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Great hike. A little longer than All Trails says but that is a good thing. Very lightly travel on this day only saw a handful of other folks on the trail. We did it clockwise and did it in just about 2.5 hours. Very wide to begin but narrowed then widened at the end. Bonus: you get to pass Col Chapman’s residence.

Such a great hike, but take the longer hike and go see Arch falls too. So beautiful but to get your pictures will be tricky. Dogs handled original hike on leash without difficulty. Be careful of the squirrels had a few throwing things at me. Lol.

Great trail, well marked, has a lot of shade, beautiful creek, great views.

We just did the Fontana damn this morning ! Beautiful & WOW

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Well-maintained trail, well-marked signs with mileage. Great family hike (completed with a 7 & 5 year old). Impressive little fall for such a quick hike. Quite busy, you certainly don't get a sense of being secluded. If you're looking for something off the beaten path this is not your hike otherwise it's very lovely.

Really easy & beautiful weather

It was hard but we loved it

Wonderful View! I wish I would have came on a clear day. It as a very short walk, but it is up the whole way.very crowded!

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2 days ago

Amazing waterfall and also saw a bear. I really enjoyed this one

Historically it was cool, but not a very interesting hike. Would probably be better during a time with more rain, the creek is nearly dry.

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2 days ago

great trail in spring trail for Trilliums. access trail for a large graveyard and an old stone house. unremarkable trail.

This is a Post Script: as stated we did this hike counterclockwise. we thought we were on Finley Cane coming back down. However we came to a fork, one trail wide going straight and another to the left which was narrow and covered with leaves. The parl trail sign was very deceiving to us. if it wasnt for the two parl employees we happened upon right st that junction, we would have gone straight and ended up at the Tremont Institute. So please, make that left into the narrow trail. That will take you back to the road where you've parked your vehicle.

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2 days ago

Pretty easy and a nice walk for all ages. Gravel covered and well marked. Ends at the Visitor center and if you're too pooped out you can take a trolly back to town. Lots of river views, odd burnt trees. Posted for bears and caution around the instability of a burnt forest.

This is the best hike in the Smokies. And we have been to all the falls near Gatlinburg (Rainbow, Grotto, Laurel and a few others). It is a hidden gem! lots of falls along the way besides the one at the end...which is incredible by itself. We started in the dark at 0600 and didnt see the stream until 0700. But that was good because we would still be making our way up because of all the picture stops we would have made. Every angle is a different view and worthy of picture taking. You wond be disappointed. Very moderate hike. grad incline up and back down.

Amazing hike! Arch rock is awesome, then on the alum cove. Just past the cove you can see the eye of the needle ( keep looking to your left and follow the rocky ridge line). But the reward is the summit past the lodge the views are priceless. It took 2hrs and 25minutes the summit. Best hike we have done in the Smokys!

Good trail beautiful views, had a wonderful morning hike to the jump off. Definitely would recommend to everyone.

My wife and I are used to trails in Central Illinois, so this was a nice upper easy/intermediate trail for us. The trail was perfect for us. We took the loop which starts out as a nice wide path, but turns into a horse trail, so watch your step! LOL. There hasn't been much rain, so I'm guessing water levels are down for the falls, but overall was a beautiful stroll through the woods. We loved seeing all the falls, some were bigger than others, but I found myself drawn to the calm and sereness of the smaller brooks. The sound of the water trickling over the rocks is so soothing. A note: about 2/3 of the way, you come to a bridge. Take the extra time to go up and to the right - not very far at all, to see the Indian Springs Falls entrance. It will be worth the time and trip down the steps. We saw fish and a Blue Heron hunting, and the falls were really pretty too.

Took us 5 hours total to complete loop. Went counterclockwise as others advised. I would classify this a high moderate trail. Would not repeat, as there are too many other trails to complete. Covered trail the whole way. Very few spots to view the surrounding mountains, but the few spots were very pretty, clouds rolling through. If you want a good leg workout, these two trails won't disappoint.

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rocky
3 days ago

This trail is quite a bit more difficult that it appears. Though quite manageable if you can prepare correctly. it's nearly constant incline with pretty rugged terrain. We saw lots of wildlife including a bear that came almost uncomfortably close.

Beautiful drive! Needed a rest from hiking so drove this loop, pulled off several times to take pictures. Highlights were mamma bear and two cubs as well as an old mill. It rained the night before so the creek was ‘roaring’ throughout the drive.

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bridge out
3 days ago

Great trail to hike for the day. We didn't see anyone the entire time. We went clockwise as recommended and although you do gain some elevation it is not unrelenting. Very secluded and peaceful. The old stone fence and old forest trees made the hike interesting. Several water crossings due to bridges being out. We brought water shoes and hiking poles and made it across just fine. Water was below the knee at the deepest point.(I'm 5'7") After the hike we continued down the road and watched the elk and visited the old town. It was a great day full of adventure.

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