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The waterfall is very nice. Not very populated when I went, so it felt pretty private at the waterfall. The trail itself is very rocky. Overall a great experience.

Hiking poles and Keen hiking boots came in handy for this one! The Falls were great. If you have bad knees - reconsider.

Directions to the trailhead are spot on. Hike upwards along Watertank Branch for a short distance. Turn to the right when trail splits (rather than continuing along creek). Yes, the trail is steep on first section, as it was poorly designed. There are numerous outcroppings with good views toward the river, not just one. The trail (trails, in truth) levels out along face of bluff. I saw numerous climbers hiking in while I was leaving. Worth the very short, but strenuous hike.

Great hike. Steady climb up with a few switch backs. Definitely moderate. Forest is waking up from winter with wildflowers and dogwood blooming everywhere.

Short hike, nice falls. Trailhead can be a bit difficult to find/access.

Hard going down, but worth it all! You can even jump off the first waterfall!

Great hike and views. Steady incline the whole way up.

hiking
6 days ago

Road going to trailhead is very very rough. The falls are easily accessible and very pretty. Did not go on the south (right) fork since most reviews say it goes nowhere

hiking
7 days ago

We hiked Warriors Passage again after two years. The trail is 11 miles, which doesn’t include the 1.6 mile trek over a gravel road to the tower. Wildcat Creek is deep. We took sandals, changed into them, crossed the creek and left them on the other side. They were still there on the return trip and the cold water was wonderful! We saw a bear for the first time on a trail! He was about 25 yards from us. We looked at him and he looked at us, and no more than a minute, he turned and ran into the woods. The trail is really overgrown— lots of scratches. At about mile 3, it looks like a tree has fallen over the trail, and it has, only the trail is a switchback , so you should go to the right uphill to detour and the trail picks up again. It’s tough, the last mile and a half is hard. 872’ in .4 mile, and the total elevation is 2500’. The “burn bald” is pretty hard to navigate, but the trail is there. Altogether, the trail is clearly blazed with three white blazes, two small and a larger center rectangle.

Absolutely beautiful!! A little rocky in a few spots but it’s SO worth it!!!!!

This is a pretty extensive hike. It should actually be placed in the hard column. Especially if you start on the Watauga Dam side. If you do this point to point start on the Hwy 91 side. Did see a bear and a cub so beware.

We love this lake

hiking
10 days ago

Easy flat trail , nice views of the river and easily done in a few hours.

Probably didn’t plan (food mostly) as well as we should have for a 13+ mile out and back but once we started we were committed to reach Big Bald. Gave it 3 stars bc it’s 95% forest with only 1 vista before the summit. While it was a good physical challenge it got monotonous at times. Didn’t see much wildlife - one deer, a few birds and some butterflies. Big Bald was glorious so there was THAT! Took us 6 hrs including a 20 min rest at the top. Saw only a handful of people the entire trek.

on Petes Branch Falls

hiking
10 days ago

great trail, easy to follow. about 7 creek crossings. I went after a lot of rain and the creek was high, but still passable. the falls we're beautiful.

on Pine Ridge Trail

11 days ago

We’re not sure we were even on Pine Ridge Trail. A FS sign called Pine Ridge #99, and we hiked a steady climb for 3.5 miles. Crossed a creek, hugged the ridge, got absolutely cut up with sawbriars, and turned around at 4 miles. The trail is soft and spongy, easy on the feet, but the overgrown bushes were not really worth the effort.

scenic driving
12 days ago

Breathtaking views along this scenic drive. My husband and I did it all the way through and thoroughly enjoyed it!

hiking
12 days ago

This map is Rocky Flats Trail, FS 100. Pine Ridge Trail is FS 99.

The view was spectacular. You can see for miles and miles.

backpacking
13 days ago

Awesome trail!

had time for about half, fairly easy up hill, ran water off the trail pretty well considering the rain at the time. convenient to do along with other activities.

Very tough trail. Harder than I thought it'd be. View from top is gorgeous.

This trail is by far my favorite of all the trails I have done. Very beautiful and worth the hike (and even to the very top where you can look down below).

hiking
13 days ago

The falls are beautiful, and well-worth the short hike. However, the south branch trail doesn’t really seem to go anywhere. Also the signage directing people to the falls could be better. We had this app, but both groups we encountered on the south trail totally missed the left fork to the falls.

Good clear path with no trash on it...always good to see responsible hikers. Counted 4 water crossings that could be challenging for some to cross and stay dry. Waterfall at the end was great even though there had been a dry spell

Flint Mill was awesome! Very short, but you will get a good workout in. I took lots of breaks. My legs were actually shaking on the way down because they were so tired. You get a great view at the top.

This is a hidden gem - magnificent waterfall and a pristine crystal clear mountain top lake with a sand bottom beach

After about a mile up the service road you reach the fire tower. The trail continues into the woods (blue blaze markers) at the bend in the service road right before turning to go up to the fire tower. However, the Trail is still VERY overgrown. I hacked about .2-.3 of a mile into it John Muir style but it just wasn’t worth it. If you are looking to get to flint rock for the overlook just take the flint mill trail instead.

A nice walk in the woods. The overnight rain left the rocky descent to the falls a little slippery. Overall, a good out and back trail making the falls very accessible. I was concerned that the warning signs about swimming near the falls had been removed. As a local, I am all too familiar with the drownings that have occurred here and this review is more to caution users of the trail to this fact than to add to what others have said.

I hiked the Rocky Flats Trail. today. from double camp road. I hiked 3 miles before I had to turn back, because the trail was overgrown at that point. I saw a very large black Bear. the trail is a little hard to follow past, the 2nd Creek crossing. someone has flagged the hard to follow parts, with red tape. I made a small path as far I went. it will be easier for the next guy. overall a beautiful place, secluded, I didn't see any other hikers. I had the trail to my self.

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