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1 day ago

Very beautiful. Trail not marked very well and didn’t read info in this app. We did go left at the fork and came to top of falls. Very very steep. Would like to go back and explore more.

This is a great moderate difficulty trail. It's marked well and nicely maintained. I didn't feel like I was lost at all. There are some cool rock formations and breathtaking views of the river towards the end. I highly recommended this trail for a casual day hike.

hiking
2 days ago

The trails could be marked better — the directions on this website actually don’t match up with the signs posted. We got turned around and ended up walking back along the road.

Some parts of the trail went through very dark parts of the forest along a creek, which felt pretty magical. Take a stick for clearing out spider webs as you walk.

I hiked up Spicewood and down South Mac. The trails were well marked and in pretty good condition. Lots of rocks and roots to navigate and a moderate climb, but easy downhill on the way back. The views from the tower are nice!

Great trail for families with small children. Not too long and goes along a river/creek so also gives the kids plenty of areas to explore.

Very scenic trail going down to the bottom off the falls was treacherous but worth the view.

hiking
10 days ago

fairly difficult trail but worth doing at least once a year.

Great trail. A few downed trees but easily managed to walk around them. great view at the top. worth it.

16 days ago

We loved this! We had a little one with us so we didn’t try to get to the bottom of the falls. The views from the top were phenomenal. We also walked down the creek a bit. If you don’t go down to the base, it’s an extremely short trail

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome trail! Some spots are very narrow and some very rocky. Great for anyone who is active and enjoys unplugging and enjoying a challenge. Loved it!!!

The east part of the hike was a GREAT hike. I definitely recommend taking the blue trail to the red trail to the East Overlook. I would say this is a moderate hike with some fairly steep portions to it. The views are gorgeous (and it’s a great stop for a little picnic!) We were disappointed by the West Overlook; any chance of having a view is blocked by an abundance of trees. The west side of the hike (the white trail) is also a little more rugged, it is a very narrow path with lots of sand and rough gravel. Overall, we really enjoyed ourselves!

hiking
16 days ago

Nice short hike. Regarding the reported broken glass. I only saw one broken bottle so maybe someone did some cleaning recently.

hiking
16 days ago

Love this hike! Great view! It is super quick for those days when you're chasing the sun and want to get some exercise in. I would consider this one easy/moderate.

a nice challenge with a beautiful view

hiking
20 days ago

Would’ve been pretty if a bunch of inconsiderate morons didn’t throw their empty beer bottles over the edge and break them all over. This basically ruined the entire beauty of it all. Won’t be back.

***BROKEN GLASS ALL OVER BY THE WATER.***

hiking
20 days ago

This is a beautiful area without a bunch of broken glass from morons (i.e. ozone falls trail). Would highly recommend!!! We went left and around then found a trail coming up the right side of the falls to come back out. Didn’t attempt the right side thanks to other reviews!

This is one I would consider doing again!

P.S. BRING BUG SPRAY. I have sweet blood + there was a lot of standing water at the beginning of the trail. I got bugs in my eyes, ears, and nose. Then again... we did begin this hike at 4:20pm. :-/

fun difficult hike. views were okay

hiking
29 days ago

Amazing views. WARNING: When arriving to the junction GO LEFT. Going to the right will lead you to the upper falls overlook. The trail that takes you down to the bottom is across the creek. Going across the creek at the top of the falls was very dangerous. In addition, the trail was very steep, so steep that someone had tied rope in order to assist hikers coming down. After passing the lower falls sign (following the loop trail in a counterclockwise direction) my group had lost the trail and had to hike back to the road through the woods. That being said, take the loop in A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION; meaning, go left when coming to the “Junction”.

hiking
29 days ago

I did this trail about two weeks ago. It was a great sight to see and was a fun adventure close to home. Steep but definitely doable. Unfortunately It is littered with broken glass so be careful.

Some parts are steep . Amazing views . Good work out

hiking
29 days ago

I would say it’s moderately rated other than hard. Good for trail running. First time hiking in Knoxville TN. Good views, still have to check other trails around this area. But compared to SC it’s way better!!!

hiking
30 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! Just wished it would have been a longer hike.

so, we totally went off trail. Trekked up river, swam, slipped, fell. great little spots to just sit and picnic. Second time here. kids love it, especially when they lead!

Nice little hike, beautiful scenery! Whole hike, in and out took about 2 hours... and that's with exploring off trail and taking our time. Took my 6 year old. She loved it! Got some great pictures!

hiking
1 month ago

Truly awesome hard hiking trail with places you have to literally climb over rocks! Highly recommended for those looking for a good work out in the outdoors.

hiking
1 month ago

It was perfect for young kids and a puppy. Wide trails. No drops. They could play in several stops along the river and even at the fall.

First hike ever and it was amazing! Loved it

1 month ago

My girls (ages 3 and 6) and I just got home from this hike! Definitely a must... if you want to go behind the waterfall, follow the main trail. when you hit an open area, with a trail to the left or right, GO LEFT. You will eventually climb down to a sign the days "Lower piney falls." TAKE THE TRAIL BEHIND THE SIGN!

Very happy with this outing. The girls loved swimming. Water was cold and so refreshing. lots of bluegill and trout. We will be going again.

hiking
1 month ago

I feel that "hard" is an exaggerated rating for this trail. I did have some blow downs to bypass and there are some steep sections with loose rock, but I would rate it more early moderate. I went up the Blue trail (around 7pm, after work) and went to the Eastern Overlook to catch sunset. GPS recorded 3.3 miles and just under 1000 ft in elevation gain. The views were very good for being so close to Knoxville and well worth the trip. I will definitely go again. I hike every weekend possible in the GSMNP so I am use to the climbing and descents, but don't let the rating keep you from going.

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail! Well marked and maintained. Gorgeous views. Very runnable. It’s right at 2 miles out to the end of point trail, then 2 miles back. Definitely take time to see the views!

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