Explore the most popular Nature Trips 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.

hiking
12 hours ago

Kids enjoyed!!

The trail took me 2 hours 20 m. I enjoyed the Mullimax, Squirrel Gap & Pounding Milll sections, Quiet and more open forest compared to most trails in Pisgah Forest. Lots of bikers on the South Mill Rivers Road.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 day ago

What a beautiful place for a hike re-have the option of seeing the upper and the lower waterfalls. Very well-traveled trails although some spots are very muddy, rocky, and narrow. Sometimes the trail can be a bit confusing as well so really pay attention to the signs. But it’s quite lovely there and a great work out, I would consider this to be an easy to moderate hike but be prepared for a lot of Rocky,rutty and muddy conditions. There is quite a bit of parking, as well as a restroom.

What a sweet waterfall and a great place to get cooled off in the summer months. Keep in mind there are lots of stairs, and the trail is is a little bit muddy and a little rocky. The path is well traveled travel and a half a mile.

50, out of shape and overweight... I did it! :-) Easy trail with great paths and pretty falls view. Watch for poison ivy!

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bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 day ago

First up, the drive in is off-road and on gravel. You will undergo some major switchbacks and curves while driving in the last 20-30 minutes until the trailhead. There’s no formal parking lot, so be prepared to park alongside the bushes. We hiked this loop counter clockwise which we thought was very easy and doable. In doing so, it was mostly downhill trekking with occasional creek crossings. My hiking group thought this trail was easy. No major challenges or fallouts during the hike. However, the waterfall that overlooks the top view has a huge opportunity for fun and potential danger. We slid down the water-covered-incline and found it was enjoyable (at first). Be wary! One of us ended up continuing down and off the edge where she flew off. She survived with minor flesh wounds. It was all fun and games until it happened. Otherwise, the trail was overgrown, not well-marked, simple and easy.

Made for a fun hour.

It certainly felt longer than 9.3 miles. Great trail, though. Wonderful scenery. Pack a lunch, as this will take 5 hours or more at a relaxed pace. The MST portion is more challenging than the old road, and the hike up Sam Knob, while not too difficult, requires some care. Poles were a big help.

stop here 9-26-17. stunning area, buck springs gap overlook is located at Mile Post 407.6. this overlook has a lot to offer. not only do you get a super overlook that you have to walk 500 feet too but the another 10th of a mile there is the buck springs hunting lodge that was built by george vanderbilt in the 1890s. yes, the same vanderbilt of the Baltimore mansion in asheville). there was a few outbuildings tool on being a spring house used to store perishable. sadly the lodge was removed in 1963 but some of the foundation and the spring house still exist. making this a bonus stop. bring a book, lunch or maybe some headphone to listen to some music while you enjoy the peace and beauty of this spot.

Really nice waterfall not much else

Although it’s a short easy hike it’s beautiful great for all

stop here 9-26-17 at one of my most favorite overlooks on the parkway is graveyard fields located at milepost 418.8. not only do you have this stunning views but you can do a short hike doing down to the lower falls and a second hike just a little longer to the upper falls. i didn't have time to go the the upper falls but take a left out of the parking lot as just around the bend you can see the upper falls from the roadside. if you hike to the upper falls than the lower falls and back to the parking lot the loop is 2.9 miles. at one time between 500 to 1000 years ago the was a spruce forest that was burned down leaving dirt mounds and the forest did return but fires got it again in 1925. this spot is very popular and there are bathrooms. if you only have time to see one thing on the parkway. this would be an excellent pick

stop here 9-26-17 at one of my most favorite overlooks on the parkway is graveyard fields located at milepost 418.8. not only do you have this stunning views but you can do a short hike doing down to the lower falls and a second hike just a little longer to the upper falls. i didn't have time to go the the upper falls but take a left out of the parking lot as just around the bend you can see the upper falls from the roadside. if you hike to the upper falls than the lower falls and back to the parking lot the loop is 2.9 miles. at one time between 500 to 1000 years ago the was a spruce forest that was burned down leaving dirt mounds and the forest did return but fires got it again in 1925. this spot is very popular and there are bathrooms. if you only have time to see one thing on the parkway. this would be an excellent pick

Look out for the bees! We got stung after going down a concrete slope, a nest was just off the left and our dog found it! Other than that, easy hike with wide trail, lots of narrow but sturdy bridges, good for dogs. Falls were pretty.

hiking
2 days ago

Very easy trail, especially with kids and a dog. The incline was a little rough for me because I am not used to it but take it easy. We enjoyed it and the refreshing water is nice to cool off in!

beautiful waterfall and if you have someone with a disability, you can drive right up and view from the car

Going back camping. Great park with many trail options

Nice short hike to lovely falls

Amazing ending. Lots of roots and rocks, but not too tough of a trail.

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