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(from kid's point of view) We didn't do the whole trail, but not our favorite. a road crossing and walking alongside the BRP - kind of nervewracking with 2 dogs and 3 young kids. Road noise and lots of invasive plants (English Ivy, Wisteria) which might improve as you got further in.

The area is nice for mountain biking. There’s quite a network of trails, some harder than others. Good for a day of riding when DuPont is not an option.

This trail never gets old. Within the last twenty-five years I guess I've ran, walked and plodded Hardtimes on a weekly basis.

I took my four year old with me on this hike. It was perfect for her. We went on a rainy Sunday and passed multiple people. The top was a nice view but I’m not sure I would go back. Also the watch tower is closed, however you can climb it to the closed stairs door. It was great for a rainy day adventure.

Despite some of the photos, it really wasn't very scenic. We went about 3 miles in and came back out. Any valley views were obstructed by trees and road noise from BRP was quite distracting. Reasonably strenuous, but if you're looking for a quiet hike into the woods, this isn't it.

Great trail for mountain biking! (And, there is heavy bike traffic.) I was walking and trail running. Parts of this trail are on a gravel road. Look at photos so you know what you're getting into. No mountain views. Wooded forest area. What I found most cool is that this trail goes through the Bent Experimental Forest (Pisgah National Forest), and there were interpretive signs explaining various types of forest management: single tree selection, group selection, clear cut, etc. If you are interested in forest management practices, definitely check this network of trails out. The loop I did (see recorded) provided a 4.2 mile walk. In retrospect, the descent at the end was fairly hard (on my knees!), and I wouldn't choose to do it that way again. I should have consulted the topography better before selecting the route.

Very pretty and very easy walk , we viewed alligator turtles and hummingbirds!!

The trail through dense woods, did not provide many scenic views, and is mostly used by mountain bikers. The bike traffic made for hiking uncomfortable at times and I expected more views of the surrounding hills.

I really want to like this trail more, but just can't fall in love with it. The entire, brief hike up is entirely on a rough gravel road, leaving all sorts of little stones in your boots by the time you summit. The tower, while an interesting feature, is locked at the top and bars entry. You can climb up the steps a bit, but it only has so much appeal. The trail is also gaining in popularity, and you'll find yourself competing with quite a few others to take turns climbing up the tower steps. Speaking of the competition: There's no formal parking lot for this trail. You'll be fighting for a spot on the side of the road. I found the views really comparable to a pull-off just a half mile to the south on the BRP, and regret not putting my time on another trail instead.

Absolutely beautiful even with a lot of people around you still can find those solitude spots for awhile

This trail takes you through a beautiful forest. It is easy, quiet, and lovely.

Amazing view from the top after a short walk up a gravel hill. Well worth the stop!

Took my 5 & 3 year old, its a fun little hike. Directions were slightly off, it was to my right coming in with a small bridge and asheville parks sign. Not much parking, maybe three cars in the mud along the side of the road. Really shady, ends at the blue ridge parkway where you see a teeny tiny mountain view far off and through the trees. Uphill the whole way with very gradual inclines. Lots of cool mushrooms along the way.

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Had a great time. The view at the top is amazing!

Perfect half day hike! Partially along BPW

Solid run. If you do the loop counter clockwise, you'll be road running all the way to the top and there's a lot of sun midday (so I would recommend this as a morning/evening run). But beautiful single track through the forest on the descent.

Easy trail with a beautiful view.

These are some nice walking trails. They aren't very challenging, at least the trek I took wasn't. They are nice to get out into nature and would be perfect for children and pets and families. You will have to pay a $2 per person cash fee at the campground to get to the trails and lake. If you use a credit card, it's a minimum $10 charge! Be warned.

I took a walk on this path today with my son. Its a decent gradual slope to the top. Its a pretty easy hike and the view from the top even if you don't climb the tower is beautiful. We did climb the tower and that view is even better. you can see clear to Brevard, Asheville, and Waynesville.

Dogs had a blast and there are so many trails to turn off on and explore.

Incredible sunset from the top of the tower!

Great views and good out and back.

Great even I the rain.

Meh. Short hike to some decent views. You can climb the stairs to the top of the tower but it freaked me out so only went up two flights!

Enjoyed this trail but highly disappointed that it was so close to the road and all that noise was constant. Felt like it really took away from the experience.

Great views. Very well marked.

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

I wanted to like this hike because it’s short and should have had great views from the fire tower. But the views aren’t as good as the Looking Glass pull off on the parkway just a mile to the west. My advice is shoot your pictures from that location and skip this hike

There is one good reason to take this hike and it’s wildflowers. From mid-May thru June there’s are some pretty wildflowers along the path that make the hike worth it. (Assuming you like taking wildflower pics) If you like wildflowers then I would give this hike a 3 star rating but only in late spring

I was near the end of a 200 mile day riding the motorcycle and thought it would be a good trail to hit to see sunset and it was wonderful for a short hike right off of the parkway.

we made it up to the old lodge area. It was in March and it snowed that day! There is markings up past the sign board about the history of the area, not sure if the blue and the white make the loop?

Relaxing hike close to Asheville NC. The hike up is moderately challenging with a few views from the woods. The trip down is mostly along an old fire access road with nicer views, but is quite easy and a bit boring.

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