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Fun trail! Need decent hiking/water shoes! Do not go when it has rained heavily...when we got there it was the devil's hot tub and you could barely see it :( Opportunities to swim and lots of cool rocks to stop and picnic lunch on :)

Kind of a climb but once you’re at the top the view is so spectacular you won’t even remember the climb

Super nice trail hike, beautiful 270 degree view at the top!

We climbed the boulder yard almost to the top, whew! Sore the next day, but really amazing views. Not recommended for children the boulders would be too challenging. The trail right next to the boulder field was a steep descent, poles definitely came in handy. Really unique hike that I’m glad we did!

I see in the reviews about my being my "new favorite hike". Well I see why now, as this is a moderate hike with great views once you get to the ridge. I love going to triple crown hikes close by but can be way to crowed at times. we hit Hay Rock about 9ish and didn't see a soul until starting back down. hay Rock itself is somewhat intimidating to climb, but after my son went up the steep side i saw that the other side was a easier to climb. oh, did I mention this is my new favorite hike now. [(;-)

Amazing but path on marble trail difficult to find best path off main trail.

great hiking. good workout

One of the best views I’ve seen on a hike

By far the most fun hike I've ever done. I went off trail and climbed the rocks up then took the trail back down. It's definitely a good workout and the whole thing is pretty steep. I highly recommend it! It was suggested to me by some locals and I'd never have known about it otherwise. I had the trail all to myself in the middle of a Sunday.

This is not an easy hike. The creek crossing can be quite sketchy for those with bad balance or not athletic. But that said I took a group of 10 or so people with 3 or 4 children around 8 years old and everyone loved the hike. When we went the water levels were so high that there was not a bathtub. But the scenery was amazing and its a different type of hike because of all the creek crossings. Its challenging and fun all at the same time. Be prepared for numb cold feet.

Beautiful me and my girlfriend did it in 4 hours.Spectacular view at the top would do it again in a heartbeat!!!!

Beautiful views and great camping.

15 days ago

Beautiful views of the waterfall! Easy-going, low impact hike!

Hiked on 2/28/18. Lower trail is washed out right before the falls. I suggest taking it to that point for beautiful approaching views of the falls. You can turn around and meet back up with the upper trail in just .3 miles. Also at the first bridge the lower trail is to the right and upper is to the left. The upper trail is beautiful, a very gradual climb and you are by the water for much of the trail. Parking is $3 ( correct change).

done this hike. great view at Barneys Wall and the fire tower.

Did this hike with three boys ages 3, 8 & 10. Absolutely beautiful. Highly recommend.

Fun and easy hike with what I imagine is an incredible view! Unfortunately it was 100% foggy, preventing you from seeing more than 10 yards ahead, but the fog did add a fun, erie feel to the hike. Terrain was easy and with an hour stop at the top took 4hrs to complete the 8 mi RT hike. Saw people in passing on the trail and a small group at the top but it never felt too crowded and everyone was super friendly! Will definitely be back on a clear and sunny day to take in the knob in all of its beauty!

Pretty easy if you just do an in and out instead of the loop. Tons of river crossings so be prepared to get wet! There is a small sign pointing to the parking area. I’d would suggest parking at the bottom (before the skull and crossbones sign). Just hike up the path instead of driving. Not worth getting stuck.

I did an out and back on the AT section instead of the loop and the hike was still a must do in my books. Definitely worth the trip from PA. It's rated moderate because of the inclines but no scrambling. Lots of people. Lots of friendly pups. All the breathtaking views. And there was even a proposal to watch on the knob.

The Channels are amazing! We went on a cold rainy day, but it was totally worth it.

Good workout, started in the afternoon. Parking was a problem. Go early.
The channels was great. A good view is to be had Northeast of the Fire Tower.

Gorgeous view, easy hike.

1 month ago

Fantastic hike. I went on 1/27/18. There were signs from the USFS indicating the lower Trail was washed out in one spot, so I took the upper trail. With no leaves on the trees, I could see the creek the whole way up the trail. Part of the falls were still frozen. Added on the extra miles to the Upper Falls and Barney’s Wall for an 8 mile trek. Well worth the extra miles! I was one of two cars in the parking lot at 9 am, and the parking lot was full when I got back down, so an early start makes for a quieter visit.

1 month ago

Loved the frozen falls after weeks of frigid temps. We went on New Year’s Day 2018.

The hike yielded incredible views of sharp top with a great spot for sunset! The trail never gets too steep and is clearly marked! Highly highly recommend this one!

Trail features beautiful both a lower route along a mountain stream which is scenic, and an upper trail which is much more accessible. Amazing payoff at the end. A staple Western Virginia hike.

Great hike! It’s a nice walk up and the trail is well maintained. At the the top we hung out on a few boulders and had some snacks. I would definitely recommend it

Nice hike. Easy trail until you get to the last mile, and then you get some good exercise. The trail stays in the woods until the last second which makes the view at the top just seem to jump out at you. I went on a cool day in fall and the trail was not as busy as I read about. I got to the top and had the view to myself for about a half hour.

This trail IS NOT for the Wimps in the group. It gives the body a chance to warm up before it hits you with both barrels! The rock field is fantastic and gives one the opportunity to traverse an amazing natural formation that includes challenges for those that boulder to those that spelunk. This trail will become a favorite, give it a try, you will not be disappointed. Enjoy!

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