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9 hours ago

Well-maintained trail, well-marked signs with mileage. Great family hike (completed with a 7 & 5 year old). Impressive little fall for such a quick hike. Quite busy, you certainly don't get a sense of being secluded. If you're looking for something off the beaten path this is not your hike otherwise it's very lovely.

Really easy & beautiful weather

It was hard but we loved it

Wonderful View! I do wish I would have came on a clear day. Very short walk but up the whole way.

My wife and I are used to trails in Central Illinois, so this was a nice upper easy/intermediate trail for us. The trail was perfect for us. We took the loop which starts out as a nice wide path, but turns into a horse trail, so watch your step! LOL. There hasn't been much rain, so I'm guessing water levels are down for the falls, but overall was a beautiful stroll through the woods. We loved seeing all the falls, some were bigger than others, but I found myself drawn to the calm and sereness of the smaller brooks. The sound of the water trickling over the rocks is so soothing. A note: about 2/3 of the way, you come to a bridge. Take the extra time to go up and to the right - not very far at all, to see the Indian Springs Falls entrance. It will be worth the time and trip down the steps. We saw fish and a Blue Heron hunting, and the falls were really pretty too.

I would highly recommend this Trail it's an easy Trail very steep at the beginning the guide says 170 ft it actually goes up 350 feet into tenths of a mile. very scenic two beautiful waterfalls. very wide sand gravel Trail easy to follow. good for all levels. except handicapped.

Great short trail for most of the family. only difficulty is how steep it is. As long as you are able to walk a steep paved incline it's great.

Steep- it may say .5 mile one way but it’s tough to the top. Wear the right shoes, take your time. Oh and it’s super crowded. But great views from the top.

The trail is paved and very accessable but does have a decent uphill climb. The views from the tower and along the way are incredible! You won't find a better place to catch a sunset in the Smokies but it can get crowded for them. You can also get on the Appalachian Trail from this point. Wonderful family trail!!

Greatest view in the smokies. Really nice on a hot sunny day

Very simply walk on a paved walkway. Part of this hike overlaps with the AT. Cool observation platform.

Paved and steep, but well worth the views. We drove by the trailhead on a foggy day, so decided to return on a clear day. Amazing views!!!! We took a part of the Appalachian Trail from the top and hooked up with the bypass trail that led back to the parking area. Steep, wet downhill, but much more rewarding as it was away from the crowds. A must do!

A fun relaxing day hike. We took the tunnel bypass trail (It's before the tunnel on the left directly across from the parking lot .4 miles to goldmine loop trail.

Great view. Get there early, we got to the trailhead around 8am and it was pretty busy.

Very nice, easy loop

on Deep Creek Loop Trail

13 days ago

You better be ready to put in work in you do this in the middle of June.... Contemplated hitchhiking back down but roughed it out for a rewarding hike in the middle of summer.

As others have said, the trail is paved and uphill...which actually made it seem more intense than longer and steeper hikes in the area. Worth the short trek though because views at the top are amazing! It is super crowded though.

This is a challenging out and back hike on the section of the AT between Newfound Gap road and Clingman's Dome. The trail goes through dense forests, has a good surface, and is well maintained. The trail switches between ascending and descending which gives frequent, welcome breaks. The views at Clingman's Dome are great although rhe crowds remind you that one can also drive to the Dome. And that's the only negative: the trail runs parallel to rhe road and is close enough at times to hear the traffic.

17 days ago

Beautiful forest and great short hike, would definitely do again!! Bear signs in area but no actual bear sightings.

17 days ago

Lovely! We did the loop counterclockwise and the ups were mild and comfortable.

Great view. Highly trafficked. I recommend the bypass loop. Slightly more difficult but worth some of the views along the ridge. Definitely a place to stop and see while venturing the Smokies.

Me and my seven year old daughter did this trail over two nights. Day one we took the north side of the trail to ease into our climb and made a little jaunt off trail to campsite 92 on Long Hungry Ridge Trail. The campsite was great with a total of three fire pits and two, 4 cable bear lines. We shared the campsite with only two others. As for the north side, it was just a little over grown, several stream crossings with single log bridges that had hand rails, and over all not that difficult. Once we left campsite 92 and made it back to Twentymile Trail we started our “1.7” mile climb to the AT. It was terrible for me but my daughter was, shall we say, not impressed. It was VERY difficult for her and we took it in small sections with lots of breaks. Trail conditions were mildly rocky, relatively wide for the most part and not much vegetation on the trail making it very manageable aside from the steep climb. From the AT to Shuckstack was kinda over grown, but worth the effort. We hit the tower with hardly any clouds in the sky and a view for miles! Watch your step coming back down as my little fell at this point and scratched up her leg pretty good and kinda ruined her first hike. Once back to the junction of the Twentymile Trail and the Loop, it was smooth sailing all the way back to the ranger station. Had several more stream crossings but all had large bridges that could accommodate at least two people shoulder to shoulder. Wildlife was kinda sparse as all we saw was an abundance of frogs and two song birds. We did hear plenty of other birds though. All in all, the trail did not disappoint and the views made it all worthwhile. Also excellent signage...impossible to get lost if moderately prepared!!

Not as “easy” as many anticipate, especially in hot weather. Strollers & wheelchairs are not allowed. Take water along & prepare for a fog/cloud shrouded view at the top. One of the most amazing phenomena is the rapidly moving clouds that give the Smokies their name. I have done it 3 times and haven’t had a clear view yet!

Amazing views! We were there on a clear day and the views were breathtaking. A ton of traffic to get there and very crowded though. You can park along the road however there were some spots open at the top. Bathrooms there (long lines). Worth the trip! You can take dogs to the parking lot but not the .6 mile hike up the paved path to the observation tower. The hike up is strenuous especially if you don’t work out a lot but they have benches you can sit down along the way. It is a very steep hill. The road leads right to the parking lot for the tower. They also have some loop trail heads up there and they have a little ranger station with maps, souvenirs and some water.

Easy short trail to pretty falls.

Was just an ok hike. Not scenic at all, only a few glimpses of Fontana lake between the trees, but we took the shortcut due to time restraints. Nice that it is dog friendly. More easy than moderate. We only passed 2 other groups hiking which was nice. Majority of hike is single track and in the open areas the weeds were rather high...mountain bikers will get whipped by the weeds.

Great and tough hike. Stayed at campsites 61 and 53 and both were superb sites next to streams with good water. Day 2, up clingmans and down to 53 is no joke of a day. As others have said you have to pack your water because there’s is not water for those 16 miles. Beautiful scenery all the way and very isolated on Nolan Divide side.

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