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Gorgeous views at the top. Perfect for an easy, quick evening hike to feel like you're on top of the world.

hiking
8 days ago

This trail gets the best view for the least amount of work award. An easy hike you can take grandma and the kids on and still make it to town in time for lunch.

hiking
rocky
8 days ago

great views and a short trail. super rocky. kids liked it better than elk river falls. all shade.

Great spot! Small hike for a gorgeous view. Little foot traffic.

My husband and I backpacked this trail. The area was gorgeous but the trail had many fallen trees and was over grown in places. We followed the blaze and used GPS to make sure we followed the trail. If anyone finds a Maui Jim glasses case my husband had clipped his prescription glasses to his pack and they came off. The case has his new prescription glasses in it. We hiked back twice to the last place we knew he had them. Thanks! The falls are amazing!

Good trail, but overgrown in a lot of places.

on Beacon Heights Trail

hiking
27 days ago

This was one of our first trails we did when we came to the mountains 7 years ago. It’s great because there are two different bluffs to walk out onto once you get to the top. It never disappoints. Our son actually proposed to his fiancée here.

I suggest not taking the little lost cove section of the loop unless you have a way to clear out all of the brush or have long pants.

hiking
over grown
washed out
1 month ago

Poorly marked trail. Prepare for wet feet, 7+ crossings. Trail intersects with many trails throughout and very poorly marked. I ended up hiking in the creek at one point because I couldn’t find the trail. I agree with other commenters, my gps read 10.6 miles.

I would recommend doing this trail counter clockwise if you are looking for a real good workout

hiking
1 month ago

Great moderate hike, however, at the end of the hike you must scale down down a steep rock with a rope that is securely bolted to a rock in order to get to the top waterfall view area. It was a little slippery at times, so if you bring children make sure to watch carefully. Afterwards, enjoy swimming, relaxing on the rocks, and sliding down the lower waterfall. Very fun, a great way to enjoy a summer day!

Nice short and quick trail with rewarding views. Lots of rocks so watch your step!

Awesome trail

hiking
1 month ago

Quick trial up to a rock face with great views.

This trail was brilliant. Definitely worth trekking all the way to the sandy end. Lots of places to jump in the creek for a dip. Very dog friendly. Great place to spend a day and bring a picnic lunch.

We did it clockwise, and this is a really fun hike with a lot of pay-off. There was a “road hazard ahead sign” on the way in that made us a little nervous, but the hazard wasn’t bad at all. The waterfall is not on this loop as shown mapped out in red, but if you cross the creek where it’s flowing over the rock and hike down maybe a third of a mile, it takes you to the base of the waterfall and it’s beautiful. Definitely worth the minor detour. At the end of Harpers Creek trail you end up back on the road for a section before turning right up the Little Lost Cove trail, but don’t worry, the view from the top is totally worth it! Near the top of the little lost cove trail there’s an unmarked fork. The left fork takes you to the overlook, and the right fork takes you back down. The overlook is very nice and not far.

hiking
1 month ago

I will start this review as I love to hike but not an adventurous outdoor hiker. Based on other reviews we knew going into the hike it wasn’t well marked. That is a very accurate statement. We ended up taking a non marked trail, which in the end was a great idea! It was a gradual increase in grade vs very steep straight up portions. It followed the creek for a bit and had several Rhododendron tunnels to hike through. Once we met the Timber Ridge Trail there were several overgrown sections and no trail markings. We actually passed the trail split to head back to the car and had to turn around to find it. We expected vista views from Bee Mountain (assuming the location of Bee Mountain was accurate on the map) and were very disappointed there weren’t any. The last mile has incredibly steep portions. The AllTrails app is a must for this trail. I would follow the advice of more experienced hikers if you chose to hike this trail. I feel that fall/winter is best time based on the overgrown portions. If you choose to hike it in late spring/summer my advice is to wear pants and long sleeves.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike with varying terrain. The ferns were some of the most beautiful I have seen. Be prepared to get wet, the water crossing require you wade through. Our dogs loved them and they kept us cool. Finding the cutoff to get to the falls was not easy, it was down a washed out, rocky spot, more like bushwhacking. Would do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy hike which brings you to spectacular views!!! We picnicked at the top. Our dog and kids loved the hike as well. Highly recommend if you want an easy hike with grand views of the mountains.

Beautiful trail although some areas were washed out nice place to cool off at the bottom of the water fall. A

Great trail, although some areas were washed out. Beautiful along the way

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

My son ( 16) and I started this trail at the North end of the Falls. After 3 water crossings we reached the top of the falls where the trail intersects the Harper Creek Falls trail, To continue down the NHC trail you must turn right down a steep hill. There are very few blaze markings making it difficult to keep on track. At the bottom of this hill you have reached the falls, nice photo opp and across the creek a good camp site. The trail stays to the left of the creek hugging the creek banks until many additional water crossings. In June the trail was heavily over grown with many large trees down. I would not suggest bringing a dog or small hikers, we found this trail very intense and difficult to navigate. Several more camp sites are found between mile 3-4. We camped at the intersection of this trail and the North Harper Creek shortcut trail where you will find space for 3 tents. At the end this trail intersects the Harper creek trail.

Rough, overgrown, could use some maintenance. But the waterfall is nice, secluded, and peaceful.

hiking
1 month ago

amazing mountain views

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Great hike with spectacular views of the backside of Grandfather Mountain from rocky outcroppings! Definitely a moderate hike - nearly all uphill to the namesake Little Lost Cove Cliffs. Pet friendly.

hiking
2 months ago

A short hike with amazing views. Our expectations were few and abundantly exceeded. Large rock areas. Some part covered with trees. Great area to sit and marvel the splendor of the Blue Ridge. Very kid/pet friendly. Nice area to picnic, as well. 10/10 recommended!

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