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on Upper Hawksbill Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Great stop while riding along Skyline Drive. Limited views when the clouds are low but still fun.

hiking
1 day ago

Gorgeous trail walking along a calming river.

hiking
1 day ago

Moderate hike on a cool drizzly morning- lots of waterfalls and creeks. Our 2 y/o Rhodesian/Boxer made the trek easily. 14 and 12 year old kids easily navigated the trails.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice hike. Stay on the path most traveled rather than deceptive offshoot trails or you'll add unexpected distance like we and a few fellow hikers did. Would have been fine except more mileage than my 10 yr old had signed up for and we heard about it. Enjoyed the workout and the views.

hiking
2 days ago

We hiked the trail on August 15th. We found the trail to be very well marked and moderately busy. The trail is wide and accommodates traffic in both directions. We didn't notice any horses on trail or any evidence that they had been on the trail recently. The falls are beautiful and make for some nice pictures of our trip to share with others.

My husband and I did this trail on July 1 early in the morning and it was phenomenal. It had rained the week before, so the multiple falls had a nice flow. You travel along the river the whole time, with multiple chances to get down to the water, which is great on a hot day to cool off. The trail was slightly rocky and a bit steep, but nothing terribly challenging. If you’re lookin to add a bit more distance, you can keep walking along the river on the Rose River Loop Trail. Great short, photogenic hike!

Beautiful but not so easy loop. In lieu of distinct switchbacks, it seems the trail goes mostly straight up towards the top. Great bouldering and views along this loop.

Great place to hike around!!

Good hike. Great for kids over 5.

5 days ago

Easy hike going down. Pretty steep coming up.

Nice hike. Not as hard as I thought, it's a pretty gentle slope. Great views from the top!

hiking
5 days ago

We always do this hike when in Flag, nice one hour circle with lovely views and plenty of wildlife. It was a very quiet morning hike on a week day so no trouble parking

After heading down the trail (which, due to being a bit steep at times, was a little rough on the knees ... but otherwise enjoyable) we took time to sit and listen to the cascading waterfall at the bottom of the trail. (Along with about a billion other people ... okay, not really that many, but when you're trying to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature ... it kinda looked and sounded like it.

on Rose River Trail

hiking
5 days ago

Go clockwise. Great trail.

My Wolfpack and I conquered this trail... The river runs down beside the trail the entire way to the waterfall, are you strong enough to join my Wolfpack?

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked clockwise from Fisher’s Gap Overlook parking. Dense forest but not too much understory to impede forest views. Initially the surface was good gravel with few obstructions and a comfortable downhill. At 1.1 miles the trail becomes rockier, more narrow and a little steeper downhill. And some not-too-challenging roots. With denser understory. And the sounds of the creek. About 50 yards further down the trail joins the noisy creek in a very picturesque ravine. Dappled sunlight filtering down on the understory. At 1.4 miles the creek becomes a “river”. Soon, at the upper falls Overlook we scramble down large boulders about 20 or 30 feet to get a good base view. Good placement of rock steps around falls. At 1.9 miles we re-join the creek after separating for a bit. Then quickly the creek we head south southeast and the trail turns west southwest. Starting a gradual easy rise. As we proceed slowly uphill Hogcamp creek appears on our left below us and heading counter to our hike. We come up on the weathered concrete compressor foundation from the old abandoned copper mine. Creek Crossing on large stones. Then we come to a foot bridge about 50 feet long, arched. With hog camp branch Creek on our right we enjoy numerous lovely small cascades as we hike up. After the bridge the trail becomes rockier, a bit of a scramble. But the lovely small and noisy heavy running cascades continue, seemingly without end. On and on, the cascades continue getting progressively smaller but no less noisy. We arrive at the fire road bridge across the creek. At this point we chose to add Dark Hollow Falls, a 1/2 mile total, steep, but well-groomed climb. This is where the large crowds are, having hiked the short trail down from Dark Hollow Falls parking. Hiking up the last run to the falls we encounter more crowds. Dark Hollow Falls were active, an unusually wet summer. start Back down to the fire road bridge and an easy uphill hike out on the fully gravel, nicely graded fire road completes a memorable hike. For us, better than the Two sets of falls were the numerous, lovely and heavily flowing and noisy, smaller cascades of Hog Camp Creek.

nature trips
7 days ago

In every season this trail is absolutely stunning. I enjoy this trail the most during Autumn season.

Great hike, even though it downpours on our return. Amazing views, beautiful flowers, somewhat challenging terrain on the salamander trail coming back to the parking lot. Be sure to return on Salamander Trail or you will end up at the wrong parking lot and have to walk a mile on skyline drive. We caught the error before we had gone too far and climbed back up.Dog friendly hike.

hiking
8 days ago

After many weeks of good solid rain storms the river and falls were spectacular. Hiked down on to the falls and looked back to the fire road. Strenuous up and down but next to the river, so lots of opportunities to stop and let our dog cook off in the pools under each waterfall. Moderate traffic, fire road is easy level terrain. In 2 days we saw3 bears, and heard we missed 11 others within minutes. All were Momas with cubs, so stay alert.

I went through on a Monday morning around 6:30 am. No one around until I was on my way out. Nice loop. Beautiful scenery and sounds of the falls.

well traveled hike. a lot of foot traffic. easy down. moderate up.

hiking
10 days ago

This is such a beautiful hike. Its fun going down it and it only takes like 15-20mins but once you’re ready to head back up its a bit of a climb. However it is really beautiful. The water fall goes all the way to the bottom right before the Rose River trail starts. Its a must see.

on Rose River Trail

hiking
10 days ago

I love this hike. Its a bit of a walk, but you hike right next to rose river and the scenery is just beautiful. Recommend sometime in spring or fall.

Good family hike. Trail was open when we arrived.

A little less fat now. Big rocks, little lizards, great times.

hiking
14 days ago

Amazing trail, almost everywhere you look a postcard photo along the rivers and waterfalls

hiking
14 days ago

The falls are lovely but this is a highly trafficked trail and many people go down this trail to see the falls and struggle hard to get back up. It won’t be a problem If you’re in good shape/hike a lot and it is definitely worth seeing. If you are taking small children, older family members or injured hikers with you, consider going to the lower falls via the horse trail. It is much easier with a pretty flat trail in and out. The lower falls are quite as spectacular but still pretty and much easier to access.

One of my favorite hikes! Went counterclockwise, (AT | Salamander | peak | Lower Hawksbill Trail). Perfect balance of great terrain, elevation and some of the best panoramic views. On the trail, you’ll cross over rock fields in the middle of the trail. To note... From this direction, you’ll come to a fork in the road. There is a wooden pole with an arrow spray-painted on it that points right. Going that way will continue on Appalachian Trail to Rock Spring Hut. To complete the loop (to Salamander), go left (opposite of the arrow). I went about .5 miles before realizing and having to backtrack. On course... great climb to the highest peak in SNP!

Very popular trail. Pretty short, I did it in an hour and a half. Good for beginners in good health. The water was very pretty all the way down and there was even a small pool of water at the bottom that you could swim in. Long drive to get to the trail head but there are several other trails to fill in the rest of your day.

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