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hiking
2 months ago

From trail-head to falls and back is about a 1 mile if you take the straight route, if you turn right at logging road and go in a loop its about 1 1/2 miles. If you take a right and go in loop there is also another trail that will bring you out at river above the falls. Nice hike with beautiful views, but can be semi strenuous when you get to the part of trail that goes down to river and comes back up same way.

hiking
2 months ago

I have to agree with the other reviews. It is a very steep trail but it is worth the effort when you get to the river it offers spectacular views. I loved this trail and would recommend it.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail last year. It's short but spectacular and the peacefulness down on the river is soothing.
The climb back up is a tough one. Take your time.
I spoke with a local and they told me that they used to have concerts down in the gorge. There is old concrete picnic tables, a foundation of an old concession stand and blocks. They said there was a cable lift that lowered the bands and equipment into the gorge. And the Band Alabama is from there, Randy owns a large spread on the mountain, they used to play there back in the day.

loose rock on the way down, beautiful at the river even though itvwas low, hike back up is steel and hard

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is quite wide and is basically a gravel road. Erosion has cut some pretty severe ditches into the trail and along some of the sides. It can be slippery in some places due to loose rocks and sand. The trail is steep. Very steep. But it is also quite short so it is easily achievable. I went with my wife, and 8 and 10 year old kids. They were more than capable of climbing it and they enjoyed the river at the bottom. The water is amazingly clear and lots of fish to see from the shore. We climbed on a lot or rocks and walked up stream for a bit. Great views of the canyon walls.

hiking
6 months ago

Great quick trail with expansive mountain views and an intimate path along the river.

From Cherokee County road 103 take Back-country road 03. Turn right when you get to Back-country road 11. Trail-head is at end of 11. Enjoyed hiking this primitive trail with wildlife, birds, wildflowers and creek crossings.Here are couple important links to help you plan your hike: https://www.facebook.com/lirinps/
and Back-country map , click blue Park Map symbol below online map for download : https://www.nps.gov/liri/planyourvisit/maps.htm

Work those buns on the way up!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike. We lucked out and hit it at the time of year when the river was flowing.

hiking
Monday, October 30, 2017

The hike was very steep. At the end of the trail is the river which had a nice view. It was disappointing to see litter along the trail.

hiking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

absolutely beautiful place. Walking back up the trail is very steep.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Me and my friend visited for the weekend and after doing that trail we were too tired to do any others, which was a little disappointing. We are both hikers in pretty decent shape, this trail is just really tough.

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Great trail to do on a day trip in and out water had great flow and was beautiful , plenty of flowers and scenery to enjoy , the hike is short but it's definitely challenging , pack plenty of water and some good traction hiking shoes or boots and enjoy the outdoors !

hiking
Friday, August 11, 2017

This is a beautiful trail. It's a tough walk back up the hill to the parking area. Be prepared for that.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Absolutely beautiful but be ready for the hike out. Yes it is difficult.

on Eberhart Trail

Saturday, November 19, 2016

This is quite a workout! We look forward to going back after the drought. Even with the river being almost completely dry it is still a beautiful place.

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

This is a 1 mile round trip hike that is steep. It was quite a challenge to walk back up without stopping for rest, it is that steep. Most of it appears to be an old gravel roadbed. At the bottom of the trail are the ruins from what used to be a picnic area that the NPS has chosen to let rot. This trail is one of few places to go from the rim to the river, so if you are in the area it is worth checking out. There was a drought going on when we visited, so river not flowing. None of the waterfalls were running.

That said the overarching theme at Little River Canyon Preserve was lack of maintenance of trails, poorly or non-maintained decrepit picnic facilities, and lookouts that were overgrown with weeds. Kind of a disappointment.

Edit: I gave this three stars, not sure why it is showing five.

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

Very nice trail, very steep gravel road about all the way to the water. Sandy beach near the water, very cleared out trail easy to find easy hike.

Monday, August 17, 2015

I hike this trail frequently, heading upstream to explore. If you head down, please bring a bag for trash - many "locals" come down regularly and seem to "forget" to take their trash with them. There used to be trash cans at the bottom of the trail, but those have been removed (not that they were used). there is a trashcan about 3/4 of the way up. In warm months, great swimming holes!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

This trail is steep but it's very short. Near the start/top part are several side trails to the rim that have great views/photo ops. At the bottom in the river we saw several banded water snakes that are not afraid of humans at all. They followed us up stream. Plenty of small mouth bass to enjoy as well. Trail is washed out a tad but overall is a good heart pounder albeit a short one. The bench seats alone the trail would certainly be helpful if you need a break.

hiking
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Great hike, though the climb back up is a gasser! The "ruins" at the bottom of the trail are what's left of an old amusement park, "Canyonland". There are big concrete blocks turned at about 45-degree angle, these are part of the base of a cable car that used to run from the bottom of the canyon on the west side to the top on the east side. There's the stone foundation of the old concession stand, and overgrown concrete picnic tables scattered about. The river here is quite nice, clear enough to see large fish swimming around, very rocky. DO USE BUGJUICE! The redbugs are voracious here.
As I said, the trip up is strenuous, but I made it! Had a heart attack in October, but no chest pain on trail; told my cardiologist I won't need a stress test any time soon! Recommend this hike to all.

trail running
Monday, July 15, 2013

We jogged/hiked the trail in late May after stopping at many of the overlooks along Little River Canyon. It was a beautiful day to be out enjoying nature. The jog to the bottom of the trail was steep. The surface was mainly dirt and there were man-made stair structures. Once at the bottom, you are able to walk along the river and enjoy the views to the top of the canyon. The return climb was a bit of a challenge but we did run much of it. Definitely worth the effort.

hiking
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I completed this trail on a hot June day. The tree canopy kept it cool. Yes, the beginning of the trail is steep - please don't attempt in flip flops or Crocs. After the descent, you can hike along creek to look up at Eberhart Point (truly makes you realize how small we are), and past old picnic tables and some structure... There is a picnic table, fire ring & garbage cans (I'd hate to be the person in charge of dumping them). I found a more enjoyable path back up (no, not by escalator) - my blog has detailed review, pics, gpx route.

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

This trail STEEP, which is why it is rated strenuous. But don't let that scare you off. There are benches to rest on the way back up from the canyon floor back to the rim. about 500 feet. we enjoyed this hike. Start at the end off the parking lot and stay along the edge to check out the awesome views. You will soon join the main trail, which is an old road bed, just below the canyon rim. follow the road to the canyon floor. you will see interesting ruins of an abandoned picnic area. strange and eerie. great swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clean waters of Little River. the trail goes both upstream and downstream a short way. on the way back, follow the old road back to same parking lot.

hiking
Monday, June 21, 2010

This trail was a breeze at the beginning. My friend and I actually were joking about it on the way down but we were very surprised on how hard the climb up was. It certainly took its effect on us plus it was well over 90 degrees that day. This trail is not a must see but if your in this part of the country sometime then I would definitely recommend it.

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