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MLK Blvd. downtown. Dogs don't need leash. Did not go. 2 miles total- up and back.

Beautiful, scenic and well maintained. Not difficult but rocky and root-y - caution for runners. Mostly shady with awesome views of the lake. One of my favorite little hikes.

scenic driving
2 days ago

Cherohala Skyway is a beautiful scenic drive! Lots of overlooks of the beautiful mountains and there are trails you can hike along the way, nature, animals so much life and so much beauty God has created and gave for us all to see, feel, love and take great care of! Our family had a wonderful drive!

Check out the overlook first and then navigate down to the basin. The hike to the basin isn’t very long but it is pretty narrow and steep in some parts. It’s nothing crazy, but just keep it in mind if your older or are bringing small children or dogs. The trip up is actually easier than the hike down in my opinion. Anyway, it’s totally worth the trip. The falls are awesome. The overlooks via the Erwin trail are very nice and worth the easy walk to them, but the basin is definitely the best view on the falls.

Nice flat hike from sleepy gap. Quite relaxing!

Hiked this trail clockwise from the TH (Uwharrie Trail to Dutchman's Creek). Trailhead was partially full with cars from people backpacking but still ample space. Parking is directly off 24/27. In total, it took us 3 hours and 18 mins to complete with a mix of running and hiking. The trail is consistently up and down with many creek crossings and several larger hills. Fiddle heads and spring flowers are out. Trees are just starting to leaf out and providing some shade cover. I downloaded the map to take with us but the trail was very well marked and easy to follow (Uwharrie white blazes, Dutchmans' Creek Yellow). All trail crossings were marked with signs. Strava recorded a distance of 11.43 miles with 1,681 ft of elevation.

hiking
2 days ago

Recommending this be changed from easy to difficult for both hikers and bikers. It is more like 8 miles around all the loops and there are lots of ups and downs through varying terrain. There are rocky spots [the gauntlet] and some jumps that only expert bike riders should attempt. Some really nice views along the fingers of the lake. Don't be misled by the fire roads, as the trail is always a trail and sometimes parallels the fire road. Trail head is before the orange gate to the right. Enjoy but be prepared. Bikers wear helmets please!

hiking
2 days ago

nice and relaxing trail... decent trail for a family with kids. moderate inclines but very fun

hiking
off trail
2 days ago

Currently closed bc of COVID-19

Beautiful trail! The creek running beside it is very clear. The falls, especially Schoolhouse Falls, are beautiful. The pinnacle/bald at the top is also worth the visit!

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

This portion of the MST/Falls Lake Trail is fine. Nice woodlands, nice wildflowers. I'm writing this review to point out that some of the side trails that are shown are not. See my recorded track for reference. The spur that goes from the campground out to Hamlin Rd: You can see I turned around before the straight section to the road. That's because it became apparent at that point that I shouldn't be there. It's a farm road/driveway, not a hiking trail, and it's marked private property. (Google maps thinks it's a public road, which is also wrong, so idk what's up.) The alternate route from the campground to Red Mill Rd, going around the wetlands and closer to the river: This might be passable in the winter. Parts of it are credible access roads, but don't let that fool you. A lot of it is swamp, briars, not even a deer trail, and there is a TON of unavoidable poison ivy. I managed to avoid wading, but only just, and I did have to walk across a beaver dam. Would not recommend.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

fun hike and nice scenery.

Started from Schenck Forest trail head , down to tunnel , then continued to Richland creek , into Umstead Loblolly, then loop back on Reedy Creek, back thru Schenck Forest . Good Trail running opportunities and since Umstead closing . Can be muddy near the creek after rains , but otherwise dry .

I love this trail. It offers great views, water access, and a wide pathway, making it easier to social distance (review written during coronavirus outbreak). It can be a little muddy in spots, so bring your hiking shoes. It is closed today 3/29/20 - not sure if this is because of the coronavirus.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike for Montreat. Beautiful forest and very eerie most of the time. You see a small waterfall on the edge of a rock at one point and get small glimpses of the mountains throughout. Lookout at the end is well worth it. The only con is that you don’t get any really magnetic views until the end. You’re in the forest for most of the hike, but it’s still incredible.

Great hike. Don’t get fooled. The first waterfall isn’t the end. Keep hiking and you’ll find a second waterfall about a half mile further. You’ll have to climb some pretty steep steps to get there. One point has a rope to help you climb and descend but it’s worth it and has a lot less people around.

hiking
over grown
scramble
washed out
2 days ago

Fun little challenge!

Great views

hiking
off trail
2 days ago

This is not easy for older folks... maybe for younger folks. This is an 8.3 mile biking trail along Falls Lake. There are many different trails within this state park. We hiked the trail in reverse and got lost a few times since there are gravel service roads and bike paths. My Apple Watch told me that we did 1,423 ft elevation change because there are so many ups and downs since the trails are hilly. Maximum elevation is 423 ft above sea level and the minimum is around 238ft and there are lots of fluctuations in between. Only saw a few hikers on the trail, but this is definitely for experienced mountain bikers. There is something called the gauntlet where you fly down the hill going fast. Be safe on the jumps. Should be fun for someone who has experience mountain biking. It’s a nice hiking trail too. Have fun.

One of my favorites and a great place to escape the pandemic this time. Counterclockwise is the best way to go, but get water before the split because that’s the last chance before the descent. More like 10 miles.

Excellent day for a hike. We definitely had a difficult time finding the trail head, but it literally is right behind the bridge and the guard rail and there’s also room for two or three cars to park there. The trail is a little Overgrown overgrown at first and once you cross over a small stream you’ll see your first blue blaze. After about 10 minutes or so of fairly easy walking and climbing over some fallen trees you pretty much go straight up then straight down and then an easy walk to the water fall, well worth it, this is a fantastic hike

This is a challenging hike with nice payoffs - beautiful views, Shining Rock, waterfalls, and a cool forest walk. We went counterclockwise, which was super steep for the first couple of miles, but nice that we got the water features on the other side. Hiking down the steeper side (going clockwise) would have been tough on the knees, but an easier hike up. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a workout/challenge. Just give yourself extra time, this took us about 6 hours and ended up being 10 miles.

on Smith Lake Red Loop

mountain biking
closed
flooded
2 days ago

Not a bad ride, but closed 1 mile in.

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