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Loved it. Went 3 times.

Wonderful views! A great short, little hike. The uphill is definitely a little challenging, but once you get to the top, it's worth it! Towards the top it becomes a little rocky with some really big steps, so take your time and wear good hiking shoes. My little dog enjoyed the walk too, but he was more excited for the downhill part. We went on a rainy day and got to see fog and rain on the other mountain tops, it was mesmerizing!

Was a fun hike. Plane is easy to find. Follow the trail to the left of the big steps leading to waterrock knob. Follow the yellow dots on the trees to the top of the mountain top. You will know it when you reach it. It’s the highest point. Take a trail from the top to the left down about 100 yards. There lies the plane !!

on Baxter Creek Trail

5 days ago

This is my favorite climb in the GSMNP. It's tough and then when you get to the top you have to hike back down a hundred feet or more for water.

walking
8 days ago

View from the top equal too or surpasses Max Patch. Fewer people. (None when I was there.) Beautiful wild flowers. Saw a bear on the way up. Easy walk though uphill.

Very steep trail, but so beautiful. Our dog loved it as well... would definitely hike this again.

Beautiful waterfall and gorgeous swimming hole. The walk will take a while, especially if you have little ones, but is totally worth it.

hiking
16 days ago

Approach up Beech Gap is steep. Balsam Mt Trail is long and pleasant to the AT.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful! Stroll along the river in the lush green forest. Went for a Sunday hike in June. Went about 1/2 way due to time constraints but will definitely be back!

So it’s extremely beautiful and yes the hike uphill is challenging but well worth it. I also ventured out a couple of miles looking for that plane that’s crashed but I had no luck finding it but I caught the best views along the way. I wouldn’t call the trail up to mount Lowry I think it’s called easy but it’s doable. Lol. I am now resting for the rest of the day after trying to find that plane idk if I’d even recommend going to look for it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike! Very strenuous for the first of the season. Got the blood pumping!

nice flat trails for the most part, very lush vegetation. unfortunately, we didn't get to see the elk. bummer.

we did see tons of wild turkeys. creeks are beautiful, a bit buggy in the bottoms.

crazy ride to get there on hairpin turns on steep gravel roads, but, very worth it.

This is the most beautiful hike and very easy. There are many springs along the trail and ways to get sidetracked and go “off trail.” Be warned. Midnight hole and the falls are NOT marked. The only way you know you’re at the falls is by the hitching posts for the horses. The picnic area is also beautiful and located near Baxter Creek. Also bring water shoes. I regret not bringing mine as the water was very inviting.

My wife and I took this hike the day before Mother’s Day. It was absolutely beautiful and we did get in to cool off in Midnight Hole. If you go about .2 past the falls there is a bridge over the water that we were told about by some other hikers. It is well worth the extra time. All in all it is a wonderful hike that basic hikers shouldn’t have any trouble with

Beautiful trail, peaceful spot to eat lunch at the falls

1 month ago

Outstanding!! We thought at one point that we were never going to reach the grassy meadow off of the gravel road since the road is straight up, but hang in there and you will be rewarded with a trip to Ferguson cabin, a cabin that sits at the highest elevation for a cabin, then onto the Science observatory, and then the panoramic views are well worth the hike! Follow Garret's directions. He was spot on...

hiking
1 month ago

Simply can not describe in words adequately. Must see in person to understand.

backpacking
1 month ago

Very easy trail leading up to Campsite 37

Wonderful, peaceful trail without dodging dogs.. Very nice!

Love this trail peaceful and not as heavily used and the views are awesome

Beautiful views from the top!!

hiking
2 months ago

Road is wide, gravel road. Some steep parts but nothing too crazy, great views! Science center up here looks cool but didn’t get to go in there, there are bathrooms. Very easy trail I would rate as easy instead of moderate, good for beginners.

Love this hike, it is beautiful! The hiking path is clean and wide and unobstructed. The hike for the most part follows the river closely but at times the trees obscure the view of the water. I wish there were markers to let you know when arrive at the falls because I have missed it and walked right passed it and arrived at the next falls. You do have to “hunt” for it along the river if there is no crowd to tip you off. No dogs are allowed on the trail, which stinks. I’d really love to take my 4 legged child with me. We always clean up after our pet and they enjoy the outdoors and need exercise also.

I've hiked this trail many times over my life. It's a pretty easy trail, and the views are awesome. Also, on the way up, you'll find a great swimming hole with tall rocks to jump off of. Always a summertime favorite of mine!

Family hike to Davison Gap
In and out about 8miles. Plenty of stream crossings but a good and moderately strenuous trail for the early season legs.continuing down the gap would have gotten us to a few cabins for viewing, but stopped here rather than continuing.

Beautiful! The way to the trail was gorgeous and the views at the top were great. Short but steep.

Easy 5.2 mile hike to campsite 37. Great waterfall views and great campsite. Plenty of firewood and places to get in the water.

My fault misreading that dogs were allowed on this trail. Of course, it was in January when we visited and when we got to the trail to the waterfall, we discovered no dogs allowed. We walked the creek area and still enjoyed the little rapids.

Great trail! But the waterfall is at the 2 mile mark so no need to keep going further in search of a different waterfall.

Great hike. Family friendly.

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