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    Shane Silvey reviewed Cades Cove Loop Road

    5 days ago

    I have done this drive a few times while staying near Gatlinburg; usually during the summer. The loop can be a slow drive if crowded and this is the reason why I give it a four star rating. There are some places to park and exit the car to explore.

    Shane Silvey completed Cades Cove Loop Road

    5 days ago

    Shane Silvey saved Trillium Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Shane Silvey saved Simpson-Reed Trail

    3 months ago

    Shane Silvey saved Boy Scout Trail

    3 months ago

    Shane Silvey saved Artist Bluff Trail

    3 months ago

    Shane Silvey saved Jewell Trail

    3 months ago

    Shane Silvey reviewed Cove Creek and Caney Bottom Trail

    3 months ago

    A lack of visible signage led to a wasted trip.

    Shane Silvey reviewed Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail

    5 months ago

    The trail begins at the back of the parking lot. It is very well maintained and I saw a few dedicated men picking up trash on the trail and at the top. The trail starts to get harder the last two miles. That is where the rock steps begin; however, it's not as difficult as other hikes that I have been on. I was at the gate at 6:00 am when it opened on a weekday and I had the rock to myself for a while at the top. I saw lots of people coming up the trail as I descended. The views are very scenic going up and at the top.

    Shane Silvey reviewed Echo River Spring Trail

    5 months ago

    This is a very short and easy trail. The map above shows a loop but this trail is an out and back. It follows the river and is somewhat scenic but not much.

    Shane Silvey reviewed Sinkhole Trail

    5 months ago

    We accessed this one from the Echo River Trail. It's easy and well maintained.

    Shane Silvey completed Sinkhole Trail

    5 months ago

    Shane Silvey reviewed Heritage Trail Loop

    5 months ago

    We accessed this one from the Echo River trail. It's a connector trail and it's easy just like all the rest.

    Shane Silvey completed Heritage Trail Loop

    5 months ago

    Shane Silvey reviewed Cedar Sink Trail

    5 months ago

    I really don't know how to rate the hike. I wasn't impressed with the view. It's basically downhill going and uphill coming back. However, it's not too difficult. My son and I went counter clockwise at the loop and we had to climb the metal steps so if you don't like climbing a few steps at one time, do the loop clockwise and you should do better.

    Shane Silvey completed Cedar Sink Trail

    5 months ago

    Shane Silvey reviewed Little Bearwallow Trail

    5 months ago

    It obviously rained the night before our hike and was a little slippery on some of the rocks. Yes, you have to cross the creek a few times but nothing major at the beginning. I would not consider it rock climbing at all. However, if you dare, the falls will provide you with an opportunity to rock climb or ice climb when it has frozen. I would consider it a moderate hike.
    There are steps in places that some may find difficult. I wasn't really impressed with the summit. My five year old did it without any issues at all. I gave it three stars because I enjoyed it with my son.

    Shane Silvey completed Little Bearwallow Trail

    5 months ago

    Shane Silvey reviewed Mount Mitchell Summit Trail

    7 months ago

    Pavement will be under your feet the entire way. The distance, according to a sign at the end of the parking lot, is 275 yards to the top. The view was great April 28, 2018 because of no fog or cloud cover unlike when I hiked the Mt. Mitchell trail a few years ago. I did this one because my son is too young to do the hard trail and I wanted him to stand on the highest mountain east of the Mississippi River. The only reason I gave it a four star rating is because it's more of a walk and not a hike.

    Shane Silvey reviewed Trombatore Trail

    7 months ago

    The trail is well maintained and has a limited amount of rocks and tree roots. The trail has a few man made steps but nothing overbearing. There are a few areas where other 'trails' may intersect but the signage is very helpful in these areas. There is one section that has big rocks to step over but for the most part, it is a very pleasant trail for your feet. There are a few sections of short 'steep' inclines but the trail is definitely on the lower side of moderate. I think the trail is a great one for beginning hikers or ones that want some exercise without overdoing it.
    The endpoint has a decent view but not a great view like some people said while my son and I were going up.

    Shane Silvey completed Trombatore Trail

    7 months ago

    Shane Silvey reviewed Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield Trails Loop

    7 months ago

    I did some of this trail. It's in great shape and has markers in places telling some of the battle there.

    Shane Silvey reviewed Fredericksburg National Cemetery Loop

    7 months ago

    It's part of the Sunken Road Trail.

    Shane Silvey reviewed Marye's Heights/Sunken Road Trail

    7 months ago

    It's more of a walk than a hike for sure. Lot's of history on and around the trail. There is actually a section of the original wall that the Confederates were behind when they were firing downhill. The trail allows you to access the cemetery that has many union headstones in it. Stop by the visitor's center located at the start of the trail. They have a short film to watch about the battle that took place there with information that you won't find in biased history books even though it is hard to deny the Confederate victory. There is a museum right beside the visitor center. The park rangers are also helpful and there is no entrance fee to either site.

    Shane Silvey reviewed Cat Gap Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    You have to navigate a few creek crossings. Some a little more sketchy than others. The trail does have a few points where you wonder which way to go but my son (5) and I didn't have too much trouble. There are two places that comes to mind. One being towards the beginning and one later on when it opens up into a cleared out area with no undergrowth. There are plenty of places to camp and, for the most part, only a few other hikers. Go early because the parking lot was ridiculous when we left at about 1:30. There are other trails that are accessed from the parking lot.

    Shane Silvey completed Cat Gap Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    Shane Silvey reviewed John Rock Trail Loop

    9 months ago

    More on the moderate side of difficulty. The trail could use more signage. You just can't walk up to the trail. You have to use the Cat Gap Loop to access it. There is one section that could be labeled difficult but it is only a short distance. The view is really great from the rock.

    Shane Silvey completed John Rock Trail Loop

    9 months ago

    Shane Silvey reviewed Cat Gap Trail to John Rock Loop

    9 months ago

    The only reason I didn't give it a five star rating is because it can use some more markings. A few trees cover the trails but nothing impassible. A little confusing at times but nothing we couldn't figure out. The view from the rock is really good and deserves a five star rating. The trails are littered with tree roots so you have to watch your step in places. It's not the worse I have seen but my son (5) had to be really careful in places. He was really tired when we finished though but was amazed by the view. He wants to do Looking Glass next but I don't like redoing trails but I guess I will oblige at some point. You can see Looking Glass really well at the rock lookout. Go early because the parking lot fills up quickly.

    Shane Silvey reviewed Cathedral Tree to Astoria Column

    over 1 year ago

    Easy hike but the map at the trailhead says the trip will be longer than it is. Climb the column at the top when you get there.

    Shane Silvey reviewed Multnomah Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    It is a paved trail that is crowded and all uphill going up. I think it is great to see how much you have climbed. Other than that, you will not be able to see the waterfall hardly at all.

    Shane Silvey completed Multnomah Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Shane Silvey reviewed Multnomah Falls to Wahkeena Falls Loop

    over 1 year ago

    We hiked it starting at Wahkeena Falls and went down Multnomah Falls. It starts off paved until you reach Lemmon's viewpoint. It's a long hike that starts off uphill and ends up basically going downhill beside Multnomah Falls. The Multnomah Falls section is all paved and very crowded even on a weekday. Once you reach the visitors center, head back towards Wahkeena Falls towards the "bus" parking and you will trail it back through the woods because you cannot walk across the bridge. This will take you back to the trailhead.