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21 days ago

Nice hike, my GPS recorded it as 8.26 miles from the trail head. Yes you Ford the river a lot, and the crossings are close together at times. Wear shoes that drain and dry quickly, forget about wearing socks unless you are willing to take them off and put them on 22 times or just wear them wet for 8 miles. Several crossings were calf deep, many were just over knee deep and one was panty deep (suddenly) but the cool down was welcomed at that point. Ps I am 6’2” tall with lots of legs, shorter people beware.

I didn’t see the waterfall, but we took the long way up to the mtn top & it was moderate difficulty. Bathrooms, no shop. The ranger dude was super helpful & friendly. The walk was nice & shady, pretty view from the top. Several benches along the way to stop

Great hike.

loved it. kinda hard but lots of nice benches. my pug mix woulda died

We enjoyed it but it kicked our novice rears. Like the previous poster said ..don't let the short trails fool you some are steep. Definitely take hydration the heat is brutal this time of year.

I enjoyed the hike. I'm a beginner and enjoyed it. loved the brochure and easily marked paths

Get the park map, there are some nice trails here. did a figure 8 through the park at just under 4 miles. beautiful views, homesites, creek, mountain laurel in bloom. awesome local resource!

3 months ago

Bummed the lookout tower was locked! Very steep climb up, def felt it in my legs the next few days, but overall the views were nice.

3 months ago

Pretty mild at first, but once you get past the waterfall you’re on a pretty steady upward hike, the last leg to the gazebo and outlook is the part that gives the trail it’s rating. Lovely outlook at the top. Remember to bring water even though it’s only a couple of miles. We did the blue trail up and the orange back down—will definitely hike again!

4 months ago

You can’t go into the lookout!! Major bummer. One of the hardest hikes I’ve ever done, all uphill the whole time. If you want a good workout this is it. Go prepared a lot of water and give yourself a lot of time to complete

I started on the red trail heading away from the mountain to add a little distance, connecting to the blue trail on the way up to the observation area and returning on the orange and red trails. The trails are well marked and maintained. The climb to the top is somewhat steep in places but very manageable. It gives you a nice workout for a short hike. And the multiple trails allow you to alter your route if desired on return visits.

6 mile trail system. Start on either side of the loop. Other trails are inside and outside of the main loop for added mileage. Not too difficult. Nice view at the top overlooking Hickory with the Brushy Mtns in the back. A little further up from the Observation Deck, you'll be able to see Grandfather Mtn.

9 months ago

Walked it with my mom and two kids, we never quite figured out the way to the overlook (it started pouring so we turned back), and there is no waterfall, just a very small creek. There were some amazing carved hiking sticks for the taking and nice clean bathrooms. A cool stone chimney, some cave type boulders and amazing fall colors.

9 months ago

The other reason I'm giving 4 stars is that we both felt that the trail was not moderate and actually quite difficult when we hit the inclines on the blue trails. Not that we would have turned it down otherwise, but we maybe wouldn't have taken our elderly dog (though we learned on this trip that he can totally handle it way better than us). The view was great at the top and we loved that it had a little of everything (streams, heavily wooded, rock formations, history). We would definitely go back!

Short, but pretty good strenuous hike to the top. The Overlook was quite lovely. You could see for miles!

Well marked and maintained. paved parking area with bathrooms. nice for a short hike with good incline, moderately challenging.

on Green Knob Trail

11 months ago

We took a trail from the Blue Ridge Parkway to get to the tower, it was a short 1.1 mile round trip, easy. Check out my full review with directions and pictures.

Monday, August 14, 2017

the trail we took was strenuous enough and yet very easy !!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Such a hard trail! Great hike overall. We didn't make it to the to because of a thunderstorm. Getting struck by lightning isn't my idea of a good time. We may try it again sometime.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Pretty little stream but a tough hike in. Multiple stream crossings and a lot of scrambling. Had to turn around a ways up because I felt it was to tough on Angel and her recently repaired CCL.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

I've got to go up the street be back in min

Friday, June 16, 2017

Tower is closed but you *can* climb up the side if you're feeling bold ;) Otherwise the long trail is not worth it. Take the short mile trail from BRP to check it out.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Nice low key hike without many people. I took the orange trail up and actually found it a bit steep but glad I didn't take the blue trail..it would have killed me. I loved how well maintained the trails are and the variety of landscapes. Definitely a great place if you have a couple of hours.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Worth it for a short hike through the park. Nothing super spectacular but at the top you can see a huge part of the Catawba valley

Thursday, April 06, 2017

The gentleman at the park office very friendly and helpful; this is an exceptionally well marked, well maintained trail! We took the red trail out to the orange, where you can enjoy the top of mountain from the gazebo and the scenic overlook. Well worth the few stretches of steeper climbing! I recommend taking the blue trail back, it leads you by a beautiful spring/small waterfall. The whole loop was about 2 miles and took 45 minutes/an hour. Great for a pleasant afternoon hike!

Monday, March 27, 2017

I would rate this as more strenuous than moderate for the fact that the trail itself is pretty rough, lots of toe stubbers and roots, and its a steady incline as well. The nearly panoramic vista at the top is worth the effort, would be amazing if there was a mountain range identifying map up there, as there are several to guess at.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Great views and a place to rest up top.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

If we had stayed on riverside the whole way, we would have crossed the river 11 times and these crossings don't have bridges so I wouldn't recommend hiking them but on horseback or maybe biking would be fine.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

I took the red trail to orange at the first homestead and followed that to the overlook. Beautiful view! Pro-tip: post a Hammock under the over look for instant zen points! I took blue on the way back and stopped by the waterfall and the second homestead. Beautiful hike.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Wow what a refreshing trail!
I would like to meet the reviewer that labeled this as moderate.

This trail can sway to the moderate/strenuous difficulty in my judgement.

Very well marked, many stopping points, and many information plaques all along the trails.

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