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A nice walk with two kids and my wife. not much to see or experience. Don't go out of your way to visit, but not bad if you live within 15 miles

It's a beautiful trail with some breathtaking views. Definitely recommend the little detour up to the lookout. We made it to the outlook while the sun was setting it was gorgeous.

Great trail with winter views of Green River.
Muddy in spots and a couple stream crossings. It was cold so fun to see icicles hanging every where.

trail is ok runs along the blueridge parkway long way to a view spot not marked well there arevway better trails in the area

Great, quiet trail with winter views at the summit. Could use some switchbacks, as some parts are pretty steep. The snow and snow melt today caused for a bit of a slippery decent.
Not much foot traffic to worry about since there are only about three or four parking spots.
The drive in takes a bit of prior knowledge, as there are two gates to open and close. Look up Bailey Mountain Foundation for maps and directions.
Nice hike to start the new year!

hiking
1 day ago

MLD day hike

If was little wet and muddy because of the rain. It was a great hike. Worth doing hike on it.

Fantastic dog friendly trail!

Very muddy and with several short and a couple long creek/river crossings. Lovely gentle up and down forest.

Huge waterfall, the largest East of the Rockies. Easy paved path to the falls top viewing and then nice stairs to the lower viewing deck . Not really a hike. It was very popular with children and families today. I only went down to the lower viewing deck bc you can’t see the falls if you go any further.

closed
off trail
over grown
washed out
2 days ago

went for a day hike with family and friends. area is still in ruins from the hurricane this past September. the recreation area is barricaded from the horse trailer parking area on in. the trail starts with plenty of fallen trees to go over and under. once we got past THOSE trees, then we attempted to follow the trail where we could. needless to say, we went about 4 miles in and then back.

I've hiked this trail several times prior to Hurricane Flo; it certainly did a number on this area. it appears several years will pass before this trail returns to 'normalcy'.

trail running
blowdown
muddy
snow
2 days ago

Ran the out and back from Deep Creek Trailhead to Newfoundland Gap Road for a total of roughly 28.4 (Garmin). Lots of washout and blowdown along the creek in spots but not too bad. Snow up high. Great route

My review of this trail should not be taken as gospel because I did this on a very foggy and rainy day. I cannot speak to any views on the trails, but I do have a couple of thoughts. This is a bike trail. There weren’t a lot the day I was there, but I can imagine on a weekend or a nice day, it would be busy. Given that it is a bike trail, there is a ton of mud, which made it frustrating after so much recent rain. You will also get a lot of road noise from I-40. I imagine that the views of that could be interesting, but again because of the weather I didn’t get a chance to see.

Don’t let my review deter you, but honestly there are a lot of other good trails in the area that I would recommend over this one.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Great trail. Very muddy in spots after a rain. Good workout

One of my favorite hikes! One great thing is if you don’t want to hike or are unable to do the amount of walking, the view from the parking lot is just as breathtaking!

hiking
2 days ago

Trail was technically closed but everyone was walking over the rope stopping you. Just one slippery spot going down, on a set of stairs, but all was good, there was a handrail to hold on too.

An easy walk. The full circle around the lake is 3.8 miles. Good place to run.

hiking
muddy
washed out
2 days ago

Nice

hiking
2 days ago

1/1/19 - Lovely hike. Much less strenuous than one might expect. While we didn’t trek all the way to the summit (stopped and ate our lunch at the favorable bald of the Swag). 13.3m out to that point and back via my GPS.

hiking
2 days ago

Do not recommend this trail. Conditions are not great for having a safe hike.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

We went for tia hike after it rained last night, so the trail was a bit muddy, but it was still usable. Nice hike, gets your heart rate up a bit without anything too strenuous/challenging. Some nice views across the water at the end!

Wonderful place to go excercise and clear your head of life.

beautiful trail

hiking
3 days ago

Strenuous hike with an excellent pay off!

hiking
muddy
snow
3 days ago

Awesome short rewarding hike. Did this in January and it can get a bit slick and icy but nothing too dangerous with the wooded terrain. Amazing views at the top, 360 in some places. I'd definitely do this again!

Great moderate trail. Challenge due to the roots on the trail. Not recommended for trail runners, but there is a camp site made to hike out to. It’s relatively seclusive but a little busy on the weekends. Tail consists of various mediums from clay and mud to sand and dirt with some rocks here and there. Good hiking boots to avoid twisting an ankle.

hiking
3 days ago

My favorite trail so far in this area. It’s rated as moderate but depending on what shape you’re in it might be easier or more difficult. Lots of up and down and it was nice being on an actual trail as opposed to black top. One downer is the trail was hard to find in a few places and was muddy in a few spots although easy enough to walk around the mud. Highly recommend it.

Pleasant trail, bubbling stream, several side trails, some elevation changes.

hiking
3 days ago

As a Raleigh local, this is a great trail for a quick weekend or after-work hike. It can be combined with Potts Branch Trail to add another 1-1.5 miles. Nice views of Big Lake at roughly the midpoint.

Due to the Government shutdown, we had to park on 215 and walk a mile on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the trail head. This was a blessing (to be explained later). As explained by others, the trail is paved. The view is amazing. Being January we had the place to ourselves. On the way back we took the trail leading to the Mountain to Sea Trail. This was the blessing. The MST back to 215 was great going through various forest, by a few creeks and is mostly downhill. I highly recommend this route. Total time was approximately 3 hours.

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