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There are some very steep areas but the loop is still a very nice and short walk. There is a nice bridge where the water fall is that has a bench. We took our two year old with us and she loved it. She walked most of the way and she got to play in the water. I will definitely go back.

My wife and I hiked the trail this morning. Easy hike with lots of nice views and wildflowers. Lots of history with the Lodge and it must have been spectacular to stay there in the early 1900’s. Trail is kept up nicely. We will definitely be coming back for a fall hike. Had a great lunch in Weaverville.

Hello! I'm looking to hike/camp on this trail soon and was wondering if it's necessary to have a bear canister? I currently don't own one, so if you know of a place close by that you can rent one, that would also be helpful!

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Love love loved it! Last hike we did before we leave for home. Glad we waited to do it last. Was not difficult at all.

good for long tailings,

This should not be rated hard. Sure there are rocks and some roots on the trail but it’s not a sidewalk. I consider a hard trail one that requires all fours to go up and over, or at least some scrambles and that’s what I was expecting from these reviews. Didn’t happen. This was a moderate trail with a lot of switch backs that make it long but at no point was it a hard trail. I made it up and back in exactly 4.5 hours and that included all stops and my big 15 minutes at the summit to take in the views. I’ve never done a 10+ mile trail rated hard in that time. Anyway, fun hike with a lot of terrain changes (clay, dirt, sand) the switchbacks were annoying but you could see why they were needed. There was just no other way up the mountain. Tower at the top is kind of cool.

great but short interpretive trail in duke forest. simple, but educational and a good look at the scope of the Piedmont. it seems some posters have missed the trail completely and only walked on the fire road. that's too bad.

great interpretive trail in Duke Forest

one of my most favorite secluded hikes.

I do this trail so often. it is my favorite loop in the Triangle.

1 day ago

Good, rocky hike. Some nice resting spots with beautiful views

Challenging, steep hike with very little compensation until the end, which makes everything worth it

Okay trail would be best in fall so you could have a clear view to the Rock faces and such. Also watch out for snakes. I came across about a 5 to 6 foot long eastern diamond back rattle snake coiled up in the center of the small path. very big snake and he blended in very well. didn't know he was there till I was right on top of him rattling his tail and hissing. Lots of ticks on my dog afterwards as well. cool cave and nice rocks to climb.

So cool omg!!!!

Great views of the falls, stairs are new and easy to climb

I ride this trail regularly. it's busy on the weekends near the dam, but a great trail.
Bridges are well maintained, and the trail clean.

I love this trail! I used to hike it as a kid and remember enjoying all of the water areas to play in along the way up the mountain. It's definitely a workout, but such an incredible view at the top. So worth it!!

This is one of my favorite trails in WNC. Like everyone else says, the left is the best way to go. Follow the stream, the waterfall itself is kind of disappointing. There's a waterfall a little ways down the trail on the stream anyways that's better. And the camping is amazing, there's tons of spots right next to the stream. I've been out there at least 6 times in the last year and a half, and had a great time every time.

This is a spectacular hike!

First, let’s all thank Nola for writing the first review below... Thanks Nola!

The prior reviews are all true. This little hike packs it all in! Outstanding views, varied terrain, varied flora and fauna.

You’d be hard pressed to find a hike this short with such a variety of everything. It goes from pine forest to wild flower meadows to blueberry bushes all within a mile.

Maybe this hike should remain a secret?

nice little hike to some really pretty falls. It is pretty steep most of the way but the trail is a gravel road for half the way up. For people not in the best shape it may be slow going but worth it.

Great hike. we took the upper falls trail side to start (which is much easier section than the lower falls trail that starts on the other side of the parking lot) Once you get to the upper falls section you need to cross the water and go up to the next pool up for the rope swing and rock slide. we had a blast sliding down the rocks and using the rope swing. Then we took the trail the rest of the way down to the lower falls where there is a much longer rock slide. the second half of the loop back to the parking lot from the lower falls are switch backs the whole way (or you can take the many short cuts that go straight up if you want) Definitely a must see.

hiking
2 days ago

If you start going to the left, then your reward is the tall, lightly flowing falls at the end of the trip. You follow a creek on one half of the loop and go through a changing forest on the other half. The trail is has a canopy keeping the direct sun out of most of the trip.

hiking
2 days ago

Really enjoyed the hike to the falls. The trail is gorgeous, and the "obstacles" walking in and around rocks and tree roots made it interesting. Definitely not difficult, since we saw many people with young children during the hike. Took our two Chihuahuas along and they had no problem with the terrain. The falls at the end made the hike well worth it.

Fairly heavy traffic when I was out, so don't plan on escaping into natural solitary. Overall a fun hike on the strenuous end of moderate thanks to some steep climbs and scrabbling. I would recommend proper footwear for maximum enjoyment and safety, on a wet day like today I was grateful for the tread.

Great hike! Did it solo a week ago and didn't see any other hikers. Today hiked with a friend, and we saw 13 other hikers. So glad we followed advice from someone else and started from the other side of the parkway. We went up the steep part, rather than down. Much easier on knees, and less tricky to negotiate.

one of my favorite triangle trails. great little rock scrambles too.

I really enjoy walking around this Lake

paddle sports
2 days ago

I’ve kayaked the Lower Cape Fear river from Fayetteville to Wilmington in 4.5 days on one trip and the upper from the dam to Lillington. The upper half has a good current for flat water but the lower is mostly class A’s. I enjoyed this river because it was chill but had to portage to often in challenging spots with lots of gear. Would still paddle it again.

I love this trail! I have walked on it several times now from the Heritage neighborhood and it is a beautiful shaded path. There is a pretty pond with a bench to take a rest, and I've found Lime bikes to rent along the way each time.
Recommend it!

this trail is pretty good, nothing fancy. the marking on it is pretty decent, it's definitely hidden from the outside work (thanks all trails). the bridge is probably the best part , last time I went there some kids were playing in the Creek. no there is not any bathrooms but that's probably the biggest negative thing about it.

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