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Great views of many water falls.

Getting to the falls isn't easy. The roads are really really really messed up. Huge potholes. I mean 20, 30 feet wide and really deep. So definitely be careful. The fall is nice. We did the entire trail loop. My wife had a really hard time in the beginning. I didn't think it was hard or even moderately hard. I did enjoy the hike but it wasn't anything spectacular. I wouldn't drive 2 hours for it again. For most people I would rate this hike as moderate. I thought it was easy. We did see a few rattle snake skins by the lake/pond area. I wouldn't advice you to bring your dogs from the falls area. It's not save for pets. If you come from the lake side, then you're ok.

$16.50 per person. My first time hiking the trail. Crowded, but everyone was cordial and respected space. The hike takes about 2-2.5 hours depending on your hiking level.

We wanted to hike up to Crater Lake this past Saturday and thanks to this app, got there. The trails are poorly marked with missing signs everywhere and access roads and other unmapped trails that made it confusing to know which way to go. We went up from Buttermilk falls which was very muddy due to rain so when the climb gets steep, especially on rocks, you’re sliding even in hiking boots. I managed to eat it in a large rock- thankfully, I wore jeans and not leggings for this hike, else- the bruises would have been worse. We made a right onto Woods Road (not intentionally) and looped around til we hit orange blazes. At this point, it got confusing with access roads so use the markers on the map (thanks to those who put pins on unmarked roads!). We also had a hard time crossing a flooded stream but luckily made it safe and dry. By the time we got to the lake, we just took a look instead of looping around due to time and the fact some people said men were dragging out a (hunted?) bear from the woods toward the back of the lake. We took the AT back and went down Buttermilk Falls trail (blue) which we then were happy we didn’t hike up that way as it was steep. Woods road was longer, but a nice long flat break and passed two pretty ponds. Be wary of the mud and wear non skid boots and bring a pole or grab a big stick for balance!

Crater lake is beautiful we parked there by putting lake success dam in the gps then walked down to the falls and back up again. It was a little hard but not bad at all . I did it with some beginner hikers and they were fine !

This is rated as easy however it is definitely a difficult. The terrain is non-stop rocks with steep inclines and declines and quite a few large fallen trees you can’t just hop over. This means it’s a great work-out but terrible for scenic hiking. You mine as well be on a rocky treadmill because all you can do is look at your feet in order to avoid hurting yourself. There are also a lot of mountain bikers and with the narrow paths there isn’t a great way to get out of their way which can be kind of scary.

Unfortunately, I never got to see this trail. The “private “ road leading to it was in such horrible condition it was impassible for my small vehicle. SUVs with four wheel drive may be ok but my car’s undercarriage kept getting scraped up by the holes in the road so I had to turn around. Very disappointing. Don’t attempt unless you are in the mood to deal with a broken axel and have roadside assistance.

not boone trail. simply a portion of it and of other trails. do not follow the blazes for the trail if you only plan on 4.4 miles. labeling this map boone trail is misleading and potentially dangerous, especially for people who spend their hikes looking at nature and not their phones.

hiking
16 days ago

This hike does have great views, comparable to Pulpit Rock and the Pinnacle, did it counter to save the views for the 2nd half of the hike. Didnt see many hawks but it wasnt peak season being August (from what im told this place gets amusement park packed during peak season which is late September to early October). The river of rocks was really cool, especially from the view point. Some rock climbing here and there with lots of rock hoping, but this is expected in rocksylvania so make sure you have some sturdy boots. Alot of info available on the trail and in the vistors center regarding wildlife, geology and history. Main downfall is the 10 dollar entrance fee, to me thats pretty steep but at least it goes to a good cause being a sanctuary and all.

hiking
18 days ago

this was a great Trail really intense great for experience of rock climbing saw one of my favorite snakes on the trail timber rattlesnake it took me and my hubby a total of 6 hours to complete the entire loop really intense hiking on rocks sharp rocks stick snakes but a very beautiful great hike

hiking
19 days ago

A good hiking workout but a poorly marked trail with few picture taking opportunities.

Nice quick hike

NOT for real nature lovers. Went on a Saturday, very crowded lots of children and dogs. The waterfalls were pretty but not amazing. Th terrain along the entire path is not pretty, but rather ugly with tons of downed trees and branches the whole way. The wooden boardwalks and railings are irksome, constantly blocking you from feeling like you’re in nature. Pricey at $16.50 a person.

hiking
21 days ago

The gnats are terrible. Not worth it.

I absolutely love this trail! With well marked trails and spectacular views I would definitely recommend taking the whole loop!

Went saturday 9/22. Lightly trafficked is not true! this place was a nightmare! Full parking lot with a couple people even honking their car horns. Felt like I was in the city not the woods. The waterfalls were nice but if you are looking for some peaceful trails this is not the place to go! $16.50 for an adult to get in.

hiking
27 days ago

This was a good trail with minimal views the first portion of the hike is gravel and very easy flat walk to get to the trail. The hike we did was about 8 Miles not sure how somebody seems to have walked a lot further and it was labeled a 10 mile. I would recommend starting closer and enjoying more of in the woods trail portion of these trails. Don’t mind the end of my map I got in my car and left before turning off the recording. I stopped where I started.

Great hike, but you need to take it to Crater Lake for the reward. Like everyone has said, the first section heading up towards the Appalachian trail is the toughest. Pretty smooth after that. There aren’t really any scenic overlooks besides the lakes. The pond is nice, but Crater Lake was beautiful. Lunch and a quick swim and back towards the falls. Five hours round trip with a nice break in the middle. Went the wrong way a few times too.

hiking
1 month ago

Good spot to hike today, great weather started @ 930 probably a good time before the crowds started... did the orange & some red to do the one loop... saw a ton of sights up in the air, hawks & eagles.

AllTrails has this hike at 5.8 but when we tracked it using AllTrails we came up with 7. This is a solid moderate to low end difficult and is a great trip thru nature. We came across some deer and lots of salamanders and toads. Our Jack Russell Piper enjoyed toying with the roads immensely. Some of the trail is overgrown but we opted for hiking pants so ticks were not an issue. We did douse ourselves in bug spray and that seemed to be a wise decision. It got crowded at Sunfish Pond but that’s to be expected as it really is quite beautiful.

It wasnt quite as challenging as I expected it to be, but we had a great time anyways.

Great day hike or trail run. Plenty of other trails connecting to make hike more challenging if desired.

hiking
1 month ago

lots of topography change in a compact space.

You have to PAY to hike this trail. No thanks!

nature trips
1 month ago

We did the red trail. I understand the purpose of the wooden steps everywhere, as they provide views over extremely rough terrain, but this is not what I would consider a “hike” by any means. I paid $16.50 to walk up and down a bunch of steps. The views are beautiful but you don’t get much of a chance to take them in... not worth shuffling around multiple families on steep, narrow steps. Overall, disappointing for someone looking for a hike but a good place to spend the day if you have a family.

must love giant rocks!

My friend and I went to hike for the falls. we learned when we got there you do need to pay to hike. it's beautiful but I wouldn't wanna take my dogs with because it's mostly wooden built bridge and steps until you get to an overlook area. I am glad I did it, but would rather go elsewhere.

really nice hike, difficult to drive to. first miles is difficult (And last) but waterfall is beautiful

The side road to the trail is scary for smaller cars. Half of it was washed away and the other half was covered by overgrown trees/bushes (which means scratching be belly of the car and beaches etching the doors — don’t even fathom passing someone). Find a friend with a Jeep or a truck to drive to the start point. The falls are right at the start with a nice wood stairway to a viewing platform. If you just have a day in the Gap and are working your way through, this can be an easy stop and go if you skip the test of be home. After the viewing platform there a walk along the river and a steep (steep) up with not a lot of scramble leverage (dirt and maybe a riot here and there — I didn’t mind going up, but the way back was a skid from tree to tree to avoid bowling for hikers). Ridge walk and views were low payoff — wasn’t impressed. Hemlock lake was a nice drinkable spot. My advice: if you want a hike, bring your Socrates and go out to the lake and back. If you want a photo and a waterfall, go up to the view platform and call it a day. The parking lot is small and if you’re not in a spot by 9 am you may be parking creatively.

We did the yellow trail with three kids (age 7, 2 and 3 months). The two older kids had a great time hiking and enjoying the Mother Nature, and it wasn’t that tired to carry the baby while finishing this trail. We were able to get all the way down to the bottom to see the main fall and we were lucky to see rainbow down there. We spent about 2 hours even though the suggested time was only 45 minutes.

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