Explore the most popular birding trails near Double Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

This trail itself is good and for the most part it is easy to follow. There were a few places where we briefly lost the trail, but that was likely our fault.

There are tons of rock formations and the river is great. When we went the water was not too cold and the air was the perfect temperature for hiking. I will definitely be coming back to this trail and I feel like I will see something new each time I come back.

Also, I don’t know how common it is to see the bioluminescent worms (glow worms/Dismalites), but I did get a chance to see them for some time in the very early morning hours - very cool to see next to the river!

Trail was poorly marked very easy to get lost several places never did But still A big adventure to say the least To river crossings Lots of water until the last 3 hours out Camp sites everywhere I stayed Where the 2 creeks Fort together closest to the Big tree

Caney Creek is a great hike. Easy and always refreshing. Please always practice LNT Leave No Trace. Have fun hiking.

1 month ago

easy/fun hike the waterfall has a pool that was about 3ft when we went but I've heard from some people that it gets up to 10ft when heavy rainfall happens. Cant wait to go back!

Walked the Randolf-Sipsey-Rippey trails loop (202-209-201) this past weekend, Aug 25. As there was no recent rainfall I can only assume the drip, drip, drip I heard coming down the cliffs at the end of Randolf trail was Feather Hawk Falls. Even the Sipsey was barely moving. I crossed from 202 where the stones were placed across the river, got lucky as this IS the trail crossing. Used the same thought process when crossing from 209 to 201. I have a map that calls this crossing trail 205 but did not see that in the field. Fell into some great company at this point and walked out with them. Aside from the spider webs, and no waterfall, a real nice hike. 6 hours to make the loop including trail finding time and 8-10 rest stops.

We never found the waterfall. Cemeteries were neat and rock formations at end of the hike were nice. More spiderwebs than I have ever had to deal with.

Not sure what the deal was with the off trail loop many people have taken at the end of the trail, but we took it and saw some great rock formations.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, quiet trail. This trail is easy, but oh so pleasant. It has fewer rocks and roots than is common for many area trails. It has been well-maintained with most, but not all, downed trees cleared off of the trail. It was so quiet - a very peaceful, mostly flat walk in the woods. The Magnolia leaves are as big as 2' on some of the many trees. I will be back when fall colors make this an even better trail.

Great day hike with varying terrain and several cool campsites along the way and at the waterfall. Any idea what the name of this falls is?

I hiked in to the falls on July 29. The first mile or so is a logging road. Then you have a sandy trek through the woods. The last bit down to the water is quite steep. The falls are lovely and there is a nice swimming hole. The parking area is quite small.

Love the waterfall! There’s a place to swim and you can go behind the water fall! You can also jump off the top of the waterfall into the water below. There’s plenty of places to sit and relax. Only thing I can say is it’s rough to get down there....especially if you have small children. You have to be extremely careful going down and up. Can’t wait to go back when my kids are a bit older!

6-25-18. Trail closed. Logging operation in progress.

Still closed 6/24/18... haven’t been able to hike it yet

some of the markers where hard to see and I walked 2 miles past my turn so had to turn around and go back but in all a great place to hike.

I have yet to hike this trail. Went today (6-21/18) and the trail was closed to the public. I’m not sure if some of it was washed out but that’s what it looked like. Just a heads up! Gonna try again in a few weeks.

hiking
3 months ago

This route seems to have been created before the 2011 Super Outbreak that damaged/caused a few trails to be closed. A few of the trails this route suggests aren't on the trial map anymore. Trail 209 at route mile 19 no longer splits into 2 trails. A better option would be to jump on trail 207 at route mile 18.

The listed mileage for this route is inaccurate. By the time I had reached route mile 9, my recording was saying mile 11, so be aware. I improvised and went down trail 204, kept right where the trial splits, then left as it splits again onto East Bee Branch Canyon trail. From there I went left onto trail 209 and followed it until it met back up with the original route. This put me at 21 miles total and brought me to 3 separate waterfalls.

This route is best suited for a 3 day weekend, and is not a good over night trip unless you are an experienced backpacker who likes to put in long days.

Water is scare from route mile 8-14 so when you get to the wooden bridge at the County 3 trail head fill up all your bottles. Alternatively, you can hike down trail 204, then keep right when the trail splits to get you to a nice creek/waterfall, but that will add about 2 mile to the loop.

The only reason I'm giving this route 3 starts is due to the mileage being inaccurate, and it leading you to trails that are no longer officially listed. For an over night trip, I'd say this route is difficult, due to the long miles you'd need to put in, but a 2 night trip this hike is moderate.

Loved the hike. I carried my 5 yo twins and it was a little challenging. We decided to stay to the right of the trail and take the long way around. Took the other route on the way back. I was a little nervous walking up the side of the hill because the trail was so close to the edge. Just made sure I had a firm grip on the twins until we made it up. It’s a simple walk for the most part. The water fall was breathtaking. We will definitely hike this trail again.

Great trail for a beginner that doesn’t want to hike too far. This trail takes you through the woods, past a old cemetery, down to a creek, and to a super big waterfall. Easy day trip ! Beautiful as well.

Great loop trail with the infamous Big Tree at the end. Plenty of places to camp along the way and some very gorgeous scenery.

Nice little hike. Very up and down, but not hard at all until you can hear the water where it drops down to the waterfall. So the hike out can be tough if you aren’t fit.

this is a challenging loop hike, but worth the rough trail to see the gorgeous rocks and river. i hiked 201>209>202 on a clear cool april day. a previous hiker posted here that she had to ford the river twice. i instead stayed on the river's right bank. old trail was present, several old campfire rings too, but so many downed trees and steams to leap across that i lost the trail several times, ranger station had warned me, lots of starter saplings, etc. mostly flat terrain, just the descent/ascent to the river canyon had any incline. lots of animal tracks by the water -- deer, raccoon, bear. maps are accurate about location of trails but not always accurate about the water.

beautiful place. the falls are great!

backpacking
6 months ago

Hiked this trail this April. We did the loop in about 3 days camping along the way. We went south starting at the Thompson Trail head and had a blast. There were a lot of campsites (few if none followed the 200 feet from trail/river rule). We also took a trail that only showed up on the view ranger app from the short jaunt on trail 204 on this map cutting southwest back to the Thompson Trail head. It was a bit harder to follow but also the coolest part of the trip.

hiking
6 months ago

I hiked this with my two boys (6 and 9) and we had a blast. The hike down to the falls was easy, back up it's steap but they ran up it most of the way. The falls were beautiful and we had a lot of fun hiking off trail around the area, mostly following the stream and skipping rocks.

hiking
6 months ago

Short and easy to follow. Not very scenic until you reach the falls and then it’s absolutely magnificent! After the spectacle keep hiking creek side for a bit to reach the lower falls.

Beautiful . We took my daughter with her month old daughter and our 3 year old and had no problems.

Easy walk in and out. Well worth the short trek.

Really enjoyed the trail, definitely get a map at a near gas station since the place is easy to get lost in, a compass would also be useful.

Busy, family fun day hike.

We hiked the 202 trail, but found no waterfall, made it down to the creek. We saw several campers along the creek. And passed several hikers as well. Several trees down along the trail. Over all a fun hike! :-)

Length of the entire trail (there and back) is about three miles.

Nice trail that winds through a few different types of forest. Some parts have been heavily hit by pine beetles.

The trail widens out under a grove of hemlock. Very pretty with ample shade. The creek is clear with a sandy bottom. Good for wading.

The path leading down to the falls is hidden. Head to the right along the top of the cliff. It's just below the edge. Very narrow.

Once you're down there, you can walk under the falls themselves. My four girls really got a kick out of this one. :)

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