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Lots of wildlife seen a lot of deer. Really liked the top

Bugs were bad but well worth the fight to get to cave. VERY BEAUTIFUL!!! Make sure and get your permit and gate passcode ahead of time. Could not get signal at gate had to drive east to Limrock to get a signal. Well worth the trouble though

Contrary to some posts this is a kid friendly hike, IF you’ve prepared and purchased actual hiking boots. Kids in sneakers just won’t make it. My husband and i took our 6 year old and he loved it (this was his third hike and the most intense). There were a few muddy/slippery spots but that’s to be expected. We were also able to hike down into the cave (wet rocks and mud) and our son had no issues, we loved it!

Make sure you bring your bug spray though! We forgot and the mosquitoes were in full effect.

You need to get a permit for everyone on the hike, they’re free and have the access code to the gate you need for entry.

We hiked this trail in April 2018, the weather was decent, there’s alot of tree cover. This trail is NOT kid-friendly. When ascending the zig-zag ledges to reach the cave, our small
children (2yo and 4yo) had a very difficult time climbing and finding footholds.

There are endless opportunities for children to lose there balance, tumble off the side of the ledge, and fall to their death to the dry creek bed full of boulders and rocks. This trail would be great for older kids (10yo+) who are experienced and mindful of their trail placement. With our young children, it was a constant, fidgety nightmare of saving their lives from eminent peril.

Why continue you may ask? We were told that this trail was “easy” and “kid-friendly” by a family member. So we forged forward thinking the trail would ease up, and it did once you reached the same plateau as the cave. We also could not scale down into the serenity of the cave because it was far too steep and slippery for the children to manage.’

This was a fun hike, lots of centipedes all over the place though

This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to! It’s a short hike out and back but I would rate this on a moderate level of difficulty due to the inclines and slick trails. Trail heads are clearly marked and it’s immaculately clean/well kept. Permit is easy to obtain and the guys who issue them are super quick to respond and very friendly. I went once in early April ‘18 and back again the following month. The trail holds water pretty well, be sure to bring some good hiking boots and prepare yourself to get a little wet/dirty. When I first went in April, it was still fairly cool so the vegetation was light. I went back about 2 or 3 weeks later after the first real warm up of the spring season and boy did it change! Super lush! Vegetation brings the critters, so pack some deep woods insect repellent. Definitely have a headlamp just in case, it can get dark in some spaces. After a rain, the cave is very wet, but manageable if you stay smart and watch your step. I spent probably 1.5 hrs inside the cave each time, there is such much to see and soak in! There are two waterfalls on either side of the cave, both beautiful and very unique in their own way. Heed warning on the left side....me and a friend did some “off trail” hiking above that waterfall and there were a couple of scary moments. There is a spot for camping on the right side above the cave entrance. It's extremely primitive though, just a heads up. If you’ve never been, I would advise bringing a buddy with you the first time. It’s an incredible spot to share anyway. The most ideal time to go would be fall or early spring. I can’t wait to go back! Really enjoyed both trips and it will forever hold a special place in my heart!

Narrow trail, but amazing views!

2 months ago

Awesome trail - water fall was well worth the hike - will warn you to have bug spray and if allergic to oak or ivy be prepared it is over growing the trails - and bring you stick - the trails are closer to hard than easy on the moderate scale

It was a good hike but slippery on the rocks. It had rained before we went. We saw two deer and One Turkey. Also they’re was a bench at the waterfall that someone had broken and thrown part of it up and it was stuck on a tree limb. It was a hot day when we went but upon reaching the waterfall the air was a lot cooler. It was like an air conditioner.

Good distance for what you get. You can’t get near the waterfall though. It’s just straight down into a hole. Then you pretty much turn around and leave. Not one id visit again.

I love this trail!! It's so beautiful! It isn't easy though more like moderate.

AH-MAZ-ING hike! I would rate it between easy and moderate. A lot of rocks and a good leg workout. Mostly uphill on the way in and downhill on the way out.
Path clear, easy to read and folks on trail are SO nice.
When you get to the end, you can go to the top of the waterfall or explore the waterfall inside the cave (off to the left).
*UPDATE: Hiked this for the second time today. If you plan in hiking this trail, you will need the pass code to get in! You can find the website and phone number on the sign posted. If you do not have the code, you WILL NOT get in. This is posted as private property and there are cameras. SO worth it! You MUST explore the cave while you are there!!!
AND PLEASE..... IF YOU HAVE DOGS, TAKE POOP BAGS AND PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG.

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3 months ago

Very steep, very rocky, a bit of a workout, but beautiful waterfall!

This trail is amazing. Definitely bring your hiking boots. I would also rate this as more moderate. It is definitely not for everyone. I went after a rain storm. The cave was beautiful and glowing with lots of water but was extremely slippery. I’ve never seen anything so beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

The waterfalls are pretty amazing when there is water running in spring and fall. If you are going for the waterfall make sure you do not go during the hot-dry summer months.
The only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is the garbage. It seems like no matter where you go and humans have been there, they leave their trash!

I gave this a good review because of the vertical pit in the area. I have not seen a trail anywhere labeled as Stephens gap. but there is a nice cave back there. But people need to be careful or they could fall over 100 feet onto nothing but breakdown and boulders. It's a decent walk back to it.

great place to spend day exploring and relaxing. Rocky and slippery but awesome

hiking
5 months ago

We have done this trail several times. If you’re going for the waterfall, don’t go during a dry spell. We’ve been (recently) when the water was rushing out of the mountain, and we’ve been during a dry spell when it was just a trickle. The climb is a little rough but worth it.

5 months ago

Great short afternoon hike. The out is up and and good cardio. Waterfall very cool

hiking
5 months ago

Good short hike to get a decent climb. Its muddy between .25 Mile maker and .74 mile marker for about 300 meters at elevation 820'... once past that to the climb its rocky/bolders..at the top the sink/waterfall is gorgeous, especially after a rain so its flowing strong. If you got a sunny day after a rain, this is a good hike. Wear hiking shoes/boots you can traverse mud in. Along the start stretch which follows a draw is rocky creek, when you get done hiking stop back at the creek and you can rinse your boots off.

5 months ago

plenty of water running today, pleasant trail despite the mud coming in

More direct link for permit online. ^^; https://permits.scci.org/

on Lost Sink Trail

6 months ago

Not too hard. Beautiful waterfall.

Beautiful trail but leans toward the moderate side if you’re not real sure footed. Cave and sink hole were fantastic!

hiking
6 months ago

Great Trail in the Keel Mountain preserve. It is a little strenuous at times because you are steadily going up, but the views are beautiful. Once at the top it goes back down and you are rewarded with a great falls that flows in a sinkhole disappearing below. Well worth the hike.

6 months ago

fun hike. lots of traffic today. Cabin fever! well marked. beautiful falls at the top.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike and clearly marked trail. The water fall was gorgeous on 1/14/18 with the icicles. Definitely recommend this trail :)

Great hike with a nice reward. Very hard to find, print your directions before you go, cell service is non-existent.

hiking
8 months ago

rocky trail with an upward hike to the falls. Elevation is gradual. good easy to moderate hike.

Picture doesn’t do it justice. Really neat waterfall

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