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Can be a bit of a treacherous descent and a hard climb out, but well worth the effort.

One of the shortest, but most difficult hikes we've taken. Straight up and down, but the falls and swimming hole were worth every step!

hiking
5 days ago

My wife and I hiked with our 5, 10, 12 year olds. A little muddy will all the rain we had lately, but Perfect distance for the little legs and the view was stunning! $3 to park. So enjoyed the peacefulness and seeing God’s amazing creation!

Very beautiful and fun place to swim, but also very crowded with lots of families. Short and easy hike, I would not rate it as moderate.

What a gem! But watch your footing as some trail sections are narrow and have steep drops. Very unexpected just a couple blocks from downtown.

We did this trail and absolutely loved it. My kids 10& 12 rocked it but there are places that are a little scary. During the first mile, there is a picturesque area with big rocks and and a mountain stream to take pictures and play in the water. As you wind your way up, it gets harder and becomes very steep. We climbed through rocky, dense tree areas and then reached the peak by climbing up man-made ladders onto boulders. Several trails merge so it was a bit crowded at the top. Beautiful views! One of our favorite family hikes!

It’s pictured rocks...it rocks!

hiking
12 days ago

Make sure you screenshot or have a hard copy of directions to get there as there is no cell service most of the way. The trail is very steep and can be done in chocos but I would not recommend it. It is beautiful once you get to the bottom and definitely a challenge but very fun.

Some steps, some switchbacks but generally a moderate climb. The parking lot leads down a winding trail for over a mile, so the return was a bit tougher than usual out and back climbs. Pack a jacket for the gusty stuff up top.

Diverse and beautiful hike with a glorious view at the summit. Took us 5.5 hours up and back. Not a trail for those with balance or knee issues- parts of the trail flooded very quickly in the rain, and wooden steps and rock scrambles became very slippery - but would happily do it again!

this is a fantastic trail with views to compete with some of the best. difficult but well worth it

We were there all of 15 minutes. Within that time period we witnessed 2 complete dumbasses jump from the falls. One of which was covered in Swastika and white supremacy tattoos (he grazed the cliff on the way down).It was crowded with a pretty colorful array of people. We pretty much ran out of there. Skip this

The main trailhead is still closed so we parked between mile 301 & 302, overall it was a good hike with decent views at the top

rock climbing
22 days ago

hard going down and up but when you get down and to the falls it's worth it

also watch the drive going up to the parking, lots of deep holes. we bottomed out our Chevy Cruze

on Glen Burney Trail

hiking
23 days ago

I did this hike yesterday, it’s rated hard but I think it’s more of a moderate trail mostly because of the length. You do you have to be careful because of the roots but it’s not strenuous. It’s wonderful hike especially since it’s so close to downtown Blowing Rock. I did it in a little over an hour and that’s was taking breaks to view the falls.

No view on this hike during summer.

hiking
24 days ago

Pretty easy going hike! There’s bathrooms and water fountains at the parking lot of the trail head.

Great hike with classic Appalachian beauty: big rhododendrons, views of rolling blue-green hills, ferns, a lovely creek, and large flat boulders at the top. The trail was nice in most places, with patches of slippery rocks and roots. I was visiting NC from my home in WA state and this was a great "bang-for-your-buck" hike to experience this area.

Based on other reviews I thought it would be more difficult. Although it wasn't exactly easy, I made it to the top in 2 hours, but maybe it's because I'm fortunate to be able to hike hilly trails a couple of days a week at home. When I got to the top there were patches of clouds blowing in and out, so there were only partial views, but it was still worth it to hike through the lovely green forest. All in all, maybe not for the out-of-shape or new hiker, but if you are an avid hiker, it's not too bad. :)

hiking
25 days ago

We loved this hike! It cost $3 to get to the top but there are bathrooms located just outside the entrance to the trail. It was a fairly easy hike and the views are by far some of the best we’ve seen on our trip. Be sure to add this one to your list!

Trailhead is closed but trail is open. Official Park detour is to park at Boulderstone lot between mm 302 and mm303. From there the hike is back along Tanahwa trail 2.5m to intercept Scout Trail (most of this is within earshot of parkway) so this way will tack on 5m to round trip. Met another hiker on way down who said shorter detour trail that starts from 221. Besides detour issue our hike on Scout Trail was nice cool work out for early July morning as we were in and out of clouds after 2m mark of trail. Had clouds at Callaway peak so limited views but still nice.

Hard going down, but worth it all! You can even jump off the first waterfall!

beautiful regardless of weather. it's similar to Pacific northwest. very easy even for someone out if shape and obese like me.

Beautiful views and very worth it. There were too many babies when I went. Do not take babies passed the first bald. It becomes much more strenuous and easier to slip. Also the change in elevation will make them cry

Very rocky. Not suitable for dogs. It was cloudy/foggy but had some amazing areas/overlook places. Overall a very amazing trail!

Great hike and amazing views. We actually went farther then the Grassy Ridge spot. Trail goes about a mile farther then dead ends.

REGULAR ENTRANCE IS CLOSED! Amazing trail with views. Also has a downed plane a little off the beaten path. Can only be accessed between mile marker 301 and 302 then taking the Tanawa trail to the trailhead this adds an additional 2.8 miles to the trek so plan ahead.

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

At the end of the trail is a platform looking primarily north with a 180 degree view. Composition is the “endless mountains” with many ridge lines fading to infinity. The only thing missing is a strong foreground element although there are some nice rocks to the left Please see my photos to judge if the composition is something you like.

I’m not sure if it’s a good sunset location and hope to visit another time to evaluate.

Greatest hike I have ever done and the absolute best in the Midwest.

one of my all time favs if for no other reason than nostalgia.

This trail has great potential for views and camping... but it is crowded which made this trail less enjoyable. As mentioned there are 3 Balds on this trail. Most of the load and obnoxious people stop after the first one, but a few continue on. It’s enough to ruin a hike.

The views are amazing though. It was pretty foggy on my hike but dissipated enough for me to catch a glimpse of the beautiful views .

This trail is not difficult, and that is why it stays very crowded .

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