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8 days ago

Average hike through the woods along the Dan River. There are some pretty bluff views along the river as you hike.

A short trail. Very popular area for swimming. Beautiful waterfall over a pool setting.

8 days ago

This hike was fun and challenging with great views. We got to the parking lot around 8 or so and it was almost empty. Note, the bathrooms don't open til 9 I think, so you have to hike down into the picnic area to find some unlocked bathrooms at the start. We hiked counterclockwise, with Hanging Rock first and Moore's Knob last. There were probably 10 or so other people at Hanging Rock when we got there, so not too bad. Best views were from Moore's Knob but it was hot and buggy by the time we got there. The whole thing took us about 5-5.5 hours with ample time stopping at the overlooks. It got toasty and much more crowded towards the end. I didn't think the Cook's Wall portion added much to the experience and the trail was overgrown. I also didn't really enjoy the last mile or so by the lake and parking lots -- not a very fun way to end the hike! It's definitely more than 9.5 miles; more like 10.8 or even longer.

Very short walk. Finding a place to park can be a challenge. Did this trail several years ago while geocaching.

Beautiful falls and swimming area for the whole family! The walk to the falls is easy and well worth the beautiful rocks and waterfall!

19 days ago

10/10 would hike again.

Definitely easy trail but a great easy hike if you’re tired out from other activities at the park like the lake. Beautiful spot next to the class three rapid to watch kayakers. After the hike stop in at the Green Herron for some great beers and a wonderful deck overlooking the river!

Amazing falls and terrific trail. I’d rate as easy to moderate. Can’t miss trail in the park.

Beautiful waterfall

The sign at trailhead says strenuous and certainly lives up to that description. This is a beautiful trail that provides several switchbacks, a bit of climbing over rocks, creek crossings aplenty and a heck of a climb up from the bottom. Payoff is a great workout with a pristine creek and a series of small waterfalls. I'd give this trail 4 stars if it had better markings. Many trails I've done have paint markings on the trees and that would be quite helpful on this trail. If you lose sight of this one, we found you usually need to cross the creek and keep looking. I'll go again. Take plenty of water and take your time.

1 month ago

What we enjoyed most about this trail was the waterfall at the bottom of the climb down and the multiple creek crossings that gave us a sense of exploration and adventure. The trail is very steep either way you go, so be prepared to do some work but it's very rewarding and enjoyable.

Nice little woodsy trail. Enjoyed it with my four Shih Tzu companions over the past few years. The only issue that I have is that sometimes the bikers go too fast and tend to chase walkers off the trails, otherwise it is a fun adventure.

Absolutely beautiful.

Nice easy mostly shaded trail. Peaceful and beautiful scenery. Lots of benches and trash cans along the hike.

Great hike with a few great mountain overlooks. Good elevation challenge in the first few miles and enjoyable length. The loop spans multiple trails in this order: Chesnut Knob, Sawtooth Trail, Upper CCC, Little River Trail, Raven Rock Trail, and River Trail. There were a lot of gnats though.

Nice leisurely hike....saw a doe in the marsh and maybe a fox.....going back in June to camp

Did this at the end of a hot day.... the scenery is beautiful!!! I wish I could post the picture not just of the cascade but the stairs to it.... at the end the cascades is spectacular aaaaand freezing water. Worth it.

beautiful trail, whent in the summer last year. make sure you have at least 2 hours for this trail

Beautiful serene hike would definitely recommend

Did this today right after the heavy rains cleared. Very easy hike with a big payoff.

3 months ago

I just this two days ago. I did about 13 miles. I started at Window and Hidden Falls then over to Hanging Rock (about the only place I saw people but wasn't many). Then made my way over to Wolf Rock, House Rock, then to Cooks Wall then back to House Rock and took the Magnolia Springs Trail North until I hit Moores Wall up to Moores Knob then headed down all the stairs towards Upper Cascade Falls to the parking lot where I then drove to the Lower Cascade Falls. I'll just sum the day up as absolutely beautiful and definitely worth every bit of it. Definitely worked on my legs. And all of the mountains had beautiful sights with Moores Knob as the best the Hanging Rock a very close second. I enjoyed it so much I will be back to do it again. Definitely bring water and good shoes.

Amazing place

This was a great trail! It was pretty easy to follow and it was not extensive at all. The waterfall feature was gorgeous!

3 months ago

Very good hike. 600 steps in the beginning trail as I left counterclockwise. 300 steps up hanging rock...all of the peaks were lightly traveled except hanging rock. Packed. A kid apparently fell two weeks before my hike. There must have been 60 people on hanging rock when I got there.

My dogs and I love this trail. Several different ways to go so it never gets boring and my dogs have a swim in the middle of our hike.

Great pet friendly trails!

mountain biking
4 months ago

Love this trail.

Beautiful scenery and an easy, sand strewn trail that parallels the Pamlico Sound. If you live in Greenville or the surrounding area and have a couple hours to kill, I’d recommend it.

We completed this hike yesterday. We went clockwise leaving Moore’s knob until last. That’s a difficult climb to end with but I didn’t feel like heading up a mile of steps at the beginning. Next time we will try counterclockwise, starting at Moore’s knob. It was very beautiful and satisfying to complete. Not much traffic except around hanging rock. Fantastic views. Take plenty of water. My son who has had four heart surgeries managed this without difficulty, so not too bad at all. Great day hike.

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