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hiking
23 minutes ago

So great! We went after a light rainfall, my children 1, 3, and 7 walked most of this trail with my 1 year old needing some assistance when it got rocky. The waterfall was great for my kids to splash around it, although the rocks near there were steep for kids. The smaller waterfall would be better for small children. We had a wonderful first North Carolina hiking experience here! Round about 3 hour hike give or take.

Plenty of interesting things to look at. Enjoyed the Hebron rock community and the many creek crossings. Would def recommend

hiking
1 day ago

I moved from Fayetteville 10 years ago and pleasantly surprised when I visited this year at the improvements, beautiful welcome/learning center. I took my niece and had an incredible time! We went off the path, which allowed me to see parts I had not previously explored. I cannot wait for my next trip! This is family and pet friendly, lots of shade.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail is challenging and invigorating. The view up top is absolutely amazing. My favorite time to go is during the Fall peak season, it is visually stunning.

I didn’t find this too strenuous even in the heat - I’d mark this “moderate.” Good view at the top with a nice breeze.

Great trail. Spectacular view.

From benign to intense. A must hike.

Great trail, view is amazing, but a little too short for my taste.

Love love loved it! Last hike we did before we leave for home. Glad we waited to do it last. Was not difficult at all.

Beautiful hike! lots of traffic on the weekends. Will be back for sure!!!

Overall a great place to hike; not too difficult and early in the morning it's not crowded. There are some people who don't keep their dogs on a leash and who don't pick up after them.

Great trail! We hit it counterclockwise and headed for Hebron Falls. Wish I had brought board shorts and a beach towel, there are plenty of swimming holes along the way.

Awesome trail, little traffic and awesome views at the top.

hiking
5 days ago

Definitely more on the easy to moderate side. The only reason I would say it’s hard is the length of it and some areas can be tricky to go down to the water. Yet again the only reason why it took my boyfriend and I so long is because of all the stops along the way had so many photo opportunities! You’re by the stream the whole way to some falls. Kid friendly, they even have a scavenger hunt in the beginning for the kids who come along! Lots of dogs were there too! We stumbled onto this trail by accident and we were not totally prepared so the only thing I wish I had brought with us was bringing enough water and have proper footwear to go into the water! After the hike, you can explore downtown Blowing Rock! Only a few minutes away and lots to explore in their cute little town! Would love to come back again one day soon and be more prepared next time!

I did this hike today and it was very nice. The view is so beautiful at the end! The hike isn’t too strenuous and I would rate it moderate to hard at the very end. Be careful with yellow jackets (there was a nest), I got stung and ended up with a severe allergic reaction and a rescue team had to come get me. So if you’re allergic, take your pen/meds with you!

It was absolutely amazing and so beautiful!! Loved every second of the hike!!

Says dog friendly, but we drove an hour and a half to essentially be told we would have to carry him to the gorge floor. Don't be fooled, you can totally enjoy all the other loops; like we did! The gorge floor is permit only and NOT, NOT a real path. It is a foot path at a 45 incline up and down through the forest over roots and slippery rocks. It is a treacherous hike. The only path we couldn't go on way the "Hurricane Outlook" path because people had died there the day before. The stairs are a fun one, but if you get easily dizzied or don't like hieghts, I recommend you do NOT do it. I wish I would've known about the gorge floor thing before we had gotten there so I wouldn't have been disappointed.

Wonderful views. Can't wait to go back. Go early to beat some of the crowd!!

trail running
7 days ago

One of the best "loop" trails around Boone/Blowing Rock. I second that you should do it clockwise. Moderate to hard, due to the many creek crossings and boulder fields you'd have to traverse. Can't exactly trail-run the whole loop, but at least half is doable. Finished in just over an hour; had to wait to pass a few groups of hikers, had to walk in some tricky sections, etc.
Trail is mostly under the canopy, so if it has rained, you can expect mud in many spots, and overall wet conditions. Watch for orange markings on the trail - BFT shares sections of the Tanawha and Mountains to Sea Trails, so watch the signs and the markings. Almost went towards the outer banks by mistake =)

hiking
7 days ago

An excellent hike with plenty of elevation change and challenge. One of the best hikes in the park. The lookout tower is unbelievable. Views in every direction for MILES! That was excellent.

hiking
7 days ago

The best trail in the park in my opinion. The day I hiked it was super foggy/rainy so views from the summit were zero. The fog up there made it feel like being in a cloud, so it was still very neat.

I proposed to my wife on Babel Towers 25 years ago. Went back today with our daughter and her finance. Beautiful day!

First thing to note is that this is a different trail than looking glass falls which several people seemed confused about. The only water fall is a very small one near the start. The trail is not steep but the 3 miles out is entirely uphill. The view at the top is definitely worth it though!

hiking
8 days ago

Good workout! A fit person should be able to reach the summit in 45 minutes. Many stretches are rocky and prohibit trail running. A good balance of terrain verity. Hiking poles come in handy.

Lovely views, lovely hike. The climb is never steep, just steady and moderate. We hiked up for sunset and soaked in our first Eastern sights of the Milky Way along with a hand-full of meteors from the Perseid shower. Other than a few passers-by, we had the place to ourselves.

Fun hike! Went after a rain storm so the trail was super muddy but not very crowded. Under the rainy/muddy conditions, the trail was more of a moderate hike. Lots of rocks at the end just before the gorgeous falls!

The trail is well maintained and well marked. The views at the top were weak at best. There is very little space for multiple hikers and the flies/bees are out of control.

It is pretty! We went on a Saturday so crowded and it rained, so really muddy! More on the moderate side than easy. Had toddler with us that couldn’t be carried up the last steep rocky portion to the falls. Had view though!

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