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Nice short hike, beautiful scenery!

Well maintained trail and beautiful falls!

I like taking out of town company here, especially if they aren’t seasoned hikers. It’s got a nice mix of a leisurely, level hike along a stream in a beautiful forest, with some moderately steep hills with a nice payoff of a beautiful view of Looking Glass Rock. It can be an out and back or turned into a loop, see All Trails Map. Before or after the hike it’s nice to walk through the fish hatchery, visit Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock.
If heading back to Asheville taking 276 to the parkway is the way to go. You can take the parkway all the way to Asheville (Check for closures in the colder months), but I like to take 276 to Rt 40 and enjoy it’s windy curves with a canopy above.

this is a relatively easy moderate Trail with beautiful views. It's nice to do the hike up over the Ridge and get away from the loud sounds of the river and end of The Quiet of the forest. the signs are pretty good at showing the way.

Awesome view!

Beautiful! Hiked to all three falls Nov 10, 2018. Well maintained trail and gorgeous falls.

Fun, pretty hike. Not hard, I did it 6 months pregnant!

Great views. Trail repairs very nice.

Gorgeous falls, fantastic viewing area, perfect for everyone!!

beautiful hike and impressive waterfall

Good trail. Lake was beautiful and there were lots of birds.

One of the most beautiful views in this area!

Seems that the folks that didn’t do the full trail think this is easy least, which it is if you don’t go past the bottom viewing area. However, if you follow the map you go down to the bottom and back up. It goes past the paved part and stairs. Due to the incline coming back, rotted steps, and tree roots and rocks sticking out everywhere this trail does take a while. You canNOT see the waterfall at the bottom. If All Trails wants to leave this as easy and current distance (it is longer than stated) they need to update the trail. It is at least moderate. Literally only 4 groups of people went past the landing like I did. I honestly wouldn’t do that part again. The view from the easy part up top is good.

Great trail!! Access to bathrooms, cute shop along the way and great views. Paved the whole way.

hiking
20 days ago

We parked at the hatchery at 10 Sunday morning and by the time we returned, cars were lined up to find a space. Arrive early! The trail was a bit muddy in spots and my feet were covered by water on a couple water crossings, so wear waterproof shoes. We loved the trail. My Fitbit counted 89 flights of stairs, but there was not any intense section. It somehow seemed very easy. Absolutely stunning views at the top. Well worth seeing.

This hike was actually further than I thought. I read 1.6 miles to the main falls but it actually seemed more than that. maybe is was all the elevation changes. Excellent walk. The trail actually goes outside of the State Park where it is not quite so well maintained so expect some dodgy bits. At some point in the trail follows the river with several smaller Rapids to view. The Falls themselves are spectacular. Well worth the trouble.

My wife and I did this nice 5 mile loop, we started the day with this hike. For more challenging ascent, stay straight/left at fork (longer distance to viewpoint), going right is shorter and easier. The flat rock at the viewpoint is wide and accommodates sitting and having a snack or just taking in the view. We would recommend this before Looking Glass just down the road as that view is much better. We are in our 30s, hike is moderate if taking left at fork, easy if going right.

Such a great workout! The waterfall was breathtaking!

hiking
27 days ago

Nice short hike. Not too strenuous. There are a few places where you either need to rock hop or get your feet soaked. The falls are gorgeous! I went yesterday and there was very little fall color. But it was still beautiful and tranquil. My only complaint is that the trail is too short!

We didn’t go to the end of trail but saw it from the top. We parked where the Falls restaurant is and took a path down a little way. Would have gave a Better rating if I wouldn’t have been lazy and went to the bottom.

Love this trail! The fir trees are gorgeous!

on Andrews Bald Trail

1 month ago

one of my favorite hikes. very whimsical and magical forrest scenes

Very strenuous .Beautiful.

Nice early morning hike to Andrews Bald. We beat the crowds but missed the views because of fog. Had breakfast at the bald though. Great hike. Will definitely do again.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike this morning to Andrews Bald. We arrived at Clingmans Dome parking area at 0800 to be the crowds. We succeeded in that but barely any views due to early fog. Wish we would have waited till later in the morning. Love the trail and the forest we passed through. Will definitely be back again!!!

Nice walk but not a lot of shade. Views of the lake were good. I just prefer the mountain trails and views.

awesome hiking with wonderful views

Loved this trail, lots of great waterfalls to see. Not being in best shape I would still consider this trail somewhat moderate but absolutely worth it!

This trail is a moderate to easy trail! The views are beautiful and the water is cold but feels so good to swim in! It took around 45-50 mins up at a normal pace and a little less than 40 mins down!

hiking
1 month ago

RIP Mitzie Sue "Susan" Clements.

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