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The sign at trailhead says strenuous and certainly lives up to that description. This is a beautiful trail that provides several switchbacks, a bit of climbing over rocks, creek crossings aplenty and a heck of a climb up from the bottom. Payoff is a great workout with a pristine creek and a series of small waterfalls. I'd give this trail 4 stars if it had better markings. Many trails I've done have paint markings on the trees and that would be quite helpful on this trail. If you lose sight of this one, we found you usually need to cross the creek and keep looking. I'll go again. Take plenty of water and take your time.

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1 month ago

What we enjoyed most about this trail was the waterfall at the bottom of the climb down and the multiple creek crossings that gave us a sense of exploration and adventure. The trail is very steep either way you go, so be prepared to do some work but it's very rewarding and enjoyable.

beautiful trail, whent in the summer last year. make sure you have at least 2 hours for this trail

close to our family property. took our dogs. there are a few switch backs on rocks which the dogs (and me) were not real thrilled about. beautiful bed of galax leaves at the end (if you go counter clockwise). good parking. all around good hike.

The first part of the hike, steep downhill with switchback would benefit from a walking stick if you have one.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

You want a good workout in a natural setting....this trail will give it to you. I loved it. Did the trail counter clockwise because of the reviews that I read and so glad I did. That is the best way. The trail has a lot of roots and rocks in it but that's typical of most trails that I've done. By the time I got down to the creek my legs were shakey. It's harder going down than coming up. lol There is a lot of small waterfalls in a thick forestry setting. Wear good shoes that grip well. Once you get to the bottom you will start crossing back and forth across Gully Creek over a series of waterfalls, each feeding into one another. It's beautiful! There was a group ahead of me that reached a point where they couldn't figure out where the trail went. Cross the creek! lol Look for other footsteps and you'll be right on trail. You'll have to move some branches and things out of the way. Trail back up is not bad. I had to stop and take a few breathers. I loved this trail and will go back soon to do it again. Highly recommend it. I'm an average person in average shape and I made it. Probably be harder to do with kids and pets, just depending on the kid and the pet.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

We went this am- hit the trail about 8:30. My wife and 2 kids 6 and 8 yo. We planned to go counterclockwise but there were no markings at the picnic area that we saw so ended up clockwise. Nice walk down but along the river it is quite forested. They all say there are a few crossings but I swear there were about a dozen. We got tired of them. The walk back up is pretty tough, but the whole trail is not too long so it ends quickly. Not our favorite trail as there are really no views, not even at the knob.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Nice trail along the creek for about 1/3 of the way. The creek is beautiful running down the mountain. You cross the creek a couple of times so your feet will get wet. There are facilities at the trailhead. Very good hike.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hard

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Excellent hike, especially if you like creek crossings! I recommend taking the route that starts at the old settlement building .5 miles from the picnic area and begins its decent down to the creek. This route has very steep and rocky slopes as you make your way down to the creek, but is much less steep as you ascend from the creek back up to the picnic area. Beautiful scenery, along with a nice workout. I Highly recommend this hike if you are in the area.

Friday, February 10, 2017

It's rare to find a really tough trail that doesn't take all day. Gully creek only takes about an hour if you are in great shape and are really pushing. That said, this trail is NOT for the out of shape or faint of heart. When you see warning signs at trailheads don't even think about it unless you get excited about the challenge!!

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Beautiful hike. First timer and did it clockwise, it was difficult but took our time coming up the normal but strenuous incline. A tricky bit of rock scaling but manageable--worth it all to see the small falls and listen to the sounds of nature.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I really enjoyed this hike. It is not as crowded as some of the other better Blue Ridge Parkway trails. The climb back gets you working. Not a lot of views, but the trail itself is beautiful...particularly as it follows and crosses the creek in several places. You can't go wrong regardless of the direction you take the loop. But I would recommend counter-clockwise only because it is probably a little easier climbing up as you follow the rocky creek.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beautiful stream crossing, worth the trip. Wish I had seen the advice on which way to do this trail, it would have been much easier.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fun way to start the day. We opted to do it clockwise (because I dont understand how clocks work, haha) and it was great. The slow hike down the switch backs and multiple river crossings on the decent were tons of fun. Even the trip back up wasn't bad.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Good trail, be mindful of the roots.

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

We celebrated our 41st anniversary while enjoying this day hike trail in 90*+ weather! Thankfully we read on AllTrails.com the wise recommendation to approach the Cumberland Knob Loop "counter-clockwise".

Great advice! Exiting the Loop by way of Cully Creek Gorge kept us cooler & in the shade when we needed it most! Plus the added benefit of the switchbacks were so much easier to traverse than the straight up grind we would have endured otherwise!
Thanks for the "tip"!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Definitely hike this trail in reverse. The traditional "front" of the trail has a series of switchbacks, making the ascent easier if you hike it in reverse. Many beautiful stream crossings. Great place for a day hike.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Great hike -- I almost missed out due to the rather severe warning regarding "serious outdoorsman" only. This is well maintained trail with a number of natural creek crossings and small waterfalls. As it starts at the top of the mountain, it is a descend and ascend trek. Depending on which way you proceed around the loop, either the descent or the ascent will be along a series of small creeks that join into Gulley Creek at the bottom. I would recommend taking it counterclockwise, so you have the creeks with you on the way back up - more excuses to stop and catch your breath! It is a fairly strenous trek -- it took me an hour and a half to complete the 2.5 mile loop from the parking lot area.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Great trail. I really enjoyed it, but I don't recommend being the first person on the trail for the day. I ran into entirely too many spider webs.

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Monday, March 07, 2011

My favorite trail!

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Monday, March 07, 2011

Great Hike. Love all the water crossings. Not busy and great for dogs too.

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