Nice trail, 1 decent view if the leaves aren't too dense. This trail does have a few spots where rattlers lay right off the trail, keep am eye out but not something to discourage doing the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed the diversity this trail offers. I hiked it from Old Forge Picnic Area so it is a slow but steady climb; the first third meandered literally in and out of the stream (it had rained for the past 24 hours) and there were some lovely small water fall areas.The switchbacks on the upper 2/3 of the trail are wide and not rocky, so the climb is not hard. It was incredibly windy and cold at the top (forecasters said there were 40mph gusts today) but much of the rest of the trail was calm and enjoyable.

hiking
2 months ago

Great day for a fall hike! I’d love to do this one again!

great hike spent the night on top with my daughter's beautiful sun rise in the morning

A bit difficult to find the trailhead. Keep on the main (dirt) road, I believe it's Swift Run. You'll eventually come to the "parking lot" on the left which is unmarked but hopefully will have some cars parked so you know it's the Trail. We had a better time using AllTrails than Google to find it.

Really neat trail with gradual elevation increase. The vista is worth it. The trail is wide and forgiving, you're not riding a ridge. I took the blue blazes around Heritage Cabin up and back. I planned on taking the full loop, but friends bailed half way through. Used the out & back option.

Absolutely beautiful fall hike and great vista. For newbies better than Sunset Rocks which is at the North end of the forest. I want to come back and do the full loop.

Great trail. Pretty rocky in parts (like the name applies) make sure you stop at each numbered marker and take in the view. The overlook and caves were awesome to see. It's well marked with orange blazes. If you continue through the loop onto the yellow blazed trail, you can get to the reservoir.

hiking
4 months ago

I found this trail to be more easy than moderate, especially if approached from the south. The springs and rhododendron groves at the southern part of the trail were gorgeous. Most of the loop section is somewhat boring. While not listed on this site, there is a short trail that follows the shore of the reservoir which is beautiful and fairly easy.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike! Uphill but not overwhelming. The view and the rocks at the top are worth the trek. Trail is well marked and we followed the blue trail the whole way.

hiking
4 months ago

Very uphill hike but the view is worth it! make sure pack water and good shoes, enjoy!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice little well marked Trail.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a great hike with a view that is amazing! Plenty of trails you can venture off on to get the blood pumping. I will definitely be back in the fall to see the trees at their peak.

Loved the view from the trail and meeting people who are walking the while Appalachian trail.

hiking
6 months ago

great view and a nice trail. I came from the direction of the Fire Tower switching between the fire road and the AT. Did not see anyone until we reached the overlook

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail and the view at the overlook is totally worth the hike. Our pups enjoyed it just as much as we did! We want to come back during the fall to take in the view while the leaves are changing!

We also met a couple of thru-hikers at the top of the lookout! Shout out to Hiker Joy and her husband who were on day 109 of their journey!

I prefer to start near tumbling run but this was a good route to get to the climbing rocks

Really nice trail. No parts were too difficult. The view from the peak is amazing! - special note, the south entrance into the park is closed. You are going to want to use the north entrance into the part.

Lovely trail. There were some road closures so we accessed from Swift Run Road and passed the Hermitage cabin. We went up and down the blue trail but would like to try round trip next time.
Gorgeous views.

hiking
7 months ago

Pink flowers everywhere were gorgeous! The overlook shows a view of the lake, but you can't see much else. If you take a right at the starting fork, the climb is a monster.

hiking
7 months ago

The trailhead isn't labeled- we found a parking area for 3-4 vehicles. We took the trail to the right, the blue blaze trail, to Chimney Rock and back. The streams by the cabin was gorgeous- a hidden gem which our kids loved. We will be back to do the white blaze trail.

Well kept trail, easily marked. Good views, nice hike.

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