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This is a two part review.
The first part of the trail was from Flat Rock to Waggoners Gap. The trail was rugged and extremely rocky with numerous hills to ascend. Hiked this section on May 4,2018. A gallon of water was not nearly enough to carry, even with the fullest effort to conserve. Hiked all day and only made it about 14 miles before running out of light. With that being noted, we abandoned all hope to proceed and ended the journey at Waggoners Gap.
Just returned from the second leg of the journey (January 12,2019), which began where we left off at Waggoners Gap. This section of the trail was rocky, however, not nearly as the first trek. This section of the trail was MUCH easier, with numerous ascents and descents, though the trail seemed well “manicured “. During this trip, we hiked a continuous 15 miles, following the Tuscarora Trail into the AT at Miller’s Gap. As stated previously, this section of the Tuscarora Trail was ridiculously easier than the first section, and I feel somewhat upset about it. In all, we began this leg at 0545 and ended at 1600, well before running out of light.
In conclusion, the first leg from Flat Rock to Waggoner’s Gap is sheer, unforgiving Hell, while the second leg from Waggoner’s Gap to Miller’s Gap is more like walking a well maintained powderpuff trail.

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4 days ago

Not strenuous at all, but a nice wide, relatively flat walk along the riverside with smaller falls appearing first and then a beautiful high set of falls at the end of mile. Take your mom.

I am a beginner with the hiking and adventuring. This trail was beautiful and was more than just a path. Lots of rock steps and inclines. It was not easy for me, but the accomplishment felt great. We went on a cold rainy January, so it was slippery but well worth it!

A fun hike. A bit muddy but we enjoyed it. Kids did better than myself who slipped a few times. There's a small river to go through...seemed a lot didn't realize this. Wear proper hiking shoes or an extra set.

Waterfall was really nice and tucked away. A bit crowded for a few moments. Overall a cool hike.

Great, easy hike. Beautiful the whole way. My kids love going there. However there are lots of snakes in the summer

hiking
12 days ago

Awesome First Day hike! Parked in the equestrian lot and followed the blue ribbons and signs for Flat Rock until they stopped. Picked up the yellow blaze trail and followed that to where it meets 5 other trails and then continued on to Flat Rock. Loved the wooden bridge over the creek. The sand springs made the water crystal clear. The last trek is very steep and rocky. Once you get to the overlook you forget all about it. It was one of the best views I've seen in PA. Took the blue blaze trail back until it met with the red Lehman trail. Crossed the creek in two places using rocks and then a nice clear path until it joined back to the 5 trail point. Took the Flat rock back to the yellow blaze and back to the parking area. 7 mile's total going that way. It was well worth the 2 hour drive!

Nice easy hike that follows creek up to falls. Super muddy yesterday 1/1/19 due to all of the rain. Don’t forget your boots

This hike is beautiful with waterfalls and running stream. Trail markers can be a bit confusing but otherwise a great location.

Amazing hike for very little effort! Awesome family hike!!! Highly recommend

Easy hike to the falls. Today the trails were very muddy due to all of the recent rain. The new bridges definitely help with the water crossings.

Short and easy trail for those who do not want serious hiking. Very muddy December 29 due to lots of rain.

The trails are confusing - maps don’t match reality or each other. Trails break off in a zillion directions. Wet. Bikes, dogs, hunters, bugs, weird shacks, little kids, creepy old men, runners, actual hikers, garbage and liquor bottles.

I’m not alone:
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Vigorousness is dependent upon what trail you take, but good luck figuring that out.

hiking
23 days ago

Short easy hike to an amazing waterfall. Some interesting history to read at the trail head regarding the falls. Went on a early weekday morning and had the trail all to myself which was nice. Some rock hoping required to get a good view of the falls but it's worth it!

Intense ending if you attempt it

Easy, short hike to pretty waterfalls. Low effort, high yield. Large parking lot right at the trail head. Way too crowded on a weekend though, I passed seriously no less than a hundred people coming and going. Very muddy as well because of recent rains. If you’re coming to Asheville from the east this would be a great pit stop (a couple miles off I-40) but I otherwise wouldn’t go out of my way to hike it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy walk through the woods. Trails were in good condition and well marked. It was wet and a little sloppy in places. My 9 year old had no problems and I managed carrying a 3 year old in a pack.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for families and fairly easy for older hikers. I’m 59 and had no problems. I even traversed down to the river for a photo opportunity.

Beautiful hike along the river with countless smaller falls. Lots to explore. Very wet so the hiking poles were a big help, but the water made the fall extra amazing! Don’t miss this one!

Just hiked the trail we did 3 miles it was beautiful well marked we’d went up blue back red. Definitely coming back to do it in spring when the ground is a little softer.

hiking
1 month ago

Great for your guests. Amazing view.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall. Lots of rocks and roots along the path and a little crowded but it was a weekend! Overall very nice hike!

Super easy trail with an amazing water fall. Avoid this trail on the weekends as it can be extremely crowded. Quick hike with a rewarding view.

hiking
2 months ago

Worth the hike. Easy trail and beautiful views. The way in is an upward climb and seemed more moderate to me because I was carrying my toddler in a pack all the way up, so I’m sure it’s much easier than it felt

Beautiful trail and easy to navigate. Definitely worth going the whole way up to the falls. We brought our dogs and they loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

AWESOME HIKE! I'm not big on waterfalls but this one is WORTH IT! There are several waterfalls along the trail but the one at the end of the trial is a beauty.

hiking
2 months ago

The way I hiked, this was an out and back trail, not a loop. Followed temporary signs for Flat Rock Trail and parked in the upper lot by the horse area. The spur trail from the parking area to the rattlesnake trail is marked with blue ribbon. No indication where the trail joins the yellow blazed Rattlesnake Trail. Several other hikers were confused at this junction. Follow the yellow blazed trail, it winds in a circle until you find a sign pointing towards Flat Rock Trail. Lots of people on the trail on a Sunday afternoon in November but it didn’t feel overcrowded. Beautiful view from the top.

hiking
2 months ago

We are flatlanders from Florida in our late 50s, early 60s and found this to be a comfortable hike. 2 bridges and one creek crossing. Very few roots and rocks to navigate. Go early to avoid crowds. Sunrise or shortly thereafter. It was crowded on our way out.

Great last min idea to get some outdoor time while vacationing in Asheville. Waterfall is beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for our whole family! My 3.5 year old did the entire thing independently and my 65 year old FIL loved it. Took us about 2 hours total. Don't stop until you get to the top oast the second bridge... You will definitely know when you have hit the big, gorgeous falls at the top. Trail had some parts where you had to walk over large rocks in the creek and at the falls you have to maneuver over through big boulders to get the best view...DO IT!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike to two major waterfalls. The trek to the Upper Falls was not as dangerous as I read that it would be. Piece of cake. Close to a 4 mile round trip.

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