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pics dont do it justice, bout an hour hike from the elk river falls parking lot.

I love this somewhat hidden gem. Nothing like seeing both Elk River Falls and Jones Falls in one afternoon. I like taking the harder trail there, which is covered by a great deal of brush and some slanted, muddy, very narrow pathways. I enjoy taking a lunch at Jones Falls. It generally takes 60-90 minutes to climb the mostly uphill trek to Jones Falls and 60 to return back to the parking lot at Elk River Falls. It's a great workout!

Hiked on a cold Dec day with snow on ground. Beautiful views of the river. One section was a bit tricky at the edge of the water; quite narrow and was slick. From Elk River Falls pkg it’s def closer to 8 miles RT. The path forks off of the Elk River Falls trail at the very beginning onto a dirt/gravel road From there you end up on part of the Appalachian Trail. Follow the white markers, keeping primarily to the right goingout.

WATER FOR DOGS at the beginning, middle and end of hike! Nice hike by the river, through the woods .... I prefer waterfalls that have a pool to play in, so that was a little disappointing. The falls are pretty.

I loved it! A little bit of a challenge, beautiful sights from flowers, mountains, woods & waterfalls. Some rock-hopping to stay on the trail. I had two dogs with me and they did great- had multiple places where they could jump in the river and wade around. Highly recommend for a day hike!

An easy and fun hike! The falls are beautiful. i hiked in the spring after heavy rains. The trail is narrow right beside the river so exercise caution on that section. Def recommend for an easy day hike with nice water feature(s), about 4 miles total from Elk Falls parking.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Great little hike

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Beautiful smaller falls but great views of cascading water down the rock. Definitely worth the hike. The portion of the trail by the river is very narrow, so use caution there.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

not great and hard to find

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Quiet and peaceful hike! Beautiful falls! Not alot of people. Recommend scramble up hillside beside the falls. Be sure to take the left trail at the AT intersection.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Pretty and peaceful walk along Elk River but directions unclear about which way to go on AT. Went North for a mile or so but doubted the decision and turned back before finding falls.

Great hike from Elk River Falls trail head.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Easy hike, beautiful falls.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

I took this trail today and while there were dozens of people at the Elk River Falls section of the trail within 500 feet of parking there was only 1 person I encountered beyond that point. This is a remote waterfall that doesn't get much traffic. A dog was laying down next to the parking lot and it actually followed me the entire way up to the falls and back. I saw a white tailed deer and a couple of little snakes. One was a tiny black snake smaller than the length of my boot. The other was about 2 feet long and was mostly dark brown with black dots and tan dashed lines running the entire length of it.

The other hiker I met was on the Appalachian Trail portion of the hike but she wasn't an AT hiker passing though. She had taken the same trail I had just to see the falls. Once I got to the base of the cascading section of the falls I went up to where the water drops onto a big boulder prior to cascading the rest of the way down. CAUTION: the rocks under the falls are extremely slippery and its a long way down if you fall!

I tried to climb to the top of the falls but it was a bush whack job on an unmarked trail and I eventually turned around. There is a huge rock face above the falls and I really felt like it would take an hour to go around it through all the laurels. I did see one tree way up there marked with bright orange tape so it must be possible. Just bring your loppers and pruning saw and maybe you can blaze a trail for the rest of us.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Sunday, June 01, 2014