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Great trail to the waterfall but was tough on our older beagle. Three mini dachshunds made it with a few water breaks and being carried over some of the creek,

One of my favorite trails in the area.

Great hike and only about 30 mins from Asheville. The drive up is beautiful too. It was foggy when we went so didn’t get to see the full views at the top, but we still loved it.

Lovely hike. We tracked it as 4.7 miles. It was a moderate hike through an idyllic forest. The trail is well marked and maintained. Take a pic of trail map before you head up.

A little easier than I expected but a pretty hike. For difficulty I'd say it's a 3/10. 7 year old did it easily with a couple of a short breaks on the way up. Wildflowers, cows, & the view at the top were worth the time.

Nice hike but definitely not a moderate trail! Very strenuous going up.

It obviously rained the night before our hike and was a little slippery on some of the rocks. Yes, you have to cross the creek a few times but nothing major at the beginning. I would not consider it rock climbing at all. However, if you dare, the falls will provide you with an opportunity to rock climb or ice climb when it has frozen. I would consider it a moderate hike.
There are steps in places that some may find difficult. I wasn't really impressed with the summit. My five year old did it without any issues at all. I gave it three stars because I enjoyed it with my son.

Quick little hike to a hilltop view. However, quite a lot of power lines and communication towers. Not a bad family jaunt, though.

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1 month ago

Gorgeous, short, moderately strenuous hike through beautiful flower filled woods up to a huge meadow and 360 views. Excellent afternoon walk for families.

Well maintained and seemingly well marked trail but I never did find the full loop of the blue trail! And, the red trail seemed to just mysteriously end at some large rocks...it was quite confusing. Otherwise decent walk in the woods, I had my two dogs and we only saw a couple other people. Probably wouldn’t go out of my way to do this again unless I was already headed down to chimney rock/lake lure.

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2 months ago

Great hike, very strenuous in spots. When you get to the top you’re at a pasture with great views (and also many cows!) would hike again.

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2 months ago

Great trail..with lots for everyone to enjoy..

Nice trail. Easy access. Beautiful view at the top.

We are not your average hikers aka not as experienced and this trail was great but rough in the beginning like not sure if I was going to make it. Once we got up a ways it was a beautiful hike and nice heading down as it was all down hill!

Incredible wild flowers!! Well maintained. Great switchbacks. Well marked. Do the loop

The trail is marked well, a big meadow at the top is nice, sat and had lunch.

Nice and challenging! A steep hike but well worth it. A lot of birds, wild flowers and views.

To be clear. There is at no point a waterfall. There are a few small streams. Zero waterfalls. Great for exercise if that’s the only goal but for a nice hike with your dog and some good scenery I wouldn’t recommend. Definitely hits the glutes on the way up :)

We hiked this from the trailhead up the mountain. the trail climbs quite a bit. The mountain top was really nice and a great place for lunch. Make sure you go to the fire tower. We took the gravel road back and saw several good caves among the boulders that would be great bear dens.

This is a great, well maintained trail. The climb up the trail will test your calves and determination a bit but it's very doable. You'll walk through beautiful scenery, big boulders, and find the occasional view on the way up. The trail is marked well. It starts and the gate and goes to the right at the metal trail pole. You can take the gravel road up but I wouldn't. We went up the trail and came back down the gravel road to cover the entire hike. The top is open and beautiful with room for kites, picnics, and laying out on the ground. Go up to the fire tower and hand a hammock in the trees to the right of it. There's also a big fire pit to the right of the tower. Make sure they allow fires so call and check before you do this! Overall, a very nice enjoyable hike. See my video on youtube. Link in bio.

Very steep initial ascent. The yellow trail starts you off through a steep slump of dead trees. You can then pick up the blue trail which is the longest section and ends at a Forrest service road. From there if you turn around pick up the red trail, you'll loop around and eventually meet back on the blue. Blue will take you to yellow and you'll be back at the trailhead. A few water crossings but there are foot bridges and stepping stones.

Nice hike. Lots of icicles this time of year still. The views on the bald are really nice however the power lines and cell tower are a distracting disappointment.

Nice trail, marked well and maintained. Not much water at the falls last weekend!

There are several other trails near this trail, give Wildcat Rock trail a try, waterfall along the way to the summit with a beautiful view.

My first time hiking the Wildcat Rock to the meadows this past Saturday, there are a good many strenuous areas along this trail, especially as you continue past the waterfall. The falls did not have alot of water, alot was frozen. Before the waterfall there are a few creek crossings and all along the trail large rock faces and huge boulders.There are maybe 130+ rock steps going straight up in this area. The view from Wildcat Rock is worth the hike. From the trailhead to the meadow it is 3.8 miles round trip. Elevation gain is 1,100 feet.
I posted many pictures, be sure to check the out.

GPS users may enter N35.4734, W-82.3320

This trail is clearly mark all along the trail and is managed and owned by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.

From Greenville, SC
Start out on Hwy 25 toward Asheville
Get on I-26 toward Hendersonville, NC
Exit on Hwy 64 toward Chimney Rock
Take Hwy 64 for 12.3 miles until it intersects with Hwy 74
Turn Left and go 3.9 miles until you see a parking lot of the 'right' side of Hwy 74
There will be an old Chimney and a Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy sign
The trailhead for Wildcat Rock is across the street from the parking area

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4 months ago

Great, short hike to a bald mountain with incredible views. Our pups loved it! Only regret is that we didn’t bring lunch and games to hang out longer at the top!

Next time I go, I am taking a lunch and having it on the Summit. Nice grassy area and a good view, Have Fun!

After a January snowfall and subsequent melt the trail to the summit was gooey mud. However, the wintertime views from the meadow summit were well worth the slog, especially the view down the gorge to Lake Lure. We hiked back down the road, much quicker and easier, alongside sheets of ice and massive icicles extruding from the roadside rocks.

Was one hell of a job, but we did it. Us hardworking guys, and girls at the American Conservation Experience are glad to see the trail being enjoyed.

Gets pretty windy in that valley, and the ice can be dangerous falling off of the rock faces, so be careful!

Well maintained trail with incredible summit views.

Well maintained trail but goes up and up- wouldn’t call it moderate

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