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biren m reviewed Moores Knob Trail
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Awesome trial lot of climbing up and down the mountain , best during 60 degrees weather

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Tracy Higgins reviewed Moores Knob Trail
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William Allen reviewed Moores Knob Trail
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Martin Nystrom reviewed Moores Knob Trail
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Lots of downed trees due to fire damage. Great views but trees were past peak

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Carla Jones reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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beautiful! challenging climb but well worth it, crowded but people are very courteous.

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Lisa Jones reviewed Moores Knob Trail
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Emma Finlayson reviewed Moores Knob Trail
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Left at 5am for a sunrise hike, made good time in the dark and go to the observation tower within 30 minutes. Saw no one until the way back at around 7am.

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Gene Peddle reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Maggie Morgan reviewed Wolf Rock Loop Trail
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Maggie Morgan reviewed Wolf Rock Loop Trail
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Shannon Pashby reviewed Lower Cascade Falls Trail
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Shannon Pashby reviewed Indian Creek Trail
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Shannon Pashby reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Loved this trail. We headed into window falls first and explored. It I’m so nice around that area. We came back to the parking lot and had lunch and then hiked up Hanging Rock. Lots of stairs but awesome views at the top. Gets busy so go early.

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Megan Bruss reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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Great first mountain trail

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Meredith Henry reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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really well maintained, few people were wearing masks, but everyone was very courteous and kept their distance, as well as waited or stepped aside when needed. It was foggy and windy bit the view was still incredible

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nice trail, can get crowded quick (will want to go early or during the week)

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Lenae Scafidi reviewed Lower Cascade Falls Trail
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Elise Kaplan reviewed Indian Creek Trail
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A lot of river crossings, fallen trees, but pretty little trail. Great for dogs.

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Dave P. Bonzo reviewed Tory's Den and Moore's Wall Loop
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I hit this trail on a warm November Saturday and finished it up in about 3.5 hours, inclusive of a lunch break and a few minutes on the *very* crowded summit...but in the future, I won't hike it as the lollipop route that's shown both here and in other places. Instead, I'll take it as an out-and-back from Tory's Den, which will avoid the less-appealing portions of the Moore's Wall Loop at the expense of a few miles being clipped from the total. Tory's Den is a nice little trail that's well-maintained, wonderfully-deserted, and wide. It starts inauspiciously with a section that traverses a power-line clearcut and a road-crossing, but it quickly moves into mountain forest and laurel thickets. The switchbacks on the lower half give your legs a nice mile or so to warm up before you hit the narrower, rockier and steeper upper sections; take your time on the rocky stretches (especially after heavy rains) to avoid slips or twisted ankles...and also take time to appreciate the scenery! Some of the trees and rock formations in this part of the trail are both picturesque and dramatic; speedsters will miss them if they just fly by. At the intersection with the Moore's Wall Loop, hang a left: this trail leads a few hundred feet upwards through rocky slabs, boulder outcrops and stunted pine thickets. At the top of the ascent the trail drops you onto a reasonably flat ridge that winds across the spine of the mountain, in and out of weathered rock clefts, with exceptional views of the adjacent hills available at almost any point alongside the left shoulder of the trail. Hint: if you want a secluded place for a snack, this is your best option; once you traverse the ridge to the summit, you're in for company for the next few miles. Even though I didn't think I was moving particularly fast, I hit the summit in about an hour and forty minutes...and the crowds there are pretty thick on a weekend morning: I saw exactly ten people on the entire trail upwards from Tory's Den, but on top of the hill there were about ten *groups* of ten people each...and half that many coming and going every few minutes, which gave me a few concerns about the traffic level on the remainder of the trail. Still, the view was worth it: I stood on top of the observation tower for about five minutes - alone, somehow! - and soaked up the sun and the wind and the curvature of the earth. The air was reasonably clear, which meant that dozens of distant mountains were visible; Grandfather was easily seen, as was Mt. Mitchell, which presents as a faint ripple on the horizon, 120 miles away. Descending from the summit on the remainder of the loop, conditions quickly worsen. Gone is the narrower, natural feeling of the majority of Tory's Den; in its place is an endless staircase of rock slabs, and an endless train of hikers that are shuffling up the hill with knees and quads already aching from hitting one 12" step after another. Note: carry a trekking pole for this descent, because some of the steps are much higher than they should be, and you'll be glad for the extra support as you hop downwards. As always, don't hop too fast, and give the right of way to those on ascent. After a mile or so, the trail actually worsens as you cross through the main campground and a few yards of pavement - ugh! - but if you like RVs, this is a nice place to see some large ones. Pass through here quickly and keep going downwards. At the lowest part of this leg there's actually a very picturesque water crossing, but it's about the *only* picturesque part of this trail; afterwards, there's another mile or two of flat ground that winds through streamside rhododendron thickets and narrow mountain bogs. Then, you're headed up a small, rock-strewn climb to the intersection with the Tory's Den leg; this confluence was deserted at 10:00 in the morning, but just two hours later it was packed with a few dozen people consulting trail maps and media apps, none of whom seemed to understand that the middle of the trail was not the correct place to do either. After passing this point, the morning's solitude retuned, and I saw only three or four solitary hikers on the 2.4 mile return to the parking lot. Total time, about three and a half hours. Parting Thoughts: go early, because the parking lot at Tory's Den is tiny and it fills quickly. If you have one, definitely carry a trekking pole for the descents. I drink a lot of water, and I went through 1.5 liters on this stretch; more would be required in the summer, although that problem could be mitigated by bringing a small filter and drinking at any of the several water sources you can find at regular intervals. Lastly, be sure to carry a fleece or something insulating for the summit; you'll be warm when you get there, but even in the summer you can cool off quickly.

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Katie Lorée reviewed Moores Knob Trail
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It’s a challenging climb but well worth the hike!!

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Katie Lorée reviewed Cook's Wall Trail
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It was a gorgeous trail! I loved the view from House Rock on the way up

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Pro Hiker Kid reviewed Lower Cascade Falls Trail
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Play in the if your a kid and this trail will be your number one

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Pro Hiker Kid reviewed Hanging Rock Trail
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epic trail

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