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Tough hike but so worth it. The view is beautiful .

hiking
3 days ago

I'd done the waterfalls trail before (which is beautiful) but wanted a longer wander in the woods on a misty day. Never saw another soul on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It's a little more than 4 miles one way to Benton Falls - I ended up clocking a little over 9 miles making a trip to the falls and taking the Rim Rock Spur loop on the way back. Love the changing scenery, wish there were better overlooks though. You get a few peeks on the way up. Several small creeks and springs so good water sources if needed. No trouble with trail markings, fairly straight forward to stay on the main trail. Great workout and peaceful outing, I'm sure it won't be my last visit.

on Sill Branch Falls

hiking
6 days ago

Short hike with an amazing reward! Getting to the falls is very easy a hike. Just make sure when you come to the split to stay on Sill Branch North that will take you directly to the waterfall. The south part of the trail follows the creek and makes for a great day hike.

Super steep trail down and back up completely worth it

hiking
7 days ago

great trail very slick when wet the last 1/4mile of the trail is impassable due to large trees on the rock path next to the creek.

hiking
8 days ago

Nice hike but the views were definitely on the way up and not a clearing.

This trail was fun because it was new to me! I saw a bear cub near the beginning and a bunch of wild pigs/boar at the top of the mountain. First time seeing a bear out on a trail and it scared the hell out of me.

Beautiful moderate hike - even (especially?) in the rain.

Absolutely beautiful trail. The hike upwards is definitely difficult if you're out of shape, but the views make it all worth it. There is a waterfall near the middle which is a great place to rest. Then there is a rather challenging walk up to the bluffs, with small caves that you can sort of walk through. On the bluffs, the view is absolutely magnificent. I would recommend going in the autumn, since it gets very hot at the top.

One of my close favorites! Easy hike.

I’ve always wanted to revisit this section of the trail since I thru-hiked the AT in 2007 and I wasn’t disappointed. Big Bald is one of my favorite spots on the entire Appalachian Trail. It is a very challenging hike, but the 360 degree views make it well worth the effort.

backpacking
12 days ago

The waterfall is definitely worth the hike! The hike back is a bit of an uphill battle, but not anything too serious. The drive up the Cherohala to get there is beautiful as well, with many overlooks.

hiking
12 days ago

Pretty easy to moderate hike, follows the creek most of the way up and well kept. The back end of the trail gets steep and rocky so you gotta be cautious on the decent. I definitely plan to go back after a good rain so that there will be more water at the falls.

Went with a group from work, had the best guide we could ask for. Checked off a bucket list item, and will definitely be back again!! Highly recommend this!

hiking
13 days ago

If you are going to hike this trail in the summer months be sure to wear long pants. The trail is rather over grown with stinging neddle after about a mile in. Couple creek crossings but nothing too difficult. Following the trail markers posed a bit of a challenge but makes for a decent day hike.

hiking
13 days ago

This trail is no longer being maintained.
It is very over grown and has many fallen trees across what was the trail. The trail originally came off of Philips Hollow trail after the second Creek crossing but is now almost impossible to follow.

I would not recommend this as a hike but it is a beautiful drive!
I made it up the mountain in my station wagon fairly easily. The road is in great condition with very little gravel wash outs. Parked at the top and hiked the rest of the way up to Camp Creek Cove and along the AT. Breathe taking views along the way definitely worth the drive up!

on Gee Creek Trail

13 days ago

This is a fun trail! It’s challenging if it’s been raining - the rocks can get very slick- but that just makes it more interesting ... right?

I agree with the moderate trail rating. Maybe moderate+ after a rain. There were several places I had to go to all fours to be sure I kept my footing.

The first creek crossing has a bridge and is near the beginning of the trail. The second crossing is at the main falls. The third crossing is not very far after that. The 2nd and 3rd crossings can be challenging getting across and keeping the water below the top of the boot. I wish I’d had my lake shoes.

This trail needs some major renovations! I have had easier hikes going off trial. At first it doesn't seem so bad then about 7/10 of a mile into it the trail becomes overgrown and has several detours where trees have fallen and no one has cleared the way. Besides all of this there isn't much to look at in the way of scenery. My wife and I hiked in about 1.5 miles and then turned around because it didn't seem to be improving. If you do want to try this trail I would recommend taking a machete to clear your path and lots of bug spray. I sprayed Off before I began and still found four ticks on me. And the gnats where annoying also.

Trail isn’t too bad! It’s a little tough but the waterfall makes it worth it.

14 days ago

very nice hike really pretty in the winter

Pretty easy overall. I’d recommend this for anybody looking for a high payoff for a short hike.

Any skill level can do this hike. Those with knee trouble should take a sturdy walking stick as there is a steep incline/decline.

I hiked this today (9/7/18) in a rush. It only took about 20 minutes of actual walking to get there and back. I will definitely go back and take the whole family.

lil steep in a part or 2 but worth it super short trail

Hard but worth it!

hiked Margarette Falls 2 weeks ago. it was a nice hike. not real long or strenuous. The falls were worth it.

Beautiful hike down to the falls. Most of the hike is moderate, but the trail down to the falls is long and steep. Stone stairs are helpful, but can be slippery if wet. Falls were awesome. Well worth the trek down.

It’s a pretty easy hike. Beautiful, but lots of hidden roots and rocks from erosion popping up. It’s easy to twist an ankle or trip. Just look down as you go.

Good hike. Go after lots of rain so that there will be more water in the falls.

Beautiful hike on road adjacent to rocks. Numerous fallen trees on the path but can get through. Once you get to the meadow, stay left and look for Road Closed sign where the trail resumes.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike to take family and friends. Easy, short, and very photogenic falls at the end. You can actually walk into the base of the falls to sit and stand while they wash over you.

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