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The hike is definitely worth it if the waterfall is running. The way to the waterfall is easy and basically down hill the entire time. The way back is a different story. It is essentially stair climbing straight up for approximately 2-2.5 miles. I suggest spending time at the waterfall and then even walking the extra half mile-mile down to the Buffalo River to relax before making the journey back up. All in all, the hike is definitely worth it and you feel so accomplished making it back to the top.
Beautiful hike with scattered views along the way. Downhill in - Uphill out. This is a challenging trail coming out for those less experienced or conditioned. However, the waterfall is worth the grind. Spend time at the base taking in the great panoramic views and fueling up before the trek back. Highly recommend.
Wow. Amazing area. Elise falls wasn't running, but I wasn't expecting more than a trickle. Smith Creek, however, is flowing, and all of the nicest spots here were in their full glory on a clear, sunny day.
This is a great family spot, and it offers a good experience for all types of hikers. Those averse to insects, narrow/obscure trails, and inclines can stick to the main trail (or just stay indoors already) - though the beginning, right from the trailhead is a doozy - those who are a little more intrepid will enjoy hiking the Upper or Lower trails. All should continue on the trail past the picnic table. That's where it gets good!