This is a great trail that doesn’t take very long for the amount of little falls you’ll see.
We went with two six year olds and they had no problems. The hiking aspect is not hard, but you do need to be aware that the paths are not very wide and are often on cliff edges. There are quite a few places where falling would be disastrous. Keep kids within arm’s reach.
Be sure to stop and look around from time to time. It’s easy to miss some of the beauty when you spend so much time looking down at the path.
Again, it’s not a “hard” trail but it definitely is a “be careful” trail.
Eeeeek, love this trail! I didn't do the whole thing because I wasn't set on hiking all the back to my car, and this was a day trip for me. There is a lot to see on this trail, and tons of swimming holes, rock formations, and well good ol hiking scenery. I think it can get a bit challenging from what I did but it was peaceful. Not many people once I got a couple of miles in, and eventually I was on my own. Just take some bug spray, and some grub!
We started out at the blue hole falls side of the trail and hiked to sycamore falls. When we got to the dog hole trail we took a left and went up and around to Ravens Point Overlook. It's kind of tricky at this intersection but just go up and to the left. Then after we left there we took the Fiery Gizzard Trail back on the bottom side. It was neat but strenuous. Definitely need knee and ankle braces and good shoes if you have weak knees and ankles. Once back at the sycamore falls intersection we hiked back to the parking lot the same way we came. It took us around 8 hours and we totaled 11.7 miles. Beautiful area and great hike.
Grundy forest day loop to raven's point via the fiery gizzard gorge trail (hard) and back to parking lot on the dog hole trail (easy) took 6 hours at a pretty quick pace.
POI: waterfalls, rock formations, creek and rapids, trees
Difficulty: hard--the trail started out fairly easy on the day loop. After crossing the bridge to the fiery gizzard we took a right to the "gorge trail". This trail follows the creek for the most part. It does wind up and down the mountain becoming unclear at times to where the trail is. White markers are visible almost all of the time to lead the way BUT there are several trees down that block the visibility of the markers. The first obstacle we came to was a huge tree that had fallen over a rock staircase going downhill. Other places where it was challenging to navigate were on the bouldering sections--which were quite fun. TONS of rocks to jump to and from. You could easily roll an ankle. The rocks are great and add another element to the trail--just be careful. Overall my favorite part of the trail was the shaded creek area with the beautiful trees and rock formations. This section reminds me of the smoky mountains. One thing to note is that if you want to hike the entire fiery gizzard (13 miles one way) in one day there was a posting on the foster falls side about a local who offers a "taxi" service. His phone number is posted on the bulletin board in front of the bathrooms. I honestly thought about doing the trail and hitchhiking back to my car. It could be done. Especially the day we were there (Saturday). Lots of people stopping to see the foster falls.
If you are at sycamore falls there is a side trail that ends at the top of the falls where the view isn't too good. For a better view go to the base. There is a fallen tree across the creek that you can easily walk across. Make sure you continue on the trail with white markers.