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Beautiful overlook but be prepared for a steep uphill climb. Took me a bit longer then 20 mins because I had to stop and catch my breath. But the view.....well worth the work!

This trail is 5

Great trail. Plenty of switchbacks to help those not in great shape, or those getting back in shape! There are three distinct falls along the 1 mile trek to the bottom. The middle of the trail is the hardest portion, but I would rate this trail as moderate rather than hard.

Plenty of shade, nice and cool under the trees, and you can hear the falls for most of the hike. I hiked it at 10:00AM and there were only a few others along the trail, but when I got back a couple of hours later, there were at least 20 people scattered on various parts of the hike.

Easy nice walk around lake. The lake is one side and the beautiful unique houses on the other side. The trail is paved. I've been on that trail 4-5 times in last 8 years. And I'm not from the area. You can see swans and ducks there as well. Relaxing walk, highly recommend.

Awesome hike. Did the 7 mile loop starting at trailhead off of 215. Not difficult and beautiful views!

This was absolutely stunning. Panoramic views and a pretty easy trail; kids would especially enjoy this because of the varying views and balds. Take a blanket and have a picnic in the mountains. :)

trail running
16 hours ago

The nearly 4 mile trudge up the ALT from Daniel Boone is bushy and spooky. Very little penetrates its thick canopy up to Deep Gap. The CMT spurs to the left with a fairly vigorous 1.4 mile ascent. Several really nice camping spots once trail dog legs eastward toward the summit. The top provides a dramatic southward view of the SRW and the the climbing ahead. Its a straight shot from the CMT back to the ALT returning through Deep Gap. The trail beomes bushy again and soon ascends to the Narrows - a pretty demanding climb having just experienced the rigors of Cold Mountain. While this section is indeed a narrow path up and down the ridge, its fairly overgrown, save two cleared out spots giving one giving unobstructed views to the east and one to the west. In my opinion, a far nicer "narrows" exists in the northern summit of the Fork Mountain Trail on the east end of the wilderness. Leaving the Narrows, the ALT continues to climb for another mile then both widens and levels for a while as it arrives at Ivestor Gap, offering the opportunity of a convenient, but well deserved side jump onto the summit of the wilderness' namesake. Returning back to the entrance of Ivestor Gap from the ALT, the Ivestor Gap Trail begins southward. After a short 1/4 mile, the Little East Fork Trail branches off to the right. Not a lot of traffic goes through the north end of this trail - pretty brushy and full of spider webs, but its very easy to follow. It descends relatively gently for 2.5 miles until it reaches the LEF Creek. Once crossing it, the trail broadens as follows the creek for another 2.5 miles back to the scout camp. This last section is far more popular - very reminiscent to both the Big Creek and Deep Creek trails in the Park.

Great hike. Well marked. Lots of water. Defiantly a workout One of my favorites.

Great trail. Suitable for all ages. Both sets of falls are gorgeous. Bring your suit...lots of swimming opportunities both adventuresome and mild.

hiking
20 hours ago

There is no waterfall on this trail. Very misleading description. It has a nice paved walkway along the river and play areas for kids but NO WATERFALL, which is why I chose this trail. We wandered around looking for the waterfall for 30 minutes until a local informed us that there are no waterfalls off the greenway. The pictures posted here are not from this trail.

This is a DIFFICULT trail for the average person! You think a 1/2 mile trail is easy but gaining 450 feet in a half mile was brutal! There are a lot of dogs on the trail and unfortunately people are not always picking up after them which was the cause of some unpleasant smells (it was not human waste as one reviewer stated). I would have expected from a "knob" to have a 360 degree view or close to it but unfortunately that was not the case. Needs a little more maintenance.

From the parking area I suggest taking the old road to the left for a gradual ascent to the summit. Then hike along the cliff top and descend the steeper west end back to the parking area.

hiking
21 hours ago

backpacking
22 hours ago

Our group used the trail to get up to Deep Gap Campground for some camping and exploring.

The trail is moderately maintained. Several areas where you need to fight through brush and fallen trees. Some trail deterioration is evident which is not an issue if you're carrying light. If you are carrying for primitive camping or backpacking, be sure to use poles to assist with your balance.One of the several bridges needs serious repair.

I can see this being a perfect day-hike trail in the fall when the humidity and heat has dropped to acceptable levels.

Nice and easy trail up to an amazing view of the mountains. Depending which way you come, however, there is a pretty big hill that you have to climb to reach the top. If you are coming from the parking lot, you'll be making your way up the steep hill.