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I’ve hiked this section quite a few times and it never gets old. One of the most beautiful hikes in Eastern US in my opinion. Be prepared for any kind of weather.

I hiked this trial on the 19th of April. Very steep path, certainly between start and first 1.5 miles. Certainly after 2 miles it gets less demanding. At Governors Rock faced a lot of wind but enjoyed a lot the view. The overlook on top of Table Rock is magnificent. Fantastic view over the massive forests this region has. Definitely worthwhile! All in all this can be a tough hike for non trained persons. I started the hike at 11h30 and got back at the entrance around 14h30. One can do it in half a day. Great to have this hike checked of off my to-do-list. Greetings

Beautiful scenery but take note: this trail on the app is not talking about the gorge floor. Hiking the loop across the suspension bridge is a lot of steps but nothing is better (but more difficult) here than the gorge floor leading up Sliding Rock Trail. Took my husband and I about 3.5 hours to hike (and climb and wade in freezing water) from the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center then down to the suspension bridge then further down to the gorge floor (no pets allowed on the gorge floor) then across the rocks and along the rocks all the way to Bridal Veil Falls. The real challenge is the 45 degree angle climb up Sliding Rock Trail for about .25 miles and then up to the South Rim trail and across the bridge and North Rim Trail back to the center. Difficult but so worth it! Permit is required to go down to the gorge floor (only 100 given out each day).

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3 days ago

This hike, in my opinion, is an ideal day hike. It has it all: a timeline totally doable in a half day, interesting trail that is well maintained, and amazing views from the top. I hiked this on a Wednesday in April, starting at 7:40 am, and reaching the summit in a little under 1 hr 40 min. I hiked with my favorite hiking companion (my dog), and we had a great time. We didn't see a single person on the way up, or during our 50- minute stay at the top! We had GREAT views from many lookouts on the huge summit. We started our descent a little after 10, and got back to the car at 11:30. We were taking our time on the way down, as I had to negotiate my dog down the steep rock sections at the top, and he had to sniff and pee on a lot of things. So overall trip time was 3 hr 50 min, but only 3 hr of that being actual hiking, with 50 min at the summit. For planning purposes, this hike was not particularly difficult if you are a semi-regular hiker and in decent shape. However, if your idea of a "hike" is something like Yellow Branch Falls (3 miles on flat terrain through the woods), then this may not be the hike for you. Would not recommend for inexperienced hikers, individuals who are out of shape, or those with joint issues, due to the steeper sections of the trail. If you are in good shape, you should get a nice little workout doing this. Overall, a great view and experience payout for relatively low time investment. I will certainly be going back!

Road is wide, gravel road. Some steep parts but nothing too crazy, great views! Science center up here looks cool but didn’t get to go in there, there are bathrooms. Very easy trail I would rate as easy instead of moderate, good for beginners.

As Everyone says... Very difficult, but worth it! It had been on our to do list for years. Don't care what anyone says, it's definitely harder coming back down. Great feeling of accomplishment for casual hikers.

Beautiful scenery from both sides. Quite the workout if you decide to hike the trails from one side to the other. Take the stairs all the way down to the bridge, cross it, then come back up the stairs on the other side. It was abt 11,000 steps trail and steps.

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6 days ago

What a great hike with my brother! We started from Black Mountain Campground around 9:30 and found ourselves up near the summit at Commissary Primitive Campgrounds around 12 or so. Unpacked some heavy gear and was up to the summit by 1:30 or so. Lots of natural springs, several creek crossings. Lots of switchbacks and steps. We certainly had to catch our breath and rest the legs a couple of times! The last half mile is an amazing micro-climate spruce and fraiser fir forest thats blanketed with moss and awesome boulders. It’s a strenuous hike that you follow the well blazed blue diamonds to the top. Keep pushing because it’s worth it at the end! Bring plenty of water and a protein snack because those muscles will be burning for some extra juice and hydration. A couple of springs along the way to top off water and several views on the way up. Like nothing we’ve seen before hiking in NC. Certainly a one of a kind atmosphere/terrain especially near the top.

Absolutely stunning waterfall to look forward to at the end! Very strenuous hike, however. Completely uphill, with tons of rocks and roots to watch for. Entirely worth the work to see the falls, though! :)

Great hike! Tough trek but the view atop make it totally worth the torture. The app underestimates the actual elevation gain and loss. The app’s elevation map stars the trailhead starts around 1200’ and the summit is around 3000’ which would put total elevation in the 3400’- 3600’ range and not the 2600’ listed. In other words it’s more difficult than you might think.

Beautiful day for a hike yesterday. gorgeous trail, well marked and mostly clear. The is up and down a little but not too strenuous. Watch for

So close to home! Always enjoy the trail and the beautiful falls!

Challenging hike, with great views.

great hike with amazing views. did it for sunset and was not disappointed. it was a little chilly (around 26 degrees) and very windy but if you're prepared it shouldn't bother you. lots of camp sites along the trail, hoping to do it again as an overnight

Our Boy Scout Troop 124 out of Clayton NC hiked this trail this past Thursday afternoon 05-Apr-18 as one of our shakedown / training hikes for our upcoming Philmont NM Trek. It is a very hard trail with a 45lb. pack so be prepared for a very technical and strenuous hike. We camped at Commissary primitive campsite 4 Miles in just 1 Mile from the summit. There is a nice natural spring there to replenish your water. We finished the hike Friday morning on our way to the Black Mountain Crest Trail to Deep Gap and finish our hike on the Colbert Ridge Trail descent to Carolina Hemlock CG.

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13 days ago

A bit too much for younger children. The falls is beautiful and worth the hike.

Great hike. Took us (family of 4 with 2 out of shape parents and 2 in shape teenagers) a little over an hour to reach the falls and about 50 minutes to get down. That included a few breaks to rest, hydrate and/or check out the scenery.

Trails are well maintained with steps in all steep sections.

Falls are beautiful. Worth the effort. Plan to spend at least 30 minutes up there.

Had to wait about an hour to get in the park. We were 7th car in line when we arrived at about 1:00 PM on a Thursday during spring break.

It was a nice trail with views and the suspension bridge was fun. Besides the stairs down to the bridge and up the other side, it was a very easy trail. Good views and a nice family loop trail. I took my 3 nieces ages 7,10, and 11. They hiked to loop with no problems. I would hike it again.

My first time to hike the Old Mitchell Trail yesterday. Too technical for me to run, but a beautiful hike at a slower pace. The summit was spectacular

Very good trail but man is it tough. We did the trail clockwise with pinnacle pass up and the rim of the gap trail down. when you reach the first peak on pinnacle pass trail, you think your at the top and have made it, haha not so much, you have about 6 more peaks to go up but none are as long as the first peak. the descent down going clockwise was not to bad at all but can see how it would be difficult going counter clockwise and coming down pinnacle pass. If you hike this trail, just know it is long and when you think you have quit climbing, you have not. just count about 6 climbs after the first and after that, you should be good.

Beautiful trail with some fun rock hopping. The trail goes pretty vertical on the south side of the gorge. Gorge floor permit is a MUST, as the floor was my favorite part of the hike.

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17 days ago

Have done this trail twice. It is amazing. The view at the top is gorgeous and worth the steep climb.

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18 days ago

I am 5’0 and some of the steps were taller than I wanted. This is a tough hike (didn’t realize I had a broke foot when I hiked it). Worth every step I took!!!
Spectacular view!

gorgeous hike and falls, but when they say strenuous they aren't kidding around.

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18 days ago

It was an amazing experience, many different hiking trials to choose from with varying difficulties. I also had the chance to enjoy kayaking right beside the trails! Definitely recommend to any and everyone.

We hiked the 2.5 trail to the top of the falls. About 250 yards in, there is a big blowdown that obscures a wooden gate that keeps you on the blue blazed trail. Be careful, because for some reason there are a couple blue blazes headed up the hill in the wrong direction. Definitely turn right and go through the wooden gate where you will see the trail markers headed down the hill. I would rate the hike as moderate and the scenery from the top of the falls makes it worthwhile.

I do not recommend yellow trail... I got lost over than 4h, trail is not well marked. Bad experience

Great time, a tough one but feels great afterwards.

Great hike...great falls. Perfect for a relaxing hike for the family!

Very steep and difficult about halfway into the trail but worth it! Falls were absolutely beautiful. Great place to swim

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