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rocky
4 days ago

What a great surprise. The Appalachian Trail bit was the best. Views for days.

Perfect short day hike. Beautiful views. Scramble is not bad at all. Highly recommend and will be back. Best of all not too crowded!

Awesome trail! Highly recommend following the direction on all trails so you’re going up the rock scramble rather than down. Trail has tons to offer and lots of different landscapes, lush green. Great views too. Trails well marked it’s definitely lots of rocks to walk over and some muddy parts but not too bad. Will definitely come back and try this again

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rocky
10 days ago

Nice, challenging at time and very easy at other time. I clocked it at 10.5 miles, while staying on trail; so be ready for a bit longer hike than listed. Not at all heavily traveled — good for social distancing. I went on Memorial Day and only saw about 10 other hikers all day. Scenic.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Very nice for trial running. Long but very easy.

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rocky
14 days ago

This hike was exactly what I was looking for today: much of it was a peaceful walk in the woods surrounded by the sounds of birds chirping, but there was also a short period of uphill hiking and rock scrambling that got my heart pumping. The views at the top were beautiful, too - a perfect place to sit and relax after the toughest part is over. The trail is very clearly marked and well-maintained. There is a period between the blue trail and the green trail where the markers change, but just keep going- you're on the right track. I did this hike on a beautiful Saturday and only ran into a few people here and there. It was very serene. There were a few muddy spots where I had to leave the trail in order to avoid sinking into it, but this was not too much of a hassle as the area surrounding the trail was open enough for this to be possible. I definitely recommend doing the hike in the order described here. For me, rock scrambling is much more enjoyable and less terrifying than trying to climb down a rocky incline. Also, if you go backwards, the beautiful mountain top view comes earlier on in the hike. I prefer to have that experience closer to the end. Also, I used bug spray but the bugs were not bad at all! Enjoy your hike, guys!!

A challenging but satisfying hike. The views from the top of mountain and the fire tower make it all worth it! I would definitely recommend following the loop in the opposite direction by hiking up the Appalachian Trail to Normanook Fire Tower then taking Tower Trail down to Coursen Trail. On the way down Tower trail, we had to climb down, not walk. Going up Tower trail would have been very difficult.

running
muddy
snow
26 days ago

Joshy and Kara

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
scramble
28 days ago

Great hike further than what was estimated but took a little over 11 hours

Trails do not match at all. I ended up doing a completely different hike (which I didn’t mind, but was a lot shorter than my original planned route). Easy trail, more or less flat, non at rocky as the typical trails in the area. Beautiful woods and a couple of nice views.

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muddy
2 months ago

Really a great rolling hills hike. A workout at times surrounded by beautiful views and the terrain would change every once in a while. A great trail when u want distance but have limited time due to sunset. Really worth the trip. The recorder turned off a couple times sorry.

hiking
2 months ago

Secluded, easy hike. Beautiful greenery

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icy
muddy
rocky
snow
washed out
2 months ago

hike/run. nice little loop

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