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Hiked this trail today and it was gorgeous! Started around noon and the weather was just about perfect! The length is decent and the overall hike is definitely a challenge. Most of the hike includes some effort as you follow what seems like a dried up creek with lots of rocks and stones. The last part of the hike is definitely a climb, but it is definitely worth it once you make it to the top!

Beautiful park but this trail is not “hard” difficulty level. The path is a very level and wide sand and grave path like a road; although there is a lot of elevation to traverse it does not require much thought or effort and feels rather domesticated.

1 day ago

This is a good trail, but I wouldn't call it "lightly trafficked." Not on a weekend, anyway.

1 day ago

Loved this trail, did it with my girlfriend and dog. We did the trail counterclockwise starting from Wolf Pit Trail Head. The first night we camped right before the Table Rock split off. There are plenty of great campsites and there is a side trail that leads to creek for water. The second night we camped on the east side of the river

You do have to do two river crossings, this first one requires a quick swim, the second one more simple since the water is only ankle high.

The trail west of the river is not the best marked, chances are you will lose it. We climbed out of the gorge at pitch-in, the hiked out was very strenuous, we then walked along the road for about a mile and re-entered the trail at Mountain to Sea.

It's a tough trail, but there are great views and an awesome experience.

We took the left fork to start the loop and really the view walking up the valley paralleling the stream...

this all trails app pulls up uber everytime I want directions. very frustrating

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.

Nice hike for everyone! Several well-marked trails with great views.

One of my favorite trails. A little of everything elevation, flat areas, beautiful views.

it's a nice place but the $6 parking fee is ridiculous.

Easy hike and beautiful views. March 12 snow on the ground and met an AT trail through hiker that started February 20th and had a rough 4 weeks so far.

Really enjoyed this one! Not overly strenuous but gets the heart a pumpin!!! Gets windy when you get towards the top and then some awesome

I always ignore the trail and rock hop right up the river. one of my favorite places

When last I did it it was from spindale to the lumber mill in Gilkey, so about what this shows. very fun trail for biking. Pretty good amount of traffic but nice serene environment in some points and a small town historic feel through others. It's a good walk if you're looking for a walking trail, but if you want real hiking you might be a bit bored

went with the family and a 3 month old Aussie pup. Dont know that my parents enjoyed it as much as I did, but the views are absolutely gorgeous the whole way and it's a great reward for the tough hike. (Mind you, even if you're in pretty decent shape it's tough though)

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

very nice trail.

One of the best hikes I have done in recent memory. Incredible views, varied terrain, well maintained trail and pristine wilderness. The first part of the trail up table mountain is strenuous I would say, not moderate. But we loved that. The “back” portion of the loop is easier and so the whole trail could be out and back to make the ascent slightly less challenging.

Hiked with a 25 lb bag a medium sized dog and a pint sized hiking companion in March.

Awesome trail! :)

Nice and mostly shaded trail around the lake. Not too crowded on weekdays.

Great trail to run, very technical so be ready for a challenge. Just make sure to run/hike the opposite direction of the bikers and you shouldn't have any issue seeing each other. Taking all of the black diamond bike routes should put out a distance just over 4 miles.

4 days ago

My mom (51) and I (24) hiked to the falls on March 4th and it was lovely. The hike is not super forested the entire way, but making it to the falls is worth it! There are tables near the falls to picnic if you’d like. There was a decent elevation gain but nothing my mom and I couldn’t handle. This trail would be perfect for mountain biking. This hike is easy to moderate (moderate only when gaining elevation). There are two lakes along the loop you can enjoy as well.

Beautiful! Easy trail a bit harder for younger kids but works out because at the end there is a place to jump into the river. If you are looking for some fitness and fun for the summer time this is perfect and if you are just looking to get some good cardio in or nature appreciation then this is perfect.

this place is near and dear to my heart glad I live so close to such a beautiful place the big man above created a masterpiece with this one

4 days ago

Beautiful river views along the trail, with many short diversion trails leading to really nice spots along the way. As others have stated, the trail is wide and can be very crowded on a pretty day. But the trail surface is natural, somewhat muddy in places, and an overall nice hike. The falls are beautiful and a look a bit different from every angle. There's also a steep trail up the right side of the falls (muddy, rocky, and slippery with ropes added for stability) that will take the more adventurous to the top, or almost there. Plenty of places for a cautious person to step out on the falls for great views and photos. Obviously popular destination and not a private afternoon by any means but well worthwhile.

5 days ago

loved this trail! we had a great time despite it being overcast and rainy. It's definitely a moderate hike, we went uphill for 2 miles. Not crazy steep but we were still huffing by the end.

Beautiful meandering trail through the thick maritime forest, marsh and dunes. Easy hike with diverse terrain and lots of sweeping views. At the midway point, hop over to the public swim area for a beach front lunch break. Easily completed in 1.25 to 1.50 hrs.

5 days ago

Glorious! We had the entire circuit to ourselves and only saw the occasional fisherman. We walked several of the loops.

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