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Stunning Views from the top!

Nice easy scenic hike.

1 month ago

Had a really fun time with my 9 year old and my dog here. Climbing to the lookout point gave us a sense of accomplishment.

It is a workout. If you are a newbie be prepared for a challenge. Cars can drive to the top so you may see non-hikers at the firepower.

It is a workout. If you are a newbie be prepared for a challenge. Cars can drive to the top so you may see non-hikers at the firepower.

It is a workout. If you are a newbie be prepared for a challenge. Cars can drive to the top so you may see non-hikers at the firepower.

Great day hike!!

This is a great trail - defined not 10 year old friendly. Beautiful views with lots of snow.

Hard to find, not marked with orange blazes. Started on AT and took Lover’s Leap Loop back to parking lot. Amazing views and cool rocky outcroppings.

Craggy Pinnacle offers some wonderful 360 degree views from atop the lookout. As it is a shorter hike many people from out of town like to stop in while driving along the blue ridge highway. If it is windy, or the weather isn’t looking nice, keep in mind there is little protection. I live close to Douglas Falls so I actually hike from the Barnardsville side at Douglas Falls and cut through to the pinnacle trail. If you have the time hike down to the Falls!!

Awesome views

2 months ago

It’s a workout. You’ll leave tired. Pretty area.

Short hike with beautiful views

I have hiked this trail many times and during different seasons. It is especially beautiful when the rhododendrons are in bloom.

3 months ago

The views here are just breathtaking. Excellent trail to do later in the day so you can catch the sunset up top. Definitely will go back in the spring for the blooming rhododendrons.

nice trail. lot of switchbacks going up. Just past the sign for Lover's Leap #308 (going up), there is a huge nest of yellowjackets on the trail. we got stung really bad, so be careful!

Short uphill hike, great for viewing sunsets.

Ran Sams Gap to Big Bald and back. Super sweet trail. Gorgeous views. No complaints.

4 months ago

Driven by it several times but stopped this time and definitely a great hike with some of the best views in the area. Short hike but packs plenty of punch.

I completed this section with my wife and with my 10 years old daughter. We stayed overnight and came back next morning to Hot Springs campground.

You will hike one mile next to the river...

Was our pleasure to meet two Appalachian thru Hikers... great stories and good motivation!!!

I rate this section Hard.

Views = good ( different points to stop and take some pics)

Hiking shoes highly recommended. I saw some people with running shoes having a hard time...

Max patch is a nice hike. You get great 360 degree views. Sunsets are brilliant. This is a popular place so don't expect any privacy or solitude unless you walk down the AT to the woods. Sadly there were pieces of toilet paper and trash everywhere.

Short and easy, very pretty!

Easy hike, great view

4 months ago

It was so pretty. My mom and I hiked out to watch the sunset. There’s this little gazebo on the way to the top that we stopped at to take pictures and they turned out amazing. It looked like the trees and everything were on fire because of the way the sun was setting. I would definitely recommend this hike.

short hike. great views. bring a blanket and picnic and make a day of it.

Crown jewel of the AT. You’ll feel like you’re in the sound of music.

Found this trail by accident heading to Mt Mitchell. Short trail, gorgeous views. Worth the stop.

5 months ago

This is an excellent short hike with a great view

5 months ago

Steep incline in beginning but short sweet hike!

First sunrise hike and it’s the perfect place for it! Short hike for some beautiful 360 views!

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