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Beautiful falls, great hike!

43 minutes ago

Total of 91 steps each way. Beautiful gorge and falls. fun to walk behind

43 minutes ago

91 steps down, 91 steps up. Beautiful gorge and falls. Fun to walk behind.

Fantastic hike! Great hike for our 6 years olds! Beautiful waterfall awaits you at the end!!

One of my favorite trails. Wide path, shady and in the woods, follows the river/creek, great for kids and dogs. Waterfalls and areas kids can get in and play safely are a wonderful payoff along the way!

short walk, nice small falls, good place for swimming and kids. lots of people there on a hot summer day because of easy access and short walk to parking.

Quick walk if you just want to see the falls.

Great views throughout the hike. Pretty easy for the most part. There are some awesome photo opportunities with the falls in the background as well!

Nice easy hike that leads to a really cool swimming hole. Unfortunately got caught in the rain, but would normally be an awesome spot to hangout!

Swimming hole!   Bring a towel and get your paws wet.  

This is a must stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway.   Get there early!   The parking lot fills up early.

Theres a fair amount of elevation change.  Fortunately there are stairs at the top, stairs in the middle and stairs at the bottom.  Lots of well maintained stairs plus a bridge and a bordwalk with an asphalt trail in between.   There's really not much of a trail to get your paws dirty.   Thanks USFS!  A great trail for older owners or owners with younger children. 

Four rest rooms in the parking lot if you need to do a quick change into dry fur before resuming your journey.   They're pit toliets but they're clean and well maintained if you need to do your business and can't sniff and pee along the trail like I can. 

Remember to practice safe waterfalling.  Stay at the bottom.  No climbing.  Finally, remember to always keep your owners on a leash so they don't get lost. 

Five woofs.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful trail...loved seeing bear tracks! The falls were beautiful and I wouldn't call this necessarily easy! Much better to hike during the week than on the weekend when there is heavy traffic!

Very well kept, beautiful hike! i wouldn't say this is 'easy' as it's got some inclines children might find diffcult but it was nice! Also, it is well-traveled, go early if you want to find parking.

hiking
3 days ago

was slightly disappointed how many people crowd the falls but other than that great hike plenty of views places to rest on the falls and relax absolutely beautiful and is a moderate trail would hike again

4 days ago

We visited with 2.5 and 3.5 year old boys, who loved being able to walk behind the falls. Beautiful and easy. Definitely not a “hike” but a lovely outing.

hiking
6 days ago

This use to be one of my favorite waterfalls but they had it roped off at the bottom of the stairs so you couldn’t walk out and chill on the rocks anymore.

I went in October with a group of friends. First trail I did after breaking my ankle and it was amazing

Awesome hike! Beautiful and easy! My husband, 3 year old son, and I completed this trail. Well worth the drive.

Great hike. Kinda busy on a hot day but I wouldn’t have considered it crowded at any time. Falls were impressive. I definitely went over the falls for a nice refreshing 55 degree cooldown lol.
Tons of places to peel off and just sit by the rapids and find your inner zen.

A lot of fun

One of the best swimming holes around!

Excellent trail well worth the hike. Go during the week. Early morning is best. If not be prepared for large crowds of swimmers. Hiked it in about 2.5 hrs and that was with stopping for some pics. Make sure to hit both falls as the 2nd one is only a short hike from rainbow.

Beautiful falls and great time playing in the river.

hiking
9 days ago

See Andrew Coorr and Vicki Shepard reviews. Good for what it is. Expect heavy traffic given ease of access.

Great afternoon hike with a spectacular view of the falls. There are a few stop offs on the way to the base that are excellent for swimming.

Great beginner hike! Also great to bring along dogs that would enjoy playing in the water.

This was a nice quick hike but the service road is easy to miss. Falls were pretty and a great spot to swim and have lunch.

Took the huskies. Got dirty. Beautiful views.

Went with our 4 kids when it was pouring raining. Some precarious parts but it made it an adventure! Awesome hike

Beautiful hike. Very easy. A little too crowded to earn the 5th star from me.

Beautiful waterfalls! Lots of people...

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