Super easy and short trail! Great falls at the end especially after a heavy rain!

rock climbing
1 month ago

Awesome falls, even better caves!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

I had my 1 year old and 2 older kids and it's perfect for just sight seeing. The hike is about 10 minutes but a must see.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall!

I hiked from Boxley to Pruitt in mid-March. I agree with other reviewers that the trail is prettiest from Ponca to Pruitt, but this 11 mile section still has its charm. Not a lot of views of the river, but still plenty to see, including several creeks and beautiful water features. Several sections of trail were VERY muddy, so definitely expect to go through a lot of that. Ultimately, I probably wouldn’t hike this section again, but I don’t regret doing it.

Nice little trail. The falls were gorgeous! Don’t make this your only hike of the day though, pair it with another hike along the Buffalo for a nice day.

Awesome and amazing! We’ve hiked way farther for far less excitement! Beautiful!

hiking
blowdown
flooded
muddy
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Trail is poorly marked, but has lots of beautiful scenery to offer. I recommend going on down to the farmer homestead and then taking goat bluff overlook trail on your way back out. Very rocky, muddy, and steep. Unfortunately we missed thunder bluff falls. Maybe next time. We went a total of 8.5 miles.

Beautiful waterfall! Road down to it is not for the faint of heart!

Nice falls

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Ideally ride in with four wheel drive vehicle. Long steep downhill dirt road in. Getting out with a light weight front wheel drive hatchback was hairy. Nice falls but if you want exercise pair this trip with a second trail.

Excellent falls! Very short and easy hike. FYI: The road to the trailhead was VERY steep gravel/dirt with a couple small potholes. Be prepared.

We hiked this January 3. It's a long hike in the forest with limited views of the Boxley valley. Definitely recommend doing in the winter with leaves down but that also makes seeing the trail in some areas challenging. There are BRT blazes in all the places that matter most for keeping you on the trail. It's a good start but the Ponca to Pruitt section is much more scenic

Hiked the BRT section Boxley to Ponca today. Long, enjoyable hike. It’s forested and wet with several creek crossings, springs, waterfalls, interesting bluffs, a few limited vistas and even a cave we ventured into. There’s lots of ups and downs in its 13.5 miles. My recommendations: do it in winter when the leaves are off and itchy critters are not around. Also, don’t go after rains unless you want to wade knee or waist high.

walking
muddy
5 months ago

A simple walk ... beautiful falls. It's a steep and bumpy drive down from the main road

The road to the trail is long and steep. Takes a while to get there. The trail itself really isn’t much of a hike. It’s barely off the road so if your wanting to hike.. I would chose a different one. Although it is pretty, there are several others with easier access and a lot more to see. Like Lost Valley.

I echo many of the sentiments below. This entire segment is a tree tunnel - even now with leaves off - with only one or two spots where one can look off at nearby mountains and bluffs without attempting to see through a dense screen of trees and brush. There are a few vista opportunities that should be explored to make the hike more interesting. Hiking during leaf-on would allow one to see maybe 20 feet either side of the trail. This segment has 4-5 crossings of streams large enough to get you wet, with few crossing options, and maybe 25 smaller drains that are wet after rain events or are springs. Stream channels are pretty with large boulders, rock outcrops and along some there were small waterfalls and cascades. We started at Boxley where the first thing to do is cross Smith Creek on a concrete slab. Water levels prevented that without getting wet to and above our knees. We walked back out to Highway 43 (just a few yards) and crossed the highway bridge and climbed up the steep hill to the right, passed through a gap in the bluff and then scooted down the other side and landed right on the trail. Take a left and you are on your way. There are many seeps on the trail and we were walking in mud and dodging larger puddles much of the day - this would likely not be as bad had there not been rain a few days earlier. I agree the trail is not well maintained but we never lost the tread. Markers are white with "BRT" on them but they are few and far between in places but adequate to keep you on trail. There are pretty stands of hardwood and pine, also beech that is not so common, and of cedar, especially when on bedrock. The elevation change on this segment is around 4,400 feet so plan on getting a good workout. The trailhead at Boxley and the Ponca Low Water Bridge are easy to find on Highway 43 and only about 6 miles apart by road. During your shuttle you will pass fields with elk grazing early or late in the day. There was evidence of feral hog activity along the entire distance. A store with fuel is located about 1 mile from the Ponca trailhead. I would not hike this trail again.

muddy
over grown
6 months ago

We hiked this trail the day after a big rain and was rewarded with some beautiful water features. Downside was it made for some interesting creek crossings, by crossing number 3 we bit the bullet and just waded across. We hiked down to Thunder Canyon. Very slick and steep but worth the effort. Ran out of daylight so we used NC2700 to cut back to the parking. I wasn't impressed with the back half of the hike after Jones Cemetery. It was a nice hike through the woods but if the trail was marked it was with Mossy Oak paint and hidden under rocks. Leaves were off so it made the trail difficult to find in places, we found ourselves following run offs and not the trail a few times. If you have a GPS it will be no problem. Would like to hike this earlier in the fall or spring next time. I would only rate it strenuous due to the creek crossings, otherwise a nice hike. Getting to the trailhead was a little confusing since we had heard conflicting reports as to which road was actually closed. We came in through Gaither and took Erbie Cutoff, to Erbie. You cross the Buffalo but it is over a low water bridge

Went on a cold, wet, sleeting November day, there was no one else there. Waterfalls were forceful, and while a little muddy/slippery, we enjoyed going up on the top of the falls.

Not much of a trail, per se. Really just a couple of hundred yard walk to the falls, but they are a very nice sight to see. All three falls were flowing strongly in early November the day after a good rain.

While hiking the Buffalo River Trail from Kyles Landing to Erbie, we made the short detour to Triple Falls -- and we're so glad we did! The falls are really impressive; area around base of falls is quite muddy due to constant spray. A very popular destination on an unseasonably warm November day. BRT from Kyles to Erbie is quite scenic.

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