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on Poor Mountain Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked blue loop counter-clockwise in 2 hours. Pleasant overlook toward beginning of hike. Then steep descent. Cascading water falls toward middle of hike. Then gradual ascent. Trail clearly blazed and well-maintained with numerous benches for breaks. Small parking area at start. Have to hike in a bit before reaching map.

A bit of a "meh" from me and my 12 year old daughter. The views of Carvins Cove are amazing, but Hay Rock itself is utterly forgettable. The multiple power line crossings also detract from the experience. We clocked it at 7.9 miles round trip from the park and ride, and would rate it as a pretty solid "Moderate" in difficulty.

In my opinion, the best views in the area. A steady climb with plenty of switchbacks brings you to a breathtaking view of the valley and reservoir below.

I was concerned about getting lost after reading reviews. Not sure how people got lost. There are signs everywhere. This was an amazing trail. The waterfalls are beautiful! Very peaceful fun hike. I even saw purple, bright orange and bright yellow mushrooms! I’ve never seen a purple mushroom or yellow and orange mushrooms that were so vibrant. Highly recommend this hike. When you come to first cascade, continue to walk over bridge and up many stairs to reach the waterfall.

Great walk in the woods. The water is beautiful the only downside is there’s no swimming. There are a lot of segways to the water from the trail. The trail was narrow and overgrown near the power lines, which was very noisy. There are a lot of bugs so bring repellant! There also has been bear sightings so be aware and courteous. I would say this trail is closer to moderately strenuous, has some inclines. You can park at either end of the trail. Both $3. The other parking lot is smaller and it is pay by envelope.

A great hike! Challenging but well worth it. The view from the Cliffs is amazing! A black bear crossed the trail ahead of mean the way back down. That got the heart racing. It was a great day hike and part 2 of 3 for the Triple Crown.

Wonderful walk in the woods with a great view and waterfall. I walked it counter clockwise, the end was steep but did not take long. Took about 2.5 hours. The only difference I would make is to go clockwise so I could have seen the sun set at the overlook. Very peaceful trail

hiking
15 days ago

Nice secluded hike. Good crop of poison ivy. Probably best when the leaves are off the trees. Easy grades. Keep in mind that no dogs are allowed

Loved this trail. Diverse in meadow and forested areas, hard stair climb, AMAZING views. Got sweaty and enjoyed every second of it.

We did the Apple Orchard trail, Cornelius creek and a little part of the AT. At one point we got turned around. All in all we hiked 8 Miles. My husband and I did it with our two small children aged 7 and 5. Climbing back up to the car was a little workout. Definitely beautiful scenery and the falls on Apple Orchard trail are very nice. Perfect for a picnic

horseback riding
23 days ago

Great for riding horses. Great short day trail!

We were surprised to have the trail and falls to ourselves on a Sunday in mid July. Having the ability to approach from the blue ridge parkway or back roads off 81 made this a nice stop going from Roanoke to DC

views are incredible. trail not well maintained when i went but worth the trip!

Saw a bear about 15-20 feet from the trail. This is an awesome trail, and the best views are before the actual rock overlooking the cove. Beautiful and a great workout!

Fun hike with a little bit of everything. You get wildlife, waterfalls, and some scenic views. The uphill climbs can be a little challenging but over all it's worth the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

We hike Smart View every year and it’s always a delight. Enough challenge to keep it interesting. Beautiful forest, creeks, and scenery. We didn’t see anyone else on the trail - only picnickers nearby. Enjoy!

Tough hike. Trail is rough in spots due to heavy use. Gets a lot of use because it is the direct route to Tinker Cliffs.

Beautifully established, the cows and wildflowers made it great.

Do not go right by the fence uphill. Will redo the hike with family when they visit!

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful trail. I started in Rice and walked all the way to the bridge. Be sure that you take the trail down to the river as well. Totally worth it. Backpacked a lunch and enjoyed it by the river. The main trail is very wide and has crush and run so it’s good for those who need more support and stability. Bring sunscreen as the mid day sun leaves no shade.

This was a good hike. We went counter clockwise and will do this trail the same way if done again. It was a little confusing at one point with the signage but we figured It Out with some help from the Alltrails map. We measured our loop at 7.9 miles.

great hike, great workout. not for dogs though, it is to rocky, my dogs paws were blistered(my fault I know). the view is really great at the cliffs. will do again.

My favorite hike in this area. Has a fantastic view, varying terrain, and makes for an awesome adventure.

trail running
1 month ago

Ran the Night Train 50k on this trail. I normally don’t post trail running events but I’m posting this one because it is such an awesome trail for just about any activity on summer nights.

Due to I-95 bottlenecks, accidents, and vacation/holiday traffic, I toed the line 52 mins late (thanks to a cool race director who did not have to let me race, and warned me not to arrive late again). I finished at ~7:46, starting out in 96 degree heat. But, who really cares that much about run time when you come across landmarks like this! Would one run right past the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Pisa, Italy) or Christ the Redeemer (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) without stopping for a moment to take in the spectacle? I think not.

This is not as famous a landmark but is very much appreciable. Just amazing!!

trail running
1 month ago

Short 3.5mile trail with many switchbacks, perfect for trail running

Great trail with 2 beautiful overlooks. Quick easy trail for kids..a little rocky at times but 7-9 year olds had a great time!

Great view from the top! Well-maintained trail. Beautiful wildflowers along the trail. Hiked on a weekday and had the entire trail up/back and cliffs (during the summer) all to ourselves. Nice stream crossing and cows along the way.

A great varied terrain. Saw doe with her fawn , a turkey,found blueberries & blackberries along the way. Yep you can hear the power lines when hiking under them but thats just a piece of the trail. Stopped at the look out over the reservoir for the cool breeze and a rest before turning back. Talked to a 70 year old man who has been on the AT for three months!
Now I want to do such an adventure!

Wonderful hiking. Loved going under the bridge to see the old railroad

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for our family! Our two boys (ages 9 & 5) had no trouble navigating the smaller Red Loop trail. We also hiked out to the overlook on the longer Blue Loop trail (about .3 miles) and although it was definitely more challenging for the boys they handled it no problem and we were rewarded with some awesome views! I highly recommend exploring these trails! The only downside is that the parking lot is relatively small and tight so I would recommend getting there in the morning especially if you’re planning to hike these trails on a weekend.

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