Very scenic trail! We went a bit of a longer route intentionally to see more of the trail and water features. Lots of spots to get in the water. Sycamore falls itself was a bit underwhelming compared to some of the other falls in the area, but the rock formations and natural beauty of the trail was totally worth it anyway! The bridge to get across to Sycamore falls was out so you do have to cross over a creek at one point. Took a min to figure out, but was able to do it with two dogs no problem.

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rocky
2 days ago

A really pretty, but heavily trafficked area. Great for swimming. I’m not in shape by any means, and aside from jello legs, I was able to go down and come back up the rocks and stairs. I did get a bit winded but that’s just me being chonky. The spiral staircase was the least of my worries. My group all agreed that we would suggest grippy shoes and a backpack because you’ll want your hands free to hold on to rocks and trees. We went at 10 am and it was packed and we left at 12:30 and it was SUPER packed on the way out.

Great trail. Highly recommended. Well marked and in good condition. Guidance from other hikers to go out on BCG and back on BCR good advice.

Second time going! (Four years difference) Absolutely beautiful area to swim! I’m in my mid twenties and felt it was moderately difficult. It was not “easy” because half of it was downhill, muddy, and rocky. But I enjoyed it! The worst part was near the staircase where it was SO slippery. It was easier coming back up. I saw a lady with a small baby coming up from swimming, but I don’t think I would take a little one unless they’re good swimmers and used to (to them) intense hiking. There is another .5 mile trail to a “blue hole” that may be okay for little ones, because the water wasn’t moving as fast from all the recent rain.

Amazing!!! Main falls were pretty but FREEZING and crowded but you technically you can swim. There are 2 more waterfalls on the loop that are awesome and not as crowded. If you haven't been here - we definitely recommend it and you will have amazing memories and photos. Some parts are steep and slippery. Bring water shoes or you will be squishy the whole way .

More waterfalls than marked! Beautiful trail, an escape from reality for a bit!

Superb trail! Makes for one heck of a day loop. I added Greeter Falls to my trek (1.4 miles out & back). Worth it! Some killer bluff views along the way. I would highly recommend starting to the left. I did not, haha. Made for some rough inclines after an 11 mile day. Saw about 20 people out, mostly at Greeter Falls. Couple strong pups out today too. Rained yesterday and some this morning, really got the water moving!

BCG is a technical trail, especially coming down from/up to Stone Door. BCR is relatively mild and level with some great viewpoints. Recommend going clockwise. I did it as a day loop from Alum Gap campground. Trekking poles recommended and be sure to take the Ranger Falls spur. Unexpected bonus.

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rocky
7 days ago

Very pretty area!! We loved the hike to the upper part of Greeter falls, but could not get to the bottom part due to a metal stairs going down. Be sure to look at pictures about the trail down to the falls. We had 3 dogs and did not want to take them down. It was muddy and not very safe. There is tons of people at the bottom but just did not feel comfortable with the group we had trying to get down there. But like we said we really enjoyed the upper part of the trail and then hiked to the other falls very pretty area lots to look at and the trail has awesome features to it.

Overall, nice hike. The trail with the stairs we did not finish, very steep and slippery, was very crowded at the bottom, more people than rocks to sit on. My favorite part was the blue water hole, easy hike to get to and was great for swimming!!

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muddy
8 days ago

We really enjoyed this trail. There were several waterfalls along the way and a lot of shaded areas. Bring your swimsuit, or some dry clothes, because there are several spots to jump in and cool off. I had my 11 year old with me and some parts were a little challenging for him. There is a bridge out, however, it was still easy to go across. There were several muddy spots, but that is understandable after a lot of rain and the water that runs through it.

Amazing hike through south Cumberland State Park! Definitely recommend.

Blue hole was a great place to get in the water!! The trail is easier than the one going to the falls.

You will pass three or four sweet overlooks on the approach trail to Stonedoor. We declined down the stone door section first with a steep descent down into the valley. Once on the BCG trail it became rocky in parts for most of the valley section. I enjoyed it, my wife, not so much. Rated hard for a reason... Anyways make sure to do the Ranger Falls spur trail, i is well worth it. Definitely one of the highlights of the loop. After about three miles in the valley you make the ascent back up to the ridge and BCR trail. Once on the BCR trail it’s a 4 mile cake walk back to the ranger station. One of my top 3 day loops in the park. Total closer 10 miles.

Beautiful trail. Moderately busy. Everyone was respectful even though the trail was narrow! I wish I would have known there were a few good swimming holes!

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9 days ago

Well worth a 1 1/2 hour drive. Me and my 10 year old daughter prepared for 10ish miles. Actually did about 4.5 and were completely satisfied. We started at fiery gizzard trail head. We went to the right. CCW. and immediately ran into visual pleasure. Bout mid ways through the day loop you can and we did carefully make our way across the water. Went to the right and followed it a mile or more. Running into more waterfalls and huge rock formations. This hike was non stop beautiful. It’s very damp because of the constant water running along the gorge. Bring water shoes, ziplock your prized possessions, a couple towels, couple bottles of water and enjoy the show. It’s very slick all through out which makes it a slower go than your typical multi-miler.

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve been on! A little more treacherous that I expected due to slick rocks and tree roots on the narrow pathway by the river, but it was totally worth it. Lots of swimming holes and waterfalls to see. I would definitely love to come back and do the longer trail!

Outstanding trails, there is running water and falls basically the whole hike. It was a little bit wet but that's to be expected in the spring here.

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