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Absolute, hands down, favorite hike to date. It's more about the scenery on the way to the top of Mt.Rogers that makes this trail worthwhile. We started at the Massie Gap parking area, went along the Rhododendron Trail to the AT trail (I believe). Every part of the trail getting to Mt.Rogers is stunning. We saw tons of the wild ponies and cattle along the trail which made this an amazing unique experience. We may have gotten rained on the first half of the trip but it didn't make it any less awesome. The view from the peak of Mt.Rogers is all wooded but it is beautiful nonetheless. Worth it to say you've been on the peak of the highest mountain in VA! I believe the hike is marked hard for how long it is because it really isn't challenging otherwise. Just make sure to wear good shoes and bring lots of snacks/water.

A great hike to a fun area. The Channels are nice to spend time in. As for the hike up to them, it is quite steep but doable. The age in my team ranged from 30-70 years old and everyone made it to the top. By no means did anyone consider themselves an expert so beginners can do this but I strongly recommend taking breaks and stay at your own pace. Don’t let experience or age keep you from completing this trail. In my opinion it is well marked and well maintained. I definitely recommend this trail be on your list of trails to complete because you honestly won’t be disappointed.

This is great all ages. Don’t come if your looking for a challenge or big views. Kind of boring.

10 days ago

Trails so often make you choose between gorgeous vegetation, density, and privacy or easy, crowded, monotony. Lake Trail - even on Labor Day - is that magical hike that is easy (with a few moderate climbs), sparsely populated, and has lovely scenery. The road and camp side is far less lovely, but the far side of the lake up in the mountain ridges is dense vegetation and great solitude.

12 days ago

Awesome view from the top!Only saw one person on the way back down.No water sources bring plenty.

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13 days ago

Great out and back. Amazing gorge with cool rock formations. Most people only hike the lower and upper ends, so otherwise we had the trail to ourselves. (Reminded me of Linville Gorge, NC)

Enjoyed a nice, wet, quiet hike with the significant other. Unfortunately couldn't camp in the Highlands area due to bear activity. Always properly handle your food folks. Trail can be a little slippery in some spots but pretty much impossible to get lost. Definitely a lot longer than the listed 10.8.

Beautiful view at the top

Good hike. Started from Massie Gap. Three hours up via Wilburn Ridge and stopping for the ponies. Two hours down at a pretty steady pace. Recommend skipping Wilburn. Two markers at the summit. One is an error. They're on two boulders, about 30 feet apart. No view there, and notably cooler.

23 days ago

Go walk laps around your nearest Harley dealership instead. Same experience. The only trail I recall turning back on because it wasn’t enjoyable ... at all.

Should gone 1 star but it isn’t the trails fault that people have an obsession with personal noise.

This is a beautiful challenging trail and I say that after having hiked it in a pretty heavy rainstorm so couldn't even
see all the views!! The flora is great and you MUST start at the Massie Gap parking lot so you can come up through Rhododendron Trail to Appalachian Trail to the spur at the Thomas Knob shelter. This way you pass the wild ponies which is a wonderful experience.

Beautiful, easy access from interstate. Old signs mixed with new signs made it hard to follow. But reservoir always in sight so hard to be truly lost. I expect to keep this on my favorites list.

Good easy trail for the family.

Great hike. Most of the trail is near the river. It has some beautiful views.

Excellent hiking trip. Moderate is a good description. There were some challenging spots, but once you get to the top it’s definitely worth it! It was my first hiking trip in years and we to 5 kids ages 5-8.

1 month ago

Pretty steep towards to summit... The View Is Well worth the hike...TAKE treking poles!!!!

1 month ago

Great short hike... Awesome waterfall

The trailhead parking lot at 36* 51.878N and 081* 56.819W is well-maintained but limited parking is available so arrive early. The 3.0-mile trail is uphill the entire way except for a few steps. It is a tiring walk but the ravines down the hill into the woods make it scenic. At the summit there is a sign pointing left to the Channels spur trail or straight ahead for the Brumley Mountain Trail, so don't miss the spur. Once on the spur you'll see the lookout tower in a few minutes. The lookout's shed has been destroyed and burned...only charred remains are left. Once you see the tower, walk directly past it to the far side of the rocks where you will see an unmarked trail leading into the woods. A few stapled arrows on the trees show the way to the entrance of the Channels. The labyrinth is fun to explore but a backpack is a hinderance when exploring tighter passages. It is easy to get lost - I used my GPS to find the entrance which is at 36* 52.279N and 081* 58.757W. Just remember what the first impressive rock formations look like as you enter so that you'll know where to exit.

Steep trail with cool destination! Parts are rough near the top.

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

I hiked the portion of the hike from the Doughton Park parking lot to Bluff Mountain. This review covers just that portion of the trail

From the parking lot the trail to the picnic area is part of the Mountains to Sea Trail There are about 2-3 nice areas with views of distant mountains, fields and rugged rocks.

From the picnic area you have a nice sunset view looking west to the distant mountains. An even better view is to hike the Bluff Mt trail toward the shelter. But turn right at the junction instead of left and take trail to Bluff Mt. About 200 yards past the junction along the trail you’ll find open space with an excellent view to the west. A 28-135mm lens will work great.

1 month ago

It’s a beautiful a trail as I have seen, bar none. Watch out for the bulls though.

cool hike waterfalls bridge crossings awesome hike

Not sure how one gets lost on these trails. The lake is almost always in view and the path is easy to see. I thought it was an enjoyable hike. Highly recommended for a nice moderately challenging day hike.

This is a HARD trail, I hike a lot and this trail is not for the part timer. Almost uphill the entire way, first 1.5 Miles very easy gravel then the accent begins, pretty well marked but if you get to the Channels it’s easy to get turned around.
We found 2 kinda private overlooks and actually took a few naked pics for fun lol.
Well worth it but for sure hard.

2 months ago

Fun, easy, short walk.... beautiful falls.

Nice easy in & out hike. All 3 Falls were beautiful!
Dog friendly.
Be aware that near the last/largest Fall the hillside trail has slid off & you literally have a foots width ( I wear a womens 9) to stand on to make it to the viewing platform and on to the bottom of this Fall.

Great low-traffic trail with many points of interest. Enough challenge to make an interesting hike without being inordinately difficult. Be careful of portions of trail that have you stepping from rock to rock, things can get a bit slippery and wobbly in places. Probably not the best trail for very young children. Lots of interesting mushrooms, mosses, and vegitation to notice along the way along with the rippling water and rock formations.

Nice trails, rocky. But the trails are NOT marked so that you can easily find your way.

Very nice place and provide more than the waterfalls. It is worth to explore more around. I have been here many times one of the favorites.

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