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boogerman's loop

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17 hours ago

This is one of my favorite trails in WNC. Like everyone else says, the left is the best way to go. Follow the stream, the waterfall itself is kind of disappointing. There's a waterfall a little ways down the trail on the stream anyways that's better. And the camping is amazing, there's tons of spots right next to the stream. I've been out there at least 6 times in the last year and a half, and had a great time every time.

hiking
18 hours ago

If you start going to the left, then your reward is the tall, lightly flowing falls at the end of the trip. You follow a creek on one half of the loop and go through a changing forest on the other half. The trail is has a canopy keeping the direct sun out of most of the trip.

2 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike. I was glad I read the reviews before we hiked it because going left was the best way to go. The uphill that direction is better versus if you start this hike on the right because there is a steeper climb going that direction. I will say if you go left first the best part of the hike is the first half because of the waterfalls and foliage. If you prefer a harder uphill go right first then the last half of your hike is the best.

Awesome trail, little traffic and awesome views at the top.

Best view you will see in North Carolina!! Relatively easy hike with a huge payoff. Highly recommended.

Secluded beautiful waterfall - the trail was a little boring for kids, but easy.

I did this hike today and it was very nice. The view is so beautiful at the end! The hike isn’t too strenuous and I would rate it moderate to hard at the very end. Be careful with yellow jackets (there was a nest), I got stung and ended up with a severe allergic reaction and a rescue team had to come get me. So if you’re allergic, take your pen/meds with you!

Absolutely fabulous hike! Not really difficult, but can be a little muddy and slippery at parts. I highly suggest going all the way to the turtleback waterfall. Also, try going on the rocks (dry ones) that are a little bit off-path to get really good shots. We were warned about copperheads, but did not encounter any.

The end of the trail at the peak of the mountain makes the hike completely worth it! It's a gorgeous 360° view.

Enjoyed this hike a lot. Only came across three other groups of hikers so we pretty much had it all to ourselves. There are a lot of tree roots to navigate through the first half of the hike and there was a lot of muddy areas but the wild flowers were worth it.

First thing to note is that this is a different trail than looking glass falls which several people seemed confused about. The only water fall is a very small one near the start. The trail is not steep but the 3 miles out is entirely uphill. The view at the top is definitely worth it though!

Lovely views, lovely hike. The climb is never steep, just steady and moderate. We hiked up for sunset and soaked in our first Eastern sights of the Milky Way along with a hand-full of meteors from the Perseid shower. Other than a few passers-by, we had the place to ourselves.

Great workout. Not a scenic “hike”.

Loved the scenic trail and the destination is breathtaking! Hike is very strenuous but worth it in the end!

Went after a heavy rain and waterfalls was amazing!!

Hard work but the view makes it worth it! Lots of water on the trail causing frequent mud puddles.

This trail starts in Gorges State Park (but eventually leaves the park property). Drive past the Visitors Center and down the hill to the large, paved parking lot. Downhill from the trailhead the trail splits - left is the Raymond Fisher Trail and right is the Rainbow Falls Trail. Go right. On the trail there are two creek crossings. The first is a shallow and easy two stepper but the second is a deeper six stepper. I made it across without poles. Rainbow Falls has two nice viewing areas (one farther away to take in the full view and one up close to feel the mist). Turtleback Falls is where all of the swimmers go to slide down the falls. There is no formal viewing area there but the large boulders are easy to climb and navigate and afford great views. Both waterfalls are particularly picturesque.

hiking
13 days ago

Only hiked up to the Elk Mountain Scenic Highway Crossing and turned back (2 Miles each way). Pretty mountainside trail, some nice wildflowers, but very little views. A couple nice creek crossings. There’s a hard to find spur trail down to the Tanbark Ridge Overlook on the parkway, but I didn’t take it. Noise from vehicles is consistent throughout the hike, as the trail is just above the parkway.

on Bridal Veil Falls

13 days ago

moderate trail. fun

This trail is fantastic. Easy walk up with a few points of interest and the view at the end is breathtaking. No wonder the trailhead is ALWAYS packed.

One of my favorite hikes. Busy in the summertime, but well worth it for how short it is!

Great hike with fantastic views at the top. A very popular trail so expect lots of company and to be parking on the side of the road since the parking lot will most likely be full. The trail is very well maintained. I would describe it as a moderate hike since all of the switchbacks make the ascent very managable.

Great hike to see two amazing waterfalls, Rainbow Falls and Turtelback Falls. Moderate to strenuous 3.9 mile trail beginning at Gorges State Park. Rainbow Falls is a super beautiful fall and incredible to see, while Turtelback is a great swimming hole area and water slide for the adventurous.

Great family hike! Moderate difficulty - mostly downhill to the falls so more difficult on the return. Bring water shoes if you plan to take a dip at the base of either falls . We slid off turtleback falls (which is not for the faint of heart) - and we swam at the base of rainbow falls. Lots of hikers and swimmers today.

Gets a little steep at the end, but the views are so worth it! When you get to the top, head right for an awesome panoramic view of the mountains! If you go to the left, you can scramble out to some rocks for really good views of Table Rock as well! We started the hike at about 1pm and there weren’t too many people up top which was nice!

The Rainbow falls trail was amazing. Plenty of waterfalls to be seen, a few are found off the main trail. The actual trail is wide enough to hike in groups. There are a ton of swim holes, as long as you are down from Rainbow. The main attraction is a great waterfall with a large cliff and high walls next to it. Trees appear to have been cut down to block the trail to the top of the falls, and signs are posted for safety. Over all a great day of hiking, swimming, and picture taking.

Very nice trail for a great view at the top.
Would say it’s more of a moderate trail than hard.
Would recommend proper hiking shoes due to exposed roots, noticed some people having footing issues with running/gym shoes. I would do the trail again .

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike! easy but little long. May not have great views but scenery changes often. Lots of thing to walk over (bridges, rocks even walk across a tree trunk). I went with my dog and she loved it. I especially liked she was able to cool off at all the water spots. It was very quiet. Not a lot of traffic. Think I came across 5 groups in total. At the trail head I started left and it seemed to work well. I will definitely be going on this hike again!

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