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13 days ago

Hummmmm. I have a lot of thoughts about this trail. It does have a little bit of everything. The Hebron Falls were very pretty - although difficult to get to. I like a little of a challenge, but oh the MUD!!! This trail needs some major improvements. If they could “raise” the trail with gravel that would be a huge bonus. The ladder climbs are fun and different from most trails I have done. However the multiple stream crossings need (at least) a small bridge. The local scout troop could do that in a few weekends.
Overall okay trail. I was tired after I finished - although the day before I did Cone Manor (also ~6 miles) which is a much easier trail.

20 days ago

Nice Trail....It was a little busy but nothing too unexpected for an easier trail. Well maintained and easy to follow.

good hike, has some tough sections, permit is free and you get it there, just write down your car license plate

good hike, has some tough sections

beautiful! we went on a foggy afternoon which made the views even more spectacular. we didn't have time to do the whole trail so we just did the loop.

24 days ago

My gf and I along with our dog decided to make this our first hike. We are from a beachy city in Florida so this was definitely not our normal hike. It rained on us and was supper foggy for the first 45mins but cleared up a bit. Muddy and slick in some spots but nothing to crazy. The dog ran circles around us the entire time, she loved it just as much!

Very nice moderate hike. The falls are beautiful. Wear correct footwear, areas are slippery and trail can be very muddy after rain. Great outing to pack a lunch and carry it on your back.

Not hard I promise! I see families with kids on this trail all the time. The environment is great though. There’s a lot of water and Hebron rock colony can be accessed from this route. This is a great hike to do in the summer bc there are a lot of good potential swimming holes. Julian price park gets crowded so get there early in the spring and summer months.

great trail, not that challenging except for the rocks.

lots of traffic noise. mainly for biking. the trails are not marked well.

Fun rock climbing experience for sure. Wouldn’t recommend taking dogs, they may slip and fall easily. Make sure you wear shoes with good grip. Would be really fun to do when it’s warm outside.

This trail was stunning after a fresh snow, but would be relatively uneventful otherwise. Pretty flat overall. Not a bad little route if you are right on time, butthis area of the Blue Ridge has much better to offer.

Really enjoy this trail. Pretty easy walk uphill to get out to the observation tower. Have done this trail twice. The first time we got up there just as the clouds rolled in and blocked out everything. The second time there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Breathtaking. Really cool view down on to the Blowing Rock to the south and Boone to the north. Highly recommend if you have a couple hours to spend.

Great hike on a cold morning. It was 15 degrees when we started. The majority of the hike was close to water which was a plus. We took a small sidetrack to view Hebron Falls and well worth it. Several stream crossing but nothing to be concerned about. Plan to take hike again in warmer weather.

2 months ago

Loved the criss-crossing of the creek and than opening up into the hardwoods and Meadows.

I love this trail.

excellent trail. lots of good views of small waterfalls and some good challenges for the moderate hiker. definitely a favorite hike. but, be careful at the end....going through the campground can be confusing, could be marked better.

Beautiful and challenging a great up hill workout the ladders An plane crash scene were awesome and the view at the top is worth all the sweat

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Well marked and maintained. Had to stop and walk in several spots due to terrain. Probably not run for those without strong knees and ankles, but a really nice hike for most skill levels.

Loved this trail, good workout! Beautiful views !!!!

Favorite trail in Boone area!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike. I didn’t like walking on the gravel road for possibly a mile? The cascades/falls are small and pretty. Thanks Toby Brennan for helping with the blazes. I took a picture of your comments Incase if no reception and did refer to them on the trail. All Trails map kept me in the trail. There is water for dogs in the middle of the hike as you walk along the creek.

Went hiking with suz. Beautiful
Loop, definitely keeps the heart rate up but is casual. BEAUTIFUL views, a few places you can climb out on the rocks and there are little waterfalls. When we went some beavers had created a little pond that made it impossible to get to the trail about halfway through... (that is without taking off shoes and trudging through the mud) would like to go back and do the whole thing. Awesssommmee chillin water spots that would be nice for casual dips in the summer

Beautiful trail. More Laurel and Turkey Brush than I’ve seen in one place.

As always a good hike. A little ice along the trail on the upper section but not a showstopper. I now realize why we generally don't hike Fri-Sun, way to many people trying to fit in a small area on top but it was the day after Thanksgiving.

3 months ago

This was my second time going. Love this hike because you get a little bit of everything. I went alone this time and pushed myself to see how fast I could do the loop...even went to Hebron Falls. I would recommend this and will do it again.

Very muddy right now, wear shoes you don’t mind getting dirty and have nonslip soles. Very pretty, even though most colorful leaves have fallen.

3 months ago

nice trail system, with a good trail map at the beginning. long and somewhat difficult. mainly used for mountain biking, involves yielding to bikers. must keep pets leashed. nice view at the top, although no feeling of seclusion

Beautiful trail, well kept and marked.

Perfect distance for a good workout, fairly steep, with a decent elevation change of about 2200ft. Fun opportunities to scramble over rocks and climb ladders. Beautiful vistas that unfortunately are often obscured by fog and low clouds given certain weather. Given that it’s along a ridge, there are still many areas where you are on tight single track. Beautiful flora, opportunities for fauna sightings, and even remains of an old airplane. . . Good hike to enjoy and still have tons of day left to go into blowing rock for drinks, shopping, and some food.

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