Explore the most popular forest trails near Sheffield with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I’m a noob to the AT, but this was the most difficult hike I’ve ever done! If this is “easy” I don’t want to know what a more challenging hike is like. It was beautiful - but tough.

Great hike. A good, challenging trail. Gets steep quickly; it isn't long before you see beautiful wildlife and waterfalls. Keep going up to Mt. Everett where you can catch some good views.

A walk really rather than a hike, but very beautiful. No doggies however.

Very nice hike but very challenging (my calves were soared the next 3 days). The falls are nice and the upper part past the falls sees a wonderful forest path along the river, a delight! The path to the Appalachian Trail to mount Everett is indeed rocky and steep (strenuous) and views are not really there (unless you got someone to put you on their shoulders :D). Make sure on the way back (close to the parking lot) to take on a a left and cross the river (I kept going straight lost in my thoughts and realized that there was houses that I did not see on the way in and I had to turn back...).
Took me about 2-2h30 to get to Mount Everett with a fairly good pace.

Only downside of this hike is that the peak has no view, they took down the fire tower. Very anticlimactic. Beginning and Middle are 5/5 tho

Very strenuous trail which made it incredibly rewarding. Parked on 41 and walked up to the falls which were really pretty. Kept gong past the campsite (very nice, with a privy, bear box and platforms) and up to the AT for our first time. The AT portion was even steeper and rockier than what came before - I was very grateful for my poles, especially on the way down. As others have said, no view from the top of Mt Everett, but you'll find a great lookout point about 2 minutes past the summit. No bugs at all when we were out, btw, which was a real bonus! This is not a hike for amateurs. Met some AT thru-hikers...AND an enormous angry rattlesnake on the way down!

hiking
3 months ago

All trails’ directions bring you to a parking lot. The trail from there is easy to follow. It is overgrown in the beginning & there are lots of bugs in July. It is also variably rocky with a steady, but mild incline. The lower falls trail is pretty short, approx 1 mile in. There is a sign halfway that says upper or lower falls and the distances (1.5 to upper falls, 0.5 to lower). I was pretty far below the falls at first but climbed up closer from the base. It was a little tricky, with a lot of big boulders and some are wet or mossy. I slipped, so be careful! The falls are pretty, though. I was the only one by the falls. There were people swimming downstream. I climbed up, then back down the upper falls trail part way, which was much steeper than the lower falls trail. It seems like if you wanted to go under the falls, it would be super slippery on the sloped rock below, but the water is very clear.

Beautiful scenery, worth the climb to stand on top of Race Mountain to be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view. Very buggy. Met friendly hikers. Hiking poles a big help.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy in and out hike. We went up to the lower falls and it was well worth it. Make sure you keep going until you get to the end. We almost stopped and the small little terrace falls, but another 150’ up are the giant lower falls which at the start of July still had a lot of water coming down.

Beautiful trail! I followed it to the falls, the summit, and the continued down the AT to a pond, where I was completely alone to enjoy the water.

This was a good hike - strenuous for us. The climb starts almost immediately after the trail split, about a 1/4 mile in. Markers on tree per light blue. Lots of rocky ground and ground with exposed roots. Part of trail to lower falls is through a creek bed with lots of large rocks. Trail might be muddy after a rain. We did not go beyond upper falls after visiting lower falls. Total trip for us was 3 miles in about 2 hours.

hiking
4 months ago

Did the falls trail and continued north on AT. Didn't quite make it to Everett peak due to time limitations. Great hike. Moderate traffic up to falls (mile or so), but after that lightly traveled (this was the Friday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend). Falls were strong May 25th, 2018. Likely to be much less impressive later in the summer.

Great hike. Not quite “easy” as the trail rating suggests.

hiking
6 months ago

Besides for the fact that there is a rolling river between the trail head and the trail, this hike is incredible. Pictures do not do the falls justice. It’s something you have to see with your eyes. It’s a must do hike!

Worth the trustee fee. A little bit of everything on well kept trails.

Nice simple walk very nice view

I hiked this route yesterday morning starting at 7:30 am. The sun rising, and not another soul in the woods. The snow gives the forest a whole new look. I loved the trail!. The minimal snow depth made micro spikes a serious challenge when on a slope, and they made rock contact. I had several close calls. I can't wait for Spring so I can bring my wife!

Beautiful waterfalls!!! Stunning views from the Ridgeline!!!

Loved this hike,challenging but worth it.

Race Brook Falls is a steep and strenuous trail but it’s well worth it. You’ll find yourself taking detours to observe the water cascading down over the rocks.

Turned left at the AT to Mt Race. Beautiful view.

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

Beautiful waterfalls. Good hike

hiking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Took the trail all the way to where it intersects with the Appalachian Trail (~2 miles one way). It is a very challenging, steep hike in several spots once you bypass the lower falls trail and continue onto the AT. However, it is also a beautiful area and gets you access to the upper falls area, which is a stunning place. If you're up for a challenge, I recommend it.

hiking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

Great work out and great views!

backpacking
Friday, September 01, 2017

Beautiful Section of Trail.

hiking
Monday, August 21, 2017

Good trail, skipped the lower falls trail and went left to upper falls. Immediately, the incline begins and is a fairly challenging grade in a short(ish) distance. It's about two miles to the AT - not many views other than the waterfall. Hiked to Mt Everett (AT north) and to what use to be the location for the fire lookout. The tower is no longer there and the peak really doesn't allow for much viewing. If you continue north about another two mins, there's a nice rock ledge lookout that offers a nice view. If you're setting out in search of beautiful landscape views, this isn't the trail for that. But if you love waterfalls and a good climb, this was perfect.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nice trail dogs not aloud!

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great hike, I would skip the lower falls trail as well. Challenging rock scrambles and summit had OK views.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

I suggest taking the "upper falls route" to the AT because it has better markings on the trees. Well worth the hike, it was fabulous! My Garmin tracked 6.65 miles.

camping
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

What a great Trail! Stayed the night

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