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Jeff Leftwich reviewed Gentry Creek Falls
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Jeff Leftwich reviewed Gentry Creek Falls
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We leisurely hiked this, not all the way to Big Bald because we ran out of daylight, but we enjoyed the solidago field clearing & the trail was clear and well marked. We had it all to ourselves on a Tuesday afternoon.

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Istvan Karsai reviewed Backbone Rock Trail
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Natalie Panther reviewed Gentry Creek Falls
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Natalie Panther reviewed Backbone Rock Trail
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Jeff Leftwich reviewed Gentry Creek Falls
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Jeff Leftwich reviewed Gentry Creek Falls
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Sandra Coward reviewed Gentry Creek Falls
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Labor Day weekend 2020. Thankful for my walking stick, Chacos and long sleeved tee shirt I decided to wear. Hiked Sat morning after a cold front moved through. This entire trail is in the trees so 55 degrees was a bit chilly. Outside of the 16 water crossings (one way) and the rocky, root riddled ground, this is an easy 4 mile out and back trail with a beautiful payoff. The water was flowing nicely so the falls were beautiful. This trailhead is easy to find and the trail is clearly marked with blue blazes/blue reflective triangles. We arrived at the trailhead at 0740 and arrived back at our vehicle at 1150. We didn’t see a soul until we were more than halfway back out. Was so nice to have the falls all to ourselves. Highly recommend!

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BackpackingGreat!

Beautiful hike. Nice steady climbs to make you feel like you got somewhere with some real pretty forest views before you get to the top of Big Bald. If you're backpacking, the best water source right on the trail that I saw was about 5 miles in.

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Great trail with good views about 1.7 miles out. We only went to the first overlook and back.

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JR Augustine reviewed Big Arm
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HikingGreat!

The trail is definitely hard. It frequently gets narrow enough that you wonder if it’s going to disappear entirely. Still, the trail is fairly easy to follow. It’s a great hike if you want to feel like you’re exploring new territory. Twice there were very steep climbs that made me wish for boots with better tread. I’m 50 and in good shape but this hike forced me to stop a couple times for rest.

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Erin Augustine reviewed Big Arm
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The road getting up to the trail is sketchy at best including, but not limited to: trappers, moonshine stills, and beer bottles lining the road. Spotting the trail was difficult, we passed it and had to go back. The trail itself is confusing at first because it starts as what looks like an ATV “road” which the trail turns off of after a minute or two. After that, it is a quiet and enjoyable walk through the woods. It was also a challenge which can be hard to find for experienced and fit hikers. I would only recommend this trail to experienced hikers due to the narrow and difficult to discern at places with several side trails that lead to nowhere. Once you reach the “top” the trail just dead-ends at a spot in the middle of the forest with no lookout. In addition, the trail looks to me no more than a ravine then an actual trail with some sections having flowing water one must jump over. On the other hand, the fungi population is impressive if you enjoy that sort of thing, I wish I had gotten more pictures of them! And there is a small stream along the trail that makes a pleasant rippling sound. We saw deer tracks and bear scat so I’m sure you can get a good look at some wildlife if you tread quietly enough.

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Crystal Willett reviewed Gentry Creek Falls
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I didn't give it one star and it won't let me edit that. My track is below. This is so far out of 270 trails I've done, my favorite. I conquered my fear was water crossing and was a 'pro' by the time I came back down. 32 crossings! Thank you to someone for mentioning NOT to turn left on Pete something Rd. Go straight. You saved me from getting lost. Go until the gravel road ends. About room for 5-6 vehicles up there. Bring dry shoes, you will get wet and don't stop on the trail until you find yourself standing at the bottom of the falls. The trail does go to the bottom of the falls. I LOVED this hike! It is very rocky, wear supportive shoes and what ever you do, don't forget your trekking poles/walking stick!

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Emily Franklin reviewed Gentry Creek Falls
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Absolutely amazing hike. The upper falls are just as beautiful as the lower falls. Even though we just had rain, the water was never higher than my lower shins.

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Crystal Willett reviewed Gentry Creek Falls
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Crystal Willett reviewed Gentry Creek Falls
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Ivy Lasley reviewed Gentry Creek Falls
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Great hike. Took (2) 5 yr olds and a 3 yr old. Went 1.5 miles in and 1.5 back.

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Jesse Hunniecutt reviewed Little Stoney Creek to Chestnut Flats
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Google maps took me to the right at the fork when close, which is wrong. Take the left road. The trail was well maintained. I hiked about 3.5 miles up before turning back. All the swimming holes are within a mile of parking. The trail crossed the creek multiple times. It was a steady incline and fairly easy up to 3.5 miles. No one else was out there. One tree was down in the trail about 2.5 miles up, but still navigable. This one would make a great trail for running.

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Wayne Davis reviewed Gentry Creek Falls
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Gentry Creek Falls Trail The perfect quick weekend hike can’t be too far away, too long, or too familiar. Being perfect may be a function of the group you hike with as much as the hike itself. In any case Gentry Creek Falls Trail was outstanding on all criteria. The community of Laurel Bloomery was an easy drive and the road to the trail was easy to find. There was a fork in the road at the start of Forest Road 122 with an official looking sign pointing to the left. There was a much friendlier sign to Gentry Falls pointing to the right fork. Follow the FRIENDLY sign! The road was one lane gravel with some washed spots, but well maintained for as much rain as they have had lately. Low clearance vehicles might not appreciate the surface, but it IS a gravel road! It’s narrow, but there are some wide spots that permit social distancing between cars without backing up too far. It’s a couple of miles up to the well marked trail head. There is probably room for 15 nicely positioned parked cars. There were four cars when we arrived at around 10:30 AM, and five different ones when we ended the hike about 4 hours later. The trail itself was exceptionally maintained, easy to follow and well marked, as if you needed the blue blazes to find your way. Even if it is such an obvious trail, there is some comfort to look up after one of the 16 water crossings and see the bright blue blaze reinforcing the fact that one is still on the trail. I was comfortable in my over the ankle hiking boots, never got my feet wet. A bit more rain and that may have been difficult to do. We had one in our party that was happy to have worn Chacos; the water was quite refreshing and it was a hot day. The trail had lots of roots and rocks, more of the latter toward the top of the trail. If creek walks are your thing, this one is superb. Tumbling white water and small falls delight you around every bend, each view worthy of a photo. You are never out of earshot of the creek sounds. Summer, creeks, and bugs all seem to go together. You might want to reapply any repellent after working up a sweat on the 700 ft elevation climb. When someone speaks of the enchanted forest, this may be what they have in mind. Lots of beautiful emerald green mossy rocks, ferns, and some late blooming rhododendron, not to mention some gorgeous butterflies, just add to that enchanted feeling. The waterfall at the top of the trail does not disappoint. The foot of the falls is a great place for a snack break. Both the falls and the surrounding scenery provide a feast for the eyes. The misty cool breeze coming off the falls completes the scene. There is a “rock scramble” that will get you to the top of the falls. Everyone in our group could have made the scramble, but what you climb up you will likely have to climb down. We just weren’t feeling it today. Ha, that just gives us another reason to come back!

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Cyndi Stevens reviewed Backbone Rock Trail
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Great for beginners. Was able to walk directly under the water fall. We had an awesome time. Took us about 15-20 minutes to complete.

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Mary Bailor reviewed Gentry Creek Falls
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Great hike, flat for the most part, it had a scramble so that was a added bonus for me although I wore sandals (opps) easy. I was very happy a lot of creek crossing kids would enjoy. Just enjoyable, although I am curious can you get to the upper fall??

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