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This trail is marked “Permanently Closed”; I wanted to hike it last week and found the sign.

easy walk with large path for bikes too

Never made it to Wisemans View Rd. If you don't have four wheel drive I wouldn't try it. Got about halfway and hit a uphill spot with loose sand and gravel. My vehicle decided it was not going to make it up that hill. Had to back into a camping spot to turn around. Saw quite a few suvs and a jeep that had also turned around.

23 hours ago

The trail was easy going in because it is all downhill. But coming out I thought it was more of a moderate hike. Didn't do the loop just the out and back. The trail was real wet in certain spots. It had rained the day before and the falls were beautiful with good flow. Wish they would move the parking back where it was.

1 day ago

It was a little uphill at the beginning but not too bad. It has been years since I hiked this trail and the view isn't, as open as it used to be. Still worth the hike.

Took my 7 and 4 year olds and they loved it and did great.

trail running
1 day ago

Current trail is 5.7mi according to the USNWC. If anything it's more than that. Well marked, well maintained. Very challenging to trail run with valleys and hills everywhere. I imagine it would be insane to mountain bike this.

1 day ago

Easy hike, beautiful.

Great trail, my German shepherd loves it, the views are great. well marked

Incredible trails, well marked, wide trails. There are steps on each end of the loop, so pick your poison. Saw wildlife ,views and the waterfall was spectacular.

Awesome view of the gorge.

Great views not a terrible hike good camping areas!

Fairly easy, you can use the road if you have a group or peeps that have trouble maneuvering. It’s a quick beautiful hike and a great view at the top.

Awesome trail! We started to the left, like other hikers mentioned and I’m glad we did. The trail was a bit steep toward the end, but we were commuted by then and the kids couldn’t poop out. Three young kids with us and they did great! Lots of beautiful waterfalls, lots of great climbing trees, one great scenic view, and breath-taking scenery everywhere! Definitely want to do this hike again!

Tree lined and shady, rocky and a bit steep in spots so watch your step. Beautiful forest but no Mountain overlooks on this particular trail (would be some in the winter I think but we were here in October).

After driving down a gravel road for a while it will turned paved again and follow it until you reach the parking lot. Takes roughly 25 minutes to ascend. Great view

It’s open now. A portion of the trail doesn’t allow bikes though..

This was definitely a moderate hike with some pretty steep inclines and rocks at parts of it. The view is absolutely worth it!! The leaves look beautiful from the top and there’s an opportunity to get some really good panoramic pictures!

Nice tiny little trails. More than one trail tho so it kinda nice.

This hike from Hooker Falls coming up to Triple Falls is not easy for someone not good at uphill but it not extremely hard uphill, if need just go slow, it is worth it. If too much hill is an issue Park up at Vistor center lot, not Hooker Falls lot, right down High Fall loop goes to the falls side, continuing on loop bring you back to vistor center lot. To see Hooker drive down to Hooker parking for easy hike to Hooker. This info for someone with issue with up hills. This way you can see High Falls first then walk less from High loop to see Triple.

This hike is easy. To see the falls from the bottom, go just a little way down past the over look view. Come back out and over the bridge up to Triple Falls is very much uphill but worth it. precede on up to the High Falls Loop, 2 miles. the loop is easy after passing Triple Falls. Go past the visitor center sign in the middle of the loop, turn left on the road to the covered bridge . Trail back to the remaining part of High Falls loop, then back to Hookers Falls parking. All a little over 4 miles. yes some uphill but it is worth it.

Lots of fun and lots of levels. The trails were all well-traveled but not crowded. First time (in a long time) hikers from out of town and we first did the Little Glassy Mountain trail (which goes up and over before coming back down to meet the Menninger loop) and, still feeling energetic, decided to give Big Glassy a go. It was nicely challenging with well-spaced rest spots, clean benches for chilling as needed. Nice open sky from the top. View isn’t exactly expansive, there are treetops about at eye level, but the feeling of space is immense. Very peaceful. Would like to hike this again!

Worth all the trouble to find trail head. Trail nothing particularly of note except steep, rutted, loose rocks, slick roots and thick growth. However, the rocky top makes it well worth the effort with huge 360 views and excellent lunch spot. Tougher going down and recommend a stick for balance.

trail running
1 day ago

Ran it Thursday, but Friday they taped it off closed for cleanup finally from TS Michael. I ran it anyway because I prefer to be challenged. Great scenic out and back

Very well maintained trail with sweeping long range views at the summit. Definitely worth the effort.
I am 77 and would rate easy to moderate.

One of the most interesting trails in the gorge area. Fantastic views and not nearly as crowded as table rock and hawksbill

Don’t miss the climb up the Babel towel rock, about 1/3 of the way down. Spectacular views, especially in the fall.

This was my first hiking experience with backpack and friends. Excellent experience. Trail was well marked and maintained. A little muddy at times.Could be challenging if you are not in good physical condition. Plenty of places to rest and enjoy nature. Great half day hike. We stopped at Profile View due to time restraints. 2.hrs up and 1.5hrs back. Did this for my 60th birthday. Will return to go to Calloway Peak.

1 day ago

This is a really nice hike. We did, in fact, go counter-clockwise and started with Moore's Knob, which is what I would recommend. Strava says 10.5 miles with a little under 2000' of elevation change. Moore's Knob and Hanging Rock are the coolest, the other "peaks" are cool too, but the other definitely stand out. Great trail for dogs, mine had a blast. The entire trail is well-shaded, so cool even if the sun is out. A bit out of the way for us in Raleigh, but was definitely worth the day trip.

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