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Beautiful falls!!! The hike in is much easier than the drive in. I would make sure you did this trail with at least 2 people. It is very remote. Once you get to the falls, it is breathtaking. It has a few smaller falls at first but keep going. The hike out is hard. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time for breaks. There really isn’t a parking lot, it’s more like a big turnaround. The sign was not up, so make sure you take the trail that is to the left.

23 hours ago

We couldn’t even make it to the trail because the road was so bad. Extremely windy and narrow. No way 2 cars could fit without fallling off the side. Lots if rocks, bumps, and holes. We were extremely disappointed.

Great little day hike. More easy than moderate.

10/15/2018 The hike is medium/hard in my opinion. Definitely worth the hike. The falls are fantastic. We hiked with two adults and 4 kids(7,5,3,2). 2 year old was in a kelty kid carrier. For us it was a 2 hour hike to the falls and the trip back was 1 hr 15 minutes back. We took a few breaks. A lot of uphill on the way that flattens out just for a short break then uphill with a little downhill.

8 days ago

From Oconee State Park the first mile and a half was extremely easy, after that was a little more up and down hill but still fairly easy. Beautiful waterfall at the end! Great place for a rest and picnic. Did this hike in about 2 hours.

Good hike but the view from observation deck was not very exciting. If your looking to get closer to a waterfall choose a different trail.

Cool trail as always!! Wish the leaves we're turning, but AWESOME anyway!!

15 days ago

Easy to moderate hike. Well worth the time an energy. Waterfall was nice but you see it across the gorge. Nice half day hike.

Nice moderate hike. did 2 miles most of which was along the river with many little spurs down to the water. Passed several great looking swimming spots and many places for kids to wade and play. Stayed at campground which is well kept, Friendly park staff, nice clean bath house and very quiet. 1st weekend in October and only about 8 campsites being used! . I'd definitely come back. * Is a little tricky for very large and or 5th wheel type campers! Call directly to get a site for very large rigs.

Gorgeous waterfall at the end but a long and a bit strenuous of a hike. Round trip 3 miles. Well traveled and wide path.

on Chau-Ram Falls Trail

22 days ago

Great to go on a weekday.

22 days ago

We did this starting Coldspring going counter clockwise. I am glad we did because we were able to make the ascent up Kimball instead if climbing down. We took our Walker hound with us and she did great- she was tired as were we- had to give her a hoist one time up a rock. This would be difficult Trail for a smaller dog as one reviewer has already mentioned. Trail was marked well except one point it followed a creed bed and I thought we were going to have to back track. I would do this Trail again which is my highest compliment. It was very strenuous, but worth it.

Easy hike for a 360 degree gorgeous view of the Appalachian Mountains. Perfect spot to pitch a tent and watch the sunrise.

My first hike to Raven Cliff Falls was in 1966 before the current trail was made. We hiked in from Hwy. 276 near the bald rock overlook. That trail ran by the old bear hunter's cabin alongside Matthews Creek and ended at the foot of the falls. One of the most magical experiences of my life was sleeping under a full moon on the flat rock right at the bottom of the falls and seeing the spray and mist from the falls highlighted in the moon glow. Over time, I wore out the seat of several pair of shorts on the sliding rock about a mile down Matthews Creek from the falls.

Short but strenuous 2 miles uphill hike to the top with an INSANE waterfall. So worth it. Well marked with purple circles on trees. Highly recommend!!

This was a very quaint family friendly park with plenty of picnic tables and grills to use.

a very tall two tier falls. first section is normal plunge second is Cascade. very steep to get to falls but worth it

1 month ago

Pretty hike. The view of the falls is from far away at the overlook. I would rate this trail easy to moderate.

This is a great trail for a short hike. Watch for the humidity to rise on your way out and be prepared for an incline. It can fool you by its short length. I have been here as a child and went back to see that the trail has better maintenance than from years ago.

Beautiful view from the top!

We didn’t believe it when we started that it would be strenuous, but it definitely was. It was a great work out that ended with a gorgeous view and one of the tallest waterfalls I’ve seen. This receives a 4/5 for me due to a few factors:
1. Parking- a little odd, and not much of it. We were the only ones on the trail so it wasn’t an issue.
2. There is a lot of shrub/logs that have fallen at the base of the waterfall and not a great area to gather for hanging out. We had brought our hammocks but were unable to find a good spot to hammock.
Over all, I’d do it again for the view and workout!

1 month ago

My first hike in several years and was able to complete with little difficulty.

The hike is definitely a moderate hike for new or inexperienced hikers. Trail is narrow lots of roots and small obstacles. The hike was very enjoyable and a good day hike for anyone looking for a reason to get out and see nature. Would NOT recommend for kids who have never hiked before.

We took the #11 trail for the view of the Raven Cliffs Falls and not the trail that went to the falls themselves (4.4 miles round trip out and back). Our group included beginner hikers so we took lots of breaks and took our time. The trail includes lots of short uphill and downhill sections and lots of tree roots -- some in our group found bringing a sturdy walking stick to be very helpful. The final lookout point was a really nicely built shelter with lots of benches for resting. The falls were quite far away but still looked really nice!

If you are used to hiking quite a bit, I would rate this as easy. I agree that it is "kid friendly" if your kid has hiked before -- we say many young kids that were doing fine with plenty of water breaks but also some that could barely handle all of the walking and were at their breaking points :(

Amazing hike on a perfect day. Definitely hard. Especially, for our Yorkie, but she did really well. We followed all the purple markers even though they took us away from the sound of the river. Of course, they did lead us to the falls. What a payoff! We didn't check the bottom falls but made the climb to the upper falls and layed out on a dry rock. Gorgeous!

Amazing hike and the waterfall at the end is breathtaking, far exceeding my expectations. Well-marked trail in purple. Several very steep inclines but doable. It took me about 30 min to get in and 25 back. I’m under 30 and exercise daily and I was sweaty and pretty tired when I finished, so great little workout, too

Steady incline down on the way in makes for an increased difficulty on the way out. Not too bad even for inexperienced hikers, however the trail markers were tough to spot toward the end when the trail became less obvious. Following the sound of the waterfall proved more useful. A few spots where sure footing was not guaranteed.

A great short hike. The waterfall at the end is really beautiful. Gets a little hard at some places, otherwise a moderate hike. I will not suggest taking kids because there are few points with pretty steep and slippery climb.

Moderate uphill hike with roots and boulders along the way, but the waterfalls are beautiful and well worth the effort!

Hiked up on 8/4 with the whole crew of kids- 9, 8, 6, and 4- its a little steep at some parts but definitely doable for kids- great falls at the top- if you go up the right side of the falls there’s a better spot 1/2 way up to rest and have lunch/snack

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