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Robby Cochran
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Hiking

Great rugged hike with spots along the river for a cool dip

C JGS
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Hiking

Less than a ten minute walk to the falls. The other pull over nearby is a bit longer. Great spot, freezing water, a couple of spots to jump. Came back twice because the water felt great after hiking Cove Creek and Candy Bottom (4.5 mi). Lots of trails and lookouts on the way so it’s a great spot. Got a little busy but everyone was friendly and kept their distance.

Tim Browning
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HikingMuddy

Excellent trail! Challenging enough for my friend and myself, but my 10-year-old managed with some difficulty. Breathtaking views, gorgeous waterfalls and lots of places to play! I love this hike!

sarah gregory
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Brantley Hissom
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David Warren
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Hiking

Excellent trail and very peaceful. The trail runs parallel to a stream that has cool and clear water with waterfalls and small rock cliffs. Moderate scale to say the least and well worth it.

Tess Davis
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Bridge outClosedMuddyRocky

beautiful swimming hole but was extremely crowded even on a weekday. definitely wear your hiking shoes as there are many rocks and roots on this trail. I took my dog but would not reccomend it as the trail is very tight and difficult to move out of others' way.

Ella Collings
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HikingMuddyOver grown

The bottom-most portion of the loop (Mountain to Sea Trail) is quite muddy and overgrown-- lots of bushwhacking involved, and some confusing trail spurs without blazes. Once you get to the main Balsam Knob trail it is more traveled and easily defined. Across to Tennent mountain and Grassy Cove you get beautiful vistas! Wear proper shoes and get an early start.

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Amanda Litts
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HikingOver grown

This is now one of my top 5 hikes. Except for the uphill climb that had me questioning my decisions, I was in bliss for the rest of the hike. I had planned to just go clockwise til halfway then come back. Lately however, it seems that I think plans are for losers and are to be disregarded at every opportunity. So I did the whole loop. Being the poor planner that I am, I somehow thought this was a 7 mile hike so I was relieved when I got to 6 miles and then devastated when I saw where I was and realized it was a tad more than 1 more mile (like 2 more miles). Luckily most of the steepness was done by then. All in all it would not have been an issue except I chose today to use a new backpack that was about twice as heavy (cuz I could fit more essentials in it) as my old one. On top of that it was extremely uncomfortable and by the last mile somewhat painful. As for the trail, IMO it was extraordinary. I love love loved the woods that were at the beginning and if I ever want to just go sit in the woods this is probably where I will come. It was magical. The air smelled so scrumptious I wanted to eat it. And the trail just got better from there. There was about every kind of vegetation that is in this area at one point or another. The trail was always easy to see even in the few areas that are a little overgrown. (all that means is that there is not a lot of traffic on this gem). Expect that any rock or log/wood that you step on is going to be slippery and you will be prepared. Wear long pants if you don't want stuff brushing up against your bare legs. I didn't think there were treacherous spots so much as sketchy spots. But it was dry. Any amount of moisture would make a lot of exciting areas. And the creek/water areas were spectacular. Ok maybe that is a bit much but I loved that there was water along so much of this trail. Even on the last half when I thought we were past all creeks there were still spots for my pup to get a drink. I am going to come back and go counter clockwise just to see the difference. If you want to experience the forest but aren't up for such a big elevation change, just go from the start to the next part that it meets the Parkway and then back.

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Steve McBrite
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HikingMuddyOver grownWashed out

I did this trail using the Art Loeb trail to return to the start of the Shining Rock Wilderness. Had I known that the Art Loeb section was closed due to erosion I never would have used it. Only signed in one direction. Most of the Ivestor Gap trail is an old forest road. Ricky and wet. Bring good shoes. Not much elevation but still need to pay attention as footing is shaky.

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Alex Neidig
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One of the best views I've ever seen!

Caroline Miller
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful and prettiest hike I’ve done in WNC. Super easy too :)

Haley Jackson
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Hiking

Great trail to hike and spend the day exploring. Well maintained! 10/10. Very populated so I decided to turn around and take a different path I found last year that not many people know of. Best way to social distance is to take the path less traveled and explore the cool “pools” for a quick dip.

Robert Hunter
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Hiking

Went later in the afternoon on a weekday, alone at the top for 20 minutes. Steep asphalt a good way up, Rocky and rooty after. Benches on the way up to stop and catch your breath, we used them all. Great views

Robert Hunter
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Hiking

Lots of small pools to wade in, some to swim. Easy hike in. Severely overcrowded, no social distancing whatsoever to the point of rudeness. Went early on a weekday, 200 people jockeying for space before we left

Stephen Williams
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Excellent views, beautiful area along the ridge tops to the top of the mountain, where a large radio/TV tower dominates. Climb up and downhill on the return.

Luana Collin
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Hiking

This is a must do view to see the sunset. Pretty steep up but not too long.

Jim Cuny
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Hiking

Great hike. Lots of people

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Alex Halfmann
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HikingMuddy

Great hike. Start to the right of the outhouse. 5 min walk to a field, go through the field then take the trail to the right and head up the mountain. Trail was muddy but it did rain right before we got on it. I recommend wearing pants as you’ll brush against a lot of grass in the field and trail is narrow going up and down. There were a few large rocks/steps to navigate but even the most amateurs hikers in our group made it slow and steady. Stunning views at the top. Bring a lunch and sit to enjoy the view. May also want a jacket if clouds/rain in the forecast.

Simon P.
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Hiking

Forgot to mention you will need to cross some creeks. I would not advice doing this trail if a heavy rain is on its way also you will get wet there are no bridges. Bring sandal to cross or cross barefoot. NOTHING DRIES IN THE APPALACHIANS don't plan on anything you get wet to dry out even if it is "quick drying"

Liam Hirapara
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Hiking

Easy trail, with a great waterfall and swimming area at the end. I suggest you go around 6-7, as there is still daylight and nobody else was there.

Amanda Rich
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Hiking

Nice trail. Super hot today, but it was cool in the woods. Lovely way to spend the 4th of July!

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Kelly Weaver
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BackpackingMuddyOver grown
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