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hiking
14 days ago

Very cool spot. The Trail itself was hard to find and not marked well but we made it around pretty well. High cliffs that can be wet so proceed with caution. Loved climbing up the rocks near the waterfall.

hiking
16 days ago

Nice easy hike. Does take you to a awesome overlook. Has a small cave , big rock formations. You need to follow the blue blazes and sometimes it’s hard to know which way to go. Use your AllTrails recorder to help you stay on the right path. Saw a couple putting up their tent to camp which would be fun!

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such cool rock formations on this trail! definitely recommend if you haven't seen it before!

we do this trail all the time. its more moderate in my opinion. lots of variety of views. great option - not uber challenging so all can enjoy it, but still a good workout. in spring, the wildflowers are amazing. in winter, the frozen waterfall is gorgeous.

One of my favorite trails in the park.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful scenery and great sunlight through the trees. Very peaceful. My dog enjoyed it too.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful short trail. If you are a moderate to experienced hiker or are in good shape this is a good one. Lots of rocks and roots to keep your feet busy and pretty scenic views of the sand stone bluffs. There are a few significant climbs which make the hike super fun! This is NOT a buffed out trail. No wimps, no whining.

The natural bridge is nice for photos. It is really very scenic. There is not much of a hike, but you can explore under the bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Park doesn't acknowledge the trail even exists. Hard to find, unmaintained.

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike to a small cave in the bluff. Simple but average.

Good pathways and very pretty area.

great trail for bouncing around on the rocks. beautiful creek

hiking
2 months ago

Waterfall was in full swing when we went, but VERY slippery. Be safe!

It’s really fun, they’re all pretty easy around giant city, except for fat man squeeze. If you stop at the lodge they’re tell you where it’s at. I think they might be a picture of it up there, but there is a big crack in a rock wall you can try to squeeze through and it’s an entertaining thing to watch or try!

hiking
2 months ago

No waterfall at all when we went, not even a trickle, so be sure to check before going. We tried to hike the trail but it was too difficult to climb over the rocks and fallen trees with our 2 older dogs. One actually slipped over the side while jumping over a crevice. Luckily his harness held him until we could pull him up. We had to turn around. Very disappointing.

hiking
2 months ago

Make sure and do this one if you go to the Garden of the Gods.

hiking
2 months ago

Camped there with our scout group. Good times!

hiking
2 months ago

A good one to do in Giant City.

kids loved this natural wonder. watch for yellow jackets but otherwise a great time.

the biggest draw back to this trail is you wouldn't know it existed without this app. there isn't any signage anywhere in the park letting you know it is there. and when you do look at it, it looks like an old farm access. but once we found it, it was definitely worth it.

loved this place! lots of exploring and the kids loved it too!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail but would of like to see some of the waterfalls, must be much better in early spring. Got to see deer and lots of mushrooms, lol. Would of liked to of gotten rid of the horsefly that decided to travel with me for the entire length of the trail and all the way back to the car.

hiking
3 months ago

This is an easy hike to an awesome spot. Definitely off the beaten path, but the trail is easy to follow. When you get to the natural area sign just follow the bluff line past the power line clearing to the cave.
Make sure to keep following the bluff for a little way after the cave, as it is very spectacular. Definitely one of the coolest places in the Shawnee National Forest. Also be prepared to be accompanied on your hike by a friendly black lab.

on Round Bluff Trail

3 months ago

We did this trail yesterday and it's beautiful. Can't wait to see it in Spring and Fall.

Lots of bang for your buck on this hike: two nice-sized and very different waterfalls, unique rock formations, and a really scenic section hugging cliffs above a creek.

hiking
3 months ago

A gorgeous short loop that offers a decent challenge and some great views of the sandstone formations.

hiking
4 months ago

I have hiked this trail multiple times. I have also ran the trail. It is a really good work out and beautiful area.

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