Explore the most popular National Parks in North Carolina with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
16 hours ago

This was a nice hike. The views at the research station are great. There are several picnic tables and bathrooms there. Don't miss the old cabin.

hiking
21 hours ago

The road was closed so we hiked the 1.5 mile to the trailhead but honestly it was just lackluster. It was all gravel access roads.

hiking
2 days ago

Very fun trail with amazing views! In my groups opinion it wasn’t very hard like the reviewers say (and we aren’t in very well shape like most). Would recommend this trail to anyone.

Tree down at the beginning! Beautiful trail

on Crabtree Falls Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Went today with my 3 little dachshunds. The falls were a beautiful sight to behold. You can only follow the Loop A path right now and then return the way you came after reaching the falls. I initially tried following Loop B but it lead me back to Loop A. After arriving at the falls, another couple had told me that the path leading from the falls and back to the parking lot was closed (to make the actual loop). My dogs and I headed back the way we came.

I would say that at this time of the year, it is more of a moderate hike. You go downhill all the way to the falls, and walk uphill upon your return (since the loop is closed). It is very steep in one section and a little slippery when wet. There are 3 steep stone staircases. Dachshunds’ (hot dogs) backs are not good for going down the staircases so I held two while going downhill. It was a little slippery for me and I consider myself to be really fit with my HIIT workouts and surfing...lol. So be careful and hold the rail. Another person suggested walking sticks, I think that’s a really good idea at this time of year.

Overall it was a breathtaking experience and the people we passed with other dogs, large and small, were SO kind and considerate. We all let each other know when we were rounding corners. My dachshunds get nervous on a leash and we all respected each other’s spaces and were able to flow past each other and share peaceful vibes :)

Awesome trail. We loved the terrain. Beautiful views.

this is a relatively easy moderate Trail with beautiful views. It's nice to do the hike up over the Ridge and get away from the loud sounds of the river and end of The Quiet of the forest. the signs are pretty good at showing the way.

Beautiful absolutely breathtaking

Great hike! Very challenging ascent but worth while views when you get to the Bunion. Not well traveled so you won’t see too many other hikers until you get to the AT.

hiking
4 days ago

Great place to take sunrise pictures

Great views. Trail repairs very nice.

Fairly easy uphill walk on a wide graded road. Beautiful views at the top! My 1st time here so I was a little confused when you come to the fork in the trail where you can either go up the grassy trail, shorter but steeper, or continue on the gravel road. Both end at the science center and views. I missed the turn for the Ferguson cabin and didn't have time to go once I realized my mistake. But I will definitely try this one again!

wonderful panorama's at the very top. one of the few trails that I traveled that is all uphill on on the way to the top with no downs, and all downhill on the way back. great facilities at the top and the research station is amazing

Hike this trail this weekend. Made a two night three day hike out our it staying at camp site 71 and Silers Bald. Day 2 was though with lots of elevation gain and pack that were heavy. But it was totally worth the time and effort. Love the fall and this hike!

not much to view, couple of stream crossing, mostly walk through the forest, some elevation gain.

Follow Garrett's directions. very helpful regarding parking and the gate at the start...loved the trail.

Leave it to Murphy for the bridge to be closed the day we hiked, but all that meant was extra cardio! We had to park at the visitors center and walk over a mile to the trailhead. I wish the trailhead sign said “Shuckstack” but just go left on “Appalachian Trail” (not lakeshore) and follow the white blazes. Thankful for those that make recordings so we can be positive of the direction. It was steady uphill all the way up. So cool climbing up the tower and meeting some nice people along the way. I loved this hike!

This is probably the most beautiful waterfall that we’ve seen yet and is definitely worth the hike. Going from the campground parking lot take the trail by the amphitheater and you can choose trail A or trail B to begin your hike. Both lead to the falls. For a shorter hike choose trail A and you can back track up trail A after seeing the falls. We had two kids and they were fine with the climb back up after seeing the falls. Be careful toward the bottom of the trail if it has recently rained. The rocks on the trail are very slippery. Overall, this is a fun hike and the benefits of seeing the falls is worth it!

hiking
8 days ago

It​ is​ place​ to​ visit​ for​ Fall​ season.

hiking
8 days ago

The hike is well worth it! It is recommended for the novice hiker to use a walking stick to help with foot support when walking over the smaller wet rocks located on the trial. Well worth the hike.

hiking
9 days ago

Moderate climb, muddy with some slick rocks and roots and lots of traffic but 100% worth the amazing 360 degree views of the mountains. Parking was tight, dogs were friendly and people were courteous on the trail when it got a little narrow or tricky. One of the best trails on the parkway!

Great family hike. Mine hiked it and liked it. Kids were 6 and 9. Overall safe but at the top there are sketchy drops parents might want to helicopter in near their youngest as they pass by.

trail running
9 days ago

Due to time, I could only do an hour so I did an out and back Starting from the north part of the campground. The trail was just starting to get interesting at my turnaround point, it was hard not to just keep going! Can’t wait to return and do the whole thing.

hiking
10 days ago

Great Hike but very short and easy. Make sure to take a left over the bridge and not a right to get to the top.

Great short hike, but I would not rate it as easy. You are still hiking up a mountain. Good for most skill levels, but if you are out of shape you will struggle a bit.

hiking
13 days ago

The views make this hike a really amazing one. So stellar.

hiking
14 days ago

Short hike (1.5 hrs round trip to the rock and back) with gorgeous views from Hawkbill Rock, and far fewer hikers than on nearby trails. Can't believe I've lived in Asheville for 12 years and just did this hike for the first time!

hiking
14 days ago

This trail was nice! There were a lot of rocks which made it more difficult but it wasn’t the worst rocky hike I’ve ever done. When we went it was extremely foggy and couldn’t see a whole lot.... however we did hike the additional 3.6 miles to Douglas Falls and it was beautiful!

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