hiking
3 days ago

This is a beautiful trail, but it proved pretty strenuous for my wife and me who are just getting into hiking. The "out" is all downhill and the "back" is a climb. Thankfully, there are plenty of strategically placed benches. The chained rock, itself, isn't terribly impressive, but the views of Pineville and the valley are beautiful.

If you drive to the trailhead at the top of the mountain, where this also a lookout, the trail is all downhill from the top, which means you will have to climb out. Whew! The views, though, are worth it just to see a rock with a big chain on it. Do yourself a favor and read up on the local story about Chain Rock. We were a little confused on the trail because there is a rock where they have signs saying “Don’t walk on the chain’l bit there is no chain. That’s not chain rock. Keep going a little further. :)

There are actually 2 trailheads. If you begin at the entrance that has a trail back to the lodge across the road, which means you will take the trail counter clockwise, it is a much easier incline to the top. The entrance just about a half-block up the road takes you clockwise and is steep uphill and challenging. We hiked it at the beginning of the fall and it was like walking through a jungle.

Beautiful views!!! allot of stairs so it's a great cardio with amazing views of Pineville!!

This was a strenuous trail and not well marked. I gave it four starts due to the poor trail marking.

on Laurel Cove Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate to hard trail with amazing scenery including rock staircases, mature forest, and a really cool arch that runs along side a small stream. This trail has some pretty steep and long inclines that are slick and should not be used by inexperience hikers.

Great, short hike for testing out my puppy's hiking skills. Beautiful scenery!! Trail was well marked, clean and medium skill level.

Climbing this rock reminded me just how old I’m getting and how heights are starting to be alittle scary lol. All jokes aside this hike was beautiful and the view on top of chained rock was amazing and breathe taking.

Not what I expected

short hike with really nice views overlooking town.

Narrow path, wear appropriate shoes. Total loop is 1 mile. “Falls” are probably more dramatic after a rain.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy, brief hike with great views of the town.

Scenic trail with relaxing water sounds along the way up to the falls. I walked the loop clockwise and enjoyed the falls early in the hike. A fair amount of elevation increase going this way.
Definitely one not to miss!

hiking
9 months ago

A huge rock with a huge chain on it... pretty neat. Good trail with some awesome scenery at the end.

on Chained Rock Trail

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail especially if you’re just getting into hiking. Lot of stairs to go up and down, so be prepared. Make sure to take plenty of water especially if you hike this trail like I did in the summer. It definitely is a moderate trail as it starts off easy, but when you start heading back, you can sure feel the hilly terrain getting back at you. Offhand, I loved it and will definitely do it again soon.

hiking
10 months ago

The trail is moderately difficult and would be challenging at times for someone that may have difficulty keeping balance. This trail provides great exercise and a pretty view of a waterfall. For anyone wanting the fastest way to the falls I posted a picture of the entrance you should take. Happy Hiking everyone

hiking
10 months ago

killer steps on the way back up but the view of Pineville from the rock is amazing.

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome spot great on a foggy morning, disappointed in the trash and vandalism tho

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love this trail. such beauty all around!

hiking
11 months ago

Sunday, August 27, 2017

We parked by the zip line start and did this as a 1.8 mile lollipop with three young children. It's not cardio difficult but there is a fair amount of tree roots, rocks, and little steps. There were a lot of little bridges and caves along the way, along with some platforms and benches. The falls are on the west side of the loop so counterclockwise with a lunch stop at the falls made sense. All shaded. Light traffic.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Beautiful views, shaded on the trail and nice resting benches for the climb back up. Be prepared for some stairs.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great hike, beautiful view, pretty easy but the going back up really gets you!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

It's absolutely beautiful! Very clear streams and a lot of little bridges along the way. Once we got to the water fall, we rested and turned around and went back the same way. A lot of tree piles along the way as well.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Loved this trail! Great views from the rocks, and a shaded trail with pretty views on the way there. Make sure you're ready for the climb back up

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Amazing view! Such a cool spot. I'm ridiculously out of shape (no exaggeration), so the uphill climb on the way back took a while, but was graciously helped by the strategic placement of benches along the trail (which often overlook interesting rocks or other pretty bits of scenery). This was our first trail using the app, and I'm hooked!

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Great trail and a great view of Pineville below.

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A great trail to hike on but the water fall had very little water running over.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Easy, accessible trail. Walkable for all skill levels with some stairs on the way back. The great view out on the rock is worthy of positive ratings, however the heavy traffic of this area means plenty of noise and litter.

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