A lot of coverage. Very hot and humid in June. Well groomed trail with some overlook views of the lake. Stream crossings.

Great trail to hike. Steady uphill with some flat sections. Trail head is not where it’s shown on map... but .25 mile uphill from 178 making trail 9 miles not 8.2. View from the top was great. Trail was in great shape with a couple blow downs, but east to get over/around.

this trail is easy only for the first half. due to Coronavirus they want you to hike counterclockwise and the first half IS easy but the second half is strenuous at times. you have to go uphill which is steep most of the time. the stairs are easy to go down but if you have a bad back like me, you're gonna have a rough time in the second half the trail is worth it though

Great views. There is lake access for swimming and water activities. Due to covid, trails are done in the clockwise direction which ensures relatively less traffic. It is an easy and nice trail.

hiking
6 days ago

Pretty good amount of ups and downs, trail was a bit muddy when we went through, but it rained a lot this week. Great views and relatively easy!

hiking
bridge out
6 days ago

hiking
muddy
off trail
7 days ago

hiking
bridge out
bugs
muddy
rocky
7 days ago

The waterfall is worth the hike. Beautiful and you can stand on some or the upper rocks of the falls to get a nice selfie. Some of the wooden steps or bridges are very slick so be careful. Not too rocky with each step which is good. Nice hike

This trail is moderate (not easy) due to lots of roots, some inclines, and a required rock leap over a creek. It was perfect for my kids, ages 7 & 10, to walk but also have off-trail places to climb rocks and explore the creek. It was beautiful in May with blooming mountain Laurel. Highly recommend!

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

Moderate difficulty with spectacular views of the lake. Go to campsite 3 to see lake level views and continue counterclockwise on trail to get some views from the cliffs. Easy to do in 2 hours plus whatever time you want to spend resting and taking in the views.

hiking
muddy
13 days ago

My fiancé and I went with our 2 year old dog and had a blast! If you’re going while they’re enforcing social distancing guidelines, get there right when the park opens at 9 on weekends. We tried to go last weekend around 10:30 AM and the park was at full capacity. It took us almost 2.5 hours to do the whole hike with minimal breaks. We stopped on the way back at a small waterfall/pool to cool off and it was a beautiful surprise! The final .75 mile was pretty uphill but with enough water and breaks, people moderately in shape will be fine!

Beautiful waterfall, like stunning. Pretty easy hike on the old logging road, about 4 miles up on Horsepasture Rd (the gravel, bumpy one).

Very nice trail. We went 1.7 miles in, along the ridge to and around Hickory Nut Mountain to the next creek cross. It looks like it gets steep again after that. Only steep part for us was the end of the out and back when you climb up to the parking lot. It’s well shaded, no vistas. Some large trees along the trail.

hiking
15 days ago

Loved this trail. So many beautiful spots to stop and enjoy the water. Definitely a challenge with some uphill sections. But who doesn’t want a little sweat sesh. We took our pup and he loved swimming along the way

hiking
20 days ago

Loved this trail. All of the flowers were in bloom. Took 2 hours, had nice creeks and a wonderful lake view. Offered benches throughout the trail for snacking or resting. It’s moderate if you’re moderately in shape.

backpacking
21 days ago

Easy hike, pretty popular spot. Lots of water and ends in a pretty incredible waterfall. We backpacked in and camped at Laurel Fork Falls campground. Get there early because spots fill up quick!

This was a great quick hike! Loves the natural bridges

hiking
rocky
scramble
22 days ago

Very very Tough trail!!!! I’m 23 and in pretty okay shape but it was hard

Went from top of Sassy down to Laurel Valley (A4) and back up again. Made for a good workout! :) Some beautiful rock outcropping.

Nice trail. Great lake views, interesting boulders and a few Creek crossings. Lots of up and down but nothing too strenuous. It was definitely a good workout for me, 57 and in fair shape, but very enjoyable. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Went with my son and 2 dogs and we all loved it!

follow directions to Foothills Trail Access A4 and stay on the right side of the gravel road to follow up about a half mile to the parking y. you will walk back down this road to get to the Foothills Trail. don't worry much about this map unless you just like getting handles along the trail, gps did not work well with the "record" feature. foothill trail is simple to follow up and back down. it was chilly today, most the trail is shaded. we passed several families, none were younger than 10 or so. this was a beautiful hike with lots of greenery and wildlife. I think Tablerock is a bit more difficult than this though, if that helps with your decisions!

hiking
off trail
scramble
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

If you do both trails, my GPS says it's 4.56 miles, which seems reasonable to me given that I stopped several times to photograph some gorgeous spring flowers and still completed the loops in just under 2 hours without pushing. The trail starts close to Hwy 11 so you can hear some traffic noise, but after you get on the connector trail the hike gets very interesting with huge rock outcrops and wonderful foliage. The Rangers told me the trail has been rerouted and doesn't pass by the actual Raven Rock anymore, but the outcrops are still awesome. This is a wonderful, well maintained trail. Mountain Laurel is very plentiful and blooms in May, Rhododendron blooms in July.

hiking
1 month ago

Great quick trail. Took the dogs and had a blast.

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