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2 days ago

Awesomely hard trail. Rained all day but grip was still good for most of the trail on rocks and roots. Falls were overflowing and beautiful. Highly recommend but please keep in mind it is not an easy trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Park closes at dark

hiking
8 days ago

Really nice hike. 4 waterfalls and a rugged trail. Interesting water features...some with no outlet. Be sure to take the Sheep Cave side trail. Not a beginner hike.

hiking
9 days ago

Thursday 01/10/2019

Bald River Trail (also called Trail 88) begins to the left of the parking area which is left of a large waterfall visible by the road. The trail takes you to the top of the falls and continues on from there. It is easy to follow (but minimal signs and no blazes) and there are a few camping areas along the way. When you get to the sign with a map you’ll see two trails, the right takes you to a camping area and the left (heading up) is the trail.

There are a few minor water crossings and one more significant one that we reached about 1mi in. This one we did get a little wet at even while attempting to maneuver around it (SEE PHOTOS w/text labels). We only saw one other person while hiking this trail, everyone else was taking photos of the large waterfall from the road.

THIS TRAIL IS AMAZING and very easy (at least the half of it that we did). There are various water falls, a partial cave, rhododendron tunnels, neat rock formations, campsites, open areas, and steep areas. I would highly recommend this trail and would like to go back in the future. (I am an average or below average hiker who is also pregnant and was carrying a 14mo old.)

I believe most of these reviews are for the very short trail to the top, which is not the entirety of this trail. We hiked half-way in about 2.25mi in and back totaling roughly 4.5mi so my review is based off of that.

one of my favorite places

This trail is like a web of different trails all mixed in. Got turned around a couple times but nothing is too far out there you can’t find a sign quickly. Bridge is cool. Nature center is still under construction as of 1/9/19. Views are nice.

So so pretty. Definitely a little challenging but doable. Just have to pay attention to what you’re doing. I would be very reluctant to do this trail after some rain. A lot of rocks but well marked. Virgin Falls at the very end is worth it I promise!

hiking
13 days ago

ran out of time but hiked it for a couple hours. gorgeous. hope to go back and finish.

great hike but better take note of the firwt sign you see it is strenous but well worth it. i do believe we will camp overnight sometime

I really enjoy the great views and proximity to the water along parts of the trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Cummins Falls is an amazing hike, with water crossings and an incredible waterfall at the end. Since it has been turned into a state park, it is VERY crowded on weekends! I would recommend a very early start if you’re going on a weekend, or try and do it through the week. In the winter, it’s much more difficult to get to the falls, but it can be done. A Cookeville/ Gainesboro treasure for sure!

Love this trail for a good challenge! Be ready for steep inclines and declines!

hiking
14 days ago

Its been raining a lot so some of the trail was quite muddy. Bring water proof shoes and you’ll be fine. Awesome trail.

The suspension bridge was awesome - and the falls are beautiful

Awesome hike! Did the hike to the base of the falls. It’s been raining the last few days so it was super muddy and slick but worth it. The way the rocks are makes it hard to get good footing - so I’d rate this more strenuous than moderate. Also hiked back up and did Cane Creek Falls over the suspension bridge. My husband , I and pup enjoyed the day exploring nature ! Check out Cane Creek Overlook if you’re looking for a good spot to stop and eat lunch.

First time I have walked the trail and had no idea it was as close to me as it was. It has rained for a week so the trail was often full of water and or running water down the trail in a number of places.

The trail is hard mainly because of the many elevation changes and long uphill sections. There is also a sign missing that tell you about the optional uphill section of rerouted trail and because the trail there is so new it’s very easy to loose your way.

But beautiful lake views, stone walls, and old building piers along the way is a great reminder of pre lake property owners who scratched out homesteads on the hills overlooking the Cumberland River.

Know the trail splits and it takes longer than you think it will and you will enjoy the gem of a trail.

Absolutely lives up to the hype. Great for kids and my dog. Two for one special of stunning falls at the bottom and the top and a suspension bridge for fun thrown in. Very cool hike.

Nice trail with great lake views. The trail appears to be the primary drainage route so it is very wet and muddy following a rain. There is a good balance of climbs and descents and some interesting rock formations and a nice waterfall.

hiking
19 days ago

calm and beautiful. can be very muddy and some of the blazes are worn out.

21 days ago

This is my favorite mountain biking trail so far in the Nashville area. Really flowy, can knock out a long ride pretty quick due to how fast this trail is.

Bearwaller Gap is a really fun and rewarding trail. The first part is pretty technical, watch your footing. Especially if it is wet, icy, or muddy. After that, it's pretty straight-forward, and the trail is marked really well.

Be safe and enjoy!

3rd time I’ve hiked this trail. Really enjoyed each but liked the winter hikes the best. The underground stream flows make this waterfall hike unique. Be cautious as the descent is deceptive making the return hike more challenging then one might expect especially in summer weather.

scenic driving
23 days ago

We drove the Cherohala Skyway to River Road. What a beautiful drive! It was a rainy day so the water was flowing pretty heavily. River road lead straight to Bald River falls. There's parking on the other side of the bridge. People were in the road taking pictures of the falls from the bridge. There's a small trail to the left of the parking area that you can take to the top of the falls. It's a short, easy hike. Dog friendly as well. Pictures uploaded.

hiking
26 days ago

like stepping into a world away. so much to see & explore with eyes wide open, but definitely strenuous for small children or those with weak knees/ankles as there are a lot of slippery, somewhat treacherous spots on the descent. i highly recommend doing the short spur hike up around the top of virgin falls.

hiking
26 days ago

Great place! Highly recommend visiting. Probably best to go during the week or early on the weekends. There are places to swim all along the river all the way to the falls. As they do on the website I would recommend good shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. There is a loop but the trail closest to the falls is more treacherous. Also if you need a waterproof phone case or anything else there is a gift shop at the entrance of the park.

hiking
26 days ago

This trail was great. Did this trail twice this summer. On one trip I followed the main trail then took the side trail to martha's pretty point off the main trail. The second time I took the martha's pretty point trail. This trail is a little more open but does get less foot traffic by all the spider webs we had to walk through. Carried a stick with me after a few minutes. Martha's pretty point is a great overlook. There is a point that you have to cross over the creek with a cable. The first time I encountered this it was the morning after a big rain and there was water over the rocks and moving swiftly. A family at the crossing leaving had to remove their shoes and socks to cross as they didn't wear proper footwear. The second time I went the water was not over the rocks and you could cross fine without getting wet at all. There are 4 falls on this trail all of which have their own merits. Honestly, I loved it more after the rain the falls were big and full. This is an out and back trail. The out part is easy you are going downhill the entire time. It is not til you turn around to head back you realize how far down you had traveled. The trek up was exhausting in the July and August heat. I brought 2 L of water in my camelpak and drank almost all of it. *This part I found slightly distressing. My friend and I did encounter another hiker that was in distress. She had ran out of water and food and was feeling dizzy and nauseated. We stopped and gave her snacks and water til she felt better. We exchanged numbers with her to make sure she reached her car safely. YES this hiker was unprepared for the heat and humidity of this strenuous hike, but what was more distressing is that we saw people before us pass her half laying on the trail with her dog sitting with her and didn't ask if she was ok or if she needed aid. Even while we were with her no one asked! Scary! The hiker stated she had done the hike before but the heat and humidity were kicking in over drive that day. Gotta love that southern weather. Morale of the story come prepared even if you are experienced. There is absolutely no cell service down in the valley that the trail is in. This girl could have had a heat stroke in the middle of the trail and no one bothered to check on her and she could not call for aid. Rant complete sorry * The trail was great it was a little hard at times but nothing too crazy. It is a fun challenging trail. When I hiked it the sheep cave trail was partially closed. I don't know if this has been re-opened at this time or not.

hiking
27 days ago

Absolutely incredible hike. Great trail, good signage, and decent workout.

Nothing interesting and muddy in many spots

hiking
29 days ago

Nice hike, not very difficult, interested in going back sometime.

This was a very cool trail with alot more beautiful views that I imagined. It was a pretty easy hike and I'd recommend for beginners. There are suspension bridges, cool side trails and amazing views, highly recommend! Take the counter clockwise route as you'll see the good stuff first and can breeze through the walk back.

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