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Had such a great day out on this hike! Beautiful from start to finish. Wore the wrong shoes however, water proof hiking Sandals would probably have been best over my, now soaked, hiking boots. But a great day regardless.

I hiked the full loop from the base yesterday. Cedar Ridge trail up to Brinegar cabin then across the park on the Bluff Mountain trail before coming back down the mountain on Flat Rock Ridge. Please do not attempt the full loop unless you are in very good physical condition. It was 17.4 miles total, and I think this time of year (late March) is a great time for it as the lack of foliage means that the entire length of the trail has gorgeous views. This is one of my favorite places.

hiking
1 month ago

I’ve hiked thousands of trails, across the US and Caribbean, and this is one of my top five favorite trails I’ve ever done. Highly recommend, especially if you have dogs.

hiking
2 months ago

Wife and I hiked this past weekend. Very enjoyable hike, once you submit to the notion your feet are going to get wet as you cross the streams. It is March so the creek levels are high. The addition of seeing the history of the 1916 flood was an added element to the hike. I would rate the trail moderate to strenuous, as of right now it needs some maintenance due to some downed trees. Two questions I have for hikers who are very familiar with the trail. I would like to know where the "perfect chimney," is located and the Caudill family cemetery.

hiking
2 months ago

Walked whole loop with my son, in Sept 2017. It was beautiful. Not a lot of scenery due to foliage. It was a great experience. Started at campsite: took Bluff Mtn Trail, down the mountain on Flat Rock Ridge and then back up mountain on Cedar Ridge Trail and then back to campground.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail..it followed the creek most of the way except for the fire road area. It had beautiful waterfall views and 16 creek crossings one way which ends up to be 32. For an out and back trail it was great..alot of down trees to climb over but still fun. The cabin at the end is well worth the obstacles.

hiking
2 months ago

Basing my stars on Stone Mountain, BUT I am going there in two weeks, which direction should I go for the quickest route to the best features? What are the best features? Bluff Mountain and Alligator Back shelter. Thanks for any info:)

trail running
2 months ago

Shoutout to Parker and Andrea. Loved the big open highlands on this trail. There's 5 parking spots along this trail, so you can drive anywhere to each section. There's a shelter at the top of the summit before you hit the primative trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trails for a day hike. Beautiful year round and breathtaking view from the summit. Highly recommend going in winter during snow season.

Beautiful views and a great hike.

hiking
5 months ago

There were a total of 16 creek crossings. There could be more after a good snow melt or a good rain. From the parkig area, the cabin is actually 5.72 miles and the primitive camping area is 1.7 miles which is where the trail junctions are located. We hiked a total of 11.2 miles total from the parking area to the cabin and back. The first cabin chimney ruins is on the left shortly past the trail split and grave sight. There are more along the trail, after creek crossing 6, 7, & 10.  There are a few good sized waterfalls along this trail, one just before the 5th creek crossing and another between the 11th and 12th creek crossings with smaller ones along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

Howling... yes I heard howling. Saw many paw prints in the snow on this trail. Even saw a huge set that could possibly belong to a big cat. Nice trail to a quiet area to sit on a bench and hear just about nothing but the wind and the howling from two or three wolves or maybe it was a few coyote... either one they sounded beautiful and I would have loved to have seen them... from a distance!

hiking
5 months ago

My winter rating is ☆☆☆☆. I want to come back in warmer weather when there is more daylight to hike the loop. Trail is nice. Most of it was covered in snow and ice. More comment will be added to my summer rating

Nice walk in the woods. Best views are at the beginning of the trail where you can see Caudill Cabin down below.

hiking
9 months ago

I loved this trail. The history of this area added facets of emotion and meaning. The creek crossings were manageable with the added help of hiking poles, although any amount of rain would likely make some of them more difficult. The trail itself didn't seem too strenuous, but it's important to mind your step on some of the terrain with steep inclines/declines and slick rocks. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the remnants! I can't wait to go back.

hiking
9 months ago

Moderate with plenty of tree cover and good surface. Would be spectacular views of valley if in winter. I'll be back when foliage is gone also.

hiking
10 months ago

beautiful biews - cold rainy day for hiking!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Beautiful view, Trail isn't too hard to do either

Monday, April 17, 2017

quiet hike to nothing spectacular.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I did this trail with my three kids and two dogs. I loved the varied terrain and multiple fantastic views we got along this trail. Sometimes we were hiking in open grassy hills, sometimes the terrain was rocky and wet and sometimes it was just soft pine needles. We did not find the beginning of the trail. We started at a big picnic area between 240 and 245 and ended up hiking a total of 11.3 miles. This hike is definitely worth it for the multiple views you get of the mountains and valleys. We hiked it during a low time so we didn't have too much of a problem with traffic noise from the road.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Such a beautiful trail with diverse views!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Maybe the hardest pull up in the hole park .but it will lead to some great views. and worth the sweet if you're ready for it . I enjoyed it much

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Beautiful trail with amazing views. Right along the BRP so there is a lot of road noise but in between the traffic you are amazed by the view.

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I hiked a section near Brinegar Cabin last winter, and just hiked the area between Wildcat Rocks Overlook and the Alligator Back shelter on Bluff Mountain. This is a great trail, and I hope to be able to hike the entire length one day soon.

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I parked by the lodge and hiked from the Wildcat Rocks Overlook to Bluff Mountain and the Alligator Back shelter, before heading back. This part of the trail follows very beautiful mostly open rolling terrain. And the views from the crest of the hills are wonderful, particularly on the spectacular fall day I was lucky to get!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Grate hike challenging last stretch with home steeds chimneys and ruins from the destruction of the 1916 landslide beautiful hike and one loan standing structure at the end Home of Martin Caudill and his family during the landslide

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The first 1.8 mi was a maintenance Rd, more of a walk then hike. The remainders was a great hike. Beautiful flora and fauna. A majority of trail was creek side. Crossings where easy to moderate. However check the weather prior to heading out, if the weather turns some crossings could become dangerous if not impassable. The humidity level is very high so take and drink plenty of water. We will definitely return.
Have a great hike!

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Nice hike! You can hear road noise from parkway on some of it. Sad the coffee shop is closed.

hiking
Monday, February 22, 2016

This trail is more like 12 miles. There were probably between 10 and 15 pretty tough stream crossings so come prepared! I had to make some pretty long jumps and risky maneuvers to stay dry, also being 6'5 helped a lot. If you're not athletic, a risk taker, or really tall, you should count on getting wet. Of course, I did this hike after a few record setting months in terms of rainfall, so maybe it's easier when the water is running at normal height.

The waterfall is cool, but you don't get a very close up view of it unfortunately.

The trail isn't marked until you get to the campsite. When you leave the parking area you will hike about two miles to the campground and then you'll see signs for Basin Creek. It says 3.3 miles from the campground but it's closer to 4.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Do no this this trail. If you are anywhere near and want the vistas you have always thought associated with he Blue Ridge Mountains then you have to walk this trail

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