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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This trail is a tough, vertical hike. I’m not in the best shape anymore, but it took myself and two other guys in our early 20s about 70 minutes and a half-dozen brief breaks to get to the top. The view is spectacular. Poles were helpful on the hike down and I only fell on but butt a few times. This hike is good for people looking for a challenging hike and a great view.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Tough but fun MTB trail. almost entirely rideable until you divert to Holston MTN trail near the top. if you start at Old Dug parking lot then take a left at the fork you will eventually end up at the towers on top of Holston. trails isn't in the best condition on the ridgeline but is passable. Coming back down is a blast.

hiking
1 month ago

If you're in the area then I would say go check it out. Not worth driving out of the way to see it. There are two trails. The trail to the left takes you to a rock bluff and gives you a good view of the waterfall and swimming hole. The trail to the right takes you to the top of the larger waterfall. It's not a tall waterfall. Approximately 15-20 ft. high. There are a couple of smaller waterfalls. The waterfalls, swimming area, and stream would probably be better if there was more rain in the area recently.

We (2 adults, 5 kids from 18m to 11 years old) enjoyed this hike. We didn’t get wet at all because it’s been so dry. The trail is not really well maintained. We rarely see wildlife because our kids always scare everything into hiding. This time we were excited to see a painted turtle!

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a tough hike, but more than worth it! Good treaded shoes/boots and a walking stick is a plus for this trail. And don't forget your water.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy, refreshing, but crowded

hiking
1 month ago

I did the hike in the reverse direction descending down 2024 and following the map/directions in the reverse order back to my starting point. For late September, it was unseasonably hot and humid and by the time I got to the climb up Furnace Branch trail, I was quite fatigued! I did see some fall color and enjoyed the forest. I would enjoy this one more in winter, I think. Low Gap Campground, by the way, is no longer a campground, although you can see the remains in places. (My 2004 NatGeo map still showed it as a campground.) On Panhandle Rd., I also recommend visiting the memorial to the two young airmen who died in a plane crash there in 1976.

hiking
1 month ago

One of our favorites.

Like the Sycamore Shoals area.

hiking
2 months ago

Here is the review you’ve been looking for! The others did not have all the details I needed. Parking: The GPS coordinates on Google Maps takes you right to the trailhead. You will see the post with the trail name there. There is enough parallel parking for 1-2 cars out front. Shouldn’t be hard to find other street parking down the road. Follow the arrow and make sure you follow the flint mill arrow, not the other one. The trail breaks off at a couple points and make sure you figure out which arrow is pointing to which trail (I believe the arrows are under the trailhead names not above them). Distance: I do not know why someone said 6.4...they must have gotten lost! We tracked it with a hike tracker and got 1.9 each way for 3.8 miles total. Time it will take: There were 4 of us 20-30 somethings and with approximately 5-7 brief stops on the way up it took us 1 hour 25 minutes. The way down took us 45 minutes. I am not a professional hiker or anything, and do not work out regularly. We did not use poles and were fine. Hike details: It is steep but there are no ledges where you risk falling off the side of the mountain. It is a woodsy trail that is well cleared for the most part. You have to watch your footing for roots and rocks most of the time, but those help you get traction so you don’t slip. I wore adidas with no traction on the bottom and only slid about five times on the way down. No falls or anything, but easy to lose grip briefly and grab a nearby tree or root. Recommendations: Wear hiking boots with good traction and you will be set! Poles could help, yes, but mostly for the way down. The hike is not long but bring 1-2 water bottles. You should not get lost on this trail. It is very straight forward with trail markers when it splits into a different trail. Wild animals: We did not see any snakes or other animals on the trail. There may be some giant spiders on webs in your path, but you can take them down with a stick. Worth it? ABSOLUTELY! Do it!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Big payoff, definitely a work out and will show you real quick any weaknesses you’ll need to work on. Watch for rattlesnakes.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very nice easy walk rather than a trail. I love this walk when I didn't feel up to a hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great spot! A bit of a white trash watering hole though. Graffiti everywhere sadly. Aside from that beautiful falls!

hiking
2 months ago

This place was amazing!! I'll be back here when the snow is on. I was expecting a single falls. Many falls and I didn't even go to the trail end. Simply beautiful!! It's very steep in places. No sure about the easy part, but it is a short hike. If you like water and large rocks, this is a good hike. Awesome place if you are a photography!

hiking
2 months ago

Very short but steep hike down. But absolutely worth it. My son loved it and thought it was the coolest place we saw all weekend.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Decided to hike it for an evening hike very amateur Hiker. Hiked solo, beautiful view very strenuous and steep. Take plenty of water. Seen a bear cub on my way out!

hiking
2 months ago

Not easy to arrive at the trail. Then when we were there we started to walk but did not see the begin of the trail. Nice trail always in the forest Nice view at the end.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Hiked up Flint Rock to the Holston Mtn trail for a total 6.4 mile round trip. It was fantastic! The Holston Mountain trail has recently been mowed because there is a safe path now without any risk of nettles! That was great. Hiking up Flint is NO joke. I am fit and it was an incredible workout. Would recommend highly for those who aren’t scared of it!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

This is a very nice walking trail right next to the Watauga River. Lots of places to get into the river and several spots to sit and enjoy the views!

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike down to the blue hole. The swimming hole is really nice. Ground bees right next to trail steps were very active when we went. My daughter and I didn’t get stung but several others did.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

This trail was difficult but worth the work! Very rocky at some spots and a lot of it is a straight up climb. Would not recommend being small children on this trail. Try to go on a clear sunny day, the view was amazing!!

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This is an awesome hike, it is strenuous but if it gets to be a bit much take a break and start again. The payoff at the end is totally worth the climb, the view is absolutely gorgeous. Be cautious of the rocks to the left at the top there is a crack in the one and there were three copperheads in it, they said there's usually rattlers. So there's definitely snakes there, so be alert.

hiking
3 months ago

We were taking the hike up top and came across bee nest. Chip and I ran and made loop back to car. They all back tracked.

hiking
3 months ago

Monroe Courtney chip and hunter swam. Jenna and I watched. Looked breathtaking cold. Monroe Courtney and hunter jumped from top rock. Hiked around the swimming hole.

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