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The Parkway was closed so I came up from 221 on the Asuiti trail. Some ice but more mud. Great winter views. The Calloway trail and Nuiti trail are closed for supposed “storm damage.” Well I might have gone down both to make it a loop and didn’t see any storm damage besides one fallen branch. The park service is saying they won’t open till July. It would be nice to know the real reason they are closing these two prime trails for such a lengthy time. It certainly isn’t storm damage. Overall a good steady climb but I wouldn’t recommend it without poles. If you solo hike like I do and you fall be prepared for a being in the woods along time before anyone finds you. Extra clothes, lighter, whistle, etc.

hiking
8 days ago

Cool trail easy to navigate and has signs all over that teach about the flora and geology. Be careful when walking on the rocks at the top as they might be slippery

on Boone Fork Trail

15 days ago

There are a lot of stream crossing, which are probably fine normally. But after heavy rain or snow melt it'd be best to wear water proof shoes, go bare foot, or be prepared to get a little wet

Such an easy walk. The road was closed due to weather so we parked on the side of the road and walked up the trail. Very easy, gentle climb. Lots of pups and families on the trail.

hiking
26 days ago

I have hiked this trail several times and love it! Beautiful terrain that the whole family can enjoy. I prefer to hike this trail backward. The front end of the loop is usually crowded with families at the falls area. I tend to like to avoid crowds when I first start hiking so I go the opposite direction (which also ends with a beautiful walk by the falls when you're tired and sweaty. Perfect day hike that lasts a few hours. My 9 year old daughter did this as her first hike (which added several stop and took a bit longer) with no issues. Lots of creeks to cross over so that adds an element of fun. Just be prepared that your socks might get wet!

Absolutely beautiful trail: Rhododendrons all along and the creek with little water falls! Will cross the creek several times, so wear waterproof shoes.

One of my favorite trails: Rhododendrons all along and the creek with little water falls, just beautiful!

Great hike! It was muddy, icy, and had snow so prepare accordingly. We didn’t quite make it to the end due to time restraints. I definitely want to go back to get to Calloway peak!

hiking
1 month ago

Went right after a decent snowfall, and boy was it muddy! Very fun trail with tons of water crossings, and decent markings. Its been said a million times to do the loop clock-wise (vs. what the mileage markers would suggest), and that's what I did; I would submit that the markers aren't as easy to see if you do it this way, but still very feasible.. If you don't want to do the full loop, I would say do the loop counter clockwise to hand-rail the Boone Fork River and get the most bang for your scenery buck before you turn around.

I admit I was surprised how technical this trail was. I fancy myself pretty good at balancing, but even that didn't keep my feet dry as the melting snow contributed to higher than normal creek levels that just overflowed the stepping stones that probably work fine other times of the year. When I say you cross the water, there are many bridges, but there are many many MANY more unforgiving stepping stone crossings that will test your balance, and leave you wet if you aren't perfect. I imagine its the same way after heavy rainfall, so BRING EXTRA SOCKS...maybe even extra boots, especially if you're planning on doing anything after the hike.

I can't imagine bringing my dog on this hike, as there are practical ladders to climb/descend. I saw like three other people on the trail (winter time, Monday afternoon); I see a lot of others on here brought their dog; more power to them, I'm glad I didn't have mine.

This trail was FUN, but don't let the 5 mile distance fool you if it just snowed or rained a lot.

This was an incredible hike!! With the new (super nice) parking area, this trail is now over 8 miles. All the water crossing were high, We made it to Shanty Springs in knee deep snow and had to turn around due to trail conditions. Super slippery at the top. Can’t wait to go back when the snow has melted and finish up the last .4 miles!

This trail is one of my favorite trails in N.C. It has beautiful water features in the first section of the trail and stunning views from the top but do not expect this hike to be easy because it is a burner, especially towards the top. I have two dogs that I’m glad stayed at home for this one since it is, in some sections, very technical as there are ladders and exposed rock faces where a slip or loss of balance could result in injury to you or your dogs. Also, I would caution anyone who is hiking this in winter weather to be prepared with the right equipment.
I hiked to Calloway Peak and then went over to Raven Rocks before heading back down. Spend some time at the top because the views are awesome. All in all I hiked a little over 10 miles in about 5.5 hours according to the AllTrails app.

hiking
1 month ago

I came over from the Tanawha Trail and went right (easy part first). That side is easy but boring. The other side of the trail is gorgeous and definitely more challenging, but nothing the average person can’t accomplish. Be prepared to stray from the trail at creek crossings or to hop from rock to rock.

I proposed to my Fiancée at the top. She said yes.

I love DBST. It's one of my favorites. Last I heard it was closed due to weather-related damages. I would be glad to help repair it!

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful hike w amazing scenery but was very wet and slick. You have to take very deliberate and cautious steps.

Very nice.

hiking
2 months ago

We did the trail counter-clockwise and it was great to see/hear the creek and see the fall colors (not too great this year though). Some people don't like that about 1 mile of the trail is on a gravel road but it was fine for us.. an chance to walk side by side for a bit. The part of the trail fro pineola road up to the peak (great 270 degree views) is a bit steep and narrow. We stop at little lost cove cliffs for snacks and to enjoy the views. The walk back down to the truck after our snack is short and easy.. years ago there were apple on the apple trees but now there are only a few trees left and we haven't seen an apple in years.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a little uphill at the beginning but not too bad. It has been years since I hiked this trail and the view isn't, as open as it used to be. Still worth the hike.

Awesome trail! We started to the left, like other hikers mentioned and I’m glad we did. The trail was a bit steep toward the end, but we were commuted by then and the kids couldn’t poop out. Three young kids with us and they did great! Lots of beautiful waterfalls, lots of great climbing trees, one great scenic view, and breath-taking scenery everywhere! Definitely want to do this hike again!

This was my first hiking experience with backpack and friends. Excellent experience. Trail was well marked and maintained. A little muddy at times.Could be challenging if you are not in good physical condition. Plenty of places to rest and enjoy nature. Great half day hike. We stopped at Profile View due to time restraints. 2.hrs up and 1.5hrs back. Did this for my 60th birthday. Will return to go to Calloway Peak.

Hiked this trail yesterday on a beautiful crisp day with my dog. I took the advise of others and started the loop on the left side. Good call as the harder portions and sights were in the final portion of the hike, versus the beginning of the hike. I did encounter some fellow hikers at the end of the hike. Be aware this hike is wet and muddy, and dress appropriately. Great hike, and I recommend it.

Amazing views, difficult trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Great, well groomed carriage road leading up through pastures and rolling hills to the observation tower. The views to the east and north are very pretty. Perfect for solo, couples, families, children, dogs, horses, etc

Beautiful views!

Fairly easy well maintained trail with a
beautiful meadow part way up. All inclined up to the tower, nice views across meadow and up near top on switchbacks. Very windy, tighten your hats.

hiking
3 months ago

Very beautiful sights. My dog loved the mud, and water that covered this trail! Beautiful waterfalls, and flowing creeks through out. We took our shoes off and climbed across the rocks and ate lunch overlooking the waterfall. it was a strenuous trip and my tracker clocked us at around 7.7 miles after all the off trail walking we did to find the water. If your looking to be exhausted and dirty after this is the hike for you.

Took longer than expected, but a beautiful hike. Would do just the falls hike next time or pack a lunch halfway to make it more enjoyable.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great short hike to have lunch.

We love this trail. It has beautiful views. Great footing. It’s decently trafficked even in the winter so I never get creeped out hiking alone with my toddler.

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