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Family friendly trail!

worth it down the ropes to the bottom. great place to hang near the water.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails, great for dogs. Longer hike with an incline towards the end that could be challenging to some. Absolutely beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with nice waterfalls on thexway you can climb down to. Trail down to narrows isnt that bad. Took my 8 and 11 year olds and they did great-kids are better climbers than adults. Lots of ropes, I led so they would fall on me but really would just slide into a tree. Way up was fun climb. Took about 15 minutes down and 10 minutes back up. Tons to explore in narrows and trail is much easier.

Would definitely do again, noce view at the end

Loved this hike! The wildflowers are in full bloom. Hike down to the narrows was fun. Wish I would have brought a lunch to hang out for longer!

Have hiked this trail several times. Not too difficult and very nice views from the top.

MAKE SURE YOUR DIRECTIONS ARE CLEAR! We followed the GPS directions (from the All Trails app) and never found the trailhead or anything. We really wanted to hike it but we gave up after driving around lost for about 30 mins. We would like to try again sometime though.

Was not expecting the beauty of that waterfall! The rest of the hike is easy getting there, but when you start that descent to the falls it’s a whole other story. The ropes are useful, definitely take advantage of them. There were quite a few people on the trail including families with children, not a trail for all kids-those kids were beasts! The falls were well worth the heavy breathing!

Nice hike!

This might have been a nice hike if it hadn’t have been for the large gather/daughter group of loud and obnoxious hikers on 3/4/18. They took up the entire trail, causing everyone else to have to move out of their way, were screaming the entire way, blocking trail signs and not letting people through. Every other hiker we passed were also commenting on their disruptive behavior. And when we reached the top, we couldn’t even sit to enjoy the view as they had spread out over most of the rock face at the top, children were running around and screaming and swinging sticks, and the parents were paying no mind to them. We waited for a half hour, to hopefully let them have their time and disperse, as older couples, and even teenagers left because of the noise and annoyance. But they simply stayed and took over the whole area. Pretty awful human beings ruining this probably otherwise lovely area. I would not recommend this hike for this reason.

Did this yesterday. Loved it. Nice little workout and definitely beer/cheeseburger worthy! Will have to go again when I can spend more time at the river. Pack a lunch. I don’t think it’s kid friendly unless they are experienced hikers

hiking
4 months ago

It’s a moderate hike in until the end where you have to scramble down a steep hillside to view the falls. Then, scramble back up to the main trail. That part of the hike was certainly not moderate. Someone fortunately tied ropes to the trees to make it easier.

The round trip was 3.2 miles according to my gps/map I posted here. I suspect that the original route was shorter (2.7?) however, it appears that the trail was rerouted long enough ago that the original route was overgrown. I looked for where it may have cut off from the current trail but couldn’t find it.

I was told by a local kayaker who was hiking the trail that the two falls visible from where I scrambled down the ropes were called Sunshine and Rapid Transit. Had I continued further on the main trail I would have come to Gorilla Falls. Maybe next time.

Love to hike the trails here. They are well-maintained with beautiful scenery. Don’t miss the goats at the Carl Sandburg Farm. They are precious.

hiking
6 months ago

Fantastic hike. You hear the rushing of the Pulliam Creek almost the whole trek down to Green River with a couple of easy crossings. Trail itself can be an ankle-turner - especially with the Fall leaf coverage, but it is well worth the visit. Nice trail for younger kids too.

We parked on the side of Big Hungry Rd maybe 25 yards from the trail head. But, there are lots of pull-offs for folks - saw 6-7 other cars when we got off the trail.

Nice post-Thanksgiving Say dinner hike.

Hiked the trail for the Green River kayak race. Fun trail, beautiful falls views.

Can someone give more details about the steep part. are we talking mud, hold on to branches, dig your nails into the dirt, or steep enough to debate about the path but safe or steep your out of breath but you don't have to search hard for foot holds with a clear path?

hiking
8 months ago

Very shaded, not very difficult trail. Enjoyed it. No people past where you past the first creek which made it serene, but carry a stick. A large amount of spider webs ha. Trailhead is difficult to find if you're not familiar with the area.

hiking
9 months ago

I'm not an expert hiker, but I am an experienced one, and this was one of the most difficult hikes I've done. This is not for children, and not for beginners. As everyone has already said, the Pulliam Creek trail leading to the narrows was not difficult. It's a pretty walk through the woods with the creek gushing down below. But the climb in and out to see the narrows was extremely difficult, especially on the way back up. I sat down for a rest at one point only for a copperhead to slither past me about a foot away from my hand! I think that it would be beautiful to see once the leaves are down. Just be very careful. It's extremely steep and the water is rough and churning. My daughter hikes with me everywhere, but I would not feel comfortable or safe taking her on this one...at least the climb to the narrows.

It is difficult to locate at first. From Big Hungry Road there is a tiny sliver of a gravel turn off on the right. If you look closely you will see the bridge tucked down in there. I missed it the first time. If you get to a big info sign for the Green River Gamelands with a larger gravel turn off, you've gone too far. Turn around and it will be just a little ways ahead and your left.

We love this trail, but I would not classify it as "easy". It is straight uphill and can be intense at times, but well worth it!

great little afternoon hike

Tough hike. Well worth the trouble though. The river is absolutely amazing. Not recommended for small children under six unless they are very experienced hikers

hiking
9 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike. It was peaceful and I bet really beautiful in the spring. Loved going in heat of summer because it's totally shaded. Be sure to take trail to the narrows -- we packed a lunch and sit on boulders --- got to see 3 kayaks go through. Getting to the narrows was strenous but worth the effort. Little hard to find but we used WAZE and it took us right to the trail head.

First run visiting these mountains. Great trail.

Peaceful walk in the woods, then a very challenging climb down to a gorgeous river.

hiking
10 months ago

I travel with small kids so my reviews are based on that. Easy hike. Carl Sandburg properties is one of my favorites because: summer garden, goats, on site clean restrooms, several trails to hike, easy parking. Variety of things here that young-old can enjoy. We visit weekly.

Big tip for parents: bring crackers to feed the fish!

We drove 2 hours to get to this trail and ended up at a parking lot for a tubing place with no where else to go. Waste of 4 hours total in the car. 2 thumbs down because I was really looking forward to hiking this trail.

We were planning on a true "moderate" hike, which this is... until the last tenth of a mile or so. First of all, it's tough to locate. The directions take you to someone's driveway. Keep going downhill about a half mile until you see a gravel pull off area on the right. The sign says Pulliam Creek, and the trail starts as a wooden footbridge. It's a very pleasant and shady gradual downhill with occasional views of the very pretty creek below. After several recent rains, the creek was rushing and had some nice smaller waterfalls. There's a fairly easy creek crossing at the lowest point, then a steeper uphill. Don't miss the nice little waterfall and wading area to the right as the uphill begins. It's very easy to miss the turnoff to the waterfall, which is on the right at top of hill when you hear rushing water. This section is very steep, and you'll be relying on ropes (one of which is frayed) and tree roots to climb down. The series of waterfalls over huge boulders at the bottom is amazing and powerful. Totally worth it. We watched kayakers navigate the rapids. We would have stayed for a couple of hours if it weren't for a pending storm. Not for small children or anyone older or with medical issues. We are 50 and in decent shape, but this was a challenge! Once you get back up the steep part, the walk back to the start seems easy. We got caught in a storm, and the trail basically became a creek, but it was even more fun that way.

hiking
10 months ago

read the reviews below. you will be saved. I just dont want to write all that out

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