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Beautiful hike. Loved every minute.

it is good trail, but mostly all, down to the creek and then up on way back. There are a few views along the way. wear good boots.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is great if you are looking for a challenging hike that doesn’t take all day. It gives you a great workout with beautiful scenery all around. Minimal traffic on the trail allows you to really enjoy the sounds of nature. There are parts of the trail that can be quite challenging...and narrow (with a steep drop off to one side). Not the trail for anyone with balance issues. If you go early, take a stick to brush away the cobwebs. Took us 1 hr 45 minutes and that was with time to stop and enjoy the creek along the way.

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rocky
washed out
1 month ago

hiked this with my boys yesterday and the back half is washed out badly. right at the cascaded or before depending on which side of the loop you start on and there's a tree down over the switch backs not hard to climb over but if you plan on just walking down to the small waterfall be mindful. once you make it down, the small waterfall and cascades are picture worthy and peaceful. it definitely makes the climb back up worth it.

Decent hike, easy to lose the trail down in the creek as others have said. Though the elevation gain is minimal, it does feel steep. LOTS of spider webs.

cross country skiing
bridge out
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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muddy
over grown
washed out
3 months ago

This is definitely more than moderate hike. Creek was very high and washed out in some areas. Steep decline/incline to and from creek bed at spots. Low traffic. Probably 10 water crossings. Shady and pretty I would do this hike again but allow more time and be better prepared. Liked it but clearly strenuous As others have stated, very poorly marked. At times, I was not sure I was still on trail. Can be scary on such a lightly traveled trail

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scramble
3 months ago

I just hiked this trail this week. I would definitely not rate it moderate. This information needs to be changed on this site in the trail description. The sign at the beginning of the loop says strenuous. This description is more accurate. I started the trail from just behind the restrooms at Cumberland Knob. I would suggest entering from the Cumberland Knob trail side. This way you are hiking up the creek instead of hiking down it. I slipped several times and fell twice while following the creek down the mountain. It's much easier to climb up wet creek rocks than try to go down them. That being said, I loved this trail and plan on making it one of the trails I visit often. You definitely get a workout. I love the fact that is has little traffic. I only found two pieces of litter while hiking it. The creek is beautiful and there are plenty of crossings. A few reviews stated that it is poorly marked. That is true and comes into play at one or two creek crossings. I found that if you started off on the wrong direction, you will quickly see that the other option is the correct trail. I don't think anyone will get lost. It's a single footpath trail........my favorite. The sign says it should take you 2 hours. I finished in 1 hr 45 min. It all depends on how much you play in the creek. Loved it!!!!!

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rocky
scramble
washed out
3 months ago

I would give this a 5 star but, the trail was washed out at the bottom and had to scratch your head a bit to figure out where the trail was on the other side of the creek. With that said, it is a pretty hike! A little hard coming back up but we took our time and really enjoyed it. We had to do a little crawling over some rocks and creek banks also.

poorly marked. it would help to be marked some how with all the creek crossings.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Great hike!!!

hiking
Sunday, September 30, 2018

This was an Awesome trail! Definitely not your grandmothers trail! Cuts across the water several times to give a little more of a challenge. Definitely will be back to this one!

hiking
Thursday, July 19, 2018

The sign at trailhead says strenuous and certainly lives up to that description. This is a beautiful trail that provides several switchbacks, a bit of climbing over rocks, creek crossings aplenty and a heck of a climb up from the bottom. Payoff is a great workout with a pristine creek and a series of small waterfalls. I'd give this trail 4 stars if it had better markings. Many trails I've done have paint markings on the trees and that would be quite helpful on this trail. If you lose sight of this one, we found you usually need to cross the creek and keep looking. I'll go again. Take plenty of water and take your time.

hiking
Monday, July 02, 2018

What we enjoyed most about this trail was the waterfall at the bottom of the climb down and the multiple creek crossings that gave us a sense of exploration and adventure. The trail is very steep either way you go, so be prepared to do some work but it's very rewarding and enjoyable.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

beautiful trail, whent in the summer last year. make sure you have at least 2 hours for this trail

Monday, October 02, 2017

close to our family property. took our dogs. there are a few switch backs on rocks which the dogs (and me) were not real thrilled about. beautiful bed of galax leaves at the end (if you go counter clockwise). good parking. all around good hike. The first part of the hike, steep downhill with switchback would benefit from a walking stick if you have one.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

You want a good workout in a natural setting....this trail will give it to you. I loved it. Did the trail counter clockwise because of the reviews that I read and so glad I did. That is the best way. The trail has a lot of roots and rocks in it but that's typical of most trails that I've done. By the time I got down to the creek my legs were shakey. It's harder going down than coming up. lol There is a lot of small waterfalls in a thick forestry setting. Wear good shoes that grip well. Once you get to the bottom you will start crossing back and forth across Gully Creek over a series of waterfalls, each feeding into one another. It's beautiful! There was a group ahead of me that reached a point where they couldn't figure out where the trail went. Cross the creek! lol Look for other footsteps and you'll be right on trail. You'll have to move some branches and things out of the way. Trail back up is not bad. I had to stop and take a few breathers. I loved this trail and will go back soon to do it again. Highly recommend it. I'm an average person in average shape and I made it. Probably be harder to do with kids and pets, just depending on the kid and the pet.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

We went this am- hit the trail about 8:30. My wife and 2 kids 6 and 8 yo. We planned to go counterclockwise but there were no markings at the picnic area that we saw so ended up clockwise. Nice walk down but along the river it is quite forested. They all say there are a few crossings but I swear there were about a dozen. We got tired of them. The walk back up is pretty tough, but the whole trail is not too long so it ends quickly. Not our favorite trail as there are really no views, not even at the knob.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Nice trail along the creek for about 1/3 of the way. The creek is beautiful running down the mountain. You cross the creek a couple of times so your feet will get wet. There are facilities at the trailhead. Very good hike.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hard

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Excellent hike, especially if you like creek crossings! I recommend taking the route that starts at the old settlement building .5 miles from the picnic area and begins its decent down to the creek. This route has very steep and rocky slopes as you make your way down to the creek, but is much less steep as you ascend from the creek back up to the picnic area. Beautiful scenery, along with a nice workout. I Highly recommend this hike if you are in the area.

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