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It was okay. The first half of the hike follows closely beside a moderately busy highway, which kind of pulled me out enjoying the natural beauty of the area. If I were to do this hike again, which I probably wouldn't, I would start at a point further along the trail somewhere on ox creek road.

Easy, fun trail. Tower is a little dizzying at first but offers good views of the parkway and Mount Pisgah. It's starting to get really popular so I'd suggest hitting the trail early if you want some solitude.

The climb up is a little harder if you're out of shape like me but it's so worth it! It's the most beautiful I've seen from 360 degrees.

All skill levels can do this hike. It's well shaded with places to stop for rest or food. There are several paths that aren't well marked so it would be easy to back-track and many trails are narrow and not well cleared. Some sections are very quiet and good for birding. This hike does not have "great views" but overall the hike is okay and easy to access.

It's a nice hike, although there is really no scenery. My biggest complaint is that once you get to the top, you're basically walking on a road for two miles. This would be a much better trail for mountain biking or if you just wanted to exercise rather. If going in the summer, be advised that there will be a LOT of people on this and surrounding trails.

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17 days ago

Wonderfully short, but beautiful hike! No crazy altitude views, but incredibly beautiful and lush forest with a hidden historic homestead, and plenty of water crossings. I would definitly recommend this in the summer as it has a lot of shade. The only downfall is the parking and the beginning of the trail is a bit hard to find, however you can really mix and match the trail to add or decrease it's length.

There are several road crossings. Something I would liked to have known beforehand.

Nice easy road but if you're hiking watch out for the bikers!

Follow the gravel road up a slight incline to the tower (the trail is not marked). Be prepared for the strong winds at the top! Amazing views await those brave enough to climb the stairs to the top!

I highly recommend this trail for anyone wanting a moderate hiking trail with a beautiful destination. The well maintained trail winds through the woods and leads to the NC Arboretum.