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Great little hike. Didn’t take but 1.5 hours to get to the falls. Pack a swimsuit as it a beautiful place to swim if the weather is right. Great because it follows the trail. Trail can get slippery when wet. Saw two snakes so best to be on the lookout.

hiking
1 day ago

This was a Super Hike! We only hiked to the Panther Creek Falls, which was plenty!
7 miles round trip and we had no desire to go beyond the falls. It was a warm day and there were plenty of people and dogs! We had lunch and waded into the water. Delightful! The hike was pretty energetic with so many uphills, and downhills with tree roots for steps and boulders to slide down or climb up. We will definitely hike this trail again in October or November. There are many visitors to these falls and it was pretty busy on the Sunday we were there. Next time we’ll go during the week.

Very nice hike when combined with Preachers rock.

Summit, 8am 9.23.18. Overall vegetation is still thick, mud and dry conditions on the trail from the AT > Cowrock > Wildcat > Shelter. Warm, 75-80. Blue skies and sunshine.

This a really good trail, just like everything else that I have done on the AT. Be aware of the road going to Three Forks, it gets pretty rough at times. We did this on 9-22-2018. The road was recently scraped, so you should be able to get there in just about any vehicle. I also think it's unfair to give this trail a low rating because of the road conditions.

perfect trail

Very beautiful sets of falls. However mileage is closer to 1.45 in and 1.45 out to the road trailhead for a total of about 2.9 to 3 miles RT. Whoever posted this and said 1.1 in and 1.1 out must have been at the Rabun Beach campground trailhead. Trail is easy/moderate to the second set of falls and then moderate/difficult to the final and third set of falls. Overall worth the 3 miles.

hiking
10 days ago

The hike was nice being right next to the creek the whole way, was soothing hearing the mini rapids. The falls was like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, well in a sense. :)

Love both Falls. Easy hike. It’s less crowded to go in the winter but anytime is beautiful

Tough trail if you are not in shape. Plus side is it is short.But Straight up. Views are worth it though.

hiking
18 days ago

Parked at Highway 60 and headed up the mountain planning to do an out and back to the Suspension Bridge. As I began my descent from the top, the trail was so overgrown with tall grass and weeds, I kept slipping and falling because I couldn’t see the trail. I finally turned back and will try again later in the fall when some of the vegetation dies. I know the BMT is supposed to be more rustic than the AT but it could really use some trail maintenance. What is the USFS road that approaches the bridge?

18 days ago

Love hiking on this trail. Rarely run into another person.

hiking
22 days ago

Only went in two miles before turning back since this was a rehab hike for my girlfriend after back surgery. Fairly well maintained except for a short section with what looked like poison ivy on the edge of the trail and a few blowdowns (3 within 20' of each other). Some areas also look more like water runoff channels than actual trails, but still very navigable. Nice workout, as we got in 750' of elevation gain.

Took about an hour there and back taking our time. Good hiking that not too hard but gives you a workout.

hiking
22 days ago

Further than you think.....Writing a review to hopefully help out others trying to get this state high point via hiking (as opposed to driving to the parking lot and taking the paved path). I parked at Jacks Gap (180 spur). I was pressed for time and thought I would have no problem since the reported distance to Brasstown Bald was about 2.3 miles....well, this is only to the parking lot. You still have to cross the lot and head up the 0.6 mile path to the tower...this added mileage makes a difference and I did get caught in the dark on my way back down. Thankfully I was prepared (as even for an estimated 4.6 mile hike I still had plenty of water and my headlamp...can never be over-prepared). Wish I would have had more time at this state high point as it was a neat observation tower and the views were very pretty. My AllTrails app tracked me at 6.2 miles and 2231 elevation gain....so plan on closer to 6 miles RT if you take 180 spur Jacks Gap to the top of the observation tower. Agree with other reviews....lots of switchbacks and pretty steep trail without much undulating. Hope that helps some people!!

hiking
22 days ago

awesome hike! lots of spots to camp. some difficulties but just take it slow and practice safety you will be fine. most of the trail is an easy walk. enjoy!

This trail was pretty, and we only got about two miles in before we had to turn around due to time constraints. I will say we would have enjoyed it more had it not been so buggy. There is a lot of vegetation (so not many views other than trees) and spider webs every few feet. We ended up walking with a stick in front of us and still covered in cobwebs. Perhaps a different time of year would have been better. Did not get to see the lake. I still recommend the trail though--finally pretty trees!

This is a good day hike that just about anyone can do. Owens lookout was pretty impressive. I would recommend going all the way to the Springer summit. It's less than half a mile.

It was a short hike from the parking area to the suspension bridge. Once there it was very scenic with lots of open forest with a fire ring or two. It was easy access to the Taccoa River where dogs can get a drink and swim. After crossing the bridge we the hiked up to the mountain top. There are no views up there but it was a nice work out with beautiful summer foliage.

backpacking
24 days ago

My second time here. Definitely worth the drive from Orlando.
What I like about this trail is that you are hiking along the water.

we got there just before sunset. it was amazing. one of the best sunsets I've ever watched. I bet the sunrise would be amazing here as well. this would be a great place to stargaze if anyone's looking for an adventurous and romantic date idea! be sure to bring a flashlight if you plan to watch the sunset, the service road gets very dark, phone lights will not cut it.

You definitely need to be in shape for this one! We kept going after the first waterfall which led to another waterfall. I thought it was a moderate hike but it was too much for my husband. I had 2 liters of water and he had 3, and we both ran out about a mile from the trailhead, making the last bit very difficult. I would recommend this trail in the cooler months; July was too hot and there were a lot of wasps

hiking
27 days ago

I will say I liked this trail, but there are some things that people should be aware of. 1. Wear hiking boots/shoes. There are lots of roots and wet spots, you'll want a little grip. 2. carry 2 bottles of water per person. If you do this during the summer you'll definitely want it, if not a 3rd. 3. I took my mom. She's not a hiker and It was a trail I had never been on before. This trail was very difficult for her. She didn't get all the way to the end as she was worn out. 4. The last part of the trail is harder and more steep, just be prepared for it. It also has downed grab fences because of trees in that area. It's a very pretty waterfall and a good workout. I will be going back and enjoying nature there again. Happy trails all.

Live very close to Panther Creek. I have done the trail at all times of the year. It is always beautiful.

I'm sure it would have been a beautiful trail if I could have gotten there. Road to trailhead was impassable with a normal 2 wheel drive vehicle. Just be aware! Will try again another time!

hiking
1 month ago

I recommend taking a short detour off this loop to the AT terminus at top of the mountain. Fun photo op at the AT marker, can sign the log [composition book], and enjoy a nice overlook. Tip: Some of the forest service dirt roads are for high clearance vehicles only. Check out their maps to choose the best access for you. Even some of the roads marked for passenger vehicles might not be suitable for sedans that are low to the ground - due to potholes. https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/conf/maps-pubs

My nephew and I had a awesome time hiking down and staying there for two nights The folks that work there are so friendly and helpful. The food was awesome you felt like you were getting home cooking. They even had their own special desserts.. very clean nothing like taking a hot shower after hiking all day parade we saw flowers and plants that I have never seen before one was a beautiful red lily. From what I was told.

This was a great hike, lightly traveled. paths were pretty well marked and the camp out alcoves gave us a great spot to sting up out hammock and take a lunch break. while we did not stay at the inn, we did go by it and it looked very nice. we took a break in the front verandah and refused in the shade with a power bar. according to my gps watch we did the trail in 6 hours with a couple breaks and from door of our car back to the door of our car it was 10.71 miles. we parked in the lot at the top of the falls by the snack stand. oh yes, there was a snack stand and restrooms which was nice! ... I'm writing this review late. we hiked on Saturday 8/11/18.

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