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For the people who hiked it in the last week, is it muddy from all the rain?

hiking
6 days ago

beautiful and peaceful.

Hiked on a good weather weather Saturday and the trail was crowded. But the views and terrain were worth it. Was harder than I expected. A lot of elevation gain in 3 miles.

Love this trail. Our family has been up and down a couple of times and will be back. Views are great and trail is difficult enough to make it a great half day climb.

This is a great hike with an excellent reward at the top. Moderate, quick hike for such a beautiful view. We went counter-clockwise which was probably a little tougher with steeper climbs but that’s the way we like it.

By far one of my all time favorite trails. The diversity you get on this hike is amazing. Whether you choose left or right to take the loop, you’re going to get a workout/be challenged. There are waterfall views, mountainside views, a suspension bridge, ladders and creek crossings. By the time I got to the end of my hike (the Dismal trail) I was definitely beat and the mountain seemed to go on forever but it was so worth it. I went late November .... most of the leaves were gone but the ones left made for some beautiful scenery and lighting as the sun goes down a lot earlier in the late fall/winter. A must do trail hike with plenty of challenge. Very well marked trail heads and a trail guide/map at each intersection or beginning of the next trail to avoid getting lost or confused.

I love this hike. very scenic And moderate hiking conditions.

hiking
20 days ago

Not as steep as I thought it was gonna be based on other people's reviews. Signage is good. Not quite as scenic as Pinnacle Mountain trail. I can't imagine how great this area looks when the fall colors are peaking...

on Table Rock Trail

hiking
24 days ago

Amazing hike. Not an easy one-but I loved it for that. If you are looking for a challenging hike-this will be the one. Loved this one.

The Raven Falls loop is excellent. We took the advice from the previous reviews and hiked it clockwise. What great advice! It allows you to have the hardest hike behind you when you reach the suspension bridge. After the bridge you end up taking Gum Gap which is an easy trail to recover on. Total distance from the trailhead and back was 7.5 miles and took us 3 hrs with stopping and taking lots of pictures.
Overall, this was a wonderful hike. However, this loop should only be hiked by folks in reasonably good shape or you will not enjoy yourself at all.
There were three or four ladders that would present a challenge for large dogs. All but one is fairly short and would allow easy portage of your pet.

Pleasant trail with great views. Clockwise was great!

Don't take a dog that you can't get up a ladder. But this is a great hike.

This trail is definitely strenuous and NOT dog friendly. Badass trail, though. It took me 4.5 hours and I was exhausted by the end.

Awesome trail.. plan to get your feet wet.. with rain the past 4 days, we could not find the rock due to high and fast water. maybe next time. the trail is awesome, and the scenery is better. You can see and hear the river most of the way.

This trail was more challenging than I expected it to be! I was naively assuming South Carolina mountains were probably all babies, but this trail is pretty steep pretty much the whole way up. There were plenty of steps that were quite a stretch for my short legs.

The view at the top is great, but I thought the scenic spot a few hundred yards before table rock itself actually had the prettiest views, so be sure not to brush it off just because you’re nearly to the end.

As other people have pointed out no bathrooms along the way and lots of people around the entire time, but with the amount you’ll sweat you probably won’t need a bathroom break.

Be sure to bring LOTS of water! I had 2 20oz bottles and I wished I had more. Also make sure to check in and out in the office before you start and leave.

There were a few spots that were a bit slippery with sand, so wear good shoes.

Nice

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with some amazing views, highly recommend! Trail is very well kept and easy to follow. Governors Rock is a false summit since there is no real views from the actual summit, nonetheless there is quite a few lookout spots along the trail so theres still a ton of breath taking views. Major downfall is the park is high tourist area (ironic being i was a tourist lol) so you can guarantee on the trail being busy.

Numerous beautiful views on this < 2 hr loop trail. A little muddy today and lots of fellow hikers but worth it

We hiked this clockwise, starting out on Flat Laurel Creek Trail first. Trail was very wet and muddy, due to rains during the week. It was cold overnight, so we saw traces of snow and black ice on some of the rocks. Many parts of Flat Laurel Creek Trail side were trickling water with a lot of rock-hopping. Adding this stretch and making it a loop is a great option instead of just doing the up-and-back of the regular Sam Knob Trail. I actually got 4.7+ miles on my watch, and we did the hike exactly as it shows here. The top of Sam Know affords some of the very best 360 degree panoramic views of the Shining Rock Wilderness anywhere. Black Balsam is very similar, but I have always loved the view on top of Sam Knob.

Your workout for the week. Not a casual hike. We hiked the shortest, steepest trail up to the Mount LeConte summit in TN. That was a walk in the park compared to this. I gave it 4 stars, though, be cause it challenges you and there are great views.

hiking
1 month ago

My 15 year old son and I hiked the Pinnacle Trail to the Ridge Trail, and connected back to the Table Rock Trail all the way to the overlook. We did this Saturday, November 2, 2018. The weather was perfect, but everybody and their brother was there making it pretty crowded at the overlook and on the way down (we took the Table Rock Trail back down). We started at 10:30am and arrived back to the parking lot at 4:40pm. We spent about 15 minutes enjoying the overlook. We hiked this same route when my son was 11. We just can’t work up the nerve to take the Table Rock Trail up, because it is very steep ALL THE WAY. We plan to come back many more times, but will probably come on a weekday from now on, due to the crowds. I would advise taking some good snacks and plenty of water. My only complaint is there are no places to pee if you’re a female, but I do believe porta potties here and there would ruin the experience! LOL

Left at 7:21 on a beautiful fall day. will do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Great loop with amazing views!

hiking
1 month ago

One of the tougher trails that I've hiked. Steady climb for 3.5 miles. Over 2,000 feet in elevation gain. A lot of rock steps and a few rock faces to hike up. Governor's Rock is a nice view before the summit. Guess I was expecting a little more at the top.

Great hike and fantastic views

2 Mile Gentle Loop with exceptional views. Best hiked clockwise. Extremely overused, steps are in place all over the mountain. This is a Sacred Space, but one can feel the drained Energy and Spirituality. Mostly Yuppie Tourists. I have never seen so many soccer moms scowl at locals and power broker Dads scrambling to close deals on their cell phones. Hiked on a Monday and still the trail was crowded. Wonderful place to take epic photos if you are in a hurry. I had to stop and take breaks off trail because of the loud, nonsensical ramblings of the Country Club Visitors. Ridiculous. Respect. Please do not gape at me strangely if I do speak with the trees. The second star is because I met a group of 20 Ugandan Citizens on a Paid Expedition. They were so friendly and interested in my type of culture. Wonderful people. Peace, Love, Happiness, and Gooooo...

hiking
1 month ago

Started from the Frozen Creek access. Hiking to the campsites and river was decent, not a ton to look at, but once you reach the destination, it's worth it. I went in early January, so it was cold, reaching about 0 degrees the two nights I camped. But staying at the campsite, where there are firepits, picnic tables, and water access to the river was perfect. Would hike again.

I love this trail so much! I often take friends out of town to this hiking trail. The view is ten out of ten! It’s beautiful!!

My wife and I hiked this trail and loved it. It is definitely hard but the view at the top is worth it.

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