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Beautiful hike to an awesome, powerful waterfall, well worth the hike!

great safe trail even in the rain

hiking
11 hours ago

Went yesterday and it was definitely a good hike. Brought my dog, and she loved it. Its mostly a steady incline, until you get towards the end where it starts to incline a more and more, and you finally end up with a “home stretch” that’s practicaly a climb as you reach the lookout. The lookout itself is nice, but theres a bit too many trees in the way, so the view is a blocked off in some spots. Otherwise its a good view. Overall a pretty good hike.

A decent weekend loop. The Forney Creek trail portion follows an old logging road, which is a little uninspiring if you’re backpacking. The creeks are pretty, and the terrain is nicely varied from the high ridge-top hiking along the AT to the hollows along Jonas Creek.

I loved this hike. We did it on a super foggy day which made it crazy creepy. Loved it

walking
13 hours ago

Love to walk this path along with Morgan creek to get about 5 miles. There are two
parks off of it so the kids can play also. It is not heavily populated and you can see and hear the animals around you.

walking
13 hours ago

Love to walk this trail along with fan branch to get about 5 miles. It is beautiful and not heavily populated. It is great to do with kids as there are 2 parks of off fan branch trail so the kids can play.

I would recommend doing Moore’s knob first for sure. Because it’s a loop there you can take that either clockwise or counterclockwise as well. Counterclockwise has a ton of steps first and more of a sloping path down which I prefer but my group didn’t. Out of five of us only two made it the whole way and if you park by hanging rock so you end near your car is a great idea. If you do this and walk to the trail head of Moore’s knob it ended up being a little over 13 miles on my gps watch

hiking
18 hours ago

Great, short hike to a bald mountain with incredible views. Our pups loved it! Only regret is that we didn’t bring lunch and games to hang out longer at the top!

Definitely a tough challenge! Worth the experience especially at the top!

Great falls to visit year round. Easy to get to in the snow.

My grandmother was Essie McCall and born in 1898 near Walking Stick Road above Big Creek.
Why it is called Secret Falls is beyond me.I have hiked the Three Forks Trail and the Big Creek Trail.
There are 18 waterfalls in the area. I discovered some of these waterfalls by talking to the Owens and McCall's.

Great trail for the family. Falls are pretty especially after the rain yesterday. Take time to follow the trails around the falls not just to the observation deck and back...will miss the tranquil beauty a bit away from the deck. Kids, 8 and 5, loved it and were able to navigate just fine.

Great trail for your out of town guest.

One of our favorites. Easy hike with a lot of gorgeous falls.

This is more of an inquiry as myself and a few friends would like to plan this hike in June, but reading reviews causes some concern. We are in pretty good shape and have hiking experience, but don't wish to get lost for hours. Anyways, I think that we would be willing to hire someone who has made this trek and could guide us to the summit. If anyone can offer some insights and suggestion, I would be most appreciative.
I have a vacation home in Asheville and used to live there, and actually tested the hike for a half mile or so out of Canton, so have some insight. Looking at second weekend in June. Thanks, Kevin

Great trail but the signage is terrible and John Rock trail loop actually starts as the Cat Gap loop trail. Also, I would rate it moderate instead of easy. Great views!

Very nice moderate hike. The falls are beautiful. Wear correct footwear, areas are slippery and trail can be very muddy after rain. Great outing to pack a lunch and carry it on your back.

Trail is definitely longer than 5.3. more like 6.5 or so miles. The view at the end is worth it.

Nice easy scenic hike.

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