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Very nice trail, fairly easy climb. Not to much traffic when we went and trail is well maintained.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike with awesome payoff at the end. My one quibble is the difficulty rating for the hike. This is definitely not a "moderate" hike though a physically fit person shouldn't have too much trouble completing it.

on Crabtree Falls Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Went today with my 3 little dachshunds. The falls were a beautiful sight to behold. You can only follow the Loop A path right now and then return the way you came after reaching the falls. I initially tried following Loop B but it lead me back to Loop A. After arriving at the falls, another couple had told me that the path leading from the falls and back to the parking lot was closed (to make the actual loop). My dogs and I headed back the way we came.

I would say that at this time of the year, it is more of a moderate hike. You go downhill all the way to the falls, and walk uphill upon your return (since the loop is closed). It is very steep in one section and a little slippery when wet. There are 3 steep stone staircases. Dachshunds’ (hot dogs) backs are not good for going down the staircases so I held two while going downhill. It was a little slippery for me and I consider myself to be really fit with my HIIT workouts and surfing...lol. So be careful and hold the rail. Another person suggested walking sticks, I think that’s a really good idea at this time of year.

Overall it was a breathtaking experience and the people we passed with other dogs, large and small, were SO kind and considerate. We all let each other know when we were rounding corners. My dachshunds get nervous on a leash and we all respected each other’s spaces and were able to flow past each other and share peaceful vibes :)

Great Hike! A bit tough, but well worth it!

Beautiful absolutely breathtaking

Great trail - really well marked and maintained. The views were absolutely beautiful and I loved hiking with the sound of the creek and waterfalls nearly the whole way up. I had to wait about an hour to get into the park, but it was well worth it. If you're going on the weekend, I would advise getting there before 9.

This is probably the most beautiful waterfall that we’ve seen yet and is definitely worth the hike. Going from the campground parking lot take the trail by the amphitheater and you can choose trail A or trail B to begin your hike. Both lead to the falls. For a shorter hike choose trail A and you can back track up trail A after seeing the falls. We had two kids and they were fine with the climb back up after seeing the falls. Be careful toward the bottom of the trail if it has recently rained. The rocks on the trail are very slippery. Overall, this is a fun hike and the benefits of seeing the falls is worth it!

hiking
10 days ago

The hike is well worth it! It is recommended for the novice hiker to use a walking stick to help with foot support when walking over the smaller wet rocks located on the trial. Well worth the hike.

hiking
17 days ago

Great short hike. The climb down to the water and back up will get you sweating but is definitely worth it. Not sure moderate is the right classification.

hiking
17 days ago

This is such a beautiful waterfall. Amazing to see such a lovely display after a short hike. There's a lot of small rocks in the trail and some steep staircases but if those minor obstacles don't bother you this is a "must do" hike if you're in the area.

Trail has stairs and rocky sections. The uphill back to parking is not overly strenuous. One mile hike to falls with option to continue another 1.7 on loop. Plenty of rocks and a bridge to hang out on and take in the beautiful falls!

hiking
25 days ago

Easy downhill going into the falls, narrow path with lots to step over and around. There are a couple of benches along the way and a bridge for taking pictures and admiring the falls. We saw families and small children and lots of dogs. Would go again if we were ever in the area.

Great little day hike. More easy than moderate.

Gorgeous falls. We've hiked all over the mountain states and this beats all those falls. A Virginia treasure.
be prepared for lots of stairs. We were hiking with our dog. He's fast, big and experienced but the steep wood steps were covered with wet leaves and slippery. we worried he might slip. We didn't get very far.
great park and great hike

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike last week. I had my 4 legged hiking buddy along. She was able to do everything with ease. There was one rock i had to lift her over going up and down.

It took less than 30 minutes to get to the turn for the narrows so we hiked past it to the next turn off that went to the river. I dont recall the name of the trail now but it is on the map. It led to a beautiful area that I am glad we got to see. No one was there. Yay! So if you are concerned about the scramble down to the narrows, just keep going down to the next trail. Both areas were beautiful and I would most likely go to both again. Im not sure how to share pictures after the fact so I guess you will just have to go take your own. :)
Happy hiking

hiking
1 month ago

From Oconee State Park the first mile and a half was extremely easy, after that was a little more up and down hill but still fairly easy. Beautiful waterfall at the end! Great place for a rest and picnic. Did this hike in about 2 hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Exhausting, but so worth the hike! strenuous, flat, rocky, waterfalls and mist

on Crabtree Falls Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it. My GSD also enjoyed. Did this trail in October when the weather was cool. Falls were refreshing. Bring snacks.

hiking
1 month ago

Hard to believe every new trail seems even more beautiful than the last one. Trail was easy to follow (even I couldn’t get lost). Runs along the stream most of the way. Crosses under a sheer rock cliff and takes you to the base of the falls. Great today and would be great once the leaves are off in order to get a whole different perspective. Only about six others on the trail. Had the falls to myself.

Absolutely worth the hike. Pretty easy trail overall.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with awesome falls at the end. As stated in other reviews, easy 0.6 mi beginning then 1.6 mi climb to the falls but well worth it. Took our dog and we had no difficulties. Went on a weekday afternoon and found ourselves alone at the falls.

Beautiful trail leading to very nice falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail! Lots of rocks and roots on the path, so you have to watch your footing, but overall it was a great hike to some awesome falls.

I did this trail on Labor Day, which the Park itself was super busy. This particular trail wasn’t busy at all. The hike was challenging but enjoyable. The waterfall never disappoints. Some areas are more congested than others but the trail is wide enough to pass people. The roughest portions of the trail is at the beginning so keep pushing through and it’s all down hill after that.

hiking
1 month ago

An easy hike the first hour from Main Entrance of Park, on Jones Gap Trail then a strenuous hike thereafter. Beautiful views of the river along the way, and many mini waterfalls along the way. Wide trails and some narrow paths along rocks, rock jumping too, so much variety and so worth the trek. A nice park with $5 per person fee. Plenty of parking and clean bathrooms. From parking area to Jones Gap Trail to Rainbow Falls Trail and back is about 5.1 miles.

This trail was very fun to hike. A lot of great views.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful falls! Worth the hike!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is amazing! Very beautiful and a great view of the falls at the top!

hiking
2 months ago

Ahhhhh... Back in the Appalachians. Despite my relatively high ratings of trails in (flat) Michigan and Florida, this one is qualitatively different. Superb. The system needs more than five stars so that I can nudge those others down a bit, but this is a real five-star trail. Pretty, well maintained despite its popularity, hilly, green and alive with a variety of flora and fauna, and punctuated with a lovely waterfall that’s a great place to watch people, to get wet, to picnic or hang a hammock, and to marvel at Nature’s creative paths and tableaux during her slow march forward. P.S. Remember to enjoy the drive along the Bluegrass Parkway with plenty of time for stopping at overlooks.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, beautiful waterfall

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