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Great hike! great view from White Rock, Sand Cave is amazing too

Very nice, relatively easy, quick hike that can be done in about 30 minutes. It is a relaxing hike with a wide path and cool surrounding, which include benches if you just want sit and enjoy the woods. Dog friendly (on leash) and there are places that you can take off path to get to picnic areas near the creek. I do this hike upwards of 2-3 times a week. Recommend to beginners or people that just want to be outside a little bit.

Definitely not a hike for a quitter but totally worth the effort!

Great trail if your just getting into hiking or you want to walk your dog. It’s beautiful.

Not a hike, but a continuous climb "less than 8% grade" according to one of the info signs.
Boring except for the view at the top.

hiking
16 days ago

Easy, brief hike with great views of the town.

hiking
16 days ago

Nice, short hike with views at the end.

Beautifull serene plenty of seagulls and ducks. Great for walking.

It was stupid of me to make this my first hiking trip. I convinced a bunch of my friends to come backcountry camping. Out of everyone in the group, I was the novice. I brought too much unnecessary stuff, and was woefully out of shape. Incline all the way up, and had to abandon some of my gear and water. The ordeal was excruciating. I fell plenty of times. But the forest, wildlife, and silence was some of the most beautiful moments I've experience in my life. Having the refreshing water of sand cave wash over me was worth the pounds of muds I tracked on the way up. We camped for a couple days. Best couple of days of my life. We burned the fat off our souls

as we went up it got foggy enjoy the trail hope to go back on a clear day

This was our first ever backpacking trip. My wife, myself, and our friend. The payoffs on this trail are pretty great. Fern covered forest for backcountry camping, sand cave, and the views from White Rocks are all winners. For the difficulty? Not too bad. Is it all uphill from the trailhead to White Rocks? Pretty much, and given this was our first ever venture to the backcountry we took it pretty slow. It is however only 3 miles of uphill. So given the short distance it is very doable, even with a pack filled with a ton of stuff we didn't use or need (like I said, this was our first ever trip - rookie mistakes...haha). Go do the trail, spend some time in the cave, and enjoy breakfast up on White Rocks, you won't be disappointed. A great trip to introduce us to the world of backcountry hiking and camping!

Hiked this in this snow in mid-March. It was absolutely beautiful! It’s mainly uphill going up but coming back down the mountain was a breeze.

Nice trail with the dogs

I have hiked this trail shown on the map and THIS trail on the map is not the Pinnacle overlook trail from the Iron Furnace. This trail on the map is from an area off Hwy 988, near Sugar Run. Great hike just not accurate.

Scenic trail with relaxing water sounds along the way up to the falls. I walked the loop clockwise and enjoyed the falls early in the hike. A fair amount of elevation increase going this way.
Definitely one not to miss!

on Gibson Gap Trail

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike,Hoss and I hiked around 12 miles starting on the Gibson trail,which had a great climb.We went up on the ridge trail which was a winter wonderland,very beautiful!! Then we came off at Star light cave which was beautiful!!

Hiked this in 2015 . Amazing views and the sand cave is awesome. Great park and people.

camping
3 months ago

Definitely better trail than the one on the KY Side. Parking is much better. Have plenty of water in the winter because the spigot in Hensley Settlement is turned off after Nov 1st. Martins Fork cabin on top of Gibson Gap has running water nearby it and is easily access from the trail on top of the ridge.

Great trail. Major elevation gains in the end. The views from White Rocks are amazing and the Sand Cave is awesome. Definitely worth the leg burner hike!

hiking
3 months ago

A huge rock with a huge chain on it... pretty neat. Good trail with some awesome scenery at the end.

Nice trail that's easier than others I've been on, just one rocky area. Good views of the lake.

on Chained Rock Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail especially if you’re just getting into hiking. Lot of stairs to go up and down, so be prepared. Make sure to take plenty of water especially if you hike this trail like I did in the summer. It definitely is a moderate trail as it starts off easy, but when you start heading back, you can sure feel the hilly terrain getting back at you. Offhand, I loved it and will definitely do it again soon.

hiking
4 months ago

The trail is moderately difficult and would be challenging at times for someone that may have difficulty keeping balance. This trail provides great exercise and a pretty view of a waterfall. For anyone wanting the fastest way to the falls I posted a picture of the entrance you should take. Happy Hiking everyone

Great trail for hiking it’s easy there’s a couple steep places. Great for kids, grand parents hiked it with our whole family.

nice easy loop trail with the trail head next to the visitors center.

one of my favorite trails I have ever hiked sand cave and white rocks offer wonderful views.

hiking
4 months ago

killer steps on the way back up but the view of Pineville from the rock is amazing.

hiking
5 months ago

A good walk in the woods. Steep climb up and very steep coming down.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome spot great on a foggy morning, disappointed in the trash and vandalism tho

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