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Great easy Trail right off the road. Great for kids and dogs.

Beautiful trail. Many streams and small waterfalls along with the large waterfall at the end. It is a hard ascent but it isn't technical- all trails have stairs or bridges when needed. Get there early for parking. Lots of people and dogs were out enjoying the day even on a cold winter day.

bridge out
off trail
over grown
private property
washed out
2 days ago

**NOT recommended for kids, dogs or those with susceptible disposition. Prior permission is required to hike this trail from Asbury Hills as the trailhead is on their property. ** Also, there is a cable bridge you must cross right at 1.5 miles into the hike. This was a first for me. A cable bridge is literally two cables, one under your feet, one above your head and you have to shuffle across very gingerly. We crossed the cable bridge right after a big rainfall so this was a bit sketchy feeling. The trail from the trailhead to the cable crossing was nice, well worn and well marked. We planned to hike to Raven Cliff Falls then back to Moonshine and Confusion Falls. After the cable bridge crossing up to Naturaland Trust Trail was rough. You are essentially hiking in a wash-out most of the way which is rocky, rooty, and not flat in the least. We had to bush-whack, rock scramble, detour around creeks running through the trail, dense overgrowth, blowdowns, lost trail markers, and crazy creek crossings. We didn't anticipate so much time and exertion wasted on just getting through the trail so by the time we reached the Naturaland Trust bridge, we opted to turn around. We were tired and had poorly judged the time required getting to that point. We skipped Moonshine and Confusion and will visit them another day. Not sure I would do this trail again from Asbury to Raven Cliff and would be hesitant to recommend it to just anyone. The trail had beautiful river views, a few nice mountain views could be snuck in here and there. I enjoyed the hike but would come with a saw and maybe shoes with better ankle support if I ever return to that section. Overall, i don't regret going because any day in the woods is better than sitting on the couch.

4 days ago

It’s a hard hike but it’s so beautiful! Just show how early cause there is normally a hour wait time just to get into the park.

I usually do this loop with the Dismal climb at the end. I take my 45lb dog and he loves it. Yes, I have to help him up and down the ladders, but it’s worth it to have him with me. We’ve never had any major trouble. It’s a great workout with a variety of scenery, suspension bridge, & plenty of technical aspects to keep it interesting. Don’t forget to take the spur on Raven Cliff trail to the overlook at the end. It’s cool to see where you just were.

Great trail with kids or dogs!!

12 days ago

Great trail with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

14 days ago

Great for the whole family! A hidden gem.

Very convenient view of the waterfall. The trail has some interesting things to see and has numerous placards telling history of the site.

15 days ago

Nice waterfall hike with good views. Very well maintained trail inside Jones Gap State Park. Just over 5 miles from the parking lot, round trip. I'm a frequent hiker, but had a 9 and 7 year old with me. Took 2.5 hours. The Falls are beautiful. Highly recommend. If you go do it early. there is limited parking and when there's no room, you'll be waiting outside the park until someone leaves. the rangers control the flow of traffic

Nice easy scenic trail with views of the lake all around. Lots of rocks, roots, a few up and downs, but overall a good way to spend a couple of hours.

This loops is no longer open. Pretty place is on private property and they do not allow hiking.

This loop is closed. The pretty place section is private property. They don’t allow people on it any longer.

18 days ago

I pretty easy 11 mile trail with great views and several rapids and falls to check out along the way. The vertical doesn't seem that much when actually walking the trail as teh incline is gradual in plenty of spots. There are a few areas of greater vertical, but its not too bad.

Video Review of Trail: https://youtu.be/PIYL1m2LrBY

This was an excellent hike! Strenuous in some areas with some very rewarding pic and scenery opportunities. Considerstion for trail use: check forecast for rain or snow. In some areas potential for slipping and washouts are high.

19 days ago

This was my first waterfall hike and was not at all disappointed. I will go again.

A small group of us completed this trail today with our dogs. It’s definitely a dog friendly trail as we crossed paths with many other dogs on the trail. The condition of the trail was great— some muddy patches but it’s to be expected after a whole day of rain the day before. I would say the rating of the trail should be closer to the easier side than moderate. The observation deck was clean and gave way to a great view of the waterfall. It’s not a close view but very picturesque.

the Falls are visible from the road. nice hike up for a mile. but if you are short on time, the falls are beautiful at the beginning of the trail.

Beautiful area. The trail feels rugged in spots, which I loved. The views are worth the incline!

Great hike for even a beginner! It was peaceful and saw deer run out in front of us on the trail. Stunning views at the overlook!

For the people who hiked it in the last week, is it muddy from all the rain?

Great hike, not too tough, well marked. Great waterfall

By far one of my all time favorite trails. The diversity you get on this hike is amazing. Whether you choose left or right to take the loop, you’re going to get a workout/be challenged. There are waterfall views, mountainside views, a suspension bridge, ladders and creek crossings. By the time I got to the end of my hike (the Dismal trail) I was definitely beat and the mountain seemed to go on forever but it was so worth it. I went late November .... most of the leaves were gone but the ones left made for some beautiful scenery and lighting as the sun goes down a lot earlier in the late fall/winter. A must do trail hike with plenty of challenge. Very well marked trail heads and a trail guide/map at each intersection or beginning of the next trail to avoid getting lost or confused.

Fun hike. Rim of the gap trail gets a bit technical in parts. Trail is very well blazed but its important to pay close attention while on Rim Of The Gap (yellow), some parts are a bit iffy but I always found a blaze within 50 feet of questionable areas. All and all great trail. Would recommend to any experienced hiker.

Great little hike. My kids love to play in the pool at the bottom of the falls. Only downside is it can be busy.

Well worth the incline!!! Easy but rocky at bottom on blue trail then red trail climbs at times pretty steep w some stairs.

You’ll definitely get your heart rate up on this one! Beautiful falls are worth the effort!! Jones Gap State Park can sometimes be hard to get into as there is limited parking. Be sure to go early if there’s beautiful weather!

The Raven Falls loop is excellent. We took the advice from the previous reviews and hiked it clockwise. What great advice! It allows you to have the hardest hike behind you when you reach the suspension bridge. After the bridge you end up taking Gum Gap which is an easy trail to recover on. Total distance from the trailhead and back was 7.5 miles and took us 3 hrs with stopping and taking lots of pictures.
Overall, this was a wonderful hike. However, this loop should only be hiked by folks in reasonably good shape or you will not enjoy yourself at all.
There were three or four ladders that would present a challenge for large dogs. All but one is fairly short and would allow easy portage of your pet.

great for kids, nice easy hike

Don't take a dog that you can't get up a ladder. But this is a great hike.

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