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If you are looking for a heart pumper and you are in the area - go for it! I tend to go for scenery- not much to look at on the way up. Top view was good but small vista area that can get crowded.

Awesome trail, little traffic and awesome views at the top.

I did this hike today and it was very nice. The view is so beautiful at the end! The hike isn’t too strenuous and I would rate it moderate to hard at the very end. Be careful with yellow jackets (there was a nest), I got stung and ended up with a severe allergic reaction and a rescue team had to come get me. So if you’re allergic, take your pen/meds with you!

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2 days ago

Love this trail probably one of my favorites

hiking
2 days ago

Best hiking trail on the parkway with the best views! It is very convenient and it is located right off of the Parkway! This trail is very unique compared to other hiking trails in the area! If you are planning a hiking trip, this is a must do!

First thing to note is that this is a different trail than looking glass falls which several people seemed confused about. The only water fall is a very small one near the start. The trail is not steep but the 3 miles out is entirely uphill. The view at the top is definitely worth it though!

Lovely views, lovely hike. The climb is never steep, just steady and moderate. We hiked up for sunset and soaked in our first Eastern sights of the Milky Way along with a hand-full of meteors from the Perseid shower. Other than a few passers-by, we had the place to ourselves.

hiking
4 days ago

Great views from a number of rocky outcrops, including views of the Linn Cove Viaduct, and expansive Blue Ridge mountain vistas. Budget at least an hour round trip, more if it had just rained or trail is wet. It gets very muddy after rain and the rocks can get very slippery. Multiple parts with steps, no gravel, mostly dirt/rocks combination mixed with tree roots. Good footwear needed; Once I did it in my running shoes - not a great idea. Moderate to hard in places.
Avoid, if possible, during weekends, or after 10am, as it gets uber-crowded. Children over 6 should be able to do it, as well as older adults in reasonably good shape/health.
Overall: great short hiking opportunity;

Note to BRP maintenance crews: trail is overgrown with shrubbery in places, no gravel left either, it's literally begging for some maintenance TLC.

This is a short but uphill hike the entire way with rewarding views at the end. The very last section leading to the summit is a bit of a rock scramble, but even the pups handled it like champs. The summit is small and could get really crowded when there are a lot of people and dogs. The trail was very muddy when I went after a rainy period so watch your footing.

Great workout. Not a scenic “hike”.

hiking
6 days ago

Challenging enough but very doable (my 8 and 5 year olds were fine). Views are amazing and worth the hike.

Loved the scenic trail and the destination is breathtaking! Hike is very strenuous but worth it in the end!

I took the trail from Table Rock to Laurel Valley yesterday morning 8-3-18 during the rain. The Creeks and Falls along the trail were raging but awesome to see and hear. Crossing points were still safe but reccomend the upmost caution. The sky's cleared by the time I crested at Sassafras overlook. I made the section in 4:35. Looking forward to Hiking the trail all the way to OSP soon.

Hard work but the view makes it worth it! Lots of water on the trail causing frequent mud puddles.

10 days ago

A great hike with amazing views. A walking stick is helpful at times.

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this fun trail today with my parents in their 50s and my youngest sister who is 12. Not at all difficult for me but a little slippery on the way down. Beautiful views to the South and a very pretty waterfall at the trailhead. Strongly recommend!

11 days ago

One of our family favorites. Strenuous, but not impossible.

We did the first 30 miles from Oconee to Whitewater Falls October 2017 in 2.5 days. Pretty cruisy with some great camp sites. Didn't see anyone on our Thursday to Saturday walk. Went back to Table Rock SP May 3, 4, 5, 2018, and finished up the last 48 miles. Sassafras Mt. was closed due to the new tower construction. There was one worker dude up there in a truck hanging out with his girlfriend. We obeyed and took the detour but I wasn't pleased. We finished day 2 with Heartbreak Ridge and I agree with a previous poster on finishing the day with Heartbreaker and getting yourself one of the sweeeeeet campsites by the Toxaway because the next day you got about 16 pretty tough miles to the camp that the Girlscouts constructed close to the base of Whitewater Falls. Hats off to all the Eagle Scouts who did their community service projects on this trail; their everywhere. As for water... it's everywhere.

This trail is fantastic. Easy walk up with a few points of interest and the view at the end is breathtaking. No wonder the trailhead is ALWAYS packed.

Great hike with fantastic views at the top. A very popular trail so expect lots of company and to be parking on the side of the road since the parking lot will most likely be full. The trail is very well maintained. I would describe it as a moderate hike since all of the switchbacks make the ascent very managable.

Very nice trail for a great view at the top.
Would say it’s more of a moderate trail than hard.
Would recommend proper hiking shoes due to exposed roots, noticed some people having footing issues with running/gym shoes. I would do the trail again .

Great hike! Gradual uphill all the way up with pretty foliage. Just a pretty and enjoyable trail. I would say it’s more on the moderate side than difficult. Heavily trafficked with lots of dogs too — but it is a Saturday in summer. Went early (started around 9:30) and it wasn’t too bad traffic wise on the way up. The view is definitely worth it with a nice, mostly easy trek down. Would definitely do this one again.

hiking
19 days ago

Fun short hike, though the incline/decline is quite strenuous. We hiked it in the rain and the rocks were still fairly easy to navigate!

A good workout and mostly uphill.

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked from the parking lot up to the overlooks, then down to the bridge and back. The bridge has some excellent rock scrambling opportunities. Took my 6+9 yr old boys; they tripped or slid a couple times on the trail, but we're very careful near the edges. Picked lots of blueberries around the overlooks, but they hide off the beaten path.
The trail from the overlooks to the second half of the trail is overgrown and easy to miss, but opens up after you squeeze through.

on Rough Ridge

hiking
23 days ago

Love this hike. Great for families. Our 7 and 5 year old did fine with some coaching on slippery rocks. The incline is almost 500ft and the views are worth the work.

Fun hike! Not as hard as a lot of the reviews said. We even saw some elderly folk making their way back down. It is a decent workout and definitely worth the hike! The view and rock face is one of the best the area has to offer! A must see!

Loved this hike—quick but strenuous! It’s a steady climb on a well marked trail. It begins to get rocky and requires a slight bit of “climb” on the last stretch. The views at the top are lovely... not as vast as some other hikes I’ve done in the area (looking glass, john’s rock), but beautiful and a great reward for a shorter hike. The 4 vs 5 Star is primarily for the small space at the top. There were quite a few people, we had our dogs, and there was very little room for us to rest and take in the sights. Would definitely do it again!

Beautiful views

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