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This trail is closed now when I went. There are private property signs posted, and a gate at the entrance

I completed this loop yesterday going down Mt. Mitchell trail and up Big Tom. The BHT section was a muddy mess from all the recent rain. Took me just under 4 hours to complete while taking my time. It was definitely tough and I thoroughly enjoyed it and the views were great! I'm not sure if me or my dog enjoyed it more.

Easy trial with nice views of the water.

My neighborhood track. Lots of traffic.

I read others reviews and must admit I have not been there since it was remodeled per se! I loved it! The old tower was cool! It was interesting because it was freezing in the altitude below but warm above the clouds the day we were there!

Tough hike, but gorgeous views make it worth it. The AT isn't marked that great at the spilt with it and grassy knoll. For a first timer it's easy to miss.

This was a fantastic trail! We did the 5
Mike loop. It was wooded the whole time with beautiful views of the lake. We saw deer multiple times during our hike. This is close to home, so I plan to come back often!

Great area for fall camping
colorful at that time of the year
Amazing trails

I adore this location! We had Jadie Pup with us and was a great place to let her out to stretch her legs! Kid friendly! Very nice RS with wonderful staff and a National Park Services gift shop! Highly recommend! Might I suggest you read about the viaduct itself! It was featured in Modern Marvels on Discovery Channel!

Great hike. Took four girls ages 11-15. They were thrilled. Wife went with as well and was less thrilled but she’s not a big trail fan. She made it without issue. Nice views and while perhaps not the best hike for a total trail junkie it’s a nice family hike with just enough difficulty to be interesting but not enough to wear you out. As mentioned in other reviews to get to the falls you need to take a left before the metal bridge as your following the BFT around to the right from the restrooms.

Not a long trail, but very pretty.

Some nice waterfalls via a short hike. Can get very crowded. If you continue down the trail from the falls, crowds will fall off and you'll find some solitude. Nice hike.

3 days ago

From the Dan River to the Hanging Rock State Park parking lot, this trail takes you across maybe 10 creek crossings, with several up to ankle deep as well as takes you to Window and Hidden Falls near the top; I hiked this during the Pilot Mtn to Hanging Rock 32 mile event., as 100s of runners came down the trail as I was going down and up. Nice cool fall day and a great hike!

Great place for a peaceful walk. Nice wooded and paved trails. Nice ppl and a great dog walking spot.

Starts off easy, then a bit of a challenge and the closer you get to the falls the stairs seems to go straight up making it a strenuous hike. Lots of boulders and tree roots to maneuver over. Lots of smaller falls on your way to the big one.

Great little circuit. The views are surprisingly good for The triangle area.

4 days ago

Easy and beautiful hike! Because of that combo, there were crowds of people but we were still able to enjoy the views and take some pictures. Would like to hike on to Jane Bald next time!

Amazing!! One of my favorite places to hike

Nice, easy trail and that is very accessible and will look nice in the fall. Great for kids!

We drove 2:30 hrs just to hike here! And we had a great time. Our Lab had so much fun with the water and the hike:) a little damage from Hurricane but we can’t complain about it, we were just grateful the trails are still available.

4 days ago

Lovely trail!

Great hike, beautiful at the top! Seen deer, elk and turkey! Would do it again!

A great moderate trail. Ups and downs make the trail better but then just an easy walk. A nice overlook helps the ambiance. Take the dog and take kids over 8.

Beautiful views.

4 days ago

This about as easy as 1000 feet of elevation can be. Just a nice gentle climb on a smooth trail which never gets steep due to the switchbacks. Coming down it's almost impossible to stop from just running. I went up the day after Hurricane Michael pulled through leaving behind crystal clear views and crisp fall temperatures (in the 40s and very windy!). A good number of people out on the trail, although it seemed like I saw them in bunches either at the top or groups of separate hikers over a half mile on the day down. Ran into a ranger on a couple of occasions which is always nice to see.

To make a little more of a hike, you can do a loop of about a mile before going up the Elk Knob Summit Trail. It would be nice if a loop trail to connect over to the Backcountry trail were in place to make more of a hike.

4 days ago

Recent floods have washed lots of sand onto the trail near the river. Also a bit muddy. Offers nice views of the bluffs across the Dan River and is a nice walk through the woods on the high side.

Amazing views! Highly recommended!! Do the whole loop and you’ll see how different the landscape can be on top of vs. base of the mountain. Pick your poison: traveling counter-clockwise will mean wide uneven steps going down and standard wooden stairs going up, clockwise gives you the uneven stairs going up and wooden down. Any way you slice it LOTS of stairs. Strenuous at some points. Took us 3 hours with dogs.

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