My girls (ages 3 and 6) and I just got home from this hike! Definitely a must... if you want to go behind the waterfall, follow the main trail. when you hit an open area, with a trail to the left or right, GO LEFT. You will eventually climb down to a sign the days "Lower piney falls." TAKE THE TRAIL BEHIND THE SIGN!

Very happy with this outing. The girls loved swimming. Water was cold and so refreshing. lots of bluegill and trout. We will be going again.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this with kids and my dad. I’m going to try to describe this the best I can. The first part of the trail is wide and well maintained. When you reach the first fork, going right leads to the upper falls overlook. Going to the left leads to the lower falls and the trail behind the upper falls. The trail becomes much more narrow and steep when going to the left. At a few places, some minor climbing is necessary. Eventually, you reach a sign that points to the left down a very steep, muddy descent to the lower falls. On the way to this sign, we passed a family coming back up. The woman had broken her wrist and sprained her ankle trying to explore the lower falls area. However, none of them were appropriately dressed or shoed for the hike. When we reached the sign, we decided to bypass this with the young kids because of the muddies and steepness. Heading to the right and behind the sign leads to the area of the trail that hugs gorgeous bluff walls and eventually makes its way down to behind the upper falls. We spent some time admiring the falls and proceeded to follow the “loop” trail. This is where the trail become extremely poorly maintained and difficult to follow. We tried very hard to find and follow the trail but it was impossible!! We ended up hiking back out the way we came. Once back at the first fork, the older child and I took the original “right” to the upper falls overlook. Overall, we enjoyed the hike, but parts were challenging. I was frustrated that we couldn’t do the loop. We did not see any wildlife although I was hoping for some snake sightings since we had been warned by so many people that the snake population was out of control.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail until you get almost down to the falls. If you take the trail to the left at what appears to be where someone has had a camp fire, be prepared to have to descend a small rocky area. One mile back, this is where we stopped. Experienced hikers should have no problem.

1 month ago

Two separate falls here and the upper falls has trails to the top and the bottom. Amazing niche I would visit again and again. Pay attention to the signs and navigation to find the bottom of the upper falls

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike a few weeks back (First part of June). It’s not very well marked on how to get to the bottom of the upper Falls. You’ll start in the trail and at about .75 mikes, you’ll come to a fork. The right trail takes you for a very short hike to the top of the upper Falls. Take the left trail to take you to the upper part of the lower falls and the lower part of the upper Falls. You’ll come to a sign within .5 miles that says lower falls pointing down a hill. However, if you want to see the lower part of the upper Falls and walk behind the falls, WALK BEHIND the sign staying close to the rock ledge. It’s an easy .3 mike hike to the falls.

1 month ago

My new favorite hike! Not too long, but gets you a good work out heading down to the falls. And then what a stunning view.

hiking
2 months ago

Not being an experienced hiker, this trail was very difficult to follow. It was not well marked and not all trails were cleared well enough to be obviously seen. We did make it to the base of the upper waterfall and it was beautiful. If we hadn’t found another family down there, I don’t know that we would have found the rope to get back out!

2 months ago

Hiked to the lower falls first and did the loop. Came back up to the top and took the trail to the right for the Upper Falls. To get to the bottom you have to cross the creek. You can see the trail on the other side. You will eventually see the rope to help you get to the bottom of the mtn. Falls are beautiful and worth going to the bottom for. Definitely wear chacos!
*I only found a way to the bottom of the Upper Falls.

walking
2 months ago

Great day for a swim at the upper falls...water is still a bit chilly but feels very refreshing. Easy in and out trip to the upper falls is about 2.5miles round trip. Bring some water shoes if you want to walk on the rocks under the falls as they can be sharp and VERY slippery.

beautiful place but if u take all the side trails it is more like 5 miles but well worth the effort

2 months ago

These trails are a lot fun but - they are not really well marked . It’s short but I wouldn’t say it is an easy trail . Specially if you try to Loop it . Overall I recommend it !

Hiked this with my kids today ages 3-12, we all loved it. It was just hard enough to be an adventure but not strenuous. We couldn’t figure out how to get to the bottom of the falls but the Upper and Lower views are BEAUTIFUL!

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous but difficult trail. If you want to avoid the steepest part of the trail when you come to the fork go left to head to lower piney first. Just keep going left
Until you get to upper piney. I fell hard two times crossing over the top of upper. Be careful! I see it is listed as an out and back. It is a lollipop loop actually.

hiking
4 months ago

Ended up on this trail after a few massive rains in February after discovering that the Laurel-Snow Trail was too washed out to use--I'm glad I came! Normally I would have passed up such a short trail, but since my planned hike was out I gave it a go.

The flow rate was INSANE after all the rain we had had, so I couldn't safely cross the upper falls to do the loop. I doubled back and hiked down to the lower falls and was so glad I did-- walking behind a RAGING waterfall is always an epic experience.

I would definitely recommend this quick hike if you're chasing waterfalls--it didn't disappoint.

hiking
4 months ago

One of the best all-around hiking trails in the area with 2 beautiful waterfalls inside a 2 mile loop. Not an easy hike but not majorly difficult either. No doubt the trail could be better marked. Finding the rope ladder when leaving the Upper Falls to climb the ridge can be a challenge to locate, if you’re not paying attention you will walk past it. Love this trail, hiked it many times.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful waterfall and the best part is being able to walk behind it. A lot of people said they had trouble finding the trail to the base of the waterfall. Here is how you get there: continue on the large main trail until you get to a place where you can see a trail to your right and a more hidden trail to your left on the opposite side. The trail to the right takes you to the top of the falls. If you go on the trail to the left, you will eventually see a place where you must climb down some rocks, they have put a sign there. Make a right at the base of the rocks and continue next to the cliff on your right till you reach the falls. The trail to the lower falls is quite difficult, but very short. I was surprised that the lower falls were pretty much the same size as the upper falls, but you cannot go to the bottom. I highly recommend these trails!

hiking
6 months ago

The falls were gushing since there was so much recent rain. We couldn't cross or go under the falls but truly a sight to see!

hiking
6 months ago

We took this trail on January 7th when temperatures were in the 20s at best. From the magical icicles hanging along the trail to the nearly frozen falls, it was absolutely beautiful!

hiking
8 months ago

Both of the waterfalls were amazing! The upper falls has a trail that leads to the base that continues across the creek (its hard to find, but there is a marker). There is a rope for you to hold onto when going down to the base. Its steep, but I did not have any trouble. The lower falls doesn't have a trail to the bottom that I could find, and I wasn't brave enough to make my own. Definitely a place you should check out!

9 months ago

Loved this hike & Im a beginner. Luckily I was with some experienced hikers as the sign was removed that led to the big falls. When you see the sign that points to “lower falls,” turn right instead!! Lol

hiking
9 months ago

Great place to have a snack and a beautiful view

9 months ago

Two beautiful large waterfalls and large rocks/boulders. Trails not marked well at all and wish I had more time to try to get to base of second fall. My dog had fun, but I was nervous about possible mishap in river current taking her over falls and some trails had to pick her up to get over rocks. I recommend leaving the dog home if you plan to take some of the off the beaten path trails.

9 months ago

Not moderate! We tried to find the trail on the other side of the Upper Falls.amd the blue dots.were very confusing, even for experienced hikers.

hiking
10 months ago

2 beautiful large waterfalls. It is pretty dangerous near the tops of the falls. You can walk behind the upper falls and the trail keeps going but then we lost it so had to cross the river rather than backtrack. Don't follow the blue blazes; it looks like somebody went crazy with the paint can

11 months ago

trails do need to be better marked but other than that it was great time with the family..

11 months ago

The upper falls are quite spectacular, and a short hike in from the road. We got lost a few times, trails not upkept or well marked in places. Our dog had a great time!

hiking
11 months ago

Steep....

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful !! Great for a day hike. Went to the upper falls. It is a bit treacherous. The trail runs the edge of the cliff in places and one place there is a rope to hold on to at a steep descent . Large hemlocks Bring a chair a great place to sit for hours

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Don't let it fool you

Saturday, July 29, 2017

One of my favorite trails

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