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Beautiful hike along all of the waterfalls. We thought they ended, but as we kept walking we realized there were more! There were some steep parts along the gorge, but overall the hike was easy-moderate. Would recommend if you have time and don't see waterfalls often!

Beautiful view at the top, but pretty busy trail! On the way up a doe approached us within 7 yards away... easy hike

Easy effort for a rewarding view. Could have spent hours on those rocks!

This trail was tough! I'm in decent shape but the climb up was hard for me. I had to take a couple breaks. The Cedar Run trail part was difficult but once we got to the climb up to Hawksbill, it felt even harder. I took a water break on some rocks on my way up, and a young bear climbed up onto the rock next to me. He looked at me to investigate for a minute and walked away. The view from Hawksbill is great though! The entire trail is full of interesting rock formations. We followed the AT for a bit, and that was a nice, easy hike. Whiteoak Falls was nice, too. There were several spots where you could take a dip in the water. The last few miles down were fairly steep, but not difficult. Including walking around at the Hawksbill summit a little, my GPS said we went over 13 miles. Bring plenty of water and/or a lifestraw. My hiking partner brought 4 liters of water and ran out (it was pretty hot though). I brought almost 4 liters and ended up giving him some of mine. But the Whiteoak Falls section has plenty of opportunities to refill and filter your water or use a lifestraw. It was strenuous, but I enjoyed this one!

Fun! Saw two bears. Don’t start going up the fire road. That is what you come down on.

nice hike for the family, especially climbing and the view of the rocks!

Love this trail. Did it in a light rain and had no issues. If you like spooky things there is a cool out of the way graveyard on the FR portion of the trail.

I wish I had headed left instead of right to begin the hike! I didn’t have a signal and I had only discovered this trail while I was driving on Skyline Drive. I figured the trail would be directly off the parking lot. Unfortunately, I hiked on the Appalachian Trail, which in this location is pretty flat and unrewarding.

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over grown
3 days ago

Nice views, cool farmhouse, overgrown in several areas.

Loved this trail! Only gave it 4 stars because it was so crowded. But it was beautiful and loved all the swimming holes

Daughter and I camped about mid way. Great hike!

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rocky
4 days ago

The trail itself is definitely full of rocks and overgrown but it was still a really nice hike! As long as you spray some bug spray on you won't have any issues. We took our 70lb dog with and he loved it, only found 2 ticks on him after the hike was over. Really clear markings on the trail so you know you are still going the right way and overall a good trail! Go early in the day to avoid the heat in the summer. We got there around 8am and it was perfect weather for the hike.

Good trail. Pretty mild elevation change. At the summit there is a large rock scramble.

That was fun! Nice incline to start. Shade the whole way. Too busy today though at the top

We did this hike up and back in less than 1.5 hours not including time spent on the summit. It was worth every step as the summit is beautiful. The trail is wide and pretty easy to navigate. The last .7 miles is pretty much straight up. Did this hike with our 11 and 9 year old children. Do this while visiting the park!

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rocky
5 days ago

Decent hike with nice views and the swimming hole is worth your time. It’s clean, beautiful, and great on a hot day like today. Very rocky, as others have mentioned. I tried to run/jog portions of the trail and had to be very careful because the rocks are like running on spikes in some areas. If you make a right to enter the trail, you see everything cool at the beginning, so the second half of the trail is pretty boring (imo). Definitely bring a snack and a good amount of water. There were lots of bees, wasps, flies, gnats, and lots of other buzzing creatures out today (normal for summer). Also take note- bears are very active in the summer months....They have signs posted for what to do if you encounter one, just FYI.

on Upper Hawksbill Trail

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5 days ago

The views from the summit made the trek up worth it! We hiked it on a Saturday, late morning and it was busy, but definitely not over-crowded.

We went up Robertson and came down Corbin. That was really tough. 4 miles of a serious ascent. We had the view all to ourselves at the top. Enjoyed the stream crossings on Corbin. Will do again...just not soon.

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rocky
5 days ago

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bugs
rocky
5 days ago

An enjoyable hike. We did the loop clockwise because we didn’t want a long uphill on tired legs, but it’s really a matter of personal preference. I saw a post by a previous reviewer and decided to wear long pants and bring a pair of clear safety glasses for the bugs. Worked out well. The trail was overgrown in some places, but easy to follow. The hike along the water was enjoyable and you will have to cross several times. You will get wet feet, so either carry water shoes or have dry shoes waiting for the trip home. There was some evidence of foraging along the trail, mostly in the form of overturned rocks, but we didn’t see any bears. Overall, a good day of hiking.

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blowdown
bugs
over grown
6 days ago

on Rose River Trail

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muddy
rocky
6 days ago

A ranger advised us to start by going to the left and we were happy we did because after passing the beautiful waterfall, we easily had excellent views of the river and all of its smaller falls. If you go in the opposite direction, you would constantly be turning back toward the river to see those features. The terrain was definitely rocky in several areas. We hiked it on a Friday afternoon and encountered other people often, but also had stretches where we were alone on the trail. We completed the trail in 3 hours, as we stopped frequently along the river to take photos.

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