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Beautiful well-maintained trail that goes through several changes in scenery. There are some great views near the top which provide great photo opportunities. I did this trail several years ago and it was just as good the second time around.

hiking
bridge out
7 hours ago

Great trail! A bit short for me but really nice. Not too difficult.

on Rufus Morgan Trail

hiking
7 hours ago

Quick and fairly easy dog-friendly escape in the forest!!! Did 2 loops because I didn’t go right and up to waterfall on first try! The trail does require some balance and ability to cross rocks and roots and uneven terrain. Fun loop.

hiking
8 hours ago

Well-maintained trail, well-marked signs with mileage. Great family hike (completed with a 7 & 5 year old). Impressive little fall for such a quick hike. Quite busy, you certainly don't get a sense of being secluded. If you're looking for something off the beaten path this is not your hike otherwise it's very lovely.

Really easy & beautiful weather

It was hard but we loved it

Really liked this trail. Mileage is a little longer that what the app says. Our round trip was almost 12.5 miles. Trail is very diverse, very well marked too. A few trees down that we had to hop over. We started at 7:30 am, arrived at tower just about 11:00, only stopping a few times to hydrate our dogs. The elevation gain was pretty accurate, just around 2900 feet. I did not find The trail strenuous at all. The return trip does have a few long sections uphill. All in all, was a great hike, views are beautiful at summit...and we had the entire trail both ways to ourselves!

Nice quick hike. Well traveled but not too crowded. Well marked, near impossible to get lost. Would recommend going counter clockwise. Great for the doggies!

Wonderful View! I do wish I would have came on a clear day. Very short walk but up the whole way.

NE portion of the loop a lot more interesting than the SW portion. Great hike and amazing waterfall view.

Walk in the Forrest. Nothing spectacular. There’s an overlook by the parking lot that’s the only interesting view on the entire trail. Having said that, older folks seemed to enjoy it.

Incredible trail. Rocky, climb intensive, fun. Little busy by the basin. Must take swim suits. There’s a beach area.

Family friendly, easy hike. Extremely crowded on Sunday that I was there.

Short but extremely pleasant hike filled with amazing variety of natural wonders.

hiking
13 hours ago

The steps were easy to navigate although there are a lot of them! Once to the top a short walk through the woods takes you to a really pretty waterfall. Worth the visit, but a short hike.

hiking
13 hours ago

Easy hike. Nice, open space view and chill out area at the summit.

hiking
13 hours ago

The falls were amazing. It was cool you could walk behind them. It’s not a hike! It’s a sidewalk from the parking lot! It was a tiny bit crowded!

It’s hard to rate this, because I never found the fire tower! I went 1.6 miles, and the end of the road was nowhere in sight! It is paved, and it is pretty. But it is steep and hard! When it turns to gravel, it gets even more hard! There were a handful of 10 foot tall structures where you could take pictures from. They were at each lot number. I made it to lot number 12 or 13. It appears to be an abandoned gated community. There is a golf course on a side road.

Views from the top are pretty. The trail didn’t seem all that hard, or all that long! (Could I be getting fit?!!!) At the very end it says most difficult - it’s really not, don’t be scared! It’s peculiar! You’re walking a really long ways, on a flat-ish part of a rock. I’ve never been, but it reminds me of walking on the moon! I wasn’t sure when it ended, there were a couple of rocks to stop and take pictures from. The surface change to dirt and you start going downhill. I think that was the end! I turned back!

Definitely follow the “getting there” directions! Ranger Falls was nice. The hike was fairly easy. I did the adjacent hike also. Mountain Top??? It did it end at a parking lot. But on the way there was very interesting. It’s and old hog farm. There’s a sign that explains when it was sold to whom. There is a pen made out of rocks where they fed the hogs (trash from the Highlands country club). There was an apple orchard at some point. There still a few trees, with hundreds of apples on them!

hiking
15 hours ago

Awesome hike, the trail is a little rough in some places due to rocks and mud but otherwise a great trail. There’s a little bit of scramble to the top but it’s all pretty easy. Once you get to the top there’s a beautiful view of Montreat college, and looks straight down the valley. I highly suggest this hike for anyone who wants to see a great view.

Great trail. Challenging. A dog's favorite.

hiking
15 hours ago

The falls were pretty. Parking is very tight! I did not hike down the rocks. The trees are still full of leaves, so the view was a little obstructed

hiking
16 hours ago

fantastic simple quick hike. quite a climb all the way to the top but beautiful once there.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
17 hours ago

hiking
17 hours ago

Nice trail, not a huge amount of views but well worth it.

hiking
17 hours ago

Nice little trail!

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