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hiking
6 hours ago

Very scenic, well marked and maintained. Not too strenuous. Challenging, but not intimidating. Did the Violet City Cave tour in the afternoon!!! Great Day!

Good Family trail. Took my 11yr old that has a weak lower trunk and Autism and my 4yr old. Neither had any issues walking this trail. The scenery is amazing. God's creation is just breath taking.

Nice trail but very busy with bikers.

We stayed Monday and Tuesday night and there were several people there. The shower house and restrooms were fairly maintained. We stayed near one of the ramps so it was easy to put our kayaks in. The lake was down so it wasn't as pretty as I had hoped, but the water is clear and we snorkeled and swam one afternoon. Also, there are several hiking trails. One lead from the campground to the dam and the one I enjoyed the most was Vanhook Falls. We didn't make a reservation, but got a decent campsite. My guess would be that it is noisy on weekends. I would recommend this place to a friend.

We just visited Vanhook Falls and I have to say it was the highlight of our stay while at Holly Bay campground. The trail is easy at first and gets more strenuous near the falls, and the rock formations and overhangs were beautiful. There were several smaller waterfalls near the trail. You will walk across two bridges. There is a nice bench to catch your breath once you get to the falls.

hiking
1 day ago

The cave was awesome and the rock wall was very cool. Saw a ringnecked snake Millipede , chipmunk and a hawk. Wished i brought my hiking stick

hiking
2 days ago

Spent the good portion of the day hiking this trail with my son after forgetting to pack any food. We had water covered though and finally made it. The reward for the hike was a massive feast at Shack in the Back BBQ.

The hike is nice, it has some huge boulders along the way to marvel at. The falls are BEAUTIFUL. My dogs and I had the falls all to ourselves for about an hour and a half. Big beautiful boulders around the falls for you sit and eat lunch while watching the water. Nicely marked the whole way. Loved this one!

hiking
2 days ago

Fantastic hike! I think the mileage may be off by a mile. The rock formations are amazing and the falls are pretty with a nice sandy beach to sit and admire them. My dogs had a great time playing in the water. We didn't see anyone there - except for a bear! The trailhead was slightly confusing because it forked at the beginning with no signage. It looks like there may have been a sign there once. Anyway, go right.

mountain biking
2 days ago

There are nice trails, but could use better signage.

mountain biking
2 days ago

Very well maintained.

No matter how many times we do this convenient trail, it always delights

It’s a nice, paved walking path with plenty of trees and natural sounds. If you live in the Lexington area and are in need of a quick escape from all of its bustle, this place is a perfect fit. It’s also very child friendly. My kids loved the turtle ponds!

Love this trail. I want to go back and see more of it.

Beautiful scenery 5 stars, trail needs A LOT of work. Lots of debris and trees across the trail, numerous poorly marked sections of the trail and multiple reroute signs. Took a map and used Alltrails and was still hard to find the actual trail in spots. Strenuous hike but fun.

June 2018: saw a rattlesnake, bear... and LOTS of TICKS!!

Parked on the side of the road indicated by the trail head, easy to find the trail. The first bit of this trail was overgrown with a lot of brush coming into the path. Almost stepped on a rattlesnake unknowingly, which turned aggressive as we noticed it. A bit startling. The middle of the trail is EPIC, as it consists of cave-like structures and trails that weave through them. The actual waterfall isn’t at the end of this trail, it is about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through. It seems the end of this trail is the parking lot for the scenic overlook trail. On the way back we spotted a large (150+lb) black bear on the trail. Also a bit startling. Lived to tell this tale. Only harm done was two tick bites, sore legs, and some general anxiety as a moderately inexperienced hiker.

The ascension certainly earns the rightful title of pilot knob. Along with what most are saying, it’s a tough incline but glorious, sweeping views await you at the top. Stay in the middle of the path, as poison ivy forms a phalanx on both sides.

Good trail. My mileage was closer to 10.9.

Definitely need a map! Quickly got lost. Pick up a map at the trailhead, the one hear is not very good. That being said, it's a great place to hike - peaceful, relaxing, beautiful.

I don’t think this is an easy trail as everyone thinks. It is straight downhill to the river and then when you take the loop to Deep Hollow it’s steeper back up. However, it is a scenic trail so I will give it credit for beauty. Might try again in the fall!

Awesome hiking. Steep includes make for a great workout.

road biking
3 days ago

Absolutely beautiful and moderately difficult due to the distance.

I love it¡
Good workouts!

fun trail. watch the kids on the top because their aren't ant hand rails. good condition too.

short and easy, good for kids too.

walking
4 days ago

Nice mostly paved path around a lake.

I love this trail!! Very very easy, nice views along the stream and many options to make the trail as long or short is you like!! This trail is awesome for kids, just be careful because this is also a bike trail. There are also areas to go into the shallow water to cool off. This trail is amazing for beginner hikers or if u just want to get out for a bit. We also take my dog and she loves to play in the water. Very clean and well maintained!!

hiking
4 days ago

Very pretty but a little rough. I am a beginner hiker and it was pretty hard for me. On my way down it’s pretty steep with a lot of drop offs. The trail to the cave and creek is pretty narrow and straight up rock stairs. On the way back we took a different trail that was mainly a gravel rode but it was pretty steep and up the whole way!! My fit bit told me I walked up 25 flights of stairs lol!! Very pretty and great views but for those that are not good with up hill or working on building up endurance this is very challenging!! Also had my dog (Shepard) and my youngest with us and this trail is not stroller friendly (we have a light weight running stroller with bike tires) my dog loved it but there were a few areas that were narrow and I was afraid she’d fall.

Great place for a quick day hike, awesome scenery, and great trails!

hiking
4 days ago

An easy walk along a very thin trail. Took my two boys (8 and 12) and walked straight to the arch. We wandered around for a while trying to find a way to actually get on top, but didn’t want to wander through all of the undergrowth.

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