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Nice moderate hike up to the top of the hill. Paved the entire way. Good views at the top. Shouldn’t take more than an hour if you’re in good shape.

Easy hike, slight incline going to the falls. Very crowded though. Beautiful falls.

This was a beautiful hike, we had our 2.5 yr old and 1 yr old and they loved it. The falls were amazing, the trail was a bit crowded and parking was the biggest challenge. At the top by the falls it was quite slippery which made wearing the kids a bit more difficult but worth it!

2 days ago

Nice views!

hiking
2 days ago

Short hike very easy but need to watch out for roots. No one but me and my husband on trail.

Hiked this with our three kids (8, 7, and 3 ( in a backpack carrier)). The kids absolutely loved the waterfall area. The trail was a moderate climb for our family with just a few spots that were challenging for the kids due to slippery conditions.

This is a beauty in the fall.

Easy in and out - one good overlook before the falls - the falls is the payoff. Go early or parking will be a bear. Met a volunteer- Mike who shared so recent photos and knowledge about the local bears that was very interesting.

Because the trail is not difficult it made for a lot of people on the trail.

0.7 miles to bottom of falls, all downhill. good payoff

on Tumamoc Hill

4 days ago

It's not easy. But it is totally worth it.

on Laurel Falls Trail

4 days ago

nice hike. busy

hiking
4 days ago

i called this the grandpa and baby trail. around every bend was either an old couple "hiking" in slacks and polos or a family pushing a stroller. its hard to take pics of the waterfall because people feel the need to walk up to the waterfall and touch it, regardless of who is taking pics. felt more like a guided nature walk than a hike

I hiked this trail with my husband back in January when I was 38 weeks pregnant (my ambitious idea, not his) and loved it! It was a rewarding challenge with incredible views the entire way. The falls were dry at that time of the year, but it was still well worth it to get to the end. Lots of people were out, but everyone we passed was very encouraging along the way.

walking
7 days ago

Nicely paved pathway! Have encountered snakes about the trail before. Beautiful location worth the stop completely! Get out of Gburg and see the park!

hiking
7 days ago

The information and pictures posted here are incorrect. Many of the pictures are from the Shoal Creek Trail. According to the park maps there is no Waterfall Trail.

The first 2 miles are on hard pack dirt or paved road from the parking lot. The shuttle service was no longer running. The scenery the entire route is beautiful. I hit a dry season so the creek crossings were easy and dry. I can see more difficulty when water is flowing and would bring water shoes or prepare for soggy feet. The difficult part the trail is about a mile from the falls but it’s not super hard. I did find the trail relatively poorly marked given the 7 creek crossings. Because there are side trails by the crossings, pay attention to picking up the trail on the other side. Basically you are following the creek into the canyon so you cannot get lost but can end up searching a bit for the trail. The falls were almost nonexistent but there were pools of water and it didn’t take much to envision how spectacular it would be in the wet season.

Nice paved path to falls. Very crowded though. Good starter hike for the day.

Loved this trail! Highly recommend for everyone :)

Great climb! Beautiful views. You will get wet though, have to cross a few rapids on the trail.

Me encanto,se los recomiendo a los principiantes...

Fun short hike, Lots of people

I was skeptical of Bowie Nature Park after a so-so experience on the Horseshoe trail, but I am so glad I gave this trail a try! I started out on the Lake Van trail which is very scenic but the terrain is quite uneven with a lot of tree roots to step over. I then connected to the Loblolly trail- very wide and even with some of the biggest loblolly pines I've ever seen. The Twin Lakes Loop trail took me to Lake Byrd and Lake Anna, small but very peaceful bodies of water with picnic shelters near by. I was struck by the contrast between the more wooded Lake Byrd and the openshore of Lake Anna. I took the Sycamore Springs trail which took me past its namesake spring with a tiny waterfall, the sound of which is louder than you might expect from such a small creek running parallel to the trail for a bit. I linked up with the Perimeter trail to return to the parking lot, and that last hill is quite steep to finish strong! I got a great overview of what Bowie Nature Park has to offer, and I will definitely return again for more. I also noted that this park felt exceptionally safe despite being rather isolated for stretches, and I, like other women I saw along the way, was comfortable being on my own here.

hiking
12 days ago

Well maintained trail. Leaving by 8am is great advice. My wife and I were fine with 2 L of water but it wasn't a hot day. Strangely enough, one of the creeks was bone dry on the way up but running pretty good 3 hours later when we go back to it. We ended up using the road from that point on.

probably one of the more decent trails in the area. The falls area is worth a look if you can back in there.

The trail at some of the dry river bed crossings aren't marked so keep your eyes peeled or you might end up scrambling up or down the river bed for a while before you realize you aren't in the trail.

This is a solid 4.4 mile hike (8.8mi out and back) starting with a mild 1.4mi flat / paved surface climb. The remaining 3 miles is mostly a gradual 1,000ft climb with mixed rocky, sandy, and step up & down path. Took us about 2hrs with few breaks. The trail ends at the falls which cannot be seen until the last few hundred feet of the trail.

Signage along the path is confusing and limited. It is easy to get off the trail. You will cross the Bear Creek like 3-4 times which also makes it easy to lose the trail. It is heavily trafficked so adjusting should not be difficult. Cellular signal was available throughout the trail.

The falls were dry when we arrived. The water was pretty murky. Beyond that, this is a moderate trail with beautiful scenery. Well worth the trip!

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful hike! Pretty easy walking on a paved path that slowly gains elevation. Falls were gorgeous! Highly recommend! The best falls I’ve seen in the park besides Ramsay Cascades! (Which is not for the faint of heart)
I got to the trailhead around 9 not that busy...(For Laurel Falls) But by the time I headed back around 10-10:20 (Because I take a lot of photos) I saw over 50 people headed to the falls. In addition there were already at least 20 at the falls when I arrived so, yes it’s a BUSY trail. Get there early! Also a nice scenic opening in the trees to view the mountains

The falls were pretty but having to wait for everyone’s family photo opps to have a decent view, then feeling like I was holding everyone up by enjoying the view myself, kinda ruined the experience. Glad to cross it off my list, I guess?

Simple hike for a day trip. Our four year old (who is a moderately experienced hiker) was able to do the entire thing. Have been numerous times and always enjoy it!

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