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Very easy trail on the parkway offering great views!

This was a rather easy hike. especially if you go left first, it makes the trail easier. but this one was one of the most rewarding hikes i have ever been on! the most beautiful scenes at the top, and this was not too hard of a trail. a MUST!

one of my favorite, favorite hiking trails. this trail is moderate, but that depends on what type of shape your in. there a lot of stepping up (onto rocks), and also stairs to climb up. i did not make it to peak because i have a slight fear of heights but you get an awesome view non stop. it really is one of the most rewarding hikes i have been on yet! just a bit scary at the very peak.

frankly, one of the highlights of my hiking career. Dogs carried their own water. Beautiful and tranquil.

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.

Portions are steep but a great waterfall at the bottom. Pack in a lunch (Cary it back out), sit and enjoy the cool water and breeze. I good workout

hiking
1 day ago

Such incredible views! Absolutely worth climbing the altitude. It’s pretty quick for a fit hiker but gosh you can spend the entire day at each overlook you pass. Loved it.

I live up here and this is my favorite hike to take especially when fall hits.

We started this hike under a light drizzle. Not a problem as there is plenty of tree cover. It starts out straight uphill over roots, rocks and stairs. Gradual incline up to the fire trail and then straight up. Cannot comment on the view at all as Mother Nature opened the flood gates at the precise moment that we reached the peak. Our view consisted of a big fluffy cloud that blocked out everything. Nothing but fast moving water back to the fire trail. In the end the rain did not bother us and we met some great people on the trail. This one, although not the trail for a novice, will go in the record books for me.

hiked this trail last new years and it even snowed. loved the views from up there, a must hike

nature trips
2 days ago

When you get there, they have tons of parking area with a gift shop and bathrooms. The hike is easy but some is uphill. Beautiful views! They keep the area very clean and have wide trails. A lot of people go there! I'll be going back for sure!

i enjoyed the view!

This is a great hike. My partner and I have done it twice. Once in the winter and once in the late summer. My goal is to do this during the fall to see the leaves! The dog loves this place! Through hikers are always so pleasent... WATCH OUT FOR THE SNAKES!

Easy for first time hikers as well as experienced. just make sure you have water prior as water is quarter mile away if you dont want to walk. but worth it!!!

for the record High falls trail at Ralph J. Andrew's recreation park is located on pine creek rd in Glendale, North Carolina not Salem, South Carolina. This is the opposite entrance to the falls from High Falls trail. shorter out and back from this end.

Nice shaded and mostly flat trail. Great trail for the dogs with several creeks to drink out of and play in along the way. Water was crystal clear. Moderate amount of traffic but not too crowded at all with plenty of parking.

4 days ago

Good, rocky hike. Some nice resting spots with beautiful views

worth every step

Beautiful hike! lots of traffic on the weekends. Will be back for sure!!!

beautiful hike. glad we dove the extra 2 hours to get there. one of the best views on the AT.

Great hike. we took the upper falls trail side to start (which is much easier section than the lower falls trail that starts on the other side of the parking lot) Once you get to the upper falls section you need to cross the water and go up to the next pool up for the rope swing and rock slide. we had a blast sliding down the rocks and using the rope swing. Then we took the trail the rest of the way down to the lower falls where there is a much longer rock slide. the second half of the loop back to the parking lot from the lower falls are switch backs the whole way (or you can take the many short cuts that go straight up if you want) Definitely a must see.

Challenging in spots with an amazing view for a payoff. Can get a bit crowded at the top.

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

Amazing hike, we hiked it on a rainy day but it was still a great time. I highly recommend for everyone!

If you are looking for an easy trail that gives great 360 views- this is one of the best in that regard

walking
6 days ago

That was a great little family hike. Lots of cold water pools to lay around in and 4 leaves up or so there was a hole that was about 2 ½ feet wide by 3 ½ feet long and about 10 feet deep. Jumped in with my arms by my side. What a rush. The hike is easy. Parking was a problem so get there early.

This is a great workout - the way up really gets your heart rate going :) Trail is well maintained. Waterfalls are truly beautiful.

Awesome hike. Had an eight year old, six year old and a dog. Fun hike but lots of stairs on the way back up!

Really great hike. Good trail for beginners as there are not many difficult parts to it, but one is still rewarded with breathtaking views. I suggest going around noon or in the afternoon as in the morning the views are a little limited.

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