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Melissa Dudley reviewed Coy Bald Trail
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HikingGreat!

The trail is beautiful, but, please, if you do not have experience hiking do not go alone. The trail is not marked at all, and it is very easy to get lost, or accidentally get stuck on another trail. Saw a few bear tracks, so be aware. Make sure to bring lots of water and have a downloaded map/compass just in case.

Joel C reviewed Coy Bald Trail
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Backpacking

Water crossing before trailhead was high, could pass with truck/SUV and some caution. Falls were dry, lots of horseflies, but clear water. Still a nice hike, but will wait for cooler weather before going again. Only saw two other groups of hikers in the day/night I was there.

Cat Sawalski reviewed Coy Bald Trail
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Jake Mueller reviewed Pole Hollow Loop
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Hiking

Nice wooded trail with glade top views. Bring more water than you think you need if hiking during summer months. The thick grass and foliage makes it VERY humid. The second half of the trail heading west to east is also very narrow and easy to go off trail on a dry creek bed. Keep a close eye on where the trail goes. Also, lots of ticks.

Tom Prater reviewed Coy Bald Trail
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HikingBridge out

Bull Shoals Lake was at 692’. With a standard SUV we could not cross the low water bridge to access the trailhead

James Gerlach reviewed Hercules Glade Backpacking Loop
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Hiking

Wonderful. Did the trail counterclockwise, and would like to try the other direction as the incline at the end made for slow going. Some parts of the trail were overgrown and there were plenty of bugs out. Sadly the falls didn’t have much water, but that made for easier creek crossings.

Christopher Johnson reviewed Hercules Glade Backpacking Loop
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BackpackingFee

This is a wonderful trail. We did the route counter clockwise. Only thing we did not plan on was the lack of water the first 5 miles. This is due to the time of year and lack of rain. We did not fill up on water till the falls.

Kara Oliver reviewed Coy Bald Trail
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heather steelman reviewed Coy Bald Trail
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beautiful!

Christina Nelson reviewed Hercules Glade Backpacking Loop
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HikingBugsOver grown

Beautiful views and nice access to the stream that flows through. However I wouldn’t recommend this trail due to the tick infestation. Found 20+ ticks on me. Think this is because the trail hasn’t been brushed back.

Elizabeth Dougherty reviewed Coy Bald Trail
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Hiking

Beautiful

Michael Mitchell reviewed Pole Hollow Loop
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My wife is new to backpacking and this was a challenge for her. There had been a storm go through the day before so lots of water and mud. The pole hollow leg of the trail loop was overgrown and not well marked in parts. Overall we had a great time and a lot of enjoyment. The downside was we never seen the falls following the trail in the app.

Nathan Ellsworth reviewed Hercules Glade Backpacking Loop
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

Planned on doing several nights along trail but due to severe weather decided to cut shorter. Still wanted to finish loop but ended up getting soaked in several rounds of heavy rains. Trail was slick in spots but nothing unusual. We decided to do trail clockwise rather than what appears to be norm of counter-clockwise thinking we should have an easier uphill experience by spreading out of 5-6 miles rather than one big uphill near end. In hindsight it may have been better to go normal way. Seemed like we were always walking uphill today. Overall a good trip. Would love to see again on a clear day when some of the views may have been easier to see.

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Lacey Colson reviewed Hercules Glade Backpacking Loop
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Hiking

Very fun trail! Would be very easy to get lost if you’re not using navigation. Only encountered one set of hikers the entire time, great place to go for some solitude.

Nathan Ellsworth reviewed Hercules Glade Backpacking Loop
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HikingMuddyRocky

Today was the first of a multi day trip. Trail in good shape. Muddy in spots but it rained recently so this is to be expected. Falls were really neat. Found several existing spots near falls. Great first day.

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Cheryl Crook reviewed Coy Bald Trail
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HikingMuddy

Hiked this trail on 5/18/20. This trail is rated moderate, but I think it’s more than moderate! We started at the Coy Bald Trailhead and it wasn’t too wet and muddy, however, the other side of the loop after the falls was pretty wet and muddy. With all the rain we’ve had it’s expected though. It’s a beautiful trail. This app says 6.7 miles, but we ended up hiking approximately 15 miles. We had a tough time finding the right trail once we were by the falls, because there are so many that look like trails and we were distracted by the beauty of the falls! From the Coy Bald trail we went down towards the bottom of the falls, which is necessary because there’s lots to see! After that it took us about 2 hours to get back on the right trail! It wouldn’t have been that bad if I had actually ZOOMED in on the app map!! Turns out our trail was above the falls and we had to cross the water 3 times, one extra due to all the rain probably!! It would be ideal to camp for the night by the falls, there are great places to camp all over!! Overall we absolutely loved this hike. The trails are marked pretty well, you just have to pay attention ... there are wooden signs and white reflective triangles on trees along the way!! Happy trails!

Kevin mueller reviewed Coy Bald Trail
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HikingMuddyRocky

Road to the trail had can be a little rough and bumpy. The trail was reasonably well marked. Falls were beautiful as well as great views from the top of the glades. Be prepared to cross the water several times.

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