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A must if you in the area. Multiple waterfalls and campsites along the route. Well maintained

This is our new favorite waterfall trail. Several beautiful falls before the big one. Can’t believe how this little creek makes such huge noisy falls. Trail is easy, did some rock hopping to get up to see the falls come through the cliff. Didn’t climb to the top, that looked very steep and treacherous. Started around 10, lots of parking spaces. Finished around 1. Parking was scarce.

Had a great day. Beautiful scenery. Will do again in the near future.

Love this trail. Great challenge, but not too difficult.

I loved the views on this trail. It was a bit rooty but not bad. I am new to hiking and did the trail with ease. To get the cave with waterfall tho is a boulder climb which may be where you turn around! The bathrooms tho were horrid I held it the entire time because of how bad they were.

My family and I had a great time on this beautiful hike. We love hiking near water and this hike follows the creek more than 90% of the time. My daughters are 6 and 7 and pretty experienced hikers already. This was an easy hike for them and our 2 dog (Vizsla & Yorkie).

Beautiful hike! Did this with my sons last weekend. It was cloud and overcast, so we stayed cool. The falls are a great payoff. I don't recommend climbing to the top of the cliff, it has gotten very dangerous since my last visit a few years ago.

One of my favorite hikes now. The entire hike you’re hiking along a beautiful creek and the incline is easy/moderate until you get to the cliff-which is a very steep and slightly treacherous climb rather than hike but the views to see the waterfall and top of cliff are more than worth it

Great hike! This is one of those hikes where the journey is a enjoyable as the destination...pretty woods, creek crossings, we took our dogs and they loved it as well.

Great hike! I would rate most of the trail easy and very pet/kid friendly. Many photo opportunities of the beautiful waterfalls.
if you want to climb to the top of the falls it is very steep and I would rate it as strenuous.

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17 days ago

Beautiful hike with fall color and lots of photo opportunities. Don’t know that I’d rate it as moderate. More like an easy hike. Only a few ups and downs. Passed lots of kids and dogs. Lots of falls along the way. Lots of places to stop and have a picnic. Fall was running heavy after recent rains.

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21 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike and the waterfalls really nice to hear along the way. The leaves were falling and the contrast of colors were so nice. Loved this trail so much!

hiking
21 days ago

Wonderful trail! Follows a creek the whole way, so you get interesting scenery around every bend and the constant, calming sound of babbling water. Plus, there's plenty of places to stop, splash in the creek, or just set awhile and relax. Saw a lot of people camping along the trail.

The waterfall at the end was unique, but kind of a let down. But I didn't mind because the hike there and back was fantastic! This was a fairly crowded trail, so recommend going on a weekday if you can. My dog loved it, with plenty of shade and water to splash in so she stayed cool despite the summer heat.

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23 days ago

Pretty hike in the middle of the wilderness. Definitely uphill most of the way so you’ll definitely get those legs burning in no time lol. Campsite 18 is pretty make sure to go right then make a quick left after crossing stream to continue up trail. Few “overlooks” but as the leaves fall I’m sure it’ll be a pretty sight. Great hike overall and weather was great today!

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24 days ago

This trail is perfect for all ages! Easy hike in. Just watch out for tree roots. Very unique waterfall. Never seen anything like it. I always wondered what it was like bc of the pictures. This is one you need to see for yourself. The water was flowing real good after Friday’s rain. The fall leaves on the ground made the perfect setting for a beautiful hike!

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24 days ago

Monday 10/22/18

This is the most peaceful hike that I have been on in the smokies. I was completely alone! The forest smelled amazing and the trail was surprisingly easy to follow for being so lightly trafficked. This trail is used for horses as well and most of the prints I saw were hooves and manure.

When you begin you’ll reach a sign that says “Turkeypen Ridge Trail .1” a little ways in. This threw me off because I’m bad at directions, but go RIGHT. There are 4-6 water crossings (depending on rain fall), but all have stones high enough out of the water that you can easily avoid getting wet. There were a lot of trees down and I’m curious why, but not too many covering the trail luckily (5-10 total).

The only chance at a view (like in some photos) would be at the end of the trail and during winter when all of the leaves have fallen. I hiked down the trail that this one dead ends into hoping to find a view and did not. I also hiked up behind the horse tie-off area hoping that the trail there would lead to a view and it did not.

This was seriously the best trail: not too difficult, not too easy, and a lot of change of terrain for an easy-rated trail. Total time for me was 2hrs 45min and that is with a little extra exploring, stopping to nurse the baby, and carrying a baby. I would definitely recommend this trail!!!

We did this trail as part of a loop (we hiked up Medicine Bow trail to the summit and then took the Lakes Trail back down to the parking lot). It was a great hike, very scenic but unless you’re prepared for hiking in snow and strong, strong winds then I would recommend doing only the Lake Trails part of the trail up and down. Even the Lake Trail has some snow on it, but it’s hard packed and easy to walk on. Some icy sections but overall a walk in the park compared to the other loop section we did! Hiked on October 26th

Shaded, so always cool. Streams along most of the trail, so there are lots of places for pups to stop and cool off. Lots of roots. So watch your step! Favorite hike in North Georgia!

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29 days ago

Lots of beautiful falls to see in a short distance.

Don’t go during hunting season! Had planned to hike from the trailhead to Welch’s Point and back. Closed for hunting events. Soooo we heeded the warnings. Parked and did the short trek to Welch’s. Plan B - back to Virgin Falls trailhead. Did a 5 mile loop out to Martha’s Pretty Point. ‘‘Twas a great great day!

Very unique hike with around 20 river crossings out and back. The trail is poorly marked and it is very easy to lose track. Follow the light green markings/ pink ribbons. The hike itself is easy up to the waterfall but gets harder and steeper after that, to the overlook. Went mid October and the shallow water was mid calf deep. Get ready to hike with wet shoes

Rained a little bit the whole time but the hike was easy and there was plenty to look at. An excellent day hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the second trail I have took in the smokies. It has a steady climb then back down. I nice spot to sit by a small fall and have a quick bite to eat to refuel. Love the campsites and plan to camp there on day. Watch out for the turkeys seems there all over the place here.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the second trail I have took in the smokies. It has a steady climb then back down. I nice spot to sit by a small fall and have a quick bite to eat to refuel. Love the campsites and plan to camp there on day. Watch out for the turkeys seems there all over the place here.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike. The trail starts just left of the parking area at the falls. We didn’t go the whole trail distance but will definitely go back and do more.

It’s right off the road and only a little ways to the top of the falls. Beautiful.

I love this trail for the family. Very peaceful and beautiful, it's a great trail for your pet as well. Be prepared to pull over though paths are slim in some parts.

Really fun hike! The end is great.

Great hike. Only moderate if you're new to hiking, otherwise it's fairly easy. Make sure you have good shoes because the roots will test your footwear appropriately, which is really the only moderate part of the hike.

You're rewarded with a great cliff spot at the end, but get there early because around 10 onward it started filling up.

beautiful. a lot of water. ^_^
Many places to stop and just meditate

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