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Nice trail for kids and beginning to moderate hikers. Stay left which us steeper but easier footing - come back clockwise in less steep by more rocky trail.
Nice views and dog friendly with swimming hole near parking.

Did the trail July 16th. We were surprised that the bugs were nonexistent. Did the trail counter clockwise which we thought was the easiest. The payoff is great for the effort only about 1000 ft of elevation. Would do this hike again.

5 days ago

This was a great hike, though I would not rate as easy. I don't frequently "mountain" hike but am an active individual! As others have said, the hike starts out as a stroll and gradually increases after crossing the river. Portions of the trail leading up to the first ledge/view point can be strenuous. After the first view point the trail decreases in difficulty for a bit before the final scramble. The top offers AMAZING views! I can't believe the payoff is so rich for such a relatively short hike.

The bugs weren't too bad, though I was thoroughly covered in repellant. And traffic was minimal.

Nice path. Great views and of the lake and waterfalls.

7 days ago

Great views at the top. We did the trail clockwise, and I would recommend it. Not an easy hike (‘moderate’ seems more appropriate)

This is a nice, family friendly hike that is not too difficult with nice, if not spectacular views from the ledges. The trail itself is interesting for the large boulders strewn about and some old growth pine and hardwoods. We did the loop clockwise, and I recommend that.

on Boulder Loop Trail

8 days ago

Not many picnic areas, people diving in the “no swimming” area of the waterfalls, took away from the view and posed danger that was not something children should be doing.

A nice day hike, manageable stretch for those of us in the group who are less experienced hikers. The views from the ledges were great. The trail wasn't too busy; we saw just enough people to know we weren't alone out there.

We ended up parking at the Olivarian lot, and only realized once we got to the signposts on the way to the trail that the Downes lot would have been closer. The XC trails to get from that lot to the trail are well marked, though, so we didn't have a lot of issues finding it, except for finding the continuation of the trails through the open meadow area near the beginning (it goes through the meadow sort of right of center from where you enter the meadow, through a lot of low blueberry bushes).

13 days ago

Great short hike with fantastic views.

Great hike - nice view water cold

13 days ago

wouldn’t rate this as “easy” but it is definitely a great shorter hike! some steep parts and a bit of a scramble getting to the summit. our pup had no troubles and enjoyed it with us!

Family friendly relatively easy hike to the falls. I did this with nine people and it took about three hours including the time we spent at the falls. Gorgeous views from the top of the waterfall. We tried doing the loop portion to also check out piper falls but the path barely looked like a path so we had to head back the way we came in. I'd definitely recommend this hike to anyone of any skill level.

Great views and not too challenging

The trail is now open.

This is a nice short hike!

15 days ago

Gorgeous at top - 2 beautiful ledges. Not difficult but perfect if you are not a hard core hiker.

It was worth it. The brook seemed too dry at first, so I was anticipating that I'd be unimpressed. But the forest let light in in a way that made the trail compelling for photography and it was not too difficult a hike. I did not meet too many people on the way up which gave me enough time for picture taking at the end of the trail where the falls are. The gorge that makes up the end of the trail had a nice balance of light and shadows for photography even though the falls themselves were rather dry.

17 days ago

I would give it another star if the bugs weren’t so bad yesterday. I took the logging road alternative up to the trail and finally had to put my bug jacket on. After the ledges they were better. The logging road is nice on the way down because you can let you legs out and take long strides. Coming down on the trail, I kept wanting to go left or down following the stones for water runoff and had to keep myself “right” or higher to stay on the path.

We hiked this trail in 90 degree weather so we took our time which start to finish with 15 minutes at summit was exactly 5 hours. The clockwise loop was a gradual ascent and we took in a nice breeze on the ledges. The views were spectacular. The downed trees as reported last month have now been cleared. Bugs didn’t bother us until we were on our way back and about a mile to the trailhead.

20 days ago

Great hike with amazing views.

Went today for the first time. With my two children 11 and 13 years old, our dog and a family friend. We all had a great time. However some spots were very steep and rocky. Had to be very careful not to slip. Very well marked trail and lots of other people hiking. Well worth the $5 park pass, we will be doing this one again.

Seems to be off the beaten path from most Conway trails. It’s a nice walk in the woods. But once you get to .8 mile mark “mineral site” you can go right or left. Neither trail has any of the yellow markings and the trail to the left. Which I presume would loop you back is not marked and looks like a deer path. We encountered several other families on the path also expecting a waterfall and nice view as described. We found nothing but a dried up creek bed and a lot of mosquitos. If you are looking to go mineral hunting or walk the dog it’s a good easy walk. But not very rewarding or anything to write home about. Go to Black Cap Mountain trail instead! We did it with 2 dogs and a 10 month old no problem. And what a view!

25 days ago

US Forest Service posted today the trail is now open.


Ignore the stars as I haven't hiked it yet. Just wanted to post a review to let you know that as of yesterday, the road to access the trail head was still closed for the season.

26 days ago

Great trail with nice views at the top!

absolutely beautiful, i love this trail

breathtaking summit

A great area to walk in the woods. A good mix of in the woods and on the gravel road. The falls area is nice but can also be seen from the road. This one is more for those looking to enjoy the forest away from the crowds.

The falls were great and the hike around the pond was quiet. Nice place to take a walk with young kids.

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