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Hiked Angel Falls Overlook and the Grand Gap Loop over two days. There is a perfect camping spot where Angel Falls Overlook Trail intersects with the Grand Gap Loop Trail. It is behind the sign at the top of the hill. There is no water on the trail after the small rock shelf that you hike which has a cable attached. Make sure you fill up your water there. We used a mini sawyer filter. Camp site is about .5 mile past the ladder and rock shell cable are. Stumbled on a black bear twice while hiking this trail so beware. Beautiful views at the two overlooks to the right of the intersection mentioned previously. All in all a great hike!

The Charit Creek Lodge is a rewarding treat to see along the loop. Lots of history in this area. Very pretty area!

19 days ago

Great trail! Make sure you pay attention to the trail signs. At some point the trail looks like it goes straight or up a set of rock stairs. Go up the rock stairs! However, you can get some great pictures going the other way, but the trail does not connect there. The railroad bridge at the end is totally worth it!

Nice easy trail while camping and geocaching at Bandy Creek last week.

1 month ago

on O & W Railroad Trail

scenic driving
1 month ago

We drove the old train bed to the bridge. Beautiful and in the boonies. Take your time driving because you will miss great views. Look left & right. Narrow train bed with holes here and there. Do not need 4 wheel drive.

We had a group of mostly young Boy Scouts. We enjoyed camping at Jakes Place and the side trip up to Slave Falls was worth it for sure. This was the perfect loop for our younger guys with heavy packs and sore legs. Luckily we had amazing weather.

Titled "Twin Arches" but doesn't go within miles of the Twin Arches?!

Beautiful views, rock faces and flowers

3 months ago

Great day hike! Streams and rocks made it more adventurous but still friendly for all ages. Beautiful views and flowers would be beautiful in the spring.

gorgeous view at the overlook. worth the climb. whole trail is well worth the hike. a little bit of everything.

Great trail. Can get kinda confusing with the lack of markers. The view and the trek up the ridge are gorgeous. The bridge to get to the overlook is broken and the “alternate route” was a swim through a 5ft deep creek. So get ready for a cold wade. Overall great hike.

5 months ago

Hiked to Devil's Den & completed Leatherwood Loop Tr on the way back. 8 mi. Majority is easy. Mod .6 mi section beyond the bridge to Devil's Den but this is the best section. Trail is well marked & maintained. Really nice waterfalls just before the bridge & .2 mi before Devil's Den. The O & W bridge is historical. Devil's Den a nice geo feature & camping site. An enjoyable afternoon.

Loliipop out & back combo w Grand Gap Tr-12.4mi. Easy. Well marked & maintained. Bridge over Fall Branch broken but can still use. Superb section from Fall Branch up to the plateau-interesting rock features. Several pretty waterfalls & some great vistas from outcrops on the rim. A very enjoyable hike.

beautiful area.

5 stars for the view and workout. Trail needs some work. The leatherwood ford and another bridge on the trail are damaged. It wasn't 10 miles, maybe 6.

Arch to Jake's Place...and out.

Did an overnight with great company looping clockwise. Arrived at 12 allowing plenty of time to visit the larger arch/cave, stroll to Charit Lodge for late lunch and finish with a casual hike and liesurely camp setup at Jake's Place. We ate dinner and talked around the campfire before calling it a night. Woke up with a quick morning out and back toward Needle Arch and Slave Falls. Then it was time to walk up and out. The first mile leaving Jake's is enough of a climb to raise the heart rate a little. The last 1.7 are along the rock bluff, towers overhead. Just beautiful hiking before the ascent up the stairs/ladders.

Great trail! Clearly marked! Perfect campsite on the water 1 mile in.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Cool trail with nice vistas.

Beautiful geographical and geological landscapes.

9 months ago

I disagree with the "easy" rating. Starts out nicely enough but many rocks and roots make it challenging. I am disappointed that I needed to turn back but safety first.

Beautiful hike, lots of stairs to climb so be ready but most definitely worth the trip! Rock formations were outstanding!

10 months ago

Beautiful scenery through wooded and grassy clearings. Super easy hike accessed via a gravel road almost the entire way, until near the end. Can even be driven, except for the last 1/2 mile, which is blocked and forces you to walk from that point, but where's the fun in driving it. There is no directional signage until about a half mile in from the parking area, otherwise the way to Leatherwood Overlook is clearly marked, along with various other trails along the way.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

This trail provides so many possibilities. We backpacked in without really knowing what we'd find. A long downhill trek took us to Charit Creek Lodge. What a unique place! Traditional style cabins with no electricity. Of course, we planned to camp.. but a nice man named Greg let us know of a couple cool, secluded sites in the area. One was pretty close to the lodge, so we even went back to have a beer with him later. We camped by a creek and didn't see many people at all! Maybe 2 or 3 in the 2 days we took to do the whole loop. If you're not AS adventurous, you could stay at the lodge (fairly priced) and do a shorter loop that doesn't require the whole 10.5 miles. It was challenging as there's a lot of rockiness and mud, a lot of uphill. But definitely beautiful. We went in the summer so everything is extremely lush and green. Definitely bring bug repellent.. as my all natural lemon grass remedy did not phase these bugs. They're brutal and will eat you alive. There are several little swimming holes near the creek bed, wildlife, blackberry gardens, and maybe if you're lucky you'll get pouring down rain for your hike back up towards the end. Plus! The Twin Arches are beautiful and majestic!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great hike! Good for camping and getting away from everyone.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

This was A good trail to hike little rocky was pretty easy . Would definetly do again

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Went this morning with a plan to do 2 miles to the bridge, cross it and eat. Trail was nice, wide enough not to be walking in poison ivy. Plans sometimes change. Wildflowers were finished early this year. Bridge is in need of repair. About 1/5 was damaged from flooding. Still passable we were told from fellow hikers. Forest service notified. Will plan to return next year earlier for wildflower viewing. Hiking boots recommended, muddy today. Enjoy!

Stunning view of the falls. I suggest you go down to the river to get the full gander.

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