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Did this on a day hike, all the way from the visitors center. The stairs are not easy, even with just a light pack. The falls and initial scenery are breathtaking. The walk going up kind of fools you with how it seems easier than it actually is. Your sore feet will remind you of how much climbing you really did. Coming back was faster, but not easier. The stairs coming back down are a joy (not).

hiking
1 day ago

Near Iron Hill Trail. I like to run Iron Hill then hike this right after. A bit challenging at a few spots. Several spots to veer off and sit on small somewhat-secluded beaches and modest overlooks of the lake. Very nice scenery.

trail running
1 day ago

Easy walk/jog. Very nice escape. Easy-to-follow path. Couple good spots for dogs to swim too.

This is a pleasant easy walk culminating in a nice waterfall. Take the low trail back to stay near the brook.

Beautiful scenery but take note: this trail on the app is not talking about the gorge floor. Hiking the loop across the suspension bridge is a lot of steps but nothing is better (but more difficult) here than the gorge floor leading up Sliding Rock Trail. Took my husband and I about 3.5 hours to hike (and climb and wade in freezing water) from the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center then down to the suspension bridge then further down to the gorge floor (no pets allowed on the gorge floor) then across the rocks and along the rocks all the way to Bridal Veil Falls. The real challenge is the 45 degree angle climb up Sliding Rock Trail for about .25 miles and then up to the South Rim trail and across the bridge and North Rim Trail back to the center. Difficult but so worth it! Permit is required to go down to the gorge floor (only 100 given out each day).

Beautiful scenery from both sides. Quite the workout if you decide to hike the trails from one side to the other. Take the stairs all the way down to the bridge, cross it, then come back up the stairs on the other side. It was abt 11,000 steps trail and steps.

Easy and great for kids. A little crowded. View are nice, but overlooking a road and chicken farm:(

Breathtakingly beautiful. There’s even stairs!

Awesome trail. We started and ended at store parking lot and did total of 7 miles. Definetely challenging coming up steep climb back to car for last mile. Would highly recommend this trail

Just beautiful, it was well worth the strain of climbing the steps to the top. I would definitely go again!

hiking
4 days ago

This is a mountain biking trail.

hiking
4 days ago

This is a mountain biking trail.

Heavy traffic on weekends.

A nice and very easy hike for little ones and seniors at Vogal State Park that allows them to get close to a waterfall. The hike around the lake is very nice as well.

Great place go several times a week and do the trail two times! Great place to do everyday training for thru hikes when you live in the city. Strap on your full pack and do a 10 plus mile shack down!

hiking
4 days ago

Great in-and-out hike to a beautiful waterfall! Wooden bench about halfway to enjoy the view. Well shaded and good for dogs and kids. We set up camp overnight and it was pretty ideal.

Just got home from completing this one. Due to weather, we decided to do the river crossings first. Which meant we had to face an uphill penitentiary branch trail the next day. That was fairly strenuous.

This can be an in and out or a section
hike from Pilchers Pond to Snake Creek Gap.
This is not a trail with waterfalls or impressive hemlocks or one that draws crowds.
It is a trail the takes you through a beautiful hardwood forest, a grove of pines, over a several creeks, through a clearing, past a pond with a large beaver family, up Horn mountain, along the crest of the mountain revealing impressive views and through a sizeable granite boulder field. During the spring the wildflowers are abundant. It is a wonderful and very peaceful trail to hike.
One of my favorites. Fortunately I live 10 minutes away.
I would not rate this as difficult. It is moderate only because of the climb up the mountain.

Very dissapointed in this trail. Trecking up mostly on a gravel road was very difficult for me and the view was lacking due to trees and haze due to pollen and Controlled fires happening in the area. the Tower was locked so no view.

Fantastic hike! Challenging. One of the better hikes in Georgia. The Vista is spectacular words nor photographs give it justice. The abundance of water was fantastic for the dogs. I especially enjoyed the pool of cold water which rejuvenated my joints. I expected to see more wildlife. Great hike for solitude. Recommend packing a lunch for this one although Clayton is close enough and has an abundance of restaurants.

We hiked this trail earlier today. there were quite a few groups of people but not crowded. I took my six year old and only saw one other group with children. mine was fine, he tripped a couple of times on the rocks. This is a hard trail, but very rewarding! You are climbing over rocks and boulders for a bit of the trail. I recommend going when there are clear skies, there was quite a bit of fog and at the top there were no good views because of that. There was a valley close to the top that we enjoyed quite a bit though!

hiking
6 days ago

Definitely worth the time if you’re in the area and looking for a short, easy hike with some beautiful views.

Nice trail. Started in Unicoi and went to Helen and hiked back. Trail was well marked and well maintained.

hiking
6 days ago

If you hike the whole loop its a really decent hilly hike. Its not a very scenic or pretty hike but its good for exercise. I tracked 5 miles on the fitbit. I hiked it counterclockwise so the waterfall was at the tail end. Be prepared to have wet socks and shoes tho... there are 2 shin/knee deep creek crossings with no logs or stones to step on. The waterfall is quite pretty and easily accessed.

hiking
6 days ago

it's open

Nice view of the falls. If you have a dog you probably want to skip going up the stairs. They are open metal gratings and many dogs wouldn't use them. Actually saw a couple of people having to carry their dog. Makes a strenuous hike into a stressful hike.

The Eastern Ridge portion has some great mountain views but none of the falls. A good portion is a rutted out old gravel road that was more difficult to navigate.

We got a little more workout than planned for a short 2.1 mile hike. 610 foot vertical puts a lot of strain on your calves. The upper section of the eastern loop, is an abandoned, washed out road with large rocks. The lower section is a nice wooded switchback trail. The steps on the western loop are in good shape, mainly made of steel mesh. Great views. Do checkout the lodge. Great spot to sit on the deck and relax.

Hiked it for the first time this morning with my dog. The wash right at the beginning was absolutely beautiful and so peaceful in the morning. There were a few strenuous inclines - nothing I couldn't walk up unaided but enough to get the heart pumping. We started the trail at 9am and finished at 11:30 (on a Friday). We didn't see a single other hiker but two of the camp sites were occupied.

If you want to see much of the canyons themselves, definitely plan to hike one of the other trails as canyon views were sparse, and had a lot of tree cover at that.

For anyone else with a smartwatch, just a heads-up that the park and this trail are extremely close to the line between Eastern and Central time. A number of times my watch flipped between time zones (presumably based on what cell tower was closest), which left me momentarily confused when I started the trail at 9am, then checked my watch and saw that it was 8:30...

hiking
7 days ago

if you start this trail going up Jenkins Gap trail expect a very difficult mile. it was very tough, but worth it. going counterclockwise made the remainder of the trail a breeze.

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