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Spectacular views! Nice, short trek for the family and dogs! Fun driving up to as well!

Difficult but a great payoff at the end.

1 day ago

My bf and I had a hard time finding this because we lost all cell phone reception on our way there from Albert's Lodge in Burnsville, NC and even our dash mounted gps sent us to the wrong location. I would def recommend writing down the directions in case you lose reception. We ran out of time to keep looking for it and continued on to TN..

Do not take inexperienced hikers. I went with an inexperienced hiker and from the Craggy Visitors center to falls and then back to the visitor center took 6.5 hours. It’s a fun trail, rough terrain, twisted my ankle multiple times. At a certain point on the trail one of the many falls intersecting the trail consumes the trail. At this section I would advise to take your socks and shoes off and cross. This section seemed dangerous, there used to be a metal wire rope but it broke, and is hanging in the falls. This is the excitement the trail brings. Something to think about too is the view of the sunset from the craggy visitor center is spectacular. So plan the hike perfectly that you can see the falls and the sunset. But make sure to give yourself extra time if you want to do both. The hike is not easy.

Nice hike with options to make this 2-4 miles, with a shorter 1 mile route to the beautiful waterfall. Has a bench to sit and enjoy the view and take a rest. My husband and I did the loop, making this 3 miles total. The first .3-5 miles back were strenuous uphill for a moderate hiker but otherwise an enjoyable route. Be advised the drive is very windy for those with motion sickness.

2 days ago

Great hike, worth the constant uphill for an amazing view.

2 days ago

Classic out-and-back to world famous view. Persistently steep and occasionally rocky with lots of stone steps, this is one of the harder hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can ride the tram up and hike back down if going both directions is too much provided the tram is in service. I waited 15 years to hike this trail, and it was worth it.

it was a beautiful morning. honeysuckle just popped, and kinda overcast and cool. trail was perfectly kept. there are ups and downs and a few water spots. I went with my brother. we've lived here for years and never knew it was in our backyard. basically a beautiful day hike, bike, nature walk, nature photo shoot, possibly camping. i reccomend to any locals to check ot out.

Done this trail 2 times now and it’s just as good as the first time. View is amazing, bring a snack to hangout at the top. Muddy when it has rained a decent amount. Lots of rock steps made near the summit. Kids of all ages seen walking the trail. Also very dog accessible. My dog loves this hike and to chill on the boulders at the top .

Hiked this on Mother’s Day with my daughter. Great hike and lots of people on the trail. Did come across the biggest rattlesnake I have ever seen crossing the path on the way up. We gave him a wide breadth before continuing up, but he still rattled at us. Lots of flies and bees once we reached the top. But overall a wonderful experience!

12 days ago

My husband and I completed this hike on a warm, sunny day in the middle of May. We hiked it as a loop with Slacks Trail beginning with the White Rock Falls trail first. It took us a total of 2 hrs 15 mins to complete the loop with several breaks along the way. We are beginner hikers, and found the White Rock Falls Trail to be relatively easy leading to the falls, but then quite strenuous as the trail switchbacks up the mountain leading to the road. However, there were many opportunities to stop and cool off in the stream. The overlook at Priest Mountain was nice, also. Slacks Trail was fairly unremarkable with the exception of some beautiful blooming rhododendron along the way. We were glad to have a leisurely walk back to the car, though. To get to the entrance to Slacks Trail, you have to walk about 50 yds along the road to the Slacks Overlook car pull off and the trail is to the right near a picnic table. Overall, this is one of my favorite hikes on the Parkway.

mountain biking
14 days ago

Wonderful single track. fun, flowing, technical, and challenging in spots. Lots of surprises and features to keep you engaged. while not an expert, I can imagine this is the type of trail to develop expert level skills.

Beautiful trail that is fairly evenly graded throughout the trail. Beautiful waterfall. Trail seems to be capable of washing out as there are some areas that have a small stream running through.

This trail has a beautiful waterfall at the end. With that being said... it's not for the novice or barely fit. The amount of steps that are involved in the hike was insane for me. I will definitely go back when I'm in better shape. ;-)

Absolutely beautiful. Get there early to beat a crowd. I was able to sit at the base of the falls and enjoy lunch before I saw another person.

18 days ago

One of the most gratifying and satisfying hikes I have ever taken! Challenging to say the least, not for the weak!

This hike is moderate at best, not hard. The trail is all down hill to the falls. There is a small set of falls before the actual falls, don’t mistake those as your destination. The falls were full as we have had a decent amount of rain the last couple of days. There is a nice deck at the base for viewing the falls but if you climb the rocks to the right of the deck you can easily climb to the top of the falls, just be careful as it is very slick. The hike back up is slightly steep and constant, but the short distance makes it easily accomplished with not much effort

Amazing trail, favorite place to hike any time of year. Always meet nice people at the top and along the way as well.

on Cascades Trail

20 days ago

Short hike. Pretty waterfall. Not hard

Great little hike, perfect for young children.

Tough but fun and worth the view at the end.

Great trail! Great view at the top and the deer are very friendly. Posted a picture of the view and the deer.

Great trail to take non hiking visitors on (probably why it’s often crowded). Views are wonderful. Take a jacket. Even in summer the temp can be a little unpredictable.

Great hike with beautiful falls. The trail itself offers at least 3 things...scenic views, great falls, and some descent obstacles.

Awesome hike, lots of rocks to the falls, but easy. Breathtaking view of the falls, as there is a little bridge with bench to sit and take it all in. The hike out is straight up but then quickly levels and then a very easy walk out.

Enjoyed this trail but highly disappointed that it was so close to the road and all that noise was constant. Felt like it really took away from the experience.

Loved this trail. A little busy and very short but beautiful.

short, sweet, and nice way to stretch your legs.

27 days ago

A great view of the frozen cascades on a very cold December day.

Recently learned about this trail and set out to hike it. I hit it on a late Friday afternoon and pretty much had the trail to myself.

What a beautiful trail! Not very technical to hike, but entirely a different matter on two wheels.

The entire trail was filled with a wonderful damp organic smell most likely due to the rains a couple days prior. Conditions were dry for the most part, damp in lower lying areas especially where crossing streams.

I’m motivated to return to begin running it with and without a ruck. It’s that fun. It’s been ages since my cyclocross days in the Midwest, but this trail was really calling to me to get back on a bike.

One final note: the trail winds through several private properties and notices are posted. Regardless, the trail is open for public use. However, riding it in wet conditions is prohibited. Don’t play that game!

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