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on Nathan McClure Trail

1 day ago

I love this site, it's a gem. I use it in the spring time and I rarely see anyone else when I go. it has a few tent pads before you go on the trails, other than that it's pretty much dispersed. the trails are off a gravel road and are not well marked or kept up with. last time I went there were a few downed trees and no clear trail markers when you get closer to the river. if you know the area though you can find your way to the river with a great veiw. I would rate this usually moderate but in the state of the trail last time I went I would say hard. especially for anyone knew to hiking or this area. but nonetheless it makes for an exciting little weekend adventure. not to mention the Eagles flying over head!

took the OG up and to the lodge on the way back down. wasn't as natural on the way up or down but the views are still worth it.

This trail was beautiful! Hiked with a group of friends and really enjoyed the scenery. As soon as it gets tiring you are rewarded with awesome views!

Easy trail with a few steps. Beautiful overlook and then an easy walk to under the arch. Good for a quick adventure

2 days ago

Trail is definitely rough, but views are worth the steep inclines and declines. Trails are very well marked which is a great plus. Almost impossible to get lost out there, especially if you have a paper map of the whole park with trails marked.

horseback riding
2 days ago

Great trail. Lots of hills. After a rain it would be tough.

This is a great little hike for families and groups with kids. The kids in our group ranged from 4-9 and there was lots to climb on and over with the prize of the falls to play in after the initial hike in. This location can be difficult to find and gps/cell service is spotty, so know where you’re going before you head out there.

Great hike!

3 days ago

Took my sister back for a day of hiking while the guys golfed, we loved it. At the point where the stream crosses a solid rock , the trail goes to the left and a 4 wheeler road goes through the creek bed, go to the right, you can actually see the falls from this side. Just be sure to back track to the trail. The view is amazing.

Nice day for a hike :)

5 days ago

A nice trail to see Spring wildflowers on. Lots of mountain laurel in spots. A nice hike any time of year.

5 days ago

Good, strenuous trail right near Louisville. Would recommend for a good day trip without having to leave the Louisville area!

Nice little trail. Low end half way around had damage to the boardwalk but was passable during our visit.

trail running
5 days ago

I’m not from the area so I’m not sure if it rained the day before, but the trail (after visiting the Arch) was too boggy to complete the full 2.6 miles. I was bummed about that, BUT the Arch was very cool and I had the place all to myself! Also, I’m part Cherokee, so it was humbling (in a beautiful way) be on a section of the Trail of Tears. Would love to give it try again in drier conditions!

Awesome caves and beautiful bridges! Sooo worth the hike!

It’s is a very easy beginner trail with wonderful views and sounds.

Lots of varying elevation in a trail for this area. High canopy, above a well maintained trail.

Great hike if your a beginner, but I would go in off of Martin’s Fork. It’s about 6 total miles. The day before we took Koomers Ridge and that was about 16 miles.
For me, as my first hike, my feet were not used to it.

7 days ago

We took our dogs plenty of room to run tons of open fields and different access points to the lake which is beautiful only thing we didn't like was the amount of mud at the time but it's very private and that made it so nice I wouldn't consider it moderate it was really easy but would love so have seen more access trails to the huge rocks. Overall the parts near the lake are great and if you have dogs it's a must also it seems in the summer time they do horseback riding so very glad we went in the winter so we could let the dogs free. I would do again during the fall in the middle of the week just to let the dogs go wild or if I had a kayak

So beautiful and pup friendly! Very steep beginning incline and obviously ending decline.

8 days ago

I would not suggest this trail. The starting climb going clock-wise was a little strenuous, but once you reach the top the trail is pretty flat until you descend in the gorge. The portion of the trail in the gorge was nice, but I'm not sure if it made up for the blandness of the first half of the trail. The main reason for my one star was because the last tow miles of the trail on Red River Rd., so not only are you walking on the road you get to worry about cars coming around the corner.

My Girlfriend, dog, and I started Pinch-Em and then took a side trail that connected with Gray's arch. Pinch-Em offered a couple of really nice look-outs and some great spots for camping.

The Tunnel Bridge Road bridge was closed off of MT. Highway so we had to park on the side of the road and walk the quarter mile to the trail head. The walk was worth it for the loop we did.

A simple fun hike that takes into the gorge along the creek. Parts of the trail are paved which makes the trail even easier than it already is.

A simple fun hike that takes into the gorge along the creek. Parts of the trail are paved which makes the trail even easier than it already is.

Very short trail, the views may not be as good as Chimney Top but the trails offers more to do which makes it slightly more enjoyable than Chimney Top.

8 days ago

Not really a trail, but the views are awesome and there are a few lookouts on the side of the trail.

My girlfriend, doggo, and I did this trail yesterday. We started on the Pinch-Em then took connector trail that connected with Gray's Arch about a mile before the actual. The Arch was awesome and jumps out at you out of nowhere, its great place for a snack/lunch break. The trail includes a couple of creek crossing, two descents via wooden stairs, and a mild ascent/descent. I would suggest this trail to anybody visiting the area looking a good day hike.

Be aware that if you are starting from Pinch-Em that the Tunnel Bridge Road is closed to cars, you can still walk across the bridge, it just adds about twenty minutes to your hike.

The only reason this trail is not rated hard is that it is not rocky. This little 3.3 is a beast from beginning to end. It is probably my favorite of all the trails in JMF. It will have you feeling like you walked 6 miles, but wish you were doing 6 more. I like to hike it from off the Siltstone (Bearcamp Rd. Trailhead) which adds a few extra miles and you can lollipop it. Great hike, beautiful views and and a lot of up and down.

Good trail. Well cared for. Clear markings.

This was a tough hike not at a easy level. I would rate it moderate level. Beautiful scenery along the lake and mountain laurels.

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