Explore the most popular wild flowers trails in William B Bankhead National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

nature trips
1 month ago

4 1/2 stars?
To me it seems a little over rated.
Good for camping but if you are wondering about a 1 day trip.. Think twice! You may regret it, we really do:/
We found 1 rattlesnake a pretty good size right on the trail just sitting there waiting for the next victim, I'm glad she made a noise other wise i probably would to have step on it. (Perfect camuflaje).
I think.. if one of those snakes get you, does it you are done.
Because you are not going to see any rangers or people near you, to at least help you kill the snake.,
• Not a single waterfall in 206.
•No cell phone signal.
So don't even think about calling 911..
In that place you are on your own be careful!
Now that you know the truth.. Go out there!, have some fun! And don't ask for help!

Personally, I'm not going back to this place since I'm not a camping person, but we do like trails., And the reason we took this one was because of the reviews. Not really what we were expecting to see.

Ps. At least leave a corn trail so you won't get lost on your way back

Raza si pasaron como yo, esto simplemente les traerá malas memorias no vayan

I just finished a 3 day camp from Sipsey Trailhead down 209 and finished at the end of 206 at Thompson Trailhead. 206 is a great camping trail and pretty easy to navigate. 209 was pretty rough with 50 lbs of camping and camera gear. Lots of down trees! Only saw one waterfall (Falls Creek) so go after a good rain if that’s one thing you’re looking for. Watch out for snakes, saw a rattler 3 feet from the trail....

Caney Creek is a great hike. Easy and always refreshing. Please always practice LNT Leave No Trace. Have fun hiking.

GREAT place to go camping!! Lots of cleared places near the water with a very short hike from parking to campsites. Plenty of privacy and trails to hike. One of our favorite places to take the kids and dogs and spend the night. Directions are a bit difficult. We seem to get lost at least twice every time we go.

2 months ago

easy/fun hike the waterfall has a pool that was about 3ft when we went but I've heard from some people that it gets up to 10ft when heavy rainfall happens. Cant wait to go back!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, quiet trail. This trail is easy, but oh so pleasant. It has fewer rocks and roots than is common for many area trails. It has been well-maintained with most, but not all, downed trees cleared off of the trail. It was so quiet - a very peaceful, mostly flat walk in the woods. The Magnolia leaves are as big as 2' on some of the many trees. I will be back when fall colors make this an even better trail.

I hiked in to the falls on July 29. The first mile or so is a logging road. Then you have a sandy trek through the woods. The last bit down to the water is quite steep. The falls are lovely and there is a nice swimming hole. The parking area is quite small.

Love the waterfall! There’s a place to swim and you can go behind the water fall! You can also jump off the top of the waterfall into the water below. There’s plenty of places to sit and relax. Only thing I can say is it’s rough to get down there....especially if you have small children. You have to be extremely careful going down and up. Can’t wait to go back when my kids are a bit older!

6-25-18. Trail closed. Logging operation in progress.

Still closed 6/24/18... haven’t been able to hike it yet

some of the markers where hard to see and I walked 2 miles past my turn so had to turn around and go back but in all a great place to hike.

I have yet to hike this trail. Went today (6-21/18) and the trail was closed to the public. I’m not sure if some of it was washed out but that’s what it looked like. Just a heads up! Gonna try again in a few weeks.

hiking
5 months ago

This route seems to have been created before the 2011 Super Outbreak that damaged/caused a few trails to be closed. A few of the trails this route suggests aren't on the trial map anymore. Trail 209 at route mile 19 no longer splits into 2 trails. A better option would be to jump on trail 207 at route mile 18.

The listed mileage for this route is inaccurate. By the time I had reached route mile 9, my recording was saying mile 11, so be aware. I improvised and went down trail 204, kept right where the trial splits, then left as it splits again onto East Bee Branch Canyon trail. From there I went left onto trail 209 and followed it until it met back up with the original route. This put me at 21 miles total and brought me to 3 separate waterfalls.

This route is best suited for a 3 day weekend, and is not a good over night trip unless you are an experienced backpacker who likes to put in long days.

Water is scare from route mile 8-14 so when you get to the wooden bridge at the County 3 trail head fill up all your bottles. Alternatively, you can hike down trail 204, then keep right when the trail splits to get you to a nice creek/waterfall, but that will add about 2 mile to the loop.

The only reason I'm giving this route 3 starts is due to the mileage being inaccurate, and it leading you to trails that are no longer officially listed. For an over night trip, I'd say this route is difficult, due to the long miles you'd need to put in, but a 2 night trip this hike is moderate.

Loved the hike. I carried my 5 yo twins and it was a little challenging. We decided to stay to the right of the trail and take the long way around. Took the other route on the way back. I was a little nervous walking up the side of the hill because the trail was so close to the edge. Just made sure I had a firm grip on the twins until we made it up. It’s a simple walk for the most part. The water fall was breathtaking. We will definitely hike this trail again.

Nice little hike. Very up and down, but not hard at all until you can hear the water where it drops down to the waterfall. So the hike out can be tough if you aren’t fit.

beautiful place. the falls are great!

backpacking
7 months ago

Hiked this trail this April. We did the loop in about 3 days camping along the way. We went south starting at the Thompson Trail head and had a blast. There were a lot of campsites (few if none followed the 200 feet from trail/river rule). We also took a trail that only showed up on the view ranger app from the short jaunt on trail 204 on this map cutting southwest back to the Thompson Trail head. It was a bit harder to follow but also the coolest part of the trip.

hiking
7 months ago

I hiked this with my two boys (6 and 9) and we had a blast. The hike down to the falls was easy, back up it's steap but they ran up it most of the way. The falls were beautiful and we had a lot of fun hiking off trail around the area, mostly following the stream and skipping rocks.

hiking
7 months ago

Short and easy to follow. Not very scenic until you reach the falls and then it’s absolutely magnificent! After the spectacle keep hiking creek side for a bit to reach the lower falls.

I recommend only hiking to the big tree then turning around if you want to stay by water

Beautiful . We took my daughter with her month old daughter and our 3 year old and had no problems.

Easy walk in and out. Well worth the short trek.

Beautiful and runnable for the most part. I did miss a turn at one point and had to backtrack. I would rank this trail as easy. The access road has some rough patches, but I made it fine in my camper van. I will definitely return to explore some more.

Took a Boy Scout Troop to hike and camp on 206. Beautiful scenery and lots to explore near Needle's Eye and Ships Rock. Look forward to returning to continue the exploration.

Busy, family fun day hike.

Length of the entire trail (there and back) is about three miles.

Nice trail that winds through a few different types of forest. Some parts have been heavily hit by pine beetles.

The trail widens out under a grove of hemlock. Very pretty with ample shade. The creek is clear with a sandy bottom. Good for wading.

The path leading down to the falls is hidden. Head to the right along the top of the cliff. It's just below the edge. Very narrow.

Once you're down there, you can walk under the falls themselves. My four girls really got a kick out of this one. :)

Took 206 in on Friday night. Went ahead and hiked down 209 towards Bee Branch. Lot of trees down along the way but the trail is well defined. We were going to go to the big tree on Saturday morning and finish out on the Outlaw trail back to Thompson trail head but managed to get extremely lost at the 209 end junction and hiked a mile or so to know where. Never could locate a defined trail or the outlaw trail. The area we wound up in was very hard and a ton of downed trees. This was our first time so I’m sure we just missed something. Ended up doubling back and going back out the same way we came in but skipping going through the eye of the needle. 13 miles total but enjoyed it.

great hike

love this trail and waterfall.. it us beautiful and easily traveled..up hill on the way back out.. everyone should try this trail. great for beginners easy to follow

great trail fairly easy to follow enjoyed it waterfall along the way.. plus you can climb up and pass to trough the needle. beautiful trip... we traveled lots of people on this trail.

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