Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Pisgah National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I've hiked this trail 4 times, I feel like a lot of people stop at the first big waterfall but if you go a little further up past the 3 ropes and keep to left there's an even more amazing waterfall not too far ahead. This is hands down my favorite place to go in the summer

hiking
23 hours ago

On the easier side of moderate; absolutely beautiful trail!

nice quick hike! The view is amazing, great view of table rock! bring some water and it’s really fun to explore all around at the top

hiking
2 days ago

I tried this trail while visiting the falls. This was a wet trail most of the way due to the rains. It was shady most of the trail. I did not find much of interest on this hike other then going around the water puddles and muddy areas. I got a good work out though.

Really enjoyed this trail. The section of the AT along the way has been improved greatly and is at times in excellent condition. There are several ascents and descents along the way reaching the destination. Multiple summits are achieved hiking along the trail and periodic entry and exit through dense Rhododendron and other brush and trees pay off with beautiful panoramic views. At times the terrain reminded me of hiking in Ireland.

Great hike! It was wonderful hike! The waterfall however isn’t on the trail, it’s on the road. Such an amazing view at the end. You’re walking through a dense forest of white oaks, ferns, magnolia trees, and red maples, then all of the sudden it just opens up to an amazing view of the near by blue ridge mountains. Say a while and enjoy the breeze and maybe a slight rain shower.

Absolutely beautiful view makes this hike well worth it! Like others, clocked this at around 6 miles, not the 5 advertised. A fair amount of switchbacks going uphill and the last 1 mile has some steep patches for moderate hikers. My husband had torn a muscle in his leg the week before and found this challenging but not impossible. Loved this hike!!

hiking
4 days ago

Really nice short hike with a slight incline through the woods until you reach the big multi-level falls. The mist felt so nice on a hot (and hungover) day. A little crowded for a Sunday afternoon but not too bad, the beautiful falls were definitely worth it!

1.) we got to the trail head at 8 am and were the only car in the lot. When we got back 4 hours later, the lot was completely full and there were cars dangerously parked all along the side of the curvy roads
2.) my watch said 6.4, all trails says 5.5, and my girlfriend's all trails say 5.3 miles. No matter what, it's definitely longer than 5.0 miles so be prepared.
About 21 switch backs if we counted correctly.
3.) Since we got there early, we were the first ones up. We enjoyed our peace and quiet for about 30-45 min when a swarm of people made it to the top.
3.) If you're taking your dog, please be responsible and make sure your dog can handle it. We saw several dogs over heating on the way down.
4.) there were an unbelievable amount of people who had absolutely no gear or preparation or water for the 6 mile hike. On top of that we passed someone SMOKING A CIGARETTE. Unreal. Please respect nature and the reason we're out there people!
Would have given a 4 out of 5 but not for the traffic and the people.

Great hike, took our four year and and our dog. They loved it. Waterfall is beautiful

This is one of my favorite trails, starts out like is going to be super easy, then is really rocky and a lot of fun, beautiful all the way. You won't regret taking this trail!

My wife and I decided to hike today regardless of the rain, and Hawksbill seemed to be the place. It was muddy but one of the best short hikes ever. The trail is easy until you have to chose left or right. The "left" is rocky, and fairly steep, but so worth it. She and I are going back when it's clear...can't wait!!!

This is a strenuous hike, but it is very well worth it. There is an incredible view at the end and lots of beautiful flora and fauna along the way.

I must have hit this trail before the crowds started for the season. It was a perfect May evening. We hiked up with packs and landed one of the only three campsites that I saw. This site was about 100ft. from the lookout and the incredible sunset on the lookout made the strenuous hike up completely worth it.

backpacking
11 days ago

Backpacked the loop and camped for 2 nights along the trail. Several great camping spots with fire rings, most along the river for easy water access. I will say, there are several spots we had to pull out our map because there are several forks that are not well marked. Definitely make sure you’re looking for the color coded blazes, and look for the pink flagging to see where to cross the creek. GET A MAP BEFOREHAND!! Lots of roots and stumps to trip on so watch your footing!

6.2 miles, round trip. The last mile before the peak is the toughest. Nice hike. SImilar to Stone Mtn NC when you hit the top...just not as much real estate. The trail peaks, then you have to hike back down before you hit the viewing rock face.

Easy 7 mike out-and-back. Don’t let the profile fool you; it’s virtually flat the entire way. Lovely views of river including several nice swimming holes and a few class3-4 rapids.

A little crowded even on a Monday, but the waterfalls are worth it.

just hiked this again for the second time this week with my girlfriend. amazing waterfalls but it's a bit crowded on the weekends

Amazing waterfall!! Best one I’ve seen on the east coast, hands down. Well worth the hike to the top!!

easy trail .. beautiful waterfall..

this was my favorite trail we did on our Asheville weekend. waterfall is better than expected and most of it is an easy walk out.

this trail doesn't exist in the Wilson Creek or WNC trail maps, the map seems to be a combination of yellow buck, harpers creek and raiders camp. That being said i love this area and these trails. but...stop at the visitor center, get a real map, have the right info and a plan before you go out. then go out and get lost proper lol.

love love this trail, tons of water crossings (mid calf to mid waist in late spring) many waterfalls (many not on map) primitive campsites from one end to the other.

very easy flat wide trail along the river to an amazing waterfall-pictures don't do it any justice. trail to upper falls is closed but always see people going up.

nice little tourist stop!

beautiful short hike with the most amazing views of the gorge, table rock, etc. can be combined with Jonas ridge/sitting bear if you want to make a day of it. If camping on hawksbill be prepared for A LOT of wind!!

Short walk, great for people with walking problems, took my mom, she loved it!

Hard hike but so worth the views!! Spend some time on the top, it only takes about 30mins to climb back down.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice hike at the higher elevations and going along some nice waterfalls.

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