Awesome trail!!!! Few things:
Parking: we parked where there’s a sign that says trailer parking (at Dally Gap). If you walk in straight ahead from parking and go towards the dally gap sign, you’ll be going clockwise around the loop starting out with river crossings and tougher terrain and If you walk up the little hill/trail a bit to the right where there’s a gate (old service road I think) you’ll be going counterclockwise around the loop starting with going down a ridge/mountain/hill towards the penitentiary trail

We went clockwise - the river crossings were AWESOME! Campsites were great - the one that’s about 2.4 miles in had a nice fire pit and was right by the river - beautiful little area

Trails a bit hard to follow with no markings - there was a group in front of us that pointed out where to cross the river twice that we probably would have missed - those were really the only 2 problem areas - they kept going too but then realized they weren’t on the trail anymore and went back to cross.

After about 8ish miles (don’t quote me) you’ll get to a really large, flat campground area where you’ll see the penitentiary trail signs (this is where you’ll go back to the parking lot, but if you want to go to the falls - you do - you’ll just keep going and when you come back this is where you’ll veer off to go back to the parking lot)

For the falls:
From that big campground area you’ll keep going and cross the river again, keep going on the trail for a ways, then you’ll find yourself at a part of the trail that looks like you should keep going along the river - or you can go up to the left (up a little rocky area - there were also sticks up and boulders trying to block the straight trail as that’s not what you want to take). Definitely go up to the left there, you’ll cross another little offshoot of the river - really small crossing - and then the trail goes right (to the left is the rough ridge trail - you’ll see the sign for it - go right!) follow that around and you have a couple more river crossings and you’ll see the beech bottom camping area - keep going - you’ll then see signs that say no horses (someone can put those up but no trail signs lmao) keep going again and you’ll get to the falls! Once you’re done at the falls go back to that same campsite area and then you’ll take the penitentiary trail back to the parking lot!

Hope this helps!

We did also have 2 copperheads right on the trail just before the big campsite area- so keep your eyes open as always!