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love the views and cliffs. much wild life

backpacking
4 days ago

Was a beautiful hike went clockwise and after seeing and hearing about the counterclockwise hikers journey. I was happy with my choice. I did it in two days, wanted to take my time. The views were spectacular, trails were makes well. Camped at Harper's shelter, not sure if the mileage is correct I don't think switchback are being counted for mileage, there are a good amount of them. would definaly recommend it to a friend, there was very little water on the AT portion so be careful with that if hiking clockwise bring in water to hike up, crossed one natural spring and it is a dry Aug. so far so riverbeds have dried up mostly.

The hike up is short but if wet (as it was for us) it would be slippery coming back down. We elected to take the alternate route back. It is worth the detour. Beautiful hike in the woods crisscrossing several streams. The view from humpback is awesome! It was a bit crowded but nothing unusual for other good hikes in August.

Great hike for young children. Trail is strenuous but short. Great view at the top.

walking
10 days ago

As of today Trails A and B are closed but the trail to Great Falls overlook is great. It’s flat, smooth, small pebbles; easy for walking or biking. The overlook is incredible.

Perfect hike for anyone looking to take in some beautiful scenery, diverse landscape and breathtaking views from the top!

trail running
17 days ago

This was a great and well marked trail! Almost all shaded single track so you do have to stay aware for mountain bikers and horseback riders. I went out on a rather warm Sunday around noon and only came across one other runner and two mountain bikers. My GPS tracked just under 500ft of both elevation loss and gain and I ran/hiked the loop clockwise in two hours. Will definitely be going back.

Challenging and fun!!! Definitely coming back. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
20 days ago

Spectacular views. A little busy.

hiking
22 days ago

Wonderful climb to the top with spectacular views from the rocks.

Did the A trail with 2 teens. challenging spots for a nice workout. Not too crowed. Going back again for sure!

This trail is a lot of fun with some pretty amazing views at the top. I stayed at the summit and watched the sunset. Camped close to the summit and got up and watched the sunrise. It was a perfect little trip. Took the longer easier way down. Pretty views there as well. Saw lots of bear too!!!!

I love taking this early in the morning when there aren’t many people and it’s not so hot. A great view to sit and enjoy morning coffee! It’s worth the climb!

backpacking
1 month ago

Challenging loop, we did 10-11mi on day one & camped at Campbell Creek. Waterfalls were beautiful & plenty of nice swimming holes to choose from there. Day two was 3-4mi up Mau-Har & was very steep. A challenge, but very fun with all the boulders!

fun trail, easy enough for kids too.

hiked up there today for the first time and with my 2 grandkids, 4 and 5, and we loved it! It is a climb but it is worth the views.

backpacking
1 month ago

One of the better backpacking loops in Va. It’s perfect for a two day trek, with an overnighter either at Harpers Creek or Campbells Creek. We started at Reeds Gap, went clockwise and camped at HC after 10.5 miles, which is a few miles more than the signage suggests. My guess is that many of the switchbacks weren’t taken into account when the signs were posted. The ascent is devoid of overlooks, but there’s a great one facing SW a few hundred ft beneath the main summit, and then a handful of stellar views on the way down to the creek. Another pleasant surprise was the amount of waterfall hiking on Day 2 heading up the Mau-Har Trail. It was lovely bouldering / hiking right next to the (at the time) lively creek for a couple of miles. iPhone tracked us at 10.6 mi on Day 1, 5.8 on Day 2, 16.4 total. Seemed about right.

currently the downloaded trail is not accurate.park service has it roped off alternate trail was much more challenging. not what I was expecting, but what an awesome hike!

Beautiful trail!! Steady incline all the way up , only steep in a couple spots! Great trail saw deer and a rat snake !! Mason Dixon line was awesome! Views from the top so worth the effort 4 miles up and 4 miles down took about 4 hours all together we stopped a lot to take photos!!

1 month ago

Absolutely stunning.

Great hike. Moderate difficulty. Great view from the Rocks

Did The A & C trails (B was closed). Was around 10.5 miles start to finish. Trail A is the most popular because of the rock scrambling (which is fun!), but I also really enjoyed Trail C because of how close to the water the trail takes you. It’s also much quieter with fewer people.

I have done B & C several times with my dogs. Go early to avoid all the stupid people who think they know how to “hike”. I have had to render first aid on these trails because people hike in flip flops. Both of my dogs love these trails for rock and creek time. A trail is closed to dogs so I have not done that section. Trails are rocky and well traveled.

Came and did this trail on a week trip from Utah. Pretty easy for anyone in good health and marked very well.

Very challenging. My husband and I backpacked over two days/one night. Doing the whole loop would have been very difficult and wouldn’t have allowed for much time for breaks/views. The distance is just over 16 miles, not 12.6. The Mau-Har section is very hard, but provides tons of water as you are hiking next to the creek/waterfalls almost the entire time. The AT section was bone dry for us. Luckily, we took the advice on going clockwise so we had our water from home on day one. We hiked 10.5 miles to Harper’s Creek shelter, which we loved, and camped right on the creek. Woke up and finished the last bit which ended up being 6 miles back to the car. (Parked at Reid’s Gap)

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Must look out for mountain bikers tho - they come up quick! Really great trail - easily marked.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Short MTB trails. Good for a couple of hours of fun. Early afternoons are best. Lots of wildlife and trails are well marked.

Great trail, enjoyed walking near waterfall, tons of excellent camping spots.

Great hike and amazing views.

Beautiful hike, have been going up for years. It is a bit of a climb but as long as you are in decent shape it shouldn't be too difficult. The views are well worth it.

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