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Magnificent waterfall! Bring a telephoto lens to capture the cascading pools. Easy path with stairs and decks to the waterfall viewing areas. Path to the river is more strenuous and wooded. Stay up top if you only want the view.

One of my favorite short hikes in the area for its vista views. Westside is fairly steep but a short distance. If you prefer an easy hike, take the left trail and hike in and out.

Great trail! Took our Girl Scout troop in June 2017. Fires in fall of 2016 left lots of the understory cleared which was beautiful in its own way. The views at various point along the trail are breathtaking.

Very easy to medium hike only about an hour and fifteen minutes to do the whole loop. There are a ton of stopping points with GREAT views!

Easy. Short, pretty trail.

Beautiful falls and a great hike with the dogs!! Great little pool for them to get in and cool down!!

beautiful views on a easy to moderate. Great exercise.

Hiked this from the north side of the mountain and much shorter than the buck Creek entrance. The view and tower were great. Will definitely do again!

Awesome hike! It took me about 2 hours of steady uphill to get to the junction with the AT. Then turn left to get to the tower and hike another 30-40 mins. Round trip was about 4.5 hours a including 30 min break at the top. Beautiful views, but like others said there were some downed trees to climb over.

I almost didn't do this hike because another commenter said the distance of 6.6 was not accurate. I disagree. Don't let that comment discourage you.

short hike, fairly rocky

At first I was like this trail is .9 miles and moderate...whats the catch. It is very steep but well worth the stop along Blue Ridge Parkway. Great views from the top that go for 100s of miles.