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Wonderful view, great hike!

Went on this hike last May and loved it. First hike in the States after seven years overseas. Great rock formations and views from the top. Recommend going as early as possible to avoid crowd and experience the hike in at best viewing time.

Amazing views of the gorge from the Sky Bridge and surrounding trail! An easy loop for me and my dog - although I did have to carry him up the few metal steps. :) I would do this hike again and bring others!

very nice trail and the arch is impressive

We went on a clear and sunny Friday morning after it had rained all night. We arrived at the parking lot around 7:30 am, but didn't start hiking until 8:30. This was intentional -- we wanted to get to the parking lot early enough to snag a spot and then take our time to eat breakfast and take advantage of the porta potties Don't underestimate the length and difficulty of this hike! It took us 6 hours to complete with several small breaks throughout.

The highlight of this hike is definitely the rock scrambling portion. Wear sturdy shoes with good grips and long pants if you can! There were plenty of times when I had to slide down a boulder or use my butt and knees to support myself, hah.

Next time we will probably take longer breaks and definitely bring more water.

The parking lot was completely full when we got there on a Saturday. Make sure you have $3 to park in the lot. I would give it a -10 out of 10 on solitude, couldn't even stop and take a picture without a group of people on your back. We took the "scenic trail" and the stream was beautiful the whole way to the falls. There were lots of mini falls and places for my dog to stop and splash in the water. The falls were beautiful! The trails were very well maintained. I would rate this as an easy hike. The views were worth it even with all the people!

Great loop trail with a variety of views. My first at RRG and a good way to start the day. Went clockwise, which made it a tougher last leg. Our dog enjoyed it, too!

Excellent views - went clockwise and it was easy to miss the turn back but good workout and a lovely stream to cool yourself off in

gorgeous trail but do not skip out on going down into the gorge like some people do. you will miss some gorgeous scenery

I am fairly out of shape, but I was determined to make it to the top. There are spots to stop and rest along the way, and all the hikers we ran into were friendly and encouraging. The hike up was gorgeous, as we were surrounded by trees, and the view at the top was worth the effort!

Went there yesterday. Took us about 35 mins to the top. It was our very first hike so I wouldn't say it was easy, especially the part from the middle to the top, but not bad and totally doable for the first-timers. The trail was muddy and slippery so bring some good boots. Visibility wasn't perfect, but still the views were amazing!! Many tiny paths on the top so you can find a multiple cool spots either you go right or left. Our Cane Corso girl really liked it too!

Very easy small hike! Beautiful flora & fauna! Views are amazing and just a fun place to visit! Highly recommend!

As a Kentuckian, Natural Bridge is obviously a hallmark too us! Love natural bridge!

3 days ago

Loved this hike! Fall weather is perfect for this trail because I hardly sweated at all (even though the hike is long)! Super beautiful views from so many spots and everyone is really friendly. No pets are allowed for a good reason (some parts are very challenging climbs)!

This trail is worth some of the mud and trekking through the rhododendrons. the outlooks are amazing, all of them. I went on a cool 46 degree overcast Saturday and it was still worth it. definitely go check this one out for the awesome views.

Good hike, did the loop and appreciated the wide and relatively even Fire Road on the way back (uphill). Definitely worth the extra mile to go from the overlook all the way to the base of the falls.

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4 days ago

This is the classic AT trail in Virginia and a great one at that. A little muddy in parts due to recent rain, but trail was great. Jammed on a beautiful fall Saturday, but that’s to be expected. Made it to the top in about two hours (solo hiker, light load). About the same back (took it a little slower). A must do.

Big bang for the buck. Not too long, and awesome views!

I took Rock Garden to the north and then looked back around to connect up with the natural bridge, finishing by taking the Balanced Rock trail to the south. Surprisingly very little foot traffic on Rock Garden, take Balanced Rock down from the Natural Bridge if you want to avoid going up the stairs.

A great family hiking trail!

hike is short but steep! gets tough when you get to the rocky section near the top if the rocks are wet, very slick, especially coming back down, if its super wet i would recommend going down and doing the loop back to the parking lot its longer but way easier. views at the top are always worth the hike up i do this one fairly often, if you still feel like hiking afterwards the albright trail is in the same parking lot and it is a nice trail to add on some extra miles plus it is much less busy and has a nice overlook too.

Amazing experience! Just watch the weather because it was dry and sunny at the base but rainy and slippery at the top. Also carry an extra jacket and leave your hands free; you’ll need them!

The best view!! I am Terrified of heights but the bridge is wide enough that I felt safe, even with my dogs by my side. Warning to anyone with dogs- the stairs are open iron grids and my dogs did NOT enjoy it on their paws. Other than that, no complaints! There was an amazing breeze on top of the bridge.

I loved this trail loop! Having just left New England, this trail was some much needed peace and quiet. I saw a total of 2 groups (one group of three young adults, and another consisting of a father and three young children.) The scenery was a gorgeous array of geological formations, second growth forest, and ridge line canopy. The leaves were just starting to change leaving splashes of yellow and red dotting the forest floor. The way out of the valley, from under the arch definitely had me sweating but the cool breeze blowing on the ridge and the stunning views made the work well worth it.

One of the Iconic stops on the AT. good hike not too difficult. Fire road gives easy access up and back, but highly recommend Tinker Cliffs also.

Excellent and higher end of moderate for those hiking with kids.

Did this with my sons... it was a well marked trail, and we didn’t get lost or turned around as I tend to do! Take plenty of water and watch out for copperheads. We saw a big one that blended in perfectly with the sand on the trail.

We hiked to the top of this trail and the view was breathtaking. It is quite hard to get up for beginners/ people who do not hike uphill often but the payoff was 100% worth it.

Great views, loved the channels. We made it a 4 hour trip to the channels and back with children. The hike is a little longer than I was figuring, but I would do again. I recommend bringing a wide angle camera lens for the channels.

We only trailed about 2 miles in Bc we started so late. We went left to the blue trail which was really cool. It was a lot of hiking up. Pretty heavy trafficked for a Sunday. We’re going back tomorrow to checkout the left route.

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