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Nice trail with lots of moderate elevation changes.

Very challenging & technical trail to run with lots of elevation & rocks. Good training run.

My favorite hiking spot!

Second time on this stretch of Perimeter Trail, spotted a Bald Eagle, an owl, couple of ground hogs, squirrels and plenty of birds. Another nice hike.

1 month ago

Nice trail with lots of shade. Trail follows river for a bit and has some good hills. Nice outing.

Great little trail, nice views of the river and wildflowers!

great little trail with nice river views and elevation changes.

Very pretty, well marked. not a fan of walking across the highway but have to get over the lake somehow

Easy hike. Narrow footpath with poison ivy lining the trail. Bear sited yesterday, 5/9, about half a mile from the trailhead but we gave it space and waited for it to leave the area before moving on and Several trees along the way that had been burned in the fire.

Fun trail.... Very pretty. My husband came close to a bear on the trail

Lots of curves and up and downs. Some steep climbs. Beautiful.

Stellar trail. Smoky mountain classic!! Wife and three kids did an amazing job. So fun.

Great park with a lot of amenities

Very nice trail, one of the better ones I've been on. Great views and a couple nice water features. Trail maintainers have done a great job, you can tell they are actively to working to repair the few washed out bridges and blow downs from the flooding this winter/spring. I started at the trail head at the Visitors Center and went south. Next time I will go north 1st and get the hilly section done with fresh legs. The road walking was a little unnerving, but only lasts a short while. Trail was very well blazed, would be tough to get lost.

good trail cliffs, water falls, little bit of road walking, greats views of the lake. trail is more like 12.7 miles. 4-21-18

3 months ago

More of a quiet walk than an easy trail. Beautiful, but not challenging for a hike. Husband and friend recovering from health challenges, so we wanted to start "easy". The other easy trails we have done diversity in grade of trail. Not this one.

Just did this trail today was a little muddy due to the high water in flooding. But a great trail. A beautiful trail would recommend it to anyone

This trail is a nice switch from our usual Hog Hollow hike! It’s quiet and you see very few other hikers on the trail. Watch for the bikes though!

Decent overall, but trail could use some maintenance. Also, I went today (March 12, 2018) and two significant portions of the trail were completely underwater.
Two stretches are along roads, one of which is quite busy.
Some nice secluded stretches and a pleasant stroll through Pioneer Village.

Very nice trails, my dogs enjoyed the Orange Trail.

Really nice trail. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do all of it due to all the flooding. I would recommend waiting if it’s been raining a lot during the week or checking the water level before you go. Because, a lot of the trail is right next to the lake.

4 months ago

We did this hike on the rainy morning of Feb 28th and it was just beautiful and peaceful out there. We didn’t see any other people (or bears). We did the loop at the end and it is a MUST, very fun with some cool things to see and pretty views of the creek. This hike is rated as “easy” which is about right, it is not strenuous. Do be prepared to cross creeks several times (some with log bridges and some with a little rock hopping). The loop portion of the trail definitely requires good footwear, as you will be navigating over a more rugged, rockier terrain.

Very fun hike! My wife, 10-year old daughter and I really enjoyed the varied elevations and beautiful views of the river. I would say the hike was really more of a moderate level, but a great time nonetheless.

Awesome trail even during winter months, with friendly hikers and mountain bikers. A couple of well placed picnic tables to grab a snack. Probably moderate in difficulty.

6 months ago

Actually a really fun hike to do with the kids. It's not very difficult and it's a lot of fun for them. Great picture opportunities and I nice loop at the end with some old cabins.

Great hike in the winter! Just bring spikes it gets icy at the top

Hiked on 10/29 snowing all the way up. Took me 7 hours to reach the lodge. You will see some of the burn area at the beginning of trail and more as you go up. One of the longer trails to the lodge and challenging but beautiful views and waterfalls. Much better views than Trillium.

Beautiful hike, even in the winter. Trails were under maintenance but didn’t cause any problems.

We hiked Rainbow Falls to Mt. LeConte yesterday. Showed up at 8:15 am and signs were posted that the trail was closed due to repairs until next week. There was no blockade so we decided to head up anyway. There were several large tool boxes set along the trail for the first 2-3 Miles. We experienced dense fog and chilly temps. Sun broke through at the top and the lodge was still open. The fire damage was evident from previous years and when we returned via Rainbow Falls Trail, we ran into about 40 workers on the trail, breaking and moving rocks. When we got down to the parking lot blockades had been put up.

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