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I will be going back on a day the gorge is completely open. I loved this trail it was sooo easy because it was mostly paved. There are parts the you need a permit that is more boulder climbing. The stairs were not bad and has many places to rest! Will be going back again !

Great stop enroute to Maggie Valley. Clearly marked paths, good over looks and sure footed steps. Speaking of steps...ooft! The down was easy to the suspension bridge but the up...feel the burn baby! Overall a great place to visit.

hiking
18 days ago

One of my favorite hikes!! Bring a lunch and enjoy the beautiful view!!

This place is amazing. It is not for the weak. There are some tough river crossings, but this is exactly why I loved it! You must get there early (we got there at 6:30 am) to get in line at the gate. They only give out 100 permits per day to go down to the gorge floor and you cannot reserve them ahead of time. Trust me! It will be worth it.Some of the reviews in here complain about the difficulty and lack of a "real" trail.....EXACTLY why we loved it. Do the whole loop and give yourself the day to stay and enjoy it. Very beautiful

hiking
23 days ago

This was a beautiful hike! I definitely would not rate this as hard - more like moderate. The only difficult part was heading back up from the river. The waterfall and river are totally worth this short steep section. Otherwise very easy trail that makes for a nice afternoon hike!

This hike can fool you. It is relatively easy on the way down to the falls. As other reviewer‘s have mentioned, there is a sharp left at the “end”of the trail (at the river) to get to the falls. The falls are spectacular. The tricky part is on the way back, it is mostly uphill. The hike it’s not difficult but the return trip will exert some energy. Well worth the time.

Just to be clear in case someone else gets confused LoL.... when you park in the pull off gravel road you came up on, you will see a trail marker not far. on the trail marker you will see "74 yards" written in marker with an arrow pointing to the left. Walk back down the road you drove up on about that distance to find the actually trail beginning. Do not think it's the opening right next to the trail marker.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, but watch for the turns. It is largely unmarked. There is a large stone arrow on the ground at one junction that directs you the correct way. As previously reviewed, the last bit of the trail leading to the Chattooga River is STEEP! The views of the falls and the river make the climb worth it.

Done the trails to Hurricane falls. Sooooo many steps down 560 so that means 560 up. Legs was quivering after this but well worth the hike. Breath taking views !
Loved it and will do this one again.

Only had time to buzz down to the bridge, then down to the water’s edge and back up to the visitor center before a wash out rainstorm. The place is primarily man-made steps as opposed to a nature trail, but the views are still worth a quick stopover. The stairs are all open-grating, so please reconsider taking your dog, especially if they have small paws.

Beautiful Gorge and great hike.

We went to the end of the dirt road to park my car then loaded up into the truck and went down the “primitive road” The trail was great! The last little bit is a little difficult but my 3 year old son did most of this hike.

Enjoyed this series of waterfalls and the deep gorge. Lots of stairs but worth the walk.

This trail might be nice if you your significant other are looking for a nice outing or for a family but it's not worth traveling over an hour to experience. the view at the Lookouts is pretty nice, but not amazing in my opinion. I wouldn't recommend going to this Trail unless you were going to do some other hiking at the park that same day.

I have to be honest, when I read the review of the other Poster about the Gnats I laughed. I went out there today and experience them it was kind of annoying. The trail is not very attractive and the wooded area surrounding most of the trail that I saw was somewhat barren. you can see that there was a controlled burn done out there not long ago so there is not as much plant life is there would have been otherwise. If you are just looking to get away from stress or activity, this may be a good option for you. However if you're looking for beautiful scenery I would do not recommend this particular Trail.

mountain biking
2 months ago

This loop is 1.5 miles long. Is connected from the Stoneplace Trail. It's skinny, rooted, not well maintained with some sections a little wider. I wouldn't waste my time riding it again. There were no views of the gorge from the trail. Enjoy the gnats.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a major disappointment! Our group of 5 regular hikers expected a nice wooded trail leading to a lake and boat launch. As we proceeded on our hike we were attacked by gnats! It never let up. The trail was dry and dusty and hundreds of Gnats!!! What was supposed to be a 10 mile RT was shortened to 6 miles. We couldn't stand the conditions. This is a relatively unattractive trail maybe worth taking in the winter if at all!

beautiful and a great short hike. steps were a great leg challenge after the suspension bridge. wish there had been more trails that didn't require a permit but it was a great day trip for the family.

Good hike; if you do geocaching like I do, DO NOT TAKE THE LEFT FORK! It is as stated, a cliff. The climb back up wasn’t worth it for me. The hike was easy but fulllll of silk weaving critters that seem to have silk throughout the entire trail!! I had to walk with a branch out in front to catch most of the silkies.

As beautiful as the gorge and falls are, the steep stairs can be very strenuous especially if you have heart/breathing problems

hiking
2 months ago

Really great hike! I took my dog (3-legged) and we both enjoyed it a lot. Only struggle was climbing back up the trail from the bottom of the waterfall. Also suggest longer pants for anyone with plant allergies as some parts of the trail are a bit overgrown. 100% worth it for the views.

It was definitely worth doing for the beautiful views but is much more, in my option, a nature walk than a true hike. Lots of stairs, which woke up your legs for sure but not too challenging for someone who’s in good shape. Overall, a fun hour or two activity to see the impressive gorge and falls.

hiking
2 months ago

A well-marked moderate trail. Will cross 2 small streams on the way to the falls. Beach area provides a place for those who want to take a dip. Recommend bug spray. Beautiful views with roaring falls.

Beautiful waterfall and pretty water! The climb down is steep, but the bridge over the water is neat!

Beautiful hike! lots of traffic on the weekends. Will be back for sure!!!

Loved every second of the hike and such natural beauty!!

It was absolutely amazing and so beautiful!! Loved every second of the hike!!

Says dog friendly, but we drove an hour and a half to essentially be told we would have to carry him to the gorge floor. Don't be fooled, you can totally enjoy all the other loops; like we did! The gorge floor is permit only and NOT, NOT a real path. It is a foot path at a 45 incline up and down through the forest over roots and slippery rocks. It is a treacherous hike. The only path we couldn't go on way the "Hurricane Outlook" path because people had died there the day before. The stairs are a fun one, but if you get easily dizzied or don't like hieghts, I recommend you do NOT do it. I wish I would've known about the gorge floor thing before we had gotten there so I wouldn't have been disappointed.

We did the stairs and the bridge. We were going to do some trails but ended up helping some elderly people up the stairs and were exhausted by the time we finished carrying them up. Loved the views though

We did the rim trails and the stairs to the bottom of gorge. We missed getting a pass but without pass you still get to go down to bottom. The pass would be much cooler but the only difference is it allows you to get in water & climb on the rocks. All in all a cool experience. And yes a TON of stairs.

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