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A really nice trail. The waterfalls at the end are excellent but the trail makes you work for it. Trail is a mix of flat walking and quite rocky. There are 4 water crossings which were manageable even with the wet summer.

hiking
1 day ago

Gorgeous Waterfall at the end

hiking
1 day ago

Very strenuous hike! The first part of the hike is very deceiving and leads u to believe that its not gonna be that bad. After about 1/4 a mile it is absolutely straight up the mountain for the rest of the hike. There are lots of trees to lean on the way up. If u do make it to the top, you will see one of the neatest habitats around here and some of the most unique wildflowers. Its totally worth the effort!

Great hike. Most of the trail is near the river. It has some beautiful views.

Did this with my daughter on my back. She weighs 34 lbs so it was a little more difficult. the trail is rocky at times. very steady incline untill you cross the fire road towards the end. this is where the trail begins to be more of an incline. i believe this is where most of the challenge is. the air gets thinner a little bit. the scenery at this point is amazing. once you get to the top there are multiple ledges to grab a great view from. on the way back if you take the fire road it is much simpler and easy. very wide path and still some great scenery. not to crowded if you hit it in the early am.

Excellent hiking trip. Moderate is a good description. There were some challenging spots, but once you get to the top it’s definitely worth it! It was my first hiking trip in years and we to 5 kids ages 5-8.

Harder than I thought it would be. The trail is as steep as described and is definitely hard. The road to get there has more potholes than actual road so drive with caution. Worth the view!

hiking
2 days ago

Made it there this weekend, very pretty and private. Once you reach the falls the trail head goes up a hill to the left that is the trail to continue onto kiner hollow which there is another falls about .5 miles.

didnt think it was that difficult to hike to the bathtub , some slippery rock and mud, but that is to be expected hiking along a creek , the water was a bit chilly but crystal clear definitely will do again

pretty falls this am

Beautiful hike!! You won’t be disappointed in the views. One of my fav.

hiking
3 days ago

This was a nice, easy hike to take up an afternoon. We took the high trail and it was easy to miss the turn down the stairs to the falls. It’s a great place to take a dip

hiking
3 days ago

This is as hard as the other reviews say but man were the views worth it. If you can do it, definitely go

I drove 4 hours for this hike, and it was worth every one! One of my favorite hikes I’ve done in the States. Stunning views, beautiful vegetation, friendly wild ponies, and a fun trail. I arrived at Massie Gap parking at around 10:30am on a Sunday, and the parking lot wasn’t even full, which surprised me. The theme continued; I passed a handful of hikers, but I felt peacefully alone on the trail. I would highly recommend hiking up the blue-blazed Wilburn Ridge Trail! It includes really fun rock scrambles and some of the best views of the entire hike. It meets back up with the AT at the Rhododendron Gap (where there’s another great view from a large rock outcropping!). There’s lots of ways to approach Mt Rogers, so study a park map to decide your route & mileage and enjoy the beautiful area!

Nice trail, well maintained, and nice views at the top. It was a bit crowded with multi-day hikers, experienced Day hikers, and tourists who don’t hike regularly. I was a little disappointed with the “iconic” aspect of this view — for me it didn’t quite live up to the hype.

Amazing wildlife! We saw 3 small wolves scampering around, deer, and accidentally walked a few feet from a rattlesnake! We went counterclockwise around the loop, reaching the bathtub at mile 5. The first 1.5 miles were super steep, but all pretty easy after that. The bathtub was gorgeous. We went on a weekday and saw no one on the trail until we got past the bathtub and saw people doing the 4 mile out and back hike. You have to hop over rocks but it had been dry for a week or so and I didn't feel like I ever had to put on the water shoes I brought. definitely go on a weekday- I can see it being kinda cramped and miserable with a whole bunch of people.

Hadn’t hiked the falls in probably 8 years or longer, but had a blast. Took the kiddos (4 and 6) and they did very well. Trail is in good shape, creek crossings were fairly deep in places since all the rain lately in the area. The falls were beautiful, again from all the rain lately they were flowing heavy! I definitely recommend this trail for some beautiful scenery. I have hiked this trail since I was a kid and have always loved how it follows the creek up the mountain.

The trailhead parking lot at 36* 51.878N and 081* 56.819W is well-maintained but limited parking is available so arrive early. The 3.0-mile trail is uphill the entire way except for a few steps. It is a tiring walk but the ravines down the hill into the woods make it scenic. At the summit there is a sign pointing left to the Channels spur trail or straight ahead for the Brumley Mountain Trail, so don't miss the spur. Once on the spur you'll see the lookout tower in a few minutes. The lookout's shed has been destroyed and burned...only charred remains are left. Once you see the tower, walk directly past it to the far side of the rocks where you will see an unmarked trail leading into the woods. A few stapled arrows on the trees show the way to the entrance of the Channels. The labyrinth is fun to explore but a backpack is a hinderance when exploring tighter passages. It is easy to get lost - I used my GPS to find the entrance which is at 36* 52.279N and 081* 58.757W. Just remember what the first impressive rock formations look like as you enter so that you'll know where to exit.

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

Steep trail with cool destination! Parts are rough near the top.

I’ve biked this beautiful trail many times, some going up from Damascus to White Top and back, but most just down after taking the shuttle up. When taking visitors to this region, most say it’s the highlight of their visit. Even on the hottest summer day, at altitude, you’ll encounter a comfortable shaded cooler trek down, so bring a windbreaker. Lots of photo opportunities on the rocky stream. Enjoy!!

I have hiked the trail numerous times, there is more to Mcafee's knob than the ledge. Hell's kitchen is fun to wonder around, and if you follow through hell's kitchen to the power line, there is a pointed rock that is fun to climb at the power line clearing. I spent more time away from the overhang and enjoy what's around the whole area.

hiking
15 days ago

Great Hike! I didn't want to believe the other reviews on the difficulty, but they are pretty accurate, pretty much an uphill climb the whole way. Worth it though to get to see the view at the top.

This trail was great. It is mostly shaded the whole way up. It was mostly on an incline till you get to the top, so some in the group had some struggles. We only saw two large waterfalls, but they was magnificent. I will definitely do this hike again.

Great trail not too hard and awesome view the entire walk but but not marked well so make sure you just keep to the right at every turn on the way up. Taking the left goes up rattlesnake Ridge and hits no water and a very like hike still a great view but much harder and no waterfall

hiking
21 days ago

Today was our first time on this trail... if you aren’t familiar it can get sorta confusing! Once you come to the first split, it’s A LOT shorter & easier instead of cutting left.. (like we did) the waterfall is DEFINITELY worth the hike! We ran into 4 snakes, 2 were very close we could have stepped on.. wasn’t very crowded at all with several places to stop; so much beautiful scenery.... overall it was an amazing hike!! :)

tried to do trail but it's closed... you can call their phone and someone can update you if it's closed or not... if there is trees down they close park...fyi

hiking
26 days ago

Mostly easy hike. There were some short sections that might be just a little challenging to those who aren’t as coordinated (me). Loved the fact that the trail followed the river for a good bit.

Breath taking beauty! Take your time to enjoy with safety first!! Take your litter back with you!! Moderate to some extreme levels of hiking. Prepair to get wet at the most knee high. As you will have to cross about 6 streams. Hiking stick is a great plus for stability when unknown unstable rocks and boulders as crossing small streams can turn into injuries. We saw three bathtubs leading up to the small narrow 17ft deep oval shape bathtub.

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