Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Clifty Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easy, pleasant trail that goes through some lovely terrain and takes you through the prettiest little tucked away waterfall. I could easily imagine spending some time lounging nearby with a picnic or a good book in this idyllic woodsy setting.

hiking
12 days ago

First and foremost there is no water along this trail so you will have to bring all the water you need for your entire trip. Secondly the road hike at the end of the trail back to the parking lot (trailhead) is 2.5 miles long, making the total round trip 9.5 miles long. Like other people have mentioned the beginning is an immediate uphill hike with no warm up. Once you muscle through that you will be rewarded with a very nice flat open hike until you approach the end. You will know you are at the home stretch when you come to a big downhill. Be very careful on the downhill lots of loose rocks that will be covered with leaves during the fall and slippery during wet conditions. Plenty of camping opportunities throughout. I didn't see a lot rocks to make a fire ring so please be careful with open fires. The only wildlife I saw was about a dozen wild turkeys and a couple deer tracks. It is a very easy trail overall that is easy to follow even with the minimum trail markers they have placed. A good trail for beginners or those looking for those looking for a more relaxed hike. Just remember no water to resupply, an immediate uphill at start, steep downhill for home stretch, and 2.5 mile road hike back to trailhead parking lot.

hiking
off trail
over grown
scramble
13 days ago

DO NOT GO. This trail follows copperas for awhile. The break off to hopewell arch is a unmarked trail (good luck finding it). We pretty much walked up the side of a mountain and just went until we find something resembling a trail. My boyfriend was able to maneuver up to the arch which is quite pretty, if you can get up. The rest of the trail is a joke because there is no trail. We followed a creek and scaled the side of a mountain for hours and never found a trail. We hiked miles off trail and couldn’t find a thing. 100% would not recommend wasting your time.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

Great trail for the family - We spent the afternoon hiking this very accessible trail for all ages. We passed kids with dogs and older adults (we are in our 50’s) as well. If you decide to hike it, take time to divert off the trail into the giant cliff/cove, waterfall and natural bridge. The waterfall is not massive but very peaceful. We went counter clockwise and found that to be an easier hike. Take it easy on the 3 mile single lane gravel road, it’s hilly and blind curves. Enjoy!!

Beautiful trail and we were lucky with perfect weather in the 60° range. My daughter and I saw a copperhead below the falls. It was a perfect teaching moment as the snake stayed completely submerged other than an occasional breath at the surface. (venomous). He wanted nothing to do with us and vise versa but in such shallow water, he/she, was mesmerizing to watch. Sorry to go on the tangent but it was a great first hike in the Gorge for my daughter who was raised in the Rockies and at an altitude with no snakes like this. Snake or not, it's a beautiful trail with lots to see in such a short distance.

Easy little loop. No fall colors yet, but I bet it's really nice when they come out.

Great trail - good for kids also- my 6 year old and 8 yr old did it in about 90 minutes with plenty of sightseeing along the way - waterfall and rock bridge were really nice. I couldn’t recommend this trail more

Beautiful trail. Some significant elevation change and steps, but very doable. Loved it with our 2 daughters (8 & 10 yrs old) and dog. 2nd time doing this one. We will be back!

Very nice day for a hike. Was definitely 2.07 miles from parking to end. We took our dogs and they LOVED it. It was actually pretty busy today for the time as well. Overall a great trail.

nice trail. creek dried out in several areas due to recent drought.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Personally, I wouldn't rate it as hard but as moderate. It does require some navigation skills and some uphill, but both are very doable. The steep part is very steep, but pretty short. It easy easy to make a wrong turn or loose the path in a couple places, but it's easily corrected. The hike itself is almost as pretty as the overlook. Very worth it!

This trail starts out right of the parking lot after you cross the concrete bridge or next to the concrete bridge depending on what angle and direction you’re coming from. You’ll see a wooden sign that says Copperas Creek river access and you want to cross over into the woods on that side. There’s a small white we traveled path that runs parallel to the creek and then dries up about 100 yards in to the forest. This is a lightly traveled the trail with excellent camping spots and wonderful views of the rocks.

Nice quick and easy hike to see the Rock Bridge Arch. Went on a Saturday afternoon from Swift Camp Creek trail, and there were a lot of people near and on the Rock Bridge as we approached. Very scenic and beautiful but expect other people to be there.

A moderate hike with multiple inclines and declines. Brought our pups and they rocked it out. they enjoyed drinking from the stream. We ventured down off trails as well and found nifty rocks.

Tough!

hiking
blowdown
off trail
2 months ago

fun short loop that me and the family enjoyed!

Fun little hike. Enjoyed the waterfall and bridge. Highly recommend.

One of our favorite trails in the Gorge!! My kids love the scenery and especially Creation Falls! Trail is usually very well maintained.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

This loop is nice if you don’t like backtracking over the trail you’ve already hiked. I tried to do this trail the day before going counterclockwise. I could not find my way up to the top of Eagle’s Nest. I trusted the AllTrails map and it took me to a rock wall directly below Eagle’s Nest. To get on top you have to follow the rock wall around to the right. Eventually you will come to a scramble along the side of the cliff. Today I went clockwise. I went up the Osborne Bend Trail. The Osborne Bend Trail is an official trail that is maintained by the park system. Once you make that hard right to head over to Eagle’s Nest it’s really overgrown. I like a good adventure and I hate backtracking so I prefer to do the loop. If you want to hike out along red river go up Eagle’s Nest and then come back the same way it’s a lot shorter. This trail is tough.

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