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The trail was in between easy and moderate difficulty. Some parts of the trail are not clearly marked, however it is a beautiful area, and worth exploring.

It is not moderate. This is an easy trail that is level and very pretty.

A lot of steep climbs. Very, very strenuous. I enjoyed several small water cascades, giant boulder formations and other interesting things from nature, along with some great overlook views. Highly recommend this hike.

Great loop. The creek is gorgeous and there are more waterfalls than are marked on the map. Took me 5 hours with pauses to catch my breath. Definitely ascend on the Cold Spring Branch trail and descend on Tom Miller/Jones Gap — the Tom Miller trail is very steep.

Gorgeous falls!!

End was kinda boring but the beginning of the trail has beautiful streams :). Would go again.

Beautiful views of the water.

Great paved, natural and pea gravel trails. Good for walking with the family and pooch. Mostly flat except the Nature Trail.

I was here last week and I loved it. It’s a very easy hike but beautiful scenery. Lots of beaver activity and apparently turtles as well. (I didn’t see the turtles.)

Great trail! Very challenging especially when going back up. bring plenty of water and a snack or two to keep you going

2 mile walk from gate when it is closed. One small waterfall, one small creek and 2 big creeks each way that I couldn't cross and had to turn around.

Great hike. Beautiful waterfall.

hiking
6 days ago

Lovely hiking trail. Quiet, wooded forest, rocky parts (wear your hiking boots). Not busy at all.
Tip: $5 fee per person.

We were in the area and found the trail to the King. It's a 20 min. hike from Burrell's Ford campground. Great hike but after a recent snowfall, the last hundred yards to the falls were icy and quite the challenge. The view at the falls was definitely worth the risk. The water was gushing and the trickle falls to the side were iced over. Spectacular to say the least.

This is a great trail and wonderful falls. The road back to the trailhead is dirt, but well graded. Make sure you look for the trailhead sign when you park as there are several places that look like they could be the trailhead. We got a great surprise when we ended up down by the river. We will definitely go back when the weather is warmer so we can enjoy the river. We saw kayakers on the river. Make sure you go all the way to the falls. Once you get down by the river, you need to look for the trail that leads back to the falls. It is a fairly steep climb back up from the river, but the rest of the trail is a nice hike.

easy bike riding.

Little bit longer than 5 miles. First time walking and the signs were a little bit confusing. Glad I had my phone to make sure I was on the right trail because I probably would have been lost. Took me about 2 hours but I stopped to take pictures. Moderate is a good measurement. Hills, flat grounds, great views. Very light foot traffic but I also went early afternoon on a Friday.

Loved it. Great views. Perfect intensity for a short 4 miler. Can’t wait to go back and camp there!

hiking
10 days ago

Tate's trail offers the opportunity to hike in a unique habitat, the longleaf pine forest. Here you will see a number of rare plant species, and wildlife. Halfway down the trail is a number of dead longleaf pines, home to a number of RCW's (red cockaded woodpeckers). The trail also offers some great views of the adjacent ponds. Elevation is varied, and footing is hardpacked/sandy.

This hike can be done out and back, or one way if you have an additional vehicle. The second vehicle should park at the bottom of the dirt road next to "lake Number 12". You'll see the turn off for this parking area immediately east of SR 145 on Refuge Visitor's Drive.

This trail is beautiful! We got a puppy and decided to take her for her first trail walk and our whole family loved it. The wild life was so neat to see. And there was a playground for the kids on one end of it.

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