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Nice easy trail, great views, just too short.

Best spot I’ve found so far to watch the sunrise. Simply stunning.

hiking
14 days ago

Pretty woods and a view of the river and train tracks from the bluff. A nice walk. Not strenuous at all. A good place for a hammock and a book (or a nap) (or both).

Oh, and the disc golf course is excellent!

But, as mentioned by everyone else, the trail is marked terribly, so be willing to wander a bit or keep the trail map open (no trouble getting service while walking).

Enjoyed this trail. Wooded trail with a smooth path 2.8 miles out and back. Took our time and enjoyed the sun filtering through the trees. There is no real place to sit and have a snack. We did not see any vista views, but a long walk in the woods at 60 degrees was a great treat for this Texan.

great trail, I agree, the directions to where it starts isn't correct. it's on your right -you'll see the signage. it just stops at the blue ridge parkway, but if you take a left once you hit it, you can walk down to Haw Creek Valley Overlook. it's not too far down, just be careful.
our dog loved the trail!

backpacking
23 days ago

Cool trail just dont turn down bent creek trail like we did and go all the way around that’s like 18 miles.Unless your up for that.

Trail i is used for mountain biking so pay attention. Many root systems to watch out for. A very pleasant well maintained trail. Views are normal Forrest views. But I only walked in a mile or so.

Great walk through the forest. Was expecting an overlook view once I got to the top but there wasn’t one. Be careful of the mountain bikers! On a busy day it could be dangerous

Very noisy with the trail being so close to the highway but other than that good.

Great single track in most spots especially after the long climb up Pinnacle road. I missed a couple of turns, some areas lacked markers. Overall, awesome ride.

It was nice to be in the forest, but as others have said, there weren't many views. The first half follows the road and even at the summits (Rich Knob, etc), there are no vistas because of the thick woods. I would definitely start farther in and probably wouldn't do this trail again.

Beautiful trail right under 2 miles. Beautiful lake and nice trail for a run

Cute trail, but way too close to the road.

Nice and shaded. Poorly labeled trails. A few dogs...none on leashes.

a lot of ways to get fall off the big loop...but not ruinously.. so keep your All trails map close and your cellphone charged. fun times

This hike is by no means difficult, it’s a short trek to an old radio tower with beautiful 360 views. You can climb the tower about 4 stories and get some awesome photos. Worth a short mile hike, nothing strenuous.

I cannot say enough about how much I LOVE the grounds of the Biltmore. it's so worth it to get a season pass just to walk here whenever you want (and in all the seasons!!!) I highly recommend getting there very early in their high traffic season and go during the week. I rarely ever went on a weekend because of crowds.

Just okay, too short, gravel trail with all upgrade. The view from the fire tower was not exceptionally beautiful. Loved the wild flowers and butterflies. I can’t figure out the name. Why frying pan? My mind was telling me it was going to be a very hot hike, like sizzling in a frying pan...nope. I thought, well, maybe it has to do with being flat like a frying pan...nope. After hiking it I think it’s because someone found a frying pan up at the top of the hill and called it frying pan, sounds as good as anything.

Great little trail segment.

Too close to the road. Mileage not marked well so I had no idea it was as far as it was to a “view”-when I literally could’ve parked not even 1/2 a mile and walked up for the view. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the hike but I didn’t go until later in the day because on All Trails it says around 3 mikes and it’s much longer than that. It’s also mostly all UP, so be prepared for that. All in all from the Folk Art place it took us 2 hours there and back. We stayed at the lookout rock for about 10 minutes but the rest is all hiking.

The view is amazing but if you don’t want a pretty rigorous hike park closer.

Great trail, look forward to doing it again.

Gravel and rock trail that is, for the most part, and easy walk. Not a lot to see along the trail except for the wildflowers and butterflies, which my girlfriend's daughter found quite attractive. The view from the tower is great, even on a cloudy day. The tower platform is still locked but you can ascend to the landing just below, which offers grand views. I wouldn't call this a destination trail. But if you're in the area it's worth a little time.

Beautiful forest views and running creek. Signage could be better, we had trouble finding our way back.

hiking
3 months ago

Only hiked up to the Elk Mountain Scenic Highway Crossing and turned back (2 Miles each way). Pretty mountainside trail, some nice wildflowers, but very little views. A couple nice creek crossings. There’s a hard to find spur trail down to the Tanbark Ridge Overlook on the parkway, but I didn’t take it. Noise from vehicles is consistent throughout the hike, as the trail is just above the parkway.

Why does the description say it's located in Hawaii? Isn't it in North Carolina?

The view at Haw Creek is worth it! It’s beautiful. Nice hike, I will say the first half is uphill. But it’s great. The highway is buzzing through most of it but I just put in my iPod and thought.

trail running
3 months ago

The trails were beautiful! But, like others have said, they are poorly marked. As long as you go into it with a good “I can get lost and it’s ok!” attitude, you’ll have fun. I took my dog and he was the only dog we saw on a leash. Not a problem for us, but if your dog isn’t friendly/doesn’t like random dogs running up to it, maybe don’t bring yours!

Half the trail is pea gravel. The other half is over rocks and stumps. It’s intense. Good ride.

(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.

mountain biking
3 months ago

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.

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