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Incredible view but the road up was like the surface of the moon. Lots of huge holes and giant rocks sticking out everywhere that left me with a leak in one tire. Do not recommend going up in anything but a 4wd vehicle!

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

difficult because trail not only features a lot of steep down hill terrain, most of that is spent climbing over tree roots. if you complete loop, climb up is not as bad. in fact, I would suggest starting from trail end to see falls then returning same route.

backpacking
9 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. Very treacherous climb back out especially if you take the side trail to the falls. Bring plenty of water. Be very careful coming back out, very easy to take the wrong trail and get lost. I did. But all trails will get you back to the road evidently. Take a map with you. I ran into a lot more hikers than expected which turned out to be a good thing, they helped me find my way out.

Not a hike but great view regardless. You can see Hawksbill, Table Rock and Shortoff on the other side of the gorge. I'd imagine it gets pretty busy in the summer.

Super fun and pretty quick. Straight down descent and ascent, so it might be hard on your knees but the rock tower and views from inside the gorge are worth it!

Park and short stroll to a really great view.

hiking
12 days ago

Tough hike for any beginners.
Big payoff if you climb up to the top of the tower.
Take plenty of water. You will need it for the hike back uphill to Old Hwy 105.

Pretty falls and great place to play in water. Would consider this to be a walking trail rather than a hike. Non strenuous to say the least.

Short, easy walk on a wide trail. Follows a small river up to a pretty water fall. My kids always look forward to places to swim. Most of the river is very shallow, just mud in some places. But, you can walk right up to the water fall. The water beneath is shallow and perfect for small kids and pets to wade in. There is also places for camping. This a great hike for kids or campers, not long enough for a full day.

This is hands-down the best trail in the area. It isn't too long and the falls are a perfect stopping point right in the middle. The falls are beautiful, with a large tree on a rock just below the falls. The water is sparkling clear and the creek offers many rest points along the way. There is one major vertical push if you go counterclockwise. There is also a beautiful vista and nice campground right outside the trail. I would highly recommend!