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muddy
rocky
23 hours ago

What a beautiful place for a hike re-have the option of seeing the upper and the lower waterfalls. Very well-traveled trails although some spots are very muddy, rocky, and narrow. Sometimes the trail can be a bit confusing as well so really pay attention to the signs. But it’s quite lovely there and a great work out, I would consider this to be an easy to moderate hike but be prepared for a lot of Rocky,rutty and muddy conditions. There is quite a bit of parking, as well as a restroom.

stop here 9-26-17 at one of my most favorite overlooks on the parkway is graveyard fields located at milepost 418.8. not only do you have this stunning views but you can do a short hike doing down to the lower falls and a second hike just a little longer to the upper falls. i didn't have time to go the the upper falls but take a left out of the parking lot as just around the bend you can see the upper falls from the roadside. if you hike to the upper falls than the lower falls and back to the parking lot the loop is 2.9 miles. at one time between 500 to 1000 years ago the was a spruce forest that was burned down leaving dirt mounds and the forest did return but fires got it again in 1925. this spot is very popular and there are bathrooms. if you only have time to see one thing on the parkway. this would be an excellent pick

Great hike and nice vistas between Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain. My 9yr old son and I did it in about 3 hours, with plenty of breaks for pictures, water/snacks. Due to parking congestion mid-morning, we started at the Art Loeb intersect about halfway up the road that leads to the parking lot. Straight-forward hike up to Balsam and Tennent. Lots of hikers, but not overcrowded. After Tennent, the trail gets narrow and there were tens of thousands of bees on our flanks in the thicket. Never felt threatened, but took my son a few minutes to get used to wading through them. Trail descent out to the Ivestor Gap trail got even narrower, but it was still very well blazed. Once we emerged on the Ivestor Gap Trail, we saw a trail marker that told us what it was, but noticed there was no marker to show that we just came from Art Loeb. Not sure if we got on a social trail, but GPS/map seem to agree we were at the right confluence. Just a warning to anyone who is doing this loop clockwise who might miss this turn onto Art Loeb. Had to help some casual hikers trying to make sense of that. Ivestor Gap was wide and gravel, easy and quick. Tons of wild blackberries that we ate handful after handful of. Only negative of the hike was the 0.6 mile walk up the road from the parking lot back to our car at the Art Loeb intersect. Total distance the way we did it was 4.9.

Great trail and hike. I would definitely do this again. I loved the waterfalls.

It was an excellent trail for the family. We hiked to the Upper Falls first, and there are blueberry and blackberry bushes most of the way. During August and September, you can pick and eat berries as you hike. Upper Falls is pretty, but hard to get to. We made our way back down to the Lower Falls which is about 1/4 mile from the entrance, and there is a prettier waterfall and swim area.

Some of the best mountain views in the east however there are signs saying a last section is "Closed Due to Erosion". There must be new routes to take but I couldn't find them. I only took this trail in reverse, toward the Black Balsam Road. There was no closed sign in the direction I was coming and I couldnt find the right route. So I had to go through a waist high very narrow ditch through dense thickets, getting scratched and completely drenched by wet branches. when I got to the end of it, I saw I was on the Art Loeb Trail and the sign said Trail Closed due to Erosion. I backtracked but couldn't find the other route.

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over grown
19 days ago

Beautiful lower falls, upper falls hike slightly overgrown. Popular trail and pretty busy. Trail is somewhat confusing. Many offshoots that are not labeled.

It was fun, but quite confusing. Many little trails that you think are the “loop” but i I finally decided to turn back because it was overgrown and very narrow. The upper falls wasn’t really dog friendly to hang out at. The lower falls were huge, so that was nice. And the meadow was pretty, but not my favorite hike.

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muddy
rocky
22 days ago

What a lovely waterfall and an easy 1.1 round trip hike. A wide path and a little rocky and muddy but not bad. You have to cross over 1 tree, go down stairs to see the waterfall up close.

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muddy
22 days ago

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muddy
off trail
rocky
23 days ago

Pretty fun trail. Easy hike. My mom with awful knees was able to do it. We got off trail trying to find the upper falls and just skipped it. We still had fun though.

Pretty overgrown but gorgeous views, beautiful plants and butterflies, and a unique environment that's very different from typical Appalachian forest.

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muddy
over grown
rocky
25 days ago

This trail was TERRIBLE! Not sure what “loop” the trail talks about because we couldn’t find one. We got off trail MULTIPLE times because there are at least a dozen offshoots that look like the main trail. We somehow ended up on top of the falls on some very dangerous sections of trail. There are absolutely no trail markers. We saw a few pink ribbons, but not a single blue trail marker. This trail is dangerous and it’s a shame it’s even still open. We would go down what we thought was still the trail for .5/.75 miles just to find it dead ends. We finally were able to make it out by backtracking after 4.5 hours. I would not recommend, especially after a big rain. Parts of the trail looked like a small pond.

Solid walk. Very easy, a little struggle on the assent to the upper falls. We missed the lower falls, which I hear is a little nicer.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful waterfall but if you are t from this area, the 3 mile drive back to the spot to park is extreme! Gravel road that is one lane most of the way with extremely steep drop off on one side. If you survive the drive, the hike and waterfall are great!

hiking
29 days ago

Well maintained trail and not really “hard”. There’s some elevation gain, but the trail is in good condition. Lots of great camp sites along the way but not a ton of water. The second half doesn’t have many features, but I’m sure the views are much better in times outside of spring/summer.

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muddy
off trail
30 days ago

muddy
1 month ago

Bumpy one (and a half) lane road for 3 miles before trail head. Nice falls but a long slow drive in.

I would recommend this trail for anyone looking for an enjoyable day hike with the possibility of extending it onto other trails in the area. I would highly recommend wearing pants as there are a lot of areas of growth that are waist to overhead high. There are parts of the trail that are very rocky and narrow. This is a moderate hike with many vistas along the way, beautiful wild flowers. Would highly recommend also making sure you’re wearing hiking shoes\boots. Would recommend starting this trail from parking area and hiking to black balsam knob first and then continue on as it seemed to be the more gradual way to hike the trail than doing it in reverse and starting with investor gap.

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