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Pretty hard hike, but so worth it! It was much fun!

Loved this trail! The beginning is pretty steep, but definitely manageable. When you get toward the top its gets a bit difficult. My boyfriend and I brought our puppy, so he couldn’t walk the whole way up. Luckily he is only 3 lbs. so we could pass him back and forth and catapulted him down between the rocks. Definitely would not take a dog alone, but its possible with two people who are comfortable handling the dog. The view was incredible!

It’s such a beautiful view

Great hike, totally recommend. We had difficulty finding it the first couple times we went, and if you ask the park rangers they will not tell you how to get there, but we did get lucky with one ranger who told us exactly, and it was great fun.

This was our last stop after packing up the campsite before heading back home. The thick vegetation and rock formation literally made it feel like we were hiking back in time. Very prehistoric looking. Creation falls was gorgeous. Lots of people we wading in the water. We dd see some snakes down by the water so keep an eye out. The arch was one of the prettiest I've seen. But all and all it was an easy and fun hike! There is a picnic area at the top of the trail head with drills and picnic tables also! You could definitely make a whole day out of this area depending on how long you play around the waterfall and pool at the bottom.

hiking
12 days ago

No words for this trail. Had an amazing time.

Drastic Incline but worth the views.

backpacking
17 days ago

This fantastic trail offers amazing views and interesting views of rock formations, I can wait to go back after the leaves change colors. Saw the biggest rattle snake I have ever seen after climbing up a set of rock stairs, at least 5 feet long. I would not recommend children under 8 on this trail as it gets very narrow with massive drop offs toward the end.

Pretty decent hike. The staircase is not part of the official trails so we had to check the map a couple of times because we got a bit lost. Other than that was pretty easy. We had some nice views but the staircase itself was not that overwhelming.

Short trail to get to the Cloud Splitter but it was an aggressive incline. The rock scramble at the top was fun and reminded me of climbing Yosemite sub dome. View was great. Some stupid hikers left a smoldering camp fire at the top.

We did this trail with our children aged 3, 6 and 9. They did great and loved it. The waterfall is gorgeous and the splash pool and creek were very to nice to wade in. Gorgeous foliage.

hiking
19 days ago

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

Busy trail but good for early mornings and to connect to Swift Camp Creek

It’s a 1.5 mile loop. Very family friendly. It’s pretty easy; I’m out of shape, but I survived well and would do it again. We did find that if you enter the trail and come back out from the entrances by the bathrooms, it is easier. The other entrance to the trail has a lot of steps. We started there, and looked around and did fine. But probably would have avoided the steps because of my youngest son, had we known. We had a 3 and a 4.5 year old with us, and they did amazing. Perfect kid friendly hike! All in all, great trail and beautiful scenery!

backpacking
22 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.

hiking
24 days ago

Great time hiking. Beautiful views. I would definitely do it again.

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.

nice family hike. stairs at beginnig could be slick. paved gravel top most of the way

Loved it! Went for a field trip in school!

hiking
30 days ago

It was alright, the trail maps (from the park) and trail signs poorly judge the distance to and from different points. Also at several times the trails were quite overgrown with poison ivy. However, the arch itself was beautiful along with the sights through the arch. I would highly suggest taking the final trail to walk across the arch for the higher view of the valley and other ridges!

hiking
1 month ago

If there hasn't been a lot of rainfall lately, the falls won't be much of a falls. In that case, it's more about the journey than the destination. There are a lot of fallen trees to go over/under, and since it is an unofficial trail it feels a bit more like you are just exploring in the woods. We hiked on a Saturday after camping nearby. We saw about a dozen other people on the trail as we went. I will probably come back sometime when there is more water flow.

One of the more interesting hikes I’ve done in Res River Gorge. I wouldn’t think that most people would rate it as easy, especially the first part including the Indian stairs but certainly doable. Also parts are not marked so well so the app is very handy.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty straight forward. Has 2 paths that run almost parallel and cross each other at times, so even while on the creek just look left or right and pick a path or hike it's entirety as a "loop". The waterfall isn't that great but I'm sure it has better days.

Did this trail this past Sunday morning. Easy to find once I got parked in the parking area by the bridge. No trail markers but was able to locate with no problem. I was worried the falls would not be running because the stream was dry. It was running but not much. Beautiful area to hike back to.

hiking
1 month ago

I tried hiking this trail last Saturday morning. A tree had fallen across the road so I wasn’t able to access the parking lot. Tried hiking later in the day and between the sun, heat and me being tired of hiking multiple other trails. I was unable to complete. Will try again another time.

hiking
1 month ago

Great Trail! Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

It was very tough hike getting back there. The trail is loaded with copperheads and rattlesnakes. The waterfall was a mere drip drop. It was not worth risking my life with all the poisonous snakes. No thanks.

Great little hike with our puppy. He loved splashing around in the shallow pool at the base of the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail. Pretty easy to follow. The waterfalls are not plentiful this time of year but still worth it. Watch your step our dog was bitten by a copperhead and we had to get to a vet fast.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail. Not a lot of up and down hills. Not to hard if you have someone a little out of shape with you. Beautiful views.

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