Beautiful fall foliage vistas. Steep at times but interpretive signs and audios along the route makes for good resting stops.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I am not an amateur hiker, I have hiked many trails, including in the Bavarian Alps, and I like a bit more challenging trail. But I was so disappointed in this trail. It starts out right away with a steep downgrade for the first half, barely any straightaways, and then a steep upgrade for the second half; however, if I would've taken a closer look at this page I would have seen that, so I can't blame anybody but myself for that. I saw the description 'moderate' and felt like I was going to be able to handle it

The trail has yellow markers and while they are appropriately placed at every fork, they were often hard to spot. Once you come out of the thicker woods at the top of the trail, there is only one trail marker on a tree to the right. It leads you to a gravel road with no further information on how much longer the trail is, whether you are still on the Amadahy trail. About 15 minutes into the hike on this gravel road without seeing another marker, I was seriously wondering if I had missed a turn somewhere, and so I walked back the entire 15 minutes, but all I saw was the same lonely trail marker. So I so I walked once again the 15 minutes into the direction I had just come from, and low and behold when I got to the spot where I had originally decided to go back, around the next bend there was another trail marker and it wasn't long before I got to the paved road.

I was very worried about being lost. My phone had no signal. There are no emergency phones should I have needed one. In my opinion the trail should be marked much better, with maps every once in a while to show you where you are and to let you know you're still on the right trail.

But the worst part of the whole hike was the fact that there were downed trees and huge broken branches all over the trail the entire time. I understand that after a storm or bad weather this may happen, but the last major storm we had was over a week ago and it would've been nice if forestry staff would have gone in and removed the largest pieces so hikers do not have to duck under fallen trees just to continue on the trail. I did not feel like I was hiking the trail, it was more like finding my way through a jungle. Many times the trail wasn't even visible. I understand also that the staff may not have had time yet to go in there and clear it out, but then the trailhead should have been marked closed until there is time to do so. I have posted pictures above to show the condition of the trail on September 17, 2017.

You will be crossing the creek many times so make sure you have on sturdy shoes with good tread. I gave it two stars for the view that I had once I got onto the paved road, but I will not be hiking this trail again.

Because of having to go back to check on the right trail, it did take me right at two hours to complete the trail but under normal circumstances it can be done it in about an hour and a half.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed it. Beautiful view. I would come back in the spring when the trees and flowers are in bloom.

WARNING: THEY ARE CLOSED ON MONDAYS. There was a couple who pulled up to the gate behind me who didn't know they'd be closed either. They said they didn't see anything about it being closed today when they were looking at it on the internet. I wish I didn't have to rate a place I've never seen, but I have to in order to post this. When I go back and actually hike, I'll update the rating and review.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

My wife and I hiked this trail, and did it in 1.5 hours, though the trail head marker says 2 hours, and we took our time. The footing during the first mile is sometimes tricky do to loose schist. There are a few nice vistas from the saddles along the ridge, and it's a great spot for native North Carolina flora. Saw NO animals, though it was pretty warm. The last 1/2 mile or so of the trail is on a paved service road. Again, if your interested in native plants, this is a great hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Monday, May 30, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016