Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Mountain Rest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

AllTrails need to upgrade this trail it is not easy. Our suggestion is to make this a winter hike. Trail is very overgrown, and a couple of spots the trail has been almost washed away. Not a good trail for young children, dogs or physically challenged. Less experienced hikers could find themselves off the trail easily due to the thick brush, some areas were over our heads. Oh, and beware of the spiders, bring a walking stick to beat them out of the way. But the view was an amazing reward!!!

After hiking the Foothills Trail four times I have seen this one enough. Besides I like Upper Whitewater Falls better..

hiking
23 days ago

Well worth the walk in. The drive in is a bit lengthy and I parked on the main road, I was driving a car and couldn't navigate the water bars. The gate to the road was open the day I went. The walk was very easy and well marked. wish I could have had more time to walk to the lower part of the falls. Caution does need to be taken because of the potential dangerous of falling down near the top because of slick rocks.

Great trail with scenic views. Only did 8 miles and back. Found several great spots to fish and swim in the river. Several campsites located along the river. A few trees had fallen along the trail, but they were easy enough to step over or crawl under. A very small portion has been washed out along the river bank but it wasn't dangerous. I highly recommend it for camping. Overall not difficult, would be good for all skill levels.

Loved it. It was a little steeper toward the end than I expected, but the view is worth it. Great hike.

The trail was in overall great shape. We hiked four miles in hoping to find big bend falls. It’s practically non-existent, we couldn’t find it and the trail boss said it’s really hard to find and not worth seeing. We ended up setting up camp about 4.2 mi in from the Burrell ford parking lot on a GREAT beach spot. Hiked back out the next day and stayed at the campgrounds there which were in good shape. Fishing was decent. Water was great for swimming. All around awesome. Definitely make sure you hit kings creek fall while you’re there it was the highlight to the trip.

The hike was Good except I was the only one doing the entire hike
To start with, there is no marking that says there is a hike, there will be a muddy road going indicating the start of the hike. You can park on the side of the road but there are not many spots (I was lucky, I was the only one but was still concerned about the safety of the car)
The trail is not well marked but the muddy pathway is about 15 feet wide for most of the part and you can just follow that.
There will be few points where the roads goes in two directions but try to be on the right. The last part of the hike is really steep and you have to literally crawl down holding roots and branches. The waterfall is really nice and rewarding.
I will not risk taking children and pets if I want to go to the waterfall. You have to crawl down even to see that as it’s not visible from a distance.

hiking
1 month ago

Not well kept. got to a point where we could no longer find the trail or where to go. Trail head is in a remote location.

Beautiful walk. Chanterelle season. Open forest and a moderate walk if you walk every day. I'm not sure that the mileage is correct. Went Friday morning and met 3 dogs and 5 people, spread way out. Bring a snack for the climb back out. I'll do this o e again in the fall and the winter.

The trail is lovely and not too difficult. It was a perfect first backpack trip for my 10 year old. For a mid-week trip, the trail was pretty busy and there was one large group of backpackers that left a lot of trash... There is a small section of the trail along the river that is washed out and would be more than a little challenging in higher water. We also encountered a few snakes and I nearly stepped on a copperhead in the middle of the trail. The highlight? Seeing otters playing in the river while eating breakfast.

Gorgeous river and waterfalls. Great swimming holes at the base of the initial decent. However this trail does not allow camping due to whitewater corridor protection (the reason for the 3 star rating). However we hiked to Thompson river, 2.7 miles past the turnaround. This was a spectacular 4 star hike. Next time we will start at Bad creek parking to get to Thompson river. (A lot of ticks in June!)

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice afternoon hike. we did this with a five and six year old. The decent to the falls could be a bit tricky for little legs, but they did great. The payoff is definitely sitting at the bottom of falls. It is beautiful. Probably even better after a rain.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice hike down and back up a gently sloping well marked trail. I enjoyed it but do not foresee myself coming back often. Next time: Tamassee Knob !

hiking
3 months ago

hike itself is ok, but the falls at the end, sitting in the middle of a jungle-like forest make it amazing! Did it early on a weekday and didn't see anyone else!

hiking
3 months ago

This hike was worth it and had a pretty good view at the end. Went May 13th and there was definitely a bunch of trees and branches to dodge as you ascended up and down the path. I don't know if I'd do it again, maybe in the winter time when there wasn't so many trees brushing up against me (waist high at the tallest). Don't forget to wear long pants!
I'd call it somewhere between easy and moderate.

on Tamassee Knob Trail

4 months ago

Break taking

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice hike. Beautiful falls.

we took this spur trail off the Foothills trail. Pretty Falls, not difficult to get to at all. Just remember when you're going down hill to see the falls, you will be walking back up those hills.
on your way to the falls, listen off to your right. Quick little side trip to see another much smaller falls. when there today the water comes down the small rock cascade and then goes underground I believe. Pretty cool to see.

A nice, enjoyable hike. We parked one vehicle at Oconee State park and then drove other vehicle to pull off at Jumping Branch Trailhead. Got on the trail at Jumping Branch and traveled to Oconee. Distance is 4.6 miles.
If you have the time, take the side trail to Hidden Falls. It's worth the extra couple miles there and back.
Once finished Hidden Falls and heading back to Oconee State Park you will hear some rushing water off to your left. There is a smaller cascade just a very short distance off the trail. Super easy to walk to and it's a pretty cool little cascade where the water comes down a small rock face and then goes underground. It really is pretty cool.
All total from Jumping Branch with side trail to Hidden falls and to Oconee State park was around 6.6miles.

hiking
7 months ago

Well marked trail and beautiful, did it in the winter after lots of freezing temps and it was beautiful to see the ice

backpacking
9 months ago

It is a challenging hike as many parts are partially or totally blocked by trees down. We counted 27 trees blocking on the first 5 miles. Good camp site area on Bad Creek. We went with 8 Boy Scouts and they loved the challenge, specially on the parts of the paths that were blocked and we had to go off to continue. Temperatures were low 40s during the day and close to 32 at night.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike in and hike out. Would consider more of a moderate hike than east but wonderful.

on Tamassee Knob Trail

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing, the woods we're gorgeous, the knob was breath taking.

The reviews are right, the short last bit to the falls is VERY steep going downhill. Once you're done viewing the falls and start heading back, you have to essentially crawl up what you just slid down. It was fun though! Definitely an adventure. If the rest of the hike had been as scenic as the end, I would have rated this higher.

Side note- the trails are not well marked. There are pink flags that are accurate for a while, but once you hit an odd shaped hump in the trail, you pretty much deviate away from the pink flagging and go through a trail that is much thinner and less defined than what you had gotten used to.

Second side note- there's no where to park. You have to park on the side of the road. The trail starts right off of the road with no sign.

I only got a few miles in, but I had kids. I didn't want to turn them against hiking. I think it's a great hike though and if u get hot take a dip in the ice cold mountain water. I camped here once before and loved it.

fishing
Friday, July 28, 2017

Camped 2 nights on the river. Did some fishing. I'll use this trail again.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Great well marked trails nearby, this one was temporarily closed.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Trail is fairly secluded and you won't see too many other hikers using it. The falls are decent but not something I would hike to often. I went when the water levels were low and the waterfall was not anything special. Fairly easy hike with most of the way back being moderate since it's uphill. There are spots on the trail that are a bit narrow. Overall a decent hike.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

needs some tlc but not anything hard at all

Trail was difficult to follow but worth every minute!

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