Explore the most popular camping trails near Brevard with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Loved this hike! Great cardio getting up there and the view is amazing.

Fun hike to great view, even when it's a little rainy and very foggy.

Going up is an amazing workout with one of the best payoffs I've experienced once you get to the top! if you are clumsy, stay along the treeline at the top of the rock.

really excited about the hike but could not figure out the loop for anything. I'll try again with a map. trail not blazed well.

nice hike. got off on some paths that ended up not being part of the trail. ended up making my hike more like 7 miles. a couple down trees on the trail. but easy enough to get over.

Whoa! My body hasn’t worked that hard in a long while! We arrived at the trailhead around 9:30 AM and it took us nearly til noon to get to the summit. I would suggest hiking early in the summer heat/humidity. Took us less than 2 hours to get back down. There are long range views for miles and miles at the summit!! I agree with a previous reviewer though, that the hike is a little monotonous with ALL the switchbacks. I prefer more mountain views. Regardless, my body is sore so I know I got a good workout. Take more water than you usually would. We drank everything we had and shared some with a guy who had none. Wouldn’t recommend for young children unless you intend to carry them!

Overall very good hike. Very well-maintained trail. Sort of reminded me of a shorter version of the Alum Cave Trail to Mt. LeConte. Starts off in a very pretty forest then ascent begins without any views until you reach the top. But, the view at the top is truly spectacular. Takes some getting use to walking on the top of the rock (i.e., vertigo). Take care not to venture too far down the rock face. Popular spot so start early.

Okay trail but you'll spend the majority of the trail going up dirt switchbacks with no view. About half way to 3/4 way there is a cool rock outcropping that is used as an emergency helipad when needed. This is a perfect place to picnic or rest before going to summit. The view from the top is very nice though just a very monotonous trail to get there.

Great climb and well maintained!

Very easy hike, takes less than an hour & a half to complete. Best to park at the visitor center and use Exercise Trail. Nice raised walkway and cool suspension bridge. Trail follows alongside the river and campground where there’s a nice swimming spot. Dog and bike friendly.

great hike with an amazing view but it is a 6.8 mile hike and the Garmin agrees. it's a hour and ten to an hour and twenty hike up and I'm feeling it today (day after). would highly recommend for experienced hikers or anyone in decent shape and up for a bit of cardio. great hike!

We measured it as 6 miles round trip. It’s a workout for sure! Steady uphill for 2 miles with switchbacks. John’s Rock was a nice place for a short rest before hiking the last and toughest mile to the top. Lots of rocks and roots in that last mile up. The view at the top is breathtaking and a nice reward for the work to get to the top.

Tough hike because of the steady uphill climb, but the view at the top is great. There were a few springs on the way up that our dog enjoyed. Take plenty of water. GPS showed 6.1 miles.

Hard work getting up but absolutely worth it. Incredible views from the top!

Challenging but not too laborious for a moderately fit person. There is little view on the way up, but once you reach the top, everything suddenly clears out and a mesmerizing view expands before you. The rock at the top is quite slick though, so beware.

My first solo hike. Literally took my breath away when I made it to the top.

Amazing view!

Awesome challenging trail with a great view at the top. Afterwards you can soak it out in the river!

Great hike. It’s more like a 6 mile hike and gets steep in the last .8 miles up. So worth the climb for this amazing view. Went on a Wednesday in June around noon and only handful of people there, which made it really nice.

beautiful

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Hiked this beautiful trail through the week to avoid the crowds. The first 1~1.5 miles were really quite easy with well maintained switchbacks and then became more challenging near the top. Be careful I spotted a few rattlesnakes sunning themselves on the rocks and although the sunburn overlook is stunning it’s really slick with just a little rain/dew.

My daughter and I hike this tail this past weekend, Saturday June 9, 2018. This trail is 3.1 miles to the top, 6.2 miles round trip and is difficult. There are 23 swtichbacks, after the last switchback the trail gets easier but is still tough. The trail is heavily forest, lots of mountain Laurel with canopy the entire trail until you reach the top. The views are stunning at the top!!

The DRT portion of this loop (approx 4 miles) is just walking on the road. Please let me know if I’m missing something.

Went on a misty and rainy day and even with the weather it was awesome. If you do go during the wet season waterproof boots are a must as the rain water shoots right down the mountain and turns parts of the trail into a literal stream. We were pretty prepared for it and it actually made the hike really fun. Trail is well maintained as well.

Would hike again!

This was a great hike. We went on an overcast March day so the heat wasn't an issue. It's strenuous but the view is worth it. It's not a hike I'd take small children on.

The view is absolutely stunning from atop the dome. The hike is difficult, but much worth the stain.

Great hike! It was wonderful hike! The waterfall however isn’t on the trail, it’s on the road. Such an amazing view at the end. You’re walking through a dense forest of white oaks, ferns, magnolia trees, and red maples, then all of the sudden it just opens up to an amazing view of the near by blue ridge mountains. Say a while and enjoy the breeze and maybe a slight rain shower.

Absolutely beautiful view makes this hike well worth it! Like others, clocked this at around 6 miles, not the 5 advertised. A fair amount of switchbacks going uphill and the last 1 mile has some steep patches for moderate hikers. My husband had torn a muscle in his leg the week before and found this challenging but not impossible. Loved this hike!!

1.) we got to the trail head at 8 am and were the only car in the lot. When we got back 4 hours later, the lot was completely full and there were cars dangerously parked all along the side of the curvy roads
2.) my watch said 6.4, all trails says 5.5, and my girlfriend's all trails say 5.3 miles. No matter what, it's definitely longer than 5.0 miles so be prepared.
About 21 switch backs if we counted correctly.
3.) Since we got there early, we were the first ones up. We enjoyed our peace and quiet for about 30-45 min when a swarm of people made it to the top.
3.) If you're taking your dog, please be responsible and make sure your dog can handle it. We saw several dogs over heating on the way down.
4.) there were an unbelievable amount of people who had absolutely no gear or preparation or water for the 6 mile hike. On top of that we passed someone SMOKING A CIGARETTE. Unreal. Please respect nature and the reason we're out there people!
Would have given a 4 out of 5 but not for the traffic and the people.

This is a strenuous hike, but it is very well worth it. There is an incredible view at the end and lots of beautiful flora and fauna along the way.

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