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Trail is kinda of hard to find. (GPS took me about 1/2 mile away to a different place.) I had to stop and ask for directions. After you find the trail though it's a great, quick hike. Falls are beautiful.

Such a hard trail! Great hike overall. We didn't make it to the to because of a thunderstorm. Getting struck by lightning isn't my idea of a good time. We may try it again sometime.

Easy short trail with a beautiful cascading fall. Cool water to play in. The sound of the fall is soothing. Bring water shoes and clothes you can get wet.

This is a strenuous trail. You can head upwards 800 feet from the Bumcombe Horse Trail or downward from the Crest Trail. You'll follow a rocky creek run and high over-grown brush. There's two areas with views. There's a nice spring at the bottom for water.

Long hike, boring to be honest. Almost all inside the canopy. The only good views were from some powerline cuts and on the summit. The area on top is nice. A little snack bar and picnic areas, with bathrooms. Despite its height the tree line goes all the way to the summit? Not a hard hike, but long.

This trail is highly overgrown and muddy. There is a lot of water along the way and wet spots. Bring extra socks. You follow a ridge with a few nice views. God help your shoes and wet feet.

Awesome trail for the whole family, beautiful views from the observaion deck, plenty of places to step aside and take a break on the way up.

12 days ago

My kids (11 &13) and golden retriever had a great time and slept hard afterwards, win/win!

13 days ago

As with most trail reviews, a lot depends on the weather, your physical condition, and your mental condition. Unfortunately when we did this hike it had rained hard the previous night which made the trail very wet and muddy. And it was raining on and off all day that we hiked it. At the balds we were in the clouds so couldn't enjoy the sweeping vistas and when the sun was out we were in the woods making everything steamy and sticky. We had good insect repellant fortunately so the bugs didn't bother us. We started from 19E and hiked to Carvers Gap (left car at Carvers Gap the night before and it was fine), which meant we had a gross elevation gain of about 2500 ft. However, AllTrails pegged the gain at 4800+ ft. Quite the workout over 14.3 miles. First 5 miles pretty much straight up to Hump Mtn. Tough sections with mud and slick rocks. The trail over the Hump is very narrow, deep, and hidden by overgrown grass, which when combined with a muddy track made for a treacherous downhill trek. We had thought about making it to overmountain shelter for lunch but the side path to it leads down. Not what we wanted at that point in our hike since it meant an uphill return so we ate along the trail. Lots of flowers in bloom, which was a little surprising and some rhododendrons in bloom still too which made for a pretty hike since we couldn't enjoy the vistas. Last 3.7 miles from Stan Murray shelter to Carvers Gap in the rain, wind, fog, and mud. And of course mostly uphill. All in all, very tough hike without the rewards due to the weather.

1 mile round trip, decently flat with some roots.
Ideal for children and pets and the reward is worth the effort.
For the best view of the falls, some work is required directly below them.
This trail will not be friendly to those who can not climb small slopes.