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Definitely a moderate hike. The falls were very full and my teenagers had a great time exploring!

you walk along a river for a big portion of the hike. u have to cross it about 10 times. one crossing is down. had to take the shoes off and cross the river.

hiking
2 months ago

So yea this is definitely an interesting trail. 75% of it is easy as pie... 25% is VERY DIFFICULT. When you think you’re to the part the reviews say is difficult, you’re not even there yet.

I wore my baby on this hike and had great difficulty getting down and then back up I actually had to pause to catch my breath. I did not bring water because it was a moderately rated hike and short, but I should have! It is almost impossible to not slip getting to the waterfall so definitely use the roots to help ease yourself down.

There is snow and ice near the falls themselves and they’re truly beautiful and much larger than they appear in photos. Enjoy!

Took us 40 minutes exactly to get to the falls and 40 minutes exactly to get back to the car.

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

The trail is easy to follow even though it is unmarked. It also serves as the access road for the trucks that occasionally mow the grass at the balds and is very wide. A few muddy spots but even after heavy rains it is negotiable

The view from both the southern and northern balds are pretty good. You can see multiple mountain ranges in the distance and there are numerous compositions using the trees in the fields. There’s also a grave maker at the northern summit with some interesting possibilities. I plan to return in the fall because the whole area is covered with deciduous trees. Lastly I think it’s a good spot to photograph the Milky Way; open southern skies and no light pollution.

backpacking
4 months ago

We camped here during a drive from North Carolina to Tennessee. It was a quick hike to the top, with beautiful views and no one else the whole night. It may or may not be haunted by the man whose bones are buried at the top (namesake of nearby Dead Man's Run), but we thought of him as a friendly ghost.

hiking
6 months ago

While the first 3/4 miles are unremarkable, the last 1/4 mile is well worth the time and effort.

Great easy hike with our dogs. Packed in a picnic and enjoyed the amazing 360 views, pretty much had it to ourselves.

This was a difficult trail. Would not recommend for children. It was worth the hike, but it was steep in places and had to make special note as to where to place footing. Amazing nature, foliage, fauna...ect...This Hike took us about 2 1/2 hours.The Falls were very pretty!

hiking
7 months ago

It's a fairly short hike, but it does get steep heading down and up again. There are places where the footing is tricky--roots, rocks, slicks. But the falls are lovely. Had a quiet day with no one else around, so solitude factor was good as well.

backpacking
7 months ago

First off, let me say, if this trail is rated as easy, then K2 should be labeled as moderate given the same "labeling" scale. The first 45 mins of this hike is literally straight up the side of the mountain. There are absolutely no level points at all. Some of the trail is literally 1ft wide with briars on one side and a fall to your death on the other. There are multiple points where trees are laying across the trail that you have to cross either over or under. Once you do get past the initial butt kick of an ascent, you still are literally at pretty much of a moderate ascent/climb until you reach the falls, 2.7 miles later. There are multiple points of creek crossings on this trail with moss covered rocks. We even saw a snake in one of the creeks we had to jump from rock to rock to cross. At one point we even had to use a tree to pull ourselves up to reach the next level of the trail to get on to the Falls area. This is absolutely not a moderately travelled trail either. We didn't see a single soul on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. One part of the trail was fully over grown with about 6 feet of waist high bushes you had to wade through. I would say there was about 20 mins of this 4 hour hike that I can say I actually enjoyed. After seeing my life flash before my eyes on at least three occasions on the way to the falls, upon my arrival there, I was less than impressed. With all this being said, hike this trail at your own peril. If you're a hard core hiker that enjoys the thrill of adventure, with less than stellar scenery and one heck of a workout, go for it. Let me say though, this trail is most definitely not for kids or anyone that can't handle two straight hours of a strenuous climb. I pray you read the reviews of this trail before accepting AllTrails "easy" designation. I can totally show you the screenshot of my Fitbit dashboard if you need further proof.

easy hike, great views, abundance of huckleberries.

This was absolutely stunning. Panoramic views and a pretty easy trail; kids would especially enjoy this because of the varying views and balds. Take a blanket and have a picnic in the mountains. :)

Basically half of it was like walking down or up a gravel road. A lot of climb in elevation without a view from the top.

Nice leisurely trail. Great views.

hiking
9 months ago

Definitely NOT worthy of an "easy" rating. 1640 foot climb in 2.7 miles, in at times very rocky and slippery terrain. Trail at times seemed to almost go vertical. Scenery was nice, but this trail definitely should be rated as "moderate" or "difficult". The waterfall was nice and made the effort worth it, but I'm an in shape 50 year old and my wife and I have made other hikes including the Wiilliams Pulpit hike, and this one was insane.

Huckleberry Knob trail was an easy hike with our 3 year old. The trail was easy to follow and not too steep. The weeds were a bit high in some parts. The view at the top was worth the weeds, nevertheless. The grassy knoll at the top is perfect for a picnic lunch.

Pretty easy trail until you get toward the waterfall. Gets a little steep going down. Getting back up was the worst but the waterfall is absolutely beautiful.

Good walk but weeds could be cut back some.
Worth the time and energy for the 360 view at the top.

Nice easy hike with incredible 360 degree view. We were fortunate to have perfect weather as well.

hiking
10 months ago

One of the few true 360º views around. Sat last week on Hooper Bald looking across at the top and said to ourselves, "That's where we want to be." So this week we decided to go. It is an easy walk with the added bonus of Oak Knob. We could see endless blue ridges, watch the sky, enjoy the sun, feel the soft grass--just a delight. Looking forward to returning many times in the days to come.

Beautiful! Easy hike with pretty wildflowers. View at the top is spectacular

We "only" hiked 3.2 miles in. First mile and a half is very very tough. Very steep climb. After it descends to run along the creek it is a very beautiful hike. Typical of the area with waterfall upon waterfall. Some you will be able to see very well. Most of the better falls were toward the end of our hike. It was worth the effort

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Awesome bike visiting my family--some steep climbs but beautiful views and so much green!

We took the right loop 2nd alternate. It's about an 8 mile hike. The right loop is a small path wide enough for one person. We did the hike early April and were lucky not to meet a single person, horse or bike rider. A beautiful hike with a nice scenery overlooking the lake and through mostly wooded area.

mountain biking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The trails yesterday were in pretty good condition after overnight rain. We only saw one other rider so it was great having the trails to ourselves. Mostly gradual climbing and fast descents. Some of the single track is built along the some steep hillsides so ignore the surrounding and gorgeous views and keep eyes on trail, unless taking a break. Beautiful views at the overlook.

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

The falls as a destination is disappointing. There are better falls on the side of the road driving to there. The enjoyment is the hike along the picturesque creek and navigating the multiple creek crossings. This isn't anywhere close to "easy" level though. The initial ascent is brutal for 30 minutes - left me dripping sweat from my head in 60 degree overcast weather. The trail is over rocks, loose leaves, water, and roots with some parts requiring hand holds to pull up. It isn't for small kids but is especially good for dogs! The unimpressive falls put this at 2 stars for me though.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Great half a day hike! Waterfall absolutely spectacular. Moderate hike are some tricky parts you have to climb up to the waterfall.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

great hike! very steep the last 1/2 mile beautiful falls

hiking
Monday, March 13, 2017

Lovely trail. Went when it was foggy so views were obscured but the foggy fields and forests were absolutely beautiful as well. Easy and quiet hike. Gets a little windy in the open places.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

a beautiful waterfalls for sure. a bit overgrown with laurels. it is is a easy hike, except for the last 1/4 mile, it is brutal, coming back out. it is worth the effort.

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