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Hiked the section from Cumberland Falls to Holly Bay Campground over two days, about 17 miles. Trail was more technical than previous reviews had indicated. Great views and good camping spots, but lots of scrambling, overgrown and poorly maintained areas, a creek crossing, multiple downed trees, rock laden paths, and a large section of narrow trail along a ridge line tilted at a 45 degree angle. Difficult to traverse with a 25-30 lb pack on your back.

This trail was awesome. was a little populated but the views were totally worth it. I would def recommend checking it out! Daniel Boone is beautiful in general.

It is awesome

6 days ago

Love this hike but not a,easy hike ticks steps and climbing was great ..

6 days ago

The hike around the lake was off limits because of concern the dam would break, hence the trail was not well travelled and more difficult than the easy rating. Also rather muddy and prone to one slipping and being injured. Enjoyed the hike despite the gawd awful humidity. My undershirt and polo where sweat soaked as if I had showered in my cloths. ENJOY!

trail running
7 days ago

Excellent trail- all paved. Great for beginning and advanced runners. A lot of traffic and people around, so you can feel relatively safe. The only thing I wish they would do is light up the entire trail for those of us who have to go when it’s dark outside. The summer months are good, but if they could just light it up for when the days are shorter.

Was there during Labor Day so it had a theme park feel with all the people. Disappointed by all the trash. View was awesome and lots of places to rest on the way up.

10 days ago

Ticks galore in July. Be careful during these months. All family had seed ticks that took days to recover from the bites. Not for sure the view was worth it....but hey, its hiking!

Great easy hike. Beautiful area.

Beautiful views!!! allot of stairs so it's a great cardio with amazing views of Pineville!!

14 days ago

Love hiking up to the top and seeing the beautiful views.

15 days ago

Trail is well marked. The section of the trail after crossing the road at the water tower becomes multi-use. Stables are located near this section of the trail.

it was beautiful! nice ascent to the top, good workout, loved the view

15 days ago

Great day out with just the wife. :) moderate hike. Hot day. Great overlook. A bit crowded at final fall today though. No complaints.

16 days ago

Not exactly picturesque, but a nice easy trail. Some spots trees falling made it a little easy to lose the path, but nothing alarming.

This was a strenuous trail and not well marked. I gave it four starts due to the poor trail marking.

Nice shady trail. Saw a family of deer!

Fantastic hike. The roar of the large Cumberland waterfall in the front end of the hike is awesome. The second half - lots of stairs - is also very interesting. Lots of large rocks, boulders and outcroppings. Swimming hole and falls as the grand finale!

Decent when they maintain the trails, good for a short lunch time hike

easy to walk. you can use a lift to the top of Natural Bridge

Good for a warm up trail.

Fun. Good family hike trail.

Tough 13 mile hike on hot summer day. Bring lots of water. Lots of elevation and a lot of roots on the trail.

Great trails! Get a trail map from the park ranger, it will save you some headache later on. I hiked some of the Sand Gap Trail, but it without the trail map it was poorly marked in stretches and I turned back about an hour or so in. I ended up doing the Hood's Branch Trail, which was awesome! It's almost 4 miles, shaded for pretty much the whole trail, and offers some stunning views from the top. I didn't see anyone on the way up, and on the way down it wasn't until I was nearly done with the trail that I saw 4 other people. You cross several small bridges, and much of the trail you either see or hear a creek nearby. I would definitely recommend this trail! Hoods Branch isn't a Loop by itself, you need to combine it with the Low Gap and Rock Garden Trails to make a loop from the parking lot to the arch. Be forewarned: the Rock Garden is just that, and I can easily see someone twisting an ankle on this "trail". Lots of rocks!

had some issues hiking the full JW trail. first the trailhead by the lodge was closed but there was no notice on the website or anywhere else. just a sign at the entrance. i checked a different trailhead and it was open but there should be notice if a trail or part is closed before you get there.

second. spiders everywhere. the whole trail had webs strewn across the trail. i had to get a stick and waive it in front of me the whole hike so i wouldn't walk into a web and pick up a nasty companion.

third. big tree blocking a narrow and steep section. was nearly impassable. had to take off my pack and slide under it.

i still give 3 stars for potential. would be a great hike with a little trail TLC.

Great trail. Mostly easy, with some moderate uphill sections. A few places were not marked very well, and there were a few places where unmarked trails branch off of the main trail. My advice- stay the course and don't make a turn if you're not sure. Although I did walk some of these trails for a bit to see where they went, then doubled back. You might be able to get lost if you go too far. Of course a good walking stick is recommended for the spider webs that you will encounter. Markers say to allow 6 hours for this trail, but it's easily done in much less if you're a frequent hiker. Also, Shangri-la arch is collapsing so be careful in this area. There are arrows painted on the rocks to help guide you, just beware if you travel this area especially after heavy rain, there may be falling or loose rocks.

Well marked and nice balance of different types of terrain.

Hard to follow, no trail markings!

27 days ago

Very busy loop! I didn’t realize it was paved but there are plenty of cut through trails into the wooded area. Lots to explore. Beautiful bridges! Can’t wait to come back!

make sure you take the second trail head down the road. the first will result in a 10 mile hike. we accidentally made the mistake when we went for the first time and didn't bring enough supplies.

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