.

Echo the sentiment - a must-hike! Flat and not at all strenuous but enough rocks, roots, and fallen trees in the path to keep the walking interesting. The rare combination of easy hike, quiet/isolated, and gorgeous scenery. No restrooms at the trailhead, but the Laurel River Store will graciously let you use their clean and well-tended portajohn. Be sure to round out the day with a soak in the hot springs at the spa just five miles beyond the trailhead!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was perfect for my wife and I, who only get to dust off our hiking boots about once a year. We took our 1 and a 1/2 year old, 50 pound pitbull mix with us and she did surprisingly great, even towards the rocky summit. I did have to lift her a couple of times to pass some of the more challenging spots. I would not bring an older or out of shape dog on this trail, i kept ours leashed and clipped to my belt through most of the hike just in case she fell. Challenging terrain with views and steep climbs that will take your breath away. The trail is marked with purple and yellow markings on the trees. We took our time and lots of pictures on our way to the summit. At the top the views are amazing, but they are only 360 degrees, not the 365 degree views that we were promised in other reviews ;P. We packed a lunch and ate at the summit before descending back down through the beautiful mossy forest. This trail is challenging and beautiful but not for everyone. I recommend bringing hiking poles, check the weather because rain might make some spots dangerous, and prepare to do a little rock climbing and scaling near the summit.

2 months ago

not very scenic

Outrageously beautiful on a mostly clear day in Sept. It is as hard as you would think, and so it is that rewarding to complete. If the weather is nice, give yourself time to enjoy the amazing views.

Beautiful views, hiked on a cool sunny day, trail had some mud and several downed trees. Trail is not marked we parked at Browning Knob overlooked crosses the BRP and found an opening through the trees where the trail begins. Once on the trail trees are marked along the trail that guide you to the summit. Walked through berry bramble along the trail that grabbed at us . The rock climbing along the trail to arrive at the summit was challenging glad we had our hiking poles. The trail was up and down most of the way with beautiful views along the way. Once we arrived at the Blackrock Mountain summit the flies were very annoying but the view was 360 and beautiful. I would rate this trail more than moderate and the miles longer than stated.

hiking
2 months ago

Mouse Creek Falls on the Big Creek Trail is a beautiful swimming hole located along an old logging trail on Big Creek. It is an easy out and back hike that is accessed by a parking lot not from the Pigeon River on the NC/TN border. It's a great hike if you're looking for something not too strenuous, but due to it's relative accessibility, can be overrun with tourists. I highly recommend it in off peak times but it also has plenty of smaller pools to play in along the route if the main falls are too crowded.

the views at the top are amazing. can see sylva and th surrounding mountains. the "Pinnacle park" is fun you can walk down to about 3-4 different rock faces all with amazing views. the hike is tough!!! straight up no breaks! when you see the start of the trail behind the gate, it stays at that incline basically the whole way. I started at noon. got to the Pinnacle at 2. left at 2:30, back at trailhead at 4. beware tho, I saw a few people turn around and couldn't make it. it's a hard trail. it follow a forest service road. it has a fire campsites at the beginning next to the creek. also one at the top, but man, I personally wouldn't want to lug my gear up that incline ! lol there is a short "bridge" trail. take it to the right it looks like your going behind someone's house. it's a nice trail , not forest service road, that follows the creek and you pass over a few small bridges. it's a nice trail. nothing spectacular but the creeks are nice. good for dogs. the hike to the top was worth it though!! I was going to do a 7mile loop? but got confused and tired.

I gave it a 4 because of the view at the summit. The downhill on the lower east side is brutal. There are no bathrooms at the trail head. The waterfall was very small. The 1st 2 miles up is steep but when you make the turn to see the pinnacle ridge it is a nice stroll. I would recommend knee braces for the decent if you are not in top shape. My knees were shaking the whole way down, not to mention the obstacles. I enjoyed the work out.

hiking
2 months ago

We didn’t hike the entire loop. We took the trail to the left from the parking lot and walked up to Juney Whank Falls then that led us down near Tom Branch Falls and we followed that trail to Indian Falls and then we turned back. It’s a relatively easy trail (minus the walk up at the start). We stayed down the road at Deep Creek Tube Center and Campground and had a great time tubing in this part of the park as well.

Difficult trial and very rocky but nice scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail but has some rooted and rocky areas that require your attention. The river is beautiful. The ruins of Reunion aren’t spectacular.

great views , Spruce Pines, Awesome hike

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