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rocky
15 hours ago

This trail was so fun!! It is extremely steep all the way up, especially at the end. 10/10 worth the view.. absolutely beautiful

hiking
22 hours ago

this is about 30 minutes away from WCU so I come here quite often. The main trail is a steady incline but the top is beautiful and a great place to sit and have a picnic. This trail is very kid and pet friendly!

gorgeous and not heavily trafficked (good for social distancing!) but we did get about 20 feet from a young black bear (accidentally) this morning (about 9am 06/02/20), be careful! happy hiking.

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rocky
2 days ago

Great little hike down to a beautiful waterfall!

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rocky
2 days ago

Loved it. Definitely challenging for me and my short-legged dog, but doable. Gorgeous 360-degree views. My dog had more trouble going down than up because it was a lot of jumping downhill for him. He’s a Welsh terrier

Go early to beat the crowds. I really enjoyed this hike, but I would not recommend this for people with little kids or mobility issues. lots of slopes and uphill hikes. The stairs that lead up to a beautiful view kicked my butt, but it was worth it. I didn't see a single person until I was on my way back to the trailhead and I saw several groups (around 1:30pm) It was slightly overgrown in parts, but the trail was clearly visible and marked. once again, go early if you want to truly appreciate the beauty of this trail.

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muddy
rocky
2 days ago

Great walk with an epic waterfall that’s worth the return incline!

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rocky
2 days ago

If you’re up for a steep, rocky challenge then this is the trail for you! The elevation gain is pretty consistent at the start (although less rocks than the top) and I took many pauses to catch my breath. I was very focused on the rocks for the majority of the hike but really liked that there were rock steps on the second portion of the hike - made it easier to wend my way up. The top feels like it’s “just around the bend” many times so it requires a bit of patience to make it but the views are worth it! I liked that the trail was so well maintained and fairly wide at the start. It does get narrower in the rocky crevices up top. This wouldn’t be a monthly hike for me but definitely a yearly challenge hike. I have a spry pointer/collie mix and she got up the rocks effortlessly. All total, it took us two hours. There were quite a few cars when we got there around 8am and we passed a few groups on the way down but it didn’t feel overcrowded.

hiking
2 days ago

My Husband and I got married here August 1,2011. One of my most favorite places on the Parkway near Boone!

on Cascades Trail

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Easy hike. Two series of steps leading down to the falls. Long views down the waterfall.

Easy hike through the woods. The lodge ruins are approx 1.5 miles up. There is no overlook, but a couple views along the trail. Great hike to take kids on.

One of my favorite mountaintop walks as I just stumbled upon it. Hesitat to leave a review as it is best kept a secret! Beautiful views on both sides of the ridgeline. Moderate difficulty, normally I just do a partial on this one. Birds and butterflies play amounst the wildflowers and trees.

on Lane Pinnacle

3 days ago

A bit narrow and tricky with mud, but beautiful.

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muddy
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

It’s VERY steep and rocky but the payoff is amazing.

Beautiful view from Hawks Bill. The snowball fire tower is no longer there so it was an anticlimactic end to the hike. Some steep sections. Well maintained trail.

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muddy
over grown
3 days ago

This hike, as marked here, is parking lot to parking lot hike. We started at the Graybeard Mt overlook. The other is the Glassmine Branch Falls overlook. I highly suggest going from one parking lot to the summit and returning back to your parking. The summit is full of blueberry shrubs, Rhododendrons and several rock balds that give a great spot to stop and enjoy the incredible view, including the Glassmine Branch Falls. You don’t gain anything, except mileage, going to the next parking lot. Starting at Graybeard Mt overlook is a longer hike to the summit, with an enjoyable trail with different terrain to go through. Starting at Glassmine Branch Falls overlook is a shorter but steeper hike. The trail has very high grass - hip high- to walk through. Choose wisely.

views are amazing

hiking
3 days ago

Section hike on Segment 2 of the Mountains to Sea trail - Balsam Gap to Orchards Overlook

backpacking
muddy
3 days ago

Beautiful high-elevation evergreen forest. View from the lookout is beautiful but obstructed.

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muddy
4 days ago

Beautiful falls - two smaller ones and then one large one. This is a difficult trail -- very rocky and slippery yesterday. We enjoyed it but it did kick our butt. This is not for kids or people who are not in great shape. lots of trees were down and they have not gotten in to clear them yet. Surprisingly the trail was till in pretty good shape.

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bugs
rocky
4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail. Gonna bring my parents back

Just a quick out and back

Great trail for what would’ve been an amazing view if there had not been fog.

hiking
8 days ago

This was one of the best loop trails. The falls are flowing so magnificently and look so beautiful. The trail was slightly muddy in places but nothing to worry about. Wonderful!

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