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Amazing trail! Steep at times. Lots of rocks. But a very wonderful hike !

This is a great half day Trail if you go to the falls down and back. The falls are wonderful and the deck at the base is a nice feature. We went on another mile past the falls before returning back out. Trek back out is moderate and uphill the whole way so dig deep. But it is worth the effort.

easy in and out. switchbacks most of the way.

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1 month ago

Moderate hike from parking lot, once you pass the stream, pretty strenuous hike up to top of cliffs, worth the hike at the top, rocky cliffs are cool, as you continue to the parkway there are some cool ravines to look at.
At the parkway, I have just hiked parkway back to parking lot, can't say much for slacks trail.

It was a nice way to end our day of hiking. Total trip about a half an hour. Views were nice. You can see similar views in the overlooks but makes it worth it when you hike to see it!

This is a short and easy trail (with some elevation gain) that leads to lookouts in two different directions. Most of the overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway have nicer views. But if you want something that makes you at least work a little bit for it, this is a good place to stop. Use the tracks to locate it or just look for it at MP 123.2.

The start of the trail from the parking lot was super easy. Then the trail split and to continue on the loop, the trail incline went up pretty steep for a long time until you get to the overlook. Not a difficult hike though. The overlook was much to "look" at really. The trail started getting difficult once I crossed the parkway to the second half of the trail and got closer to the falls. Lot of rocks roots, some got pretty slick due to the layer of fallen leaves. Cross a cute stream and follow it a ways. The path down to the falls was a pretty steep decline in my opinion. I'd probably have been on my butt if not for my hiking pole. The falls were beautiful but there wasn't much water (not much rain lately). Still nice to sit and watch and listen too. After the falls, the path continued to be a little difficult for a while but then it eased up and the inclines/declines got smoother.

Although difficult at times, I definitely liked this hike. It was a good workout and had plenty of beautiful things to look at. I'd like to go back again when the waterfall would really be moving more.

Tough climb back up but worth it

A bit much for young kids

Love this trail. Have hiked about 5 times so far. A favorite. Easier each time. Totally worth it.

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3 months ago

Nice moderate loop just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The waterfall was a bit dry, and the Parkway overlooks will give you better views, but it's a great walk in the woods. The trail description is a good guide.

I went counterclockwise, and all the inclines were fairly gradual. The declines could be a bit steep. Trail is very well marked and well maintained. Dog friendly.