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Great, easy trail for the whole family! Our 4 year old hiker didn’t complain about the walk at all. Lots of families with dogs, pretty heavily trafficked but didn’t feel crowded at all. Falls are really pretty! We’ll definitely go back when it’s warm outside.

short hike, but uphill the entire way ... felt like much longer than 3 miles roundtrip because of how steep the trail is ... beautiful views at the top - completely worth the trek!

Had a fantastic time here. We hiked all the way to the end of the trail seeing all 3 waterfalls. It was Thursday so very few people were on the trail. Had lunch at the top if rainbow falls. It was an amazing view.

Nice trail. Not too strenuous. Tracked it at 6 miles total. There were plenty of children doing this trail with no problem. There are places where I would not have a dog with no leash. The views at the end are well worth the trip.

Our first hike on this trail. The waterfall is beautiful and worth the hike.

7 days ago

My fiancé, my dog (cocker spaniel), and I did this hike after seeing some local photos (we live in Roanoke). Great hike, moderate difficulty, with some truly amazing views. The hike took a little over 2 hours round trip with taking a 15-20 minute break at the top to look at the amazing views. The trail was snowy when we went which made it a bit harder, but overall very enjoyable and would recommend to others and hike again sometime.

7 days ago

This is a good trail, but I wouldn't call it "lightly trafficked." Not on a weekend, anyway.

Great hiking trail, very well maintained and beautiful views, always something new to discover. My wife and I hike from Hells Hollow parking lot to McConnell's mills and back. I don't recommend hiking it in the winter, can be very dangerous. Early spring is usually muddy and U have a couple of small run off creeks to cross over.

I always ignore the trail and rock hop right up the river. one of my favorite places

Great views at the top!

14 days ago

The bride and I made this hike, it was her first hike. she enjoyed it. weather was great and the view was awesome. will be back for another round for sure.

15 days ago

Absolutely breath taking! Very easy and short hike to get to the falls. You can sit on the rocks at the second level and enjoy the view. Would highly recommend!

Great hike with a better view! You can even see Charlotte from the top.

17 days ago

Great trail for some moderate elevation gain. Going up and down the rock top trail adds something a little different to your hike. For us this ended up being closer to a 7 mile hike.

First time hiking out here and enjoyed it a lot. It may have been raining, not too hard but enough to keep us wet but well worth it.

AMAZING!!! We had such a great time. Kids 6,11, and 12. The waterfall was incredibly beautiful.

26 days ago

Awesome trail! Directions a little confusing, but we took Buckhorn Gap to the falls and Avery Creek Trail on the way back to the forestry road.

This is a very strenuous challenge. Along the river was beautiful. Some of the small waterfalls were pretty. We went when the trail was snow covered in the morning & it warmed up to mid 40’s. Parts were extremely muddy & other parts were snow covered with ice underneath & very slick. I’m glad we did it but I would definitely wait for good weather. Lots of scrambling over rocks along the river. Prepare, plan ahead if you do the entire trail. It’s a long haul. I only recorded the second half on the way back from the bridge. Ended up being 12 miles & took us a total of 6 hours & 15 minutes of moving time.

Good hike, a little challenging towards the end but well worth it. Great views!

This is a very nice, compacted trail. Families should easily be able to take the kids. Check out the 2 huge boulders on the way up...the trail runs between them.

A very nice short hike. Once I was there I met another hiker who told me about the other Falls to the left of Moore Cove. Just a short walk across two creeks and up a hill. It was pretty nice as well and worth it!

Tough yes but, totally worth it for the views and the breathtaking scenery.

Nice trail.....easy to moderate. Nice views.The last 1/4 mile gets a bit harder, but worth the effort to push forward to the top. Met some very nice people along the trail.

1 month ago

Went on a day I only saw 2 other hikers but that was because it was a bit icy. Beautiful views,

It was awesome!! When hiking you will come to a path to your left... I saved that for last. It was Stairway Falls... Beautiful. So I kept going to right ... First Fall was Rainbow... keep going you will come to Turtleback... keep going you will come to Drift Falls!! All worth the hike!!

1 month ago

Have hiked this trail many times alone and with my grandchildren. Last section is fairly steep and rough terrain. Just have to watch your step. Great areas at the top to do some basic bouldering. Trails leading off the back side take you to Kings Mtn which is a really good hike.

1 month ago

Good trail for quick hikes.

1 month ago

Nice trail. I took the Turnback Trail from the parking lot which intersects with the Pinnacle Trail. The last .2 miles of the Pinnacle Trail is pretty steep but the rest is straightforward. The views are great. Rolling woodland to the South and East and a nice view of South Mountains State Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the North and West. Also, the Ridge Line Trail intersects Pinnacle near the top. It's a bit easier and makes for a nice walk through the woods.

Hiked this section of the AT at the beginning of last April. Due to my line of work, I am unable to take off an extended amount of time to allow me to thru-hike.. so I’m forced to section hike it. They claim that this is the toughest part of the Appalachian Trail. I’m not so sure about all of that, but it is rather tough in certain spots. A lot of elevation gain/loss in a short distance, but the rewards (views) are so worth it. 10/10.. after I have completed the whole trail, I’d love to do Georgia again. I like to day-hike portions of it. Preachers Rock and Blood Mountain to Neels Gap are awesome day hikes.

Absolutely stunning. Climbed to the summit via DC route from July 15-17 (took a rest day at Camp Muir due to high winds on the upper mountain). Bluebird summit bid, with a few ladder crossings over some deep crevasses. Would love to climb it again! It's definitely a challenge, but if you study the route, are in great physical and mental shape, and are willing to push your limits, there's no doubt you will make it to Columbia Crest!

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