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Such a fun trail! We took our 3 year old twins and 7 year old and they made it this whole way with a little hand holding. Don’t turn around early- make it to the top loop for the amazing views! Picnic tables are available at the top to have lunch. We will definitely return!

Wonderful hike w amazing scenery but was very wet and slick. You have to take very deliberate and cautious steps.

hiking
23 days ago

This is a great trail! Did it with our kids ages 13 to 4. We loved the rock face portion on the way down. The trail is very well marked with maps at each intersection and the open rock face sections are marked with cones. Some great views along the way with picnic tables to sit and enjoy the views. There is an awesome “rock park” at the end of the trail with a zip line and a huge slide. The kids loved playing there at the end of the hike. Highly recommend!

Very nice.

About a mile and a half round trip from the parking area. Had to get that classic shot of Linn Cove snaking around Grandfather Mtn with the Linville Gorge peaks behind it. Fall foliage is a total bust this year, so my shot isn't so classic.

This trail is climbing intensive with loads of opportunities to veer off and find your own look out! You must go to the end for the best views!

Awesome trail! We started to the left, like other hikers mentioned and I’m glad we did. The trail was a bit steep toward the end, but we were commuted by then and the kids couldn’t poop out. Three young kids with us and they did great! Lots of beautiful waterfalls, lots of great climbing trees, one great scenic view, and breath-taking scenery everywhere! Definitely want to do this hike again!

Hiked this trail yesterday on a beautiful crisp day with my dog. I took the advise of others and started the loop on the left side. Good call as the harder portions and sights were in the final portion of the hike, versus the beginning of the hike. I did encounter some fellow hikers at the end of the hike. Be aware this hike is wet and muddy, and dress appropriately. Great hike, and I recommend it.

I adore this location! We had Jadie Pup with us and was a great place to let her out to stretch her legs! Kid friendly! Very nice RS with wonderful staff and a National Park Services gift shop! Highly recommend! Might I suggest you read about the viaduct itself! It was featured in Modern Marvels on Discovery Channel!

Awesome..!

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful sights. My dog loved the mud, and water that covered this trail! Beautiful waterfalls, and flowing creeks through out. We took our shoes off and climbed across the rocks and ate lunch overlooking the waterfall. it was a strenuous trip and my tracker clocked us at around 7.7 miles after all the off trail walking we did to find the water. If your looking to be exhausted and dirty after this is the hike for you.

Took longer than expected, but a beautiful hike. Would do just the falls hike next time or pack a lunch halfway to make it more enjoyable.

hiking
1 month ago

Short walk to the falls. Very easy, and beautiful scenery.

Wonderful hike. lots of climbing and views. while this is hard I think older kids would enjoy this.

We truly enjoyed this trail. Not too long, but some fairly challenging climbs. We are novice hikers and this is exactly the kind of trail we are looking for.

Took the red trail out, added the yellow loop and took the blue trail back. About 2.4 miles total and a solid workout.

We hiked about week after hurricane Florence and many days of rain. Trail was wet and slippery as you would expect, but still delightful. We were quite glad to have high ankle boots and trekking sticks. Encountered five ladders which were challenging with dog on lead. Up the ladders wasn’t so bad, down ladders were frightening but with two humans and one 40 lb dog we did fine. Many creek crossings and we got wet. Very enjoyable and one of our favorite hikes ever. We went counterclockwise based on other reviews. Took our time and were on trail just over three hours. Take lunch - take your time.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome short hike, beautiful drive in. 0.3 miles round trip!

hiking
1 month ago

easy short hike with a real pow at ebd nice swimming area just dont fet to close to falls area swimming a lot of people have drowned here swimming and jumping. they have put steps at the trail going down the hill now so it is real easy now. Nice spots for kids to play in water also with sand there. even saw a beaver swimming there one time

My wife and I did this hike with our 9 mo. daughter in a carrier and thought that it was on the more difficult side of moderate, but not quite strenuous. Great hike, but if we did it over again, we could have just gone straight to Hebron Falls (so, go right at the fork instead of straight) and backtracked the way we came in. Going the full loop seemed a little tedious because after you see the rock community and the falls, there really wasn't much more of interest (except for a bunch of little creek crossings and a very brief section in a meadow). Plus, the full loop has you walking a couple extra miles through a large camping area and along the parkway which was a little boring. The best part of the hike is definitely the 1.5 stretch straight to the falls. Lots of awesome places for getting in the water, and beautiful variety in terrain.

hiking
2 months ago

I tried my best to cover as many of the trails as possible at this park, and got most of them including the full Hollow Rock trail. I started up Prison Camp, continued up and figure eight-ed the summit area on the Hollow Rock trail, then took the VMC trail down (I don’t recommend this, very steep and slow going to prevent falling), the Grindstone trail back up, and finished off on the Buzzard Loop trail. All in all a really nice park with well marked and maintained trails. There are 2-3 fantastic viewing areas on the upper Hollow Rock trail, though it was very cloudy today and views were limited. The VMC trail also provided great views out but at the price of a very steep, 100% rock face half mile.

hiking
2 months ago

I'm not sure I would classify this trail as "hard," but it's definitely got some elements of difficulty, especially near the falls. There are some uphill climbs that can leave you a bit breathless, but the falls and the rocks are beautiful. If you hike the trail counter-clockwise, you will get to the falls (along with Hebron Falls) in a mile and a half or so, leaving the easier portion for the end. There are rhododendron thickets, a open meadow-like area, camping area and fir forest to be enjoyed near the end. This is a really beautiful hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Almost no one on it. Start the loop by going straight at the fork. Gorgeous when the rhododendrons are in bloom.

Great hike. Have hiked this trail about 3 times and it is just lovely. Hard in some spots but well worth it. Pack a lunch and enjoy the river and views.

The trail was short and easy, the waterfall itself was beautiful, but the area was very crowded.

love this trail

I been on this trail and love it I go there every summer

It has a great view from the top and I genuinely enjoyed the old house sites in the park.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Close to home and a varying level of difficulty in the different branches.

Hiked blue trail up and red trail down for total of about 2 miles. Short but steep. Had to rest once on one of the benches (my husband and I are late 50s and in fair shape). Wide shady paths are clearly marked. Beautiful view from overlook. “Baby” waterfall is nice but not spectacular. Would hike again!

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