on Debord Falls

hiking
6 days ago

This was a beautiful hike with a well shaded path, slight incline, and a babbling brook as you walk. Beautiful! My 4 year old had a great time too (though the "hike up" was slightly strenuous for his little legs) and exclaimed, "This is the best day of my life!" as he played in the waterfall at the end. I would highly recommend this for anyone just looking to get outside with their family.

Go back with Megan! Barkley marathon start gate is next to campsite #12 at Big Cove campground.

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail for family hike, 4 kids under 9 and they all did well. Pretty waterfall in cavern type overlook

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail and beautiful falls! We wanted to add miles, so we did the entire Panther Creek trail (off to the right after Debord and well marked). Panther Creek is an absolutely amazing and magical hike and mostly uphill with many small falls along the way! Don’t stop at the fence, but take the trail on up to the top at the Old Mac trail junction. Debord Falls is actually a part of the Panther Creek trail, so you can stop at it on your way up to the trail to Panther Creek and Emory Gap. We then went on up .5 to Emory Gap Falls after finishing the Panther Creek trail. The total, we think, was well over 6 miles out and back. Beautiful and moderate hike!

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail and beautiful falls with lots of room to explore around! We wanted to add miles, so we did the entire Panther Creek trail (off to the right after Debord and well marked). Panther Creek is an absolutely amazing and magical hike and mostly uphill with many small falls along the way! Don’t stop at the fence, but take the trail on up to the top at the Old Mac trail junction. Debord Falls is actually a part of the Panther Creek trail. We then went on up .5 to Emory Gap Falls. The total, we think, was well over 6 miles out and back. Beautiful and moderate hike!

Well worth the short hike love the falls. A little rocky and roots in certain sections.

20 days ago

Beautiful little hike not alot of folks on the trail this afternoon.

A good but not great hike. Up hill all the way at a pretty constant, slow grade. A lot of dried up creeks intersecting paths that provide very interesting rock formations! We took a lunch break at a camp site just before the junction where north old Mac meets south old Mac and spine wood. The view was not too great at the top of the fire tower due to the tree line but got some good pictures of the valley on the side where Warburg is. Coming down, it was very rocky but some places to stop and take breaks frequently.

muddy
22 days ago

Great short stroll thru the park and can see two waterfalls. Great trail for smaller kids

hiking
24 days ago

Went there for a Mother’s Day hike with the family. We really enjoyed it. Fairly easy hike to the falls. Enjoyed the creek and scenery along the way. My grandson loves playing around the water at the falls. It got a bit crowded at the falls area. There were quite a few people along the trail. The trail path isn’t very wide but people tried to be respectful and keep with the social distancing. There isn’t a lot of parking and we had to park near the campground and walk on the road up to where the trail begins. But all in all we enjoyed it and we will definitely go back.

Do not over look the moderate rating for this trail, and check the elevation maps before you set out. It is uphill the ENTIRE time. Granted this may be in other reviews but I could not load these in the remote area I was in so I’ll accept that. Gravel road the entire way, with some scenic views through the trees. Picnic tables and two other taller tables. Tower was tall and offers amazing views all around. There are a few small water features along the trail and marked intersections with other trails. Also some maps shows an actual road called Back Rd that joins the other trails, this does not exist.

hiking
1 month ago

this trail is part of Frozen Head State Park. the trail itself was easy and well maintained, along water. this trail ends at a small waterfall, but can be continued further up. will definitely be back to explore more trails and to camp.

on Judge Branch Trail

hiking
1 month ago

It was a beautiful hike. The loop is more of an easy hike and the spur is a moderate trail. With recent rains, you could hear the creek from wherever you step. The trail has many roots but is in good condition. There is a creek to cross at the back end of loop, depending on the rains it could have a rapid current and require good boots.

Take South Old Mac. Challenging uphill with a nice view at the top.

on Debord Falls

hiking
1 month ago

Park at the Panther Branch Trailhead. From there it is easy to find the trail. You will parallel a stream until you arrive at Debord Falls. The trail to this point is relatively flat and easy. After a very wet spring, parts of the trail were muddy and there were tiny side streams with run-offs onto the trail. There were still many spring flowers, even though the early bloomers have passed. Stick to the trail as poison ivy is abundant all along the route. If you continue past the falls, you will eventually arrive at Emory Gap Falls. This potion of the trail is significantly more challenging.

hiking
1 month ago

My family hike this trail just after a rainfall. It was absolutely beautiful as we walked along the streams banks. Highly recommended!

Beautiful 4 hour walk. Be sure to check out the view from a rock outcrop at the North Old Mac campsite near the Panther Gap trail junction.

on Emory Gap Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Park at the Panther Branch Trailhead. From there it is easy to find the trail. You will parallel a stream until you arrive at Debord Falls. The trail to this point is relatively flat and easy. After a very wet spring, parts of the trail were muddy and there were tiny side streams with run-offs onto the trail. Venturing past the first falls, the trail becomes much more challenging this time of year. There were lots of roots, stones, flowing water and mud holes to maneuver around. Today (5/1/20) we counted 9 mini falls (run offs), most of which required crossings. They were NOT challenging and could easily be done without getting wet but required careful footings. We were glad we brought our hiking poles! Even though the early spring flowers have passed, there were still many beautiful flowers and lots of breathtaking views along the route. Stick to the trail as we saw lots of poison ivy along the journey.

Good trail, but no real views. The trail itself is beautiful. We started by going up Chimney Top Trail and down the other side which I would recommend as I can’t imagine having to go down the Chimney Top side. The total distance was around 10 miles according to my GPS.

Went up the north and down the south. Beautiful. Lots of running water. Saw 20 other hikers so good social distance. 8 miles on the dot.

I dound this trail veryeasy. The signs to find are not obvious. You start at Old Mac Trailhead and Judge Branch is about 5 miles on roght. Beautiful waterfalls near wnd and them can return on Old Mac.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

My Fiance and I went here and it is GORGEOUS. this area is well maintained, well marked and perfect for kiddos and dogs. I was a little frustrated because frozen head has several different parking lots and we always park at the trail head one (first parking lot you see) but the trail starts at the 3rd parking lot. it was totally our fault but I hated walking on the road with the dog and kiddos. either way we ended up walking about 4 miles the water was freezing but oh my lawd gorgeous water through the entire trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Great Trail. First .9 miles is as wide as a road. The creek is next to you most of the way up offering some great views and some mini-waterfalls. According to my recording the trail all the way to Emory Falls and back is 3.6 miles which includes the blue blazed trail and the last .5 mile white blazed trail to Emory Falls. Great for dogs. Some nice swimming holes behind boulders in the creek. If you have the time and the right footwear cross the creek at the end of trail to the other side. There are some much better views of the falls for only another 100 feet up in elevation.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Easy hike along Emory Gap Branch, over sometimes muddy trail with rocky surface. Beyond Debord Falls, trail turns uphill with a few switchbacks, and larger rocks. Trail ends at Emory Gap Falls in a small, scenic gorge. Both falls had a good amount of water flowing. A few small flowers were visible. Nice hike for all ages.

Trail length 11.2.

Great trail. I’d recommend going up on the north and down on the south. 1900 elevation rise. Great time

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