hiking
4 hours ago

My third time on this trail, but first time in 6 years. Still a nice hike with a great destination on a hot day. However, the trail was packed (Saturday) as we came back out. I think we passed 200 people, and it is a very skinny trail in most places. I’d recommend going on a weekday and / or very early. We hit the trail at 9:20. Plan to swim, get on or under the falls, and take advantage of the destination if you go.

rocky
10 hours ago

1. Rough road to parking 2. Arrive before 9 a.m. on weekends 3. straight up/straight down 4. great view at the summit 5. gets too crowded 6. graffiti on rock out croppings was a big disappointment.

hiking
12 hours ago

Great trail. It is difficult so BRING water and hike slow if you are not use to hiking.

hiking
2 days ago

We hiked this today. Was a terrific hike. Just challenging enough. We had two kids, age 9 and 12, who did great. It would be a challenge for small dogs, so we left ours at home. Bring a picnic to enjoy at the falls and definitely wear bathing suits to swim. We plan to come back and camp.

Nice walk. It had a few small hills but was a very easy stroll.

Always a favorite. This time we did the Falls East loop first(3.1mi) and then did the Len Foot Inn trail hike(9.5mi).

hiking
4 days ago

Trails are not marked well. So many people take "shortcuts", it's hard to tell how to go. I got 5.6 miles round trip, not 4.2. Road isn't in the best shape either, might be difficult for a low car.

We parked on 180 since the park was closed. First ones on the trail. Path was easy to navigate. Very steep, but we loved it. Saw more people going up as we came down.

SAR - hiker at Hawk Mtn shelter. S

hiking
6 days ago

I love this hike. We’ve done it several times. Slightly strenuous climb but worth it. Was SO sad to see the graffiti on the rocks on the way up. If I knew how to remove red spray paint from the rock face I would. Aside from that, it was a gorgeous day for a hike. And super crowded!

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

We just finished hiking the trail. It was a great day for hiking. I guess everyone else thought so too. It was pretty busy today. Wonderful mostly shady trail. It gets technical at some points. We were hiking with out 100 lb. lab. Smaller dogs might need some help in some areas. We are avid hikers and would rate this as a moderately difficult trail. Several areas to take photos over the water. The falls at the end are beautiful and worth the hike. I would think it would be difficult with small children.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
scramble
6 days ago

It is a great trail will definitely do it again. IT is not for the everyone. There are lots of blow downs for the second half of the trail. Bush wacked the second half of the trail. You will most definitely get a good workout.

hiking
blowdown
6 days ago

It’s a beautiful area with a reasonably smooth road in starting from the north. Only downside is that there are constant blow downs. Couldn’t imagine doing this entire trail with a full pack. Day pack and 5 mile round trip was challenging and time consuming for someone in excellent physical condition. I still recommend checking it out, but manage your ambitions and find a nice spot to hang out and enjoy the ambiance. First mile and a half are relatively easy until the first river crossing. Avoid this trail if there’s been heavy rain recently.

Very doable hike for beginners. Moderate intensity. Plenty of spots for photos/Selfies. Stay at the HIke Inn for the complete experience!

hiking
6 days ago

The quick elevation gain is the worst part, but the view from the top is so worth the workout! Pretty steep in a few places and there’s a couple rock scrambles. It’s a great hike but always crowded.

A large amount of poison ivy along the trail, but a good workout without much steep incline. Over five miles from the parking lot to the point when the trail first hits the Chattooga.

Fun trail, not quite sure if this is the same as the one to Neels Gap as it went right there, rocky, muddy in couple spots as rained the day before but mostly dry. Couple small trickle springs. And some beautiful views at the first mile in and cool camping spots. Lots of flowers and blackberry plants so probably snacking in July/Aug unless bears get em first.

(Open & busy as of 5/30): Really great trail until you reach the falls!! Mostly wooded & follows the creek with some more technical/rooty parts to be aware of. If you choose to follow the map and continue past the falls, the trail becomes really overgrown and harder for follow - we tried to follow for about 30 more minutes but turned around because it was a lot of climbing over trees & rough pathfinding. I’d certainly recommend going to the falls and maybe as far along past it as you feel comfortable with!

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 days ago

We hiked this trail on May 28. It is very nice. It has a lot of great views and the falls are well worth the trek. Parts of it are difficult and require careful stepping. You cross the water two times just on fallen logs and/or rocks. Most of it is narrow as well. We took our dog and a few parts were a little tricky for him. We had a big group of four adults, four teenage boys, and two girls ages 9 and 10. Everyone loved the hike and no complaining until close to the end. Well worth it!

It says on the website that it has reopened as of May 22nd. Going there on Sunday so will find out. Fingers crossed

hiking
blowdown
over grown
8 days ago

Lots of blowdown, some crossings thigh to waist deep. Gorgeous scenery. Challenging terrain. Only saw one blaze the whole time, mainly unmarked trail. Lost the trail where 4 downed trees were stacked on top of each other, barricading the trail, somewhere right before the Conasauga River gets fatter on the map. Maybe a mile or so from that point. Made it around the downed tree barricade, but found no discernible trail. Bushwhacked along steep graded embankment next to large dark caves that looked like a great apartment complex for bears. Lots of claw marks on surrounding trees. Didn’t see any bears, though. Hiked/skidded down the embankment to the river’s edge to try to hike along the rocks, scrambled boulders for another ⅛ mile, boulders kept getting bigger, water getting deeper. Turned back after careful risk assessment. Maybe we were supposed to cross the river there? Not sure. Back-tracked to known campsite and called it a night. Know when to hold em and know when to fold em. Incredible wilderness journey that I will do again and try to find the right way. Not for people who like a nice, maintained, mulched trail. Climbing, scrambling, crouching, ducking, even crawling required. Swimming possible if you’re not careful. Downed trees and widowmakers everywhere. Bring a saw, you might need it. Water shoes are a must-have, unless you want to commit to hiking in wet boots the whole time. My Salomon Amphibian Swift 2’s performed well. Feet didn’t like being wet for hours, but not significantly damaged. Just sore.

hiking
9 days ago

Has this trail opened ? It’s 5/28.

This trail is terrific. It is easy to moderate. Long but shady and very peaceful. Perfect for Mountain biking. We had a great time. The trail is well marked and well maintained. Highly recommended!

backpacking
11 days ago

Does this trail offer primitive camping along the river side? If so is it suggested?

hiking
11 days ago

Awesome trail. Pretty steep in some places and an early morning rain made some footing tricky.All in all well worth the time and view at the top was awesome.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice trail - not marked well but we found our way without issue. Two stream crossings with a beautiful view from a natural (as in it’s a grassy hill - I’m sure it was man-made) dam about mid-hike. Lots of mountain bikers so beware.

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