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good trail, work the hike

Very rewarding hike. The way down is easy for the most part, although you will cross a few creeks where you have to be skillful to not get wet. The waterfalls are worth the whole thing, including the most difficult part, the walk back up. I wouldn't consider this a difficult hike just as long as you are in decent shape.

I definitely think this should be rated difficult, not moderate. But the beautiful waterfall and the workout is worth it!

3 snakes along the way

hiking
11 days ago

Nice hike this morning to Andrews Bald. We arrived at Clingmans Dome parking area at 0800 to be the crowds. We succeeded in that but barely any views due to early fog. Wish we would have waited till later in the morning. Love the trail and the forest we passed through. Will definitely be back again!!!

Went early on a Sunday morning, enjoyed the peace and quiet of the fairly short hike to the upper falls where I watched the sunrise. Hell of a way to start the day!

on Rufus Morgan Trail

14 days ago

nice hike to very tall waterfall

Perfect trail for a leisurely hike. Absolutely beautiful, with only a couple other hikers, it felt like we were secluded into a deep forest. A bit too early for fall colors, but did find some red, orange and yellow leaves dotting the path. Will definitely recommend.

Make sure you bear left at the beginning of the trail over the bridge. Beautiful waters.

Great Hike. Has some steep uphills sections however the downhill makes up for it. Nice waterfall. Trail can be slightly tricky at times to follow wouldn’t recommend for novice hikes without good GPS.

hiking
26 days ago

This trail follows a rough gravel road for a little over a mile. With a mild incline and several tricky creek crossings but still manageable to cross. Once the road ends you follow the blue markers for Pete's Branch Falls on the left for another half mile to the falls. Definitely worth the trip out there. The falls are amazing!

Way more difficult than I expected and I consider myself a fairly seasoned hiker. The incline on the way up- yikes! Beautiful waterfall at the end but have no illusions thinking it’s an easy hike.

On the moderate end of difficult (for me). Update from hurricane Florence: About a mile from the Falls, there are several spots where fallen trees block or hide the trail. Minor bushwhacking required, but so worth it!

on Laurel Falls Trail

hiking
28 days ago

have been doing thus trail for 40 years now every since i moved here from California. My husband(at time friend/boyfriend) and his three cousins walked it and swam at falls and along tge way everyday for the first 2 months of my moving here. It is a wonderful hike. Easy except for going back up rock steps if you take the high route. We still take the route that follows the river all the way. A flood took out part of that trail and that is why they rerouted it up the jigger trail which also makes it higher. Since you are already on higher trail when you get to the stop over for gikers to camp go to left of it and follow that trail to a pretty waterfall sliding down a huge rock not far out of way and beautiful

difficult trail as the incline up the mountain is rather steep
..a few creek crossings leave you with wet feet lol but..we saw 2 black snakes but no other wildlife. The cemetery was a bit disappointing, just a few marker stones with only one actuall grave stone from the 1920s...overall a great workout!

If you do the full loop you must cross the river twice and you will get wet. Lots of tree roots but a nice hike with great views of falls. I have dogs that enjoy the water and there were a couple of places for them to get in.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail to the left looked washed out so instead of the loop we went right and back the same way (see recording)

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail ending with a good looking waterfall

We hiked this trail last week and absolutely loved it. Long trek but very easy hike. If you are into waterfalls and small cascades this is the trail for you. The 3 big waterfalls also have swimming pools at the bottom to cool off in The hike is right along the water most of the way. We also found the skeleton of the old Pontiac off of the trail. The only reason we did find it is previous hikes had made an arrow out of branches pointing towards the small trail to the right. It was really cool! I also saw a bear run across the trail at about 2 or 3 miles in. So keep your eyes peeled. My boyfriend is a beginner at hiking and did this 8 mile hike pretty easily. We will definitely be back. Would have added photos, but didn’t have the option to.

The constant uphill of this trail was definitely a challenge. Bring extra water and snacks and maybe a rainfly just in case you catch an unexpected storm rolling in. It took awhile to get to the top with a couple stops due to the downpours but the fire tower views are absolutely worth it. Coming down only took an hour and a half with a good pace/ downhill jog.

hiking
1 month ago

If you are going to hike this trail in the summer months be sure to wear long pants. The trail is rather over grown with stinging neddle after about a mile in. Couple creek crossings but nothing too difficult. Following the trail markers posed a bit of a challenge but makes for a decent day hike.

1 month ago

not very scenic

Great little hike!

hiked Margarette Falls 2 weeks ago. it was a nice hike. not real long or strenuous. The falls were worth it.

the views at the top are amazing. can see sylva and th surrounding mountains. the "Pinnacle park" is fun you can walk down to about 3-4 different rock faces all with amazing views. the hike is tough!!! straight up no breaks! when you see the start of the trail behind the gate, it stays at that incline basically the whole way. I started at noon. got to the Pinnacle at 2. left at 2:30, back at trailhead at 4. beware tho, I saw a few people turn around and couldn't make it. it's a hard trail. it follow a forest service road. it has a fire campsites at the beginning next to the creek. also one at the top, but man, I personally wouldn't want to lug my gear up that incline ! lol there is a short "bridge" trail. take it to the right it looks like your going behind someone's house. it's a nice trail , not forest service road, that follows the creek and you pass over a few small bridges. it's a nice trail. nothing spectacular but the creeks are nice. good for dogs. the hike to the top was worth it though!! I was going to do a 7mile loop? but got confused and tired.

Pretty good hiking path that is worth the adventure.

I gave it a 4 because of the view at the summit. The downhill on the lower east side is brutal. There are no bathrooms at the trail head. The waterfall was very small. The 1st 2 miles up is steep but when you make the turn to see the pinnacle ridge it is a nice stroll. I would recommend knee braces for the decent if you are not in top shape. My knees were shaking the whole way down, not to mention the obstacles. I enjoyed the work out.

Difficult trial and very rocky but nice scenery.

i fully enjoyed this hike. it includes several places to stop and cool off. it does progressivly go up the mountain.

awesome hike wore the dig down pretty good.

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