I combined the Apple Orchard trail and Cornelius creek trail. Great hike but very tiring!

Difficult, steep climb on the way back but the beautiful falls make it worth every step!

We have gone on this hike several times now. We love it. It's quick but will give you a work out!

hiking
30 days ago

Beautiful trail. The trail is steady elevation change the whole way so make sure you are ready for it.

This trail is well maintained, and is a relatively easy climb. Although it is not a short one. Just a nice stroll through the woods really. A bit long for my 5 year old, so we carried her back down. The views from the rock outcropping is spectacular, although extremely difficult to get to, and dangerous. Unfortunately we had to turn back at that point due to my bad knee, so we were not able to summit. I would say a good trail for children that may be a bit older (only because of length), and also great for dogs.

As I have found with other hikes here, it was not accurate with getting me there. Hike itself was pretty short and easy. All uphill in and all downhill out. Nice quick hike. Best when there are no leaves.

hiking
3 months ago

It's a good quick hike. Defiantly harder than I thought it would be but not to bad. The hardest part is the way back because it's all up hill.

We only had a few hours before we had to leave town, and this hike fit the bill. The trail is well-maintained and there was clear signage. Plus the view at the top was great! I definitely recommend it in winter as you have a view most of the way. Enjoy!

Flat Top is a good alternative to its neighbor, Sharp Top. Not near the crowds with a more steady ascent. Smooth start through some beautiful woods gives this a great warm up. Unfortunately this is not a bald peak, like Sharp Top is, so your views will be obstructed by trees most times. Go in the fall or winter, when only some or none of the leaves remain - this should help give you more views.

I rated the trail moderate for the distance. It transverses the Mtn. So the climb I felt was easy. In comparison to Sharp Top which has a steep incline but much shorter . I would rate Sharp Top moderate.The trail is well marked and as you get to the top there are various trails. Going to the summit the large boulders on the left give you the best all around view. Would love to go there on a clear day. Trail starts off the Blue Ridge Parkway with parking at the trail head.

I hiked on an overcast day. We did the loop. Nice hike. The trail gets a lot of activity especially between the parking lot and the falls. In the summer, there are swimming holes.