Nantahala

6 reviews
backpacking
Monday, September 04, 2017

First off, let me say, if this trail is rated as easy, then K2 should be labeled as moderate given the same "labeling" scale. The first 45 mins of this hike is literally straight up the side of the mountain. There are absolutely no level points at all. Some of the trail is literally 1ft wide with briars on one side and a fall to your death on the other. There are multiple points where trees are laying across the trail that you have to cross either over or under. Once you do get past the initial butt kick of an ascent, you still are literally at pretty much of a moderate ascent/climb until you reach the falls, 2.7 miles later. There are multiple points of creek crossings on this trail with moss covered rocks. We even saw a snake in one of the creeks we had to jump from rock to rock to cross. At one point we even had to use a tree to pull ourselves up to reach the next level of the trail to get on to the Falls area. This is absolutely not a moderately travelled trail either. We didn't see a single soul on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. One part of the trail was fully over grown with about 6 feet of waist high bushes you had to wade through. I would say there was about 20 mins of this 4 hour hike that I can say I actually enjoyed. After seeing my life flash before my eyes on at least three occasions on the way to the falls, upon my arrival there, I was less than impressed. With all this being said, hike this trail at your own peril. If you're a hard core hiker that enjoys the thrill of adventure, with less than stellar scenery and one heck of a workout, go for it. Let me say though, this trail is most definitely not for kids or anyone that can't handle two straight hours of a strenuous climb. I pray you read the reviews of this trail before accepting AllTrails "easy" designation. I can totally show you the screenshot of my Fitbit dashboard if you need further proof.