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hiking
12 days ago

South Prong shares its trail head with another trail called Boars Nest. Both trails are marked as starting here but in different locations. It is easy to stumble onto Boars Nest and not even know it. There are two shallow stream crossings one road crossing and some road walking. We did t stumble on any overlooks but we didn't opt to explore any spurs after our first mishap. Moderate climb. Lots of fun and would do it again.

hiking
12 days ago

One of the most picturesque trails I've ever been on. Did the whole trail and back which took about 4 hrs maybe a little less.

hiking
12 days ago

Not much sunlight hits the trail so the moisture doesn't evaporate. It was very muddy when we hiked it last year. It was a sunny day and the view was beautiful. Seeing a beautiful hawk was one of the highlights!

Nice scenery on the trail, especially Red Creek area. Loads of blueberries in season and surprisingly no ticks on our traverse. Went from Timberline ski area to campground and back. Only negative aspect was constant rocks on trail challenging ankles and slows you considerably. Spring at campground ice cold and decent bathrooms. Allow more time for slow travel. Authorities did a good job here trimming overhanging branches.

hiking
18 days ago

Hike was great, medium difficulty due to plenty of trip/slip hazards. The water in the river was a good chilled temperature. No one here seemed to mention that there are snakes at the falls, so that was quite the surprise. The group I hiked with was getting ready to swim just below the falls and we happened to spot a snake, and then another and another, etc. I still swam but the rest didn't so that was quite disappointing. Turned out to just be common watersnakes.

Very steep hike going up but fantastic views at the top!

We logged a 11.4 mile roundtrip with my GPS. This trail is well used and in good shape. There are areas of mud. On the route to the big waterfall there are many other small ones along the trail. There are many camp sites for overnight stays, most are set up with rock crafted seats and firepits. Five Star Trail for scenery alone!

geocaching
22 days ago

Great hike - looking forward to go back with more time to explore the area. we had enough time to snag a geocache.

hiking
24 days ago

on South Prong Trail

25 days ago

This is one of the best hikes in the state as far as amazing views go. Roughly 25 miles and a full two days...3 days would probably be more enjoyable. No water on the trail so slip in on the fire road half way and stash some water. Great hike! Enjoy!

on Canyon Rim Trail

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

While there are parts of this trail that are absolutely beautiful and the hike is quite a workout, I did not anticipate how long I'd be out there (3 hours!) and how overgrown the trail would be. I hiked this in late June so I should have known better than to wear shorts. The trail is so overgrown in places that I was sometimes unsure if I was even on the path.
The entire thing is poorly marked but there is one spot in particular that about had me in a panic not knowing which way to go. If at the trailhead you start by going left, a little more than half way when you come to a rhododendron canopy that ends in a rocky creek bed, walk to your left down the rocky creek bed and the trail picks up on your right.
My dog loved it, but I have no interest in hiking this narrow, overgrown trail again any time soon.

Are Dogs allowed on this trail or has anyone seen Hikers with them?

hiking
1 month ago

Very pleasant hike with wide trails and periodic stream crossings. The elevation change wasn't super challenging. Very few people in the morning, but definitely busier in the afternoon

backpacking
1 month ago

This is a great trail with some beautiful views.

backpacking
1 month ago

This trail was more than 17 miles are watches tracked 30 miles with some taking off the beaten path to see the views. We did the trail in 2 days which was hard would recommend 3 days. Had some steep hills and a long downhill at the very end. It was worth the views of the backside of Seneca Rocks and amazing views seeing into Maryland from Chimney Rock.