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3 days ago

Wow! So beautiful today even with the rain! The open fields of green stood out with the brown trees. While is was soggy the hike was easy. The parking area is just slightly past the directions on the right. As noted in a previous review the Creek crossings, are marked with a blue tag. Your feet will get wet on the 4 crossings. Luckily today wasn’t a cold day so I survived! The falls were beautiful. The last section of the trail has quite a few downed trees from all of the recent rain and storms. Well worth the hike though.

6 days ago

Beautiful trail. Not too far and the elevation change is gradual so not bad at all. Hemlock Falls is beautiful and the hike up along Mocassin Creek is stunning. I will be hiking this trail again. We have seen dogs on some of the trails we hike and although they were dog friendly trails, that doesn't mean they shouldn't be on a leash. Other people don't know your dog and some people may be deathly afraid of dogs. Please consider other people when you bring your dogs.

Beautiful waterfall! Highly recommend!

Beautiful and relatively easy walk across creeks with stepping stones and up n down narrow mountain trails. Soothing sound of babbling brooks and rushing creeks all around in the picturesque final descent to the breathtaking falls. Pack a snack and a towel to sit on one of the many giant rocks at the base of the falls. Please respect the beauty and tranquility of this very special place, as well as the desire of others there to do the same.

15 days ago

As the previous review mentioned there were several trees down and blocking the trail. It was troublesome at times, but the trail was clearly marked the waterfall was plentiful from the rain and it was a beautiful walk through nature.

Beautiful trail and falls! Family friendly.

This has lots of roots and rocks, So wear good shoes. But it’s well worth it! Lots of fun for the family and the dogs. Pack a picnic because there’s a picnic table at the beginning of the trail head.

beautiful hike!

Beautiful hike! Definitely recommend

Easy short trail for a family, walk along creek whole time.

19 days ago

The storms and rain have really brought a lot of trees down making the trail hazardous in many areas. This is why I give it a 2. You will have to get off the trail in about 5 spots. From the parking lot, the trail sign says 2.75 miles, so I’m not sure why people say it’s 2.1. It took us 2 hours from the parking lot to the falls. Due to the weather and it getting dark, we hoofed it out in about 1.5 hours.

There’s been a lot of erosion so I’m not too sure about taking little kids. After you get to the Fire tower service road and get back on the trail, it gets very narrow with some steep banks. I’d be concerned about children losing footing and going down an embankment.

It’s an easy hike minus the downed trees. The last 1/2 mile down is a pain to come back up.... but it’s not horrible.

21 days ago

Enjoyed this walk very much! It is true, it is not clearly marked, but common sense will show you the way.

Easy walk! Did it with a 5 year old and 8 year old. Played and had lunch. Took us about 3 hours.

Love this trail. Easy walk with great visuals.

23 days ago

We came on a Sunday around 11:30am and there were about 5 cars in the lot. The dirt road driving in was a little rough with large pot holes. We were in a small car and it rained the night before so everything wet and hard to judge the depth of the holes but we made it to the parking lot, no issues. The trail was easy to hike and dog friendly. There were multiple waterfalls to see along the trail before you get to the main one. Once you arrive at Hemlock falls there's a trail to the right that goes up and around the falls. This trail leads to the top of the falls. If you keep going and cross the river, that trail leads to another waterfall that's supposedly bigger and better. We werent able to cross due to not having the correct gear on and the water was too high for us. I would guess the water would be up to our hips, so no thanks.

Beautiful waterfall, great hike with kids.

Best to hike this when there has been a lot of rain.

Beautiful trail. the last third of it is a bit more challenging than the first bit, but well worth the hike.

This walk is user friendly. It is paved all the way from the parking lot to the overlook. From the overlook, you can go down the stairs (155 steps) for a better view of the falls (I definitely suggest going down the stairs). From the lower viewing deck you can go even further but there is no view of the falls, as it is just a continuation of the Cherokee Foothills Trail that happens to run through this fall.

1 month ago

My friend and I had a great time hiking to the falls. the trail was easy to follow with green/pink markings at every river crossings. There were about 7 crossings each 2-3 feet deep. Expect to get a little wet. Best to just plunge right in because there are not many safe, dry places to cross. The falls were tall and beautiful, and there is a nice flat campground at the top if you want to spend the night.

1 month ago

Hiked this December 19, over a week after 6” or so of snow. Got our feet wet crossing 4 streams. We avoided the mud in the fields. At the boulders it was more difficult than previous hikes here, due to multiple fallen trees. The falls are stunning.

1 month ago

My boyfriend found this trail for us to explore this weekend - told me to prepare for water crossings (my feet hate cold water). We took our 2 year old AmStaff out and managed around 8 fordings to get to the falls! Absolutely beautiful trail with rhododendron and pines and creekside the whole time. The creeks were wide but not too difficult - most around knee deep for me (5'3") The falls were rushing and a great place to rest for the hike back. A few short sections of elevation gain but not bad. We stayed relatively dry until the very last fording back - laughed our way to the car :) Did right at 6 miles to the falls and back. Trail easy to follow as long as you look for the orange and pink tape and neon green blazes. Some nice looking stealth sites along the way - can't wait to go back and finish the trail up the mountain and do some camping.

1 month ago

Just count on getting your shoes wet. Have a spare pair in your car (size 9-1/2) or carry them in your daypack if you want dry shoes. Otherwise, this is an excellent workout and coordination trail! enjoy. (study map before embarking, as most of the "fords" are diagonal.

Nice short hike. It’s raining today but it’s still beautiful. Easy to find and not far off the interstate.

really good one

Great easy walk into the falls. Kids and I had a great time and the waterfall was awesome!

Fairly easy going trail. Took my 4 month old puppy and he did really well. The falls are ok, not much room for hanging out and enjoying. The trail is very well marked.

1 month ago

Great views. Easy hike. There are a couple slightly more narrow sections but overall it's spacious trail. Our dog didn't struggle (he's not especially athletic) and loved it. Pack a snack to enjoy at the waterfall.

Probably the prettiest waterfall I have seen in northern Georgia or western North Carolina.

It was an absolute beautiful hike. My 3 year old daughter and I did it in about 3 hours but we spent a lot of time at the fall itself. Especially after she found a giant frog. It does get a little tough right at the end ( Elora names them the silly stairs.) but, you’re so close to falls it’s well worth the challenge. I only needed up carrying her about 100 feet of the trail. She’s a trooper!

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