Perfect short day hike. Beautiful views. Scramble is not bad at all. Highly recommend and will be back. Best of all not too crowded!

Awesome trail! Highly recommend following the direction on all trails so you’re going up the rock scramble rather than down. Trail has tons to offer and lots of different landscapes, lush green. Great views too. Trails well marked it’s definitely lots of rocks to walk over and some muddy parts but not too bad. Will definitely come back and try this again

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muddy
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

This hike was exactly what I was looking for today: much of it was a peaceful walk in the woods surrounded by the sounds of birds chirping, but there was also a short period of uphill hiking and rock scrambling that got my heart pumping. The views at the top were beautiful, too - a perfect place to sit and relax after the toughest part is over. The trail is very clearly marked and well-maintained. There is a period between the blue trail and the green trail where the markers change, but just keep going- you're on the right track. I did this hike on a beautiful Saturday and only ran into a few people here and there. It was very serene. There were a few muddy spots where I had to leave the trail in order to avoid sinking into it, but this was not too much of a hassle as the area surrounding the trail was open enough for this to be possible. I definitely recommend doing the hike in the order described here. For me, rock scrambling is much more enjoyable and less terrifying than trying to climb down a rocky incline. Also, if you go backwards, the beautiful mountain top view comes earlier on in the hike. I prefer to have that experience closer to the end. Also, I used bug spray but the bugs were not bad at all! Enjoy your hike, guys!!

A challenging but satisfying hike. The views from the top of mountain and the fire tower make it all worth it! I would definitely recommend following the loop in the opposite direction by hiking up the Appalachian Trail to Normanook Fire Tower then taking Tower Trail down to Coursen Trail. On the way down Tower trail, we had to climb down, not walk. Going up Tower trail would have been very difficult.

Great hike further than what was estimated but took a little over 11 hours

Trails do not match at all. I ended up doing a completely different hike (which I didn’t mind, but was a lot shorter than my original planned route). Easy trail, more or less flat, non at rocky as the typical trails in the area. Beautiful woods and a couple of nice views.

hiking
2 months ago

Secluded, easy hike. Beautiful greenery

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icy
muddy
rocky
snow
washed out
2 months ago

hike/run. nice little loop

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off trail
2 months ago

Great hike although I needed to follow the app more closely then I thought. When the yellow trail ends at the road if you cross it you will head down to a really pretty stream. The app will say that you are off route but instead of going back up you could just parallel the road. The trail head is tough to find because I ended up in the campground and had to off trail for a bit to get back on track. The orange trail is awesome!

Beautiful and great

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

This trail was not what we expected. We walked along the orange marked trail labeled silver mine loop and it lead us to a new trail. The new trail took us 6.8 miles away from my car and we ended up walking a total of 10.7 miles that day. It was a fun adventure but for someone who isn't familiar with the area I would not reccomend. I have been hiking for 10+ years and this has never happened to me. Their are trail markers everywhere but they are poorly marked

Great trail, spacious , high peaks, sunset was colorful even if it was cloudy that day.

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icy
muddy
3 months ago

Not quite what we expected. great for the novice hiker. Not to much scenery. Overall a nice walk through the woods.

This was a moderate to hard hike. First 3/4 mile is straight up hill and then a gradual ascend. We went out and back on the white trail because green coming back in the loop was snow covered. Great views from the tower.

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