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

hiking
8 days ago

By far the easier of the Hercules glade trail and most direct route to the wet weather falls. Did thin in January on a Sunday, there had been good rains even as late as the Friday before. 62 degrees and I did work up a sweat on the inclines. I hope to bring the kids with me next time. Saw many young ones out on this trail today.the falls were in full swing and gorgeous

Hiked 12/18. Nice variety of surface for easy to moderate hike. But little elevation change. Good tree coverage for hotter weather. Or to block wind. A creek crossing in two places that is higher than shoes and boots. And beautiful water fall area. Nice spot to stop for a while.
More isolated access off gravel forest road. Views mostly of trees and the two creek areas with one opening to expansive view.
Dog friendly
met 3 parties on trail
No restrooms at parking area or water

backpacking
27 days ago

Great trail. Easy to keep a good pace but can lack markings in places so be sure to have a good way to navigate. Great trail for an easy weekend backpacking trip.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful hiking spot!

hiking
1 month ago

great trail, but not a lot of markings so a map or GPS would be really helpful. beautiful scenery. it was raining when we hiked it so we were completely alone.

hiking
1 month ago

Cold this time of year. Bring a gps, paper map and compass. Somebody tried to mark the trail but with the fallen leaves it’s easy to lose it. Some interesting things to see along the way.

on Blair Ridge

hiking
2 months ago

great trail. easy stroll. pack a lunch and make a day of it. fall temperatures and colorful leaves are gorgeous here.

I’m marking this a three because of the inaccuracy of the trail description and mileage listed. If you want to hike to the falls and back you need to be prepared to hike closer to 8 miles. You have to cross the creek numerous times if you want to stay on the blazed trail, otherwise there are some side trails along the creek if you look carefully. Loose rock on the trail and slick creek crossings make trekking poles a good idea. Some uphill on the way back but not overly strenuous. Falls are pretty and good area for dispersed camping.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice loop trail. This is a fairly level trail, not overly strenuous. Some rocky areas and a few places where the trail branches but isn’t marked well. GPS or map and compass is a good idea. There’s a scenic overlook side trail about 1.5 Miles to the left if you are going counterclockwise (recommended direction), not sure where the side trail goes as we followed it for about .5 Miles and found nothing. Some decent water sources. Good combination of forest and glades.

3 months ago

Finally made it there! Did found the waterless fountain, yes it did got little confusing to find it. Once you reach creek from south path (which is 4 miles long) follow down the creek 1/4 of mile. If you come from north side (shortest way 2.6 miles) also follow down creek on your own. Seek and u will find :)

hiking
3 months ago

at the overlook got on the wrong trail and off a bit. took a mile or so to work our way back on. didn't make it to waterfall. next time.

hiking
3 months ago

We took the Long Creek trail that is a part of this system. It is a much shorter hike with rocky terrain, fallen timber, beautiful views, places to camp, and an exceptional finale of stunning bluffs and a winding stream to play in. Going down a steady slope going in and hiking up a gradual, steady incline on the way back out. Approximately 3/4 of a mile total hike, but plenty of options to walk around the bluffs and stream to explore.

3 months ago

Great trail, falls are only when it has been raining, but hike along the creek or down the middle if no water, you won’t be disappointed.

Great scenic trail. Well marked and maintained trail. Be sure to take tick repellent.

Lots of fun! My first backpacking experience ever! Hard work but worth it. Never had a problem with the finding the trail, we made sure to have copies of the map made. Very shady as well, we were able to avoid most of the sun. My only complaint was the river was completely dry, no waterfall, but what can I expect with the heat we’ve had recently.

Great trail, kinda got lost several times, but it was my first time and some of the trail wasn't marked. Definitely grab a map at the beginning of the trailhead, they have them printed out in a box at the trailhead.

backpacking
7 months ago

I went without GPS, just a map on my phone and a compass. The trail is pretty easy to follow except when you hit the open meadows. The overgrowth is starting to crowd the trail since not as many people are on them. The views from the open meadow areas on the ridge about 3/4 of the way to the falls is breathtaking, stop and take some pictures and rest. Once you start getting closer to the falls start really watching for snakes. There are four great camping spots near The Falls. I really thought after all the rain we’ve had over the last few days The Falls would be running, it was not. I camped near the spring just below The Falls to hear some water moving. I saw one baby copperhead on the way in, a very large cottonmouth on the trail (we had a standoff for a few minutes, I went around) and another baby copperhead that popped out of the water just before I was crossing the creek on the way out. I didn’t backtrack to get out because there’s an unmarked trail that follows the creek out. I don’t recommend doing this unless you’re pretty good with a map. It crosses the creek several times and is extremely overgrown. I’ll be going back in the fall to take more pictures. Hopefully The Falls will be running then. LNT

Wow

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing weekend on the Coy Bald Trail and The Falls section. We had just had a decent rain the weekend before so the creek and Falls were amazing. Found the best Campsites down by the Falls and couldn't resist camping there the whole weekend. The hike in was fairly easy to moderate however there are a few trails that can take you off the main trail so the use of GPS or Alltrails is a must. Thank Goodness I got Pro Alltrails so I was able to download the map and get us back on track (since there was no signal) . We were able to get our water from the falls and creek using our Sawyer squeeze and relaxed at camp and by the water and enjoy the rest of the trail without packs on. We saw a few other hikers and actually ran into someone I knew from High School. CRAZY huh! Hiked out at 5 am to catch the sunrise on the bald. It was so amazing! I highly recommend this trail- especially after a good rain!!!!

hiking
8 months ago

This is the best trail in Hurcules Glades Wilderness Area. Trail is about a mile past the Hurcules Firetower Trailhead on Blair Road. you'll go down Blair Road about 3 miles and the trailhead will be on the right. It's easy to see, so you can't miss it. The trail is clear, well-defined, very easy to follow, and leads right to the falls. for the most part it is an easy trail to walk, as a matter of fact this Trail would be on the light and of moderate for the most part. It's an out-and-back trail and is about 2. 7 miles to Long Creek and the falls. This trail has a little bit of everything. Woods, great view of the Glades, and of the surrounding Glade areas and hills. Overall, a fantastic Trail. I've hiked almost all the trails in the Hercules Glades, and this is by far the best trail that I have hiked. if you like to Camp, there are a lot of areas along this Trail to camp out.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail and pretty easy to follow. Glades are nice, plus Brushy Creek is a beautiful spot, so bring a camera. Also, a good workout.

hiking
9 months ago

A great trail, and easy to follow. About the right mixture of woods, Glades, and creeks. Great opportunities for pictures. I did see a lot of tracks from deer, turkey, and a bear track. Overall a nice trail, and the right length. I did the trail clockwise and the last mile of the trail was up hill, so be ready for a workout. And yes, there are black bears and other predatory animals in the Hurcules Glade Wilderness Area. The wild life probably won't bother you but, you need to be aware that this is their home, and they do live there.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail with many photo opportunities. Can be a little tough to follow at times, but with a GPS it's fine. Glades provide a great view of the surrounding area. Next time I'm taking the left trail from the trail head to see where it goes. Happy hiking :)

trail running
9 months ago

I had a great time here. I started at the tower trailhead and took Long Creek down to the Falls. I found that trail kinda hard to see but it was smooth going. I then continued down to Lower Pilot, then onto Tower trail. Toward the end of that I decided to divert onto Pees Hollow. Then back to the trailhead. I covered just shy of 18 miles in 5 hours (trail running). The maps provided on site were a must.
I didn’t have a compass so I had to judge the sun’s position to find my way at certain points. It all added to the epic journey!

Trekked out to the Falls. No water, just some pools here and there. Hiked about 1/2 mile back and found a campsite that already had a fire ring, so we opted to stay there. Will definitely return to the area...and soon.

9 months ago

Trails have been marked with signs, making navigation of the area so much easier. Solid moderate hike that does require paying close attention to your surroundings to remain on trail. Be sure to grab a map of area at trail head.

hiking
10 months ago

The scenic parts are at the beginning and the ending of the trail, it's very poorly marked. It took about 3.5 hours to complete due to lack of trail markers and going on game trail. One plus was a side trail called Scenic view that offer a great panoramic view.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked Blair Ridge Trail last Saturday, a week after heavy rains in the area. The streams and creeks were flowing and the Falls were beautiful. It was a clear day, sunny, with a slight breeze so couldn't have asked for better hiking weather. I can't wait to go back and explore another trail in the Hercules Glade Wilderness area.

10 months ago

was a great hike. falls were roaring since we just had all the rain.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome with the recent water. If you can make your way out there, it’s worth it right now. About 7.4 round trip to the falls and back, we did some bouncing around too. Really muddy right now and there are at least 3 creek crossings. We bushwhacked and stayed on the north side of the marked trail so we didn’t have to cross the deeper water right now. Definitely would recommend that. There is a social trial most of the way. Not really any rock climbing that we saw or opportunities for bouldering

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