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I did this hike last week. I had my 4 legged hiking buddy along. She was able to do everything with ease. There was one rock i had to lift her over going up and down.

It took less than 30 minutes to get to the turn for the narrows so we hiked past it to the next turn off that went to the river. I dont recall the name of the trail now but it is on the map. It led to a beautiful area that I am glad we got to see. No one was there. Yay! So if you are concerned about the scramble down to the narrows, just keep going down to the next trail. Both areas were beautiful and I would most likely go to both again. Im not sure how to share pictures after the fact so I guess you will just have to go take your own. :)
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Did this trail with my partner. We're both not in great shape and this trail offered a great challenge and reward. first time through we took a right at the fork and almost went into private property. Came back the next day and went the proper way. As others have said there are lots of downed trees. Some climbing is required in certain parts. The falls are beautiful. Be careful!

It doesn't seem like many people hike to these two waterfalls and that is a shame because the are so close to the more popular Big and Little Bradley Falls. Melrose Falls seems to get more traffic.

Great trail to get a practice run in. It’s beautiful if you walk and see all of the ‘different’ falls.

This trail was very difficult and unclear at times to follow. 70% of the trails were good and marked clearly...but the rest were beyond difficult. Somewhere around the rock hop trail the trail became extremely unclear. we ended up in a field and the trail was no where. towards the end, the blue trail dead ends and we had to double back. Follow the yellow trail at the end if you begin along the river. This trail should definitely be marked as difficult.

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10 days ago

There was a small group of us that was going to hike this. We actually did get about a half mile or so before turning back. The reason was the one of the children. The gunshots had him a bit spooked. Anyway hard to hike with one and seven year old. I probably would not write a review but it is apparent that there was some washed out areas and downed trees. Not suitable for younger children. There trail would have been fine for just me and the other half. Just know there was at least three areas of rock/mudslide within the first half mile

The falls at the end are worth the effort it takes to get there. Hurricane Florence took its toll on this trail so you have to climb over and around trees. I do not recommend this trail for children or small dogs. You need both hands to maneuver some of the areas and it is very rocky and slick almost from the beginning. Gorgeous waterfall.

Nice quick trail with a view of the Falls from high above the river.

Lots of damage at present due to Hurricane Florence.

The trail is in terrible shape from floods and mudslides. We got halfway through and with the trees down it became impassible. Hopefully they can come in to clean this trail up for others to enjoy. Our little boy liked getting to play in the creek since we didn’t get to see the waterfall.

Great trail. Path was a true hike with great scenery and steady climbs.

Great hike! If you’re looking for a good workout with views as your payoff in the end, this will deliver. I also agree with other reviews - advisable for people who are already physically fit and I don’t recommend bringing a dog, even though they’re allowed. I rate this in the “difficult” spectrum.

When you get to the trailhead, do not walk towards the creek, the actual trail is up to your left. Follow the red blazes. When it splits go right, across the creek. Two creek crossings.

Trail is in bad shape in a few places but mostly it’s flat and fairly moderate hike in. My old dog did okay, had to pick him up in a few places.

Waterfall is beautiful.

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1 month ago

Directions are a little misleading. Once you turn on to Big Hungry Rd., you cross one bridge before you get to the trail head. You also about 4 miles before you get to the trail head. The trail itself is fantastic and the narrows are beautiful. If you go in a Saturday there will probably be kayakers running the rapids. Hike a little ways up river and you get some excellent views of rapids and small waterfalls.

Great for dogs!!

Nice trail. Had some hard places to hike up for sure. Yes you do have to cross over a small river. Unless you can navigate rocks really well, you will have to take off your shoes to walk through or have water proof shoes on. Hearing the running water along the way was nice.

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1 month ago

TLDR: Do the trail! But wear shoes with good tread, and DON’T BRING OLDER DOGS!!

Beautiful trail, I absolutely loved it BUT it is not as dog friendly as the moderate rating and other comments had me thinking it was. All 3 dogs were fine until that last bit with the long, steep rope-aided scramble down to the falls. My younger, 40lb dog with boundless energy did totally fine, however the tiny dog needed a lot of help, and the old 60lb dog called it quits 3/4 of the way down the scramble. She goes with me on all my hikes and does tend to slow down a bit towards the end, but she has never put the breaks on like that before. We were lucky enough to be the only people on the trail today so I set her up with a bowl of water and went the last bit with just the 40lb dog. Tiny dog and his mom waited for us towards the bottom of the scramble rather than her trying to navigate all the way down to the falls while carrying him (and in basic running shoes with no real traction). The falls are BEAUTIFUL and I tried to convince her otherwise but she’s not an avid hiker and that scramble section is REAL Y’ALL! And it’s longer than it seems in the pictures. There are maybe 4 or 5 ropes to help you on the way down, thank goodness, but there are spaces between them too, and some particularly steep drops.

My old girl only made it back up with lots of me pushing her and lifting her over big roots. She collapsed and wouldn’t get back up at one point. If it weren’t for the deep section of stream right off the trail about a mile or so later (where she was able to lay submerged in cool flowing water for a full 10 minutes) then I truly don’t think she would have made it back to the car.

Gorgeous views though! I plan on going back soon, without the dogs. I never did cross the final plank onto the big rock at the falls area, because I was worried younger dog would get swept away by the current if he jumped in the water.

Fairly easy hike, but fun. Great waterfall . The trail could use some cleanup.

Great hike and beautiful scenery

Trail has really changed since last hike. While not a difficult trail, there are some stream crossings and some log/rock obstacles.
Trail now clearly marked with red blazes too.

NOTE: Aug 18, 2018
Been here many times. However - !!!
After crossing Cove Creek, the trail has suffered significant erosion. We attempted to follow along Cove Creek Gorge (see post from Jennifer) and it was precarious at best. After searching for alternatives to the falls, we gave up. It's do-able.... but be prepared to work for this one.

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1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall but a bit difficult to find after the hike through the logging road. The logging road was nice and easy, wide enough and an easy walk for about 1 mile in and 1 mile out. The trail around the waterfall was a bit cleared but still a challenge to see at times, especially as you tried to approach and see the waterfall. The trail was semi cleared, lots of debris, less traveled so lots of poison ivy along the way to watch out for. If you have allergies to poison ivy, wear long pants to avoid contact.

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1 month ago

Difficult trail to navigate, but following the directions given earlier was able to find a path to the water fall. A pleasant adventure and a beautiful waterfall worth the trek.

Great hike, some obstacles but well worth the small hike to the falls.

Important to read this before you visit this trail from Wilderness Cove Tubing Area....

First 1 1/4 mile is very good and moderate. About 3/4 mile is difficult to strenuous.

When you cross Cove Creek, Several sections of the trail were destroyed by the landslides, fallen trees, and washed away by floods. But few of the sections are in good shape so you can able to hike. When you find the disappearing trail or blocked trail, I recommend you to walk through Cove Creek’s Gorge.

Please do not walk on narrow trail (last section) where there is moss on rock ledge because there is very steep rock and no way to cross this rock and one slip COULD lead you down to rushing water !! It is BEST to walk through Cove Creek’s Gorge for your safety.

Do not go there if the waters are too high. I went there on August 11, 2018 and I was able to walk through the gorge and the height of water were various from ankle to chest.

I did enjoy this challenging hike but please take your time to explore through the gorge and be careful with rock scrambling and creekwalking!! I posted pictures.

I believe last 3/4 mile of the trail was destroyed by heavy rains of May 2018. Nothing can fix the trail.

Bring a trash bag and take some styrofoam out with you! After all the flooding the falls are surrounded by little bits of it. If we don’t take it out, it’ll stay there.

Great little trail! There are three or four areas that are moderately difficult to traverse but overall very relaxing. You cross three wet areas. To stay dry you have to cross some rock areas but overall very nice. Great reward at the end!

Having navigated this trail multiple times, I will say if you aren't patient and a bit adventurous you may get a bit nervous at both keeping on the trail and walking the narrow ridge. However, it is totally do-able and I have never gotten misplaced. The rock wall before the falls is amazing as well as the serenity of the falls. Great place to hang out for awhile. Would recommend getting there early to avoid the rock-climbing classes and the traffic that accumulates down at the tubing center.

There are good descriptions of the trail, dangers and difficulty found here. If you really want to have some fun, rappel Big Bradley. Although I must admit, my son Anthony and I did it twice, it was before all of the rainfall the area has experienced.

The hike is easy and both the lower and upper waterfall in my opinion is one of the most beautiful vin western N.C. I have never met anyone on this trail but highly recommend this hike that starts out along a old logging road to a turn around where the trailhead starts. Unfortunately all four times I have been the gate is locked but there is very little uphill walking. Just remember that on both sides of the road is private property.

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