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Trail was clear except one huge tree laying in the hairpin curve just over half way to LeConte. You need to climb over a rock and through a tree or 2 to continue on the trail. At first glance it looks like the trail has ended which sucks when you've never hiked this trail.

3 days ago


Great hike all together. I parked at the top of Rich Mountain and entered the trailhead from the top location. The parking area can be accessed from both Townsend or Caves Cove. Be prepared for a continuous incline/decline throughout the hike loop . I was looking forward to seeing Crooked Arm Cascades while on the trail but it was pretty much dry and non existent due to the lack of rain.

Gorgeous trail. Beautiful views. Highly recommend.

The view is amazing, a tough hike to get there for the average person.

thought it was pretty boring

5 days ago

The Hard difficulty rating definitely fits for virgin falls, but if you are up to the challenge then you're in for a treat. Virgin Falls was stunning and the sheer size of it alone is impressive. At the base of the falls there is a cave of some sort, be careful with pets and small children. This is one heck of a hike for an experienced hiker, or someone who wants a challenge. It's worth it I promise.

This section is a nice walk in the woods and relaxing stroll through the Roan Highlands. The views are amazing going over the balds and Hump Mountain. Doll Flats was a nice surprising gem.

This was a very fun trail. Great views and it covers part of the AT.

Saw a couple of black bear. The views are breathtaking at some spots.