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over grown
1 day ago

Great hike. Beautiful waterfall at the end. 32 water crossings round trip. Wear sturdy water shoes with a toe box so you don't worry about getting your feet wet crossing the creek. Really an outstanding waterfall.

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rocky
3 days ago

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blowdown
3 days ago

34 trees down in the trail now, I believe there are better choices for a hike right now.

mountain biking
4 days ago

Long straight paved ride.

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bridge out
4 days ago

Nice, easy trail. Few bugs. Good condition but small bridge out on the northwest side of the lake (just past the swim beach) due to a fallen tree. Caution tape noted but has been torn down.

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blowdown
bugs
rocky
4 days ago

First section is really steep incline but levels out. Once in the canyon the trail follows the creek which offers many deep pools to cool off in. Many large trees are down across the trail requiring you to crawl under or climb over. We camped at site 17 and had a cub bear run through our camp about dusk. After sunset the area came alive with glow bugs. Definitely a must do overnight trip if your an avid hiker.

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blowdown
5 days ago

Beautiful scenery! Lots of water though- I would recommend bringing waterproof shoes, Chacos, or something similar. Although, my Chacos began chafing my feet towards the end of the hike (really bad blisters!) Lots of trees to climb over and deep creeks to cross. Either way, we went around 3 pm and only saw four other groups of people. The waterfalls and streams were gorgeous. On the way about, about .2 miles from the trailhead we saw a bear to top it all off!

road biking
5 days ago

Rest ride. Lots of people

Very scenic trail! We went a bit of a longer route intentionally to see more of the trail and water features. Lots of spots to get in the water. Sycamore falls itself was a bit underwhelming compared to some of the other falls in the area, but the rock formations and natural beauty of the trail was totally worth it anyway! The bridge to get across to Sycamore falls was out so you do have to cross over a creek at one point. Took a min to figure out, but was able to do it with two dogs no problem.

One of our favorites! A bit muddy but nice shady trail with lake access and wildlife. Nice to see families out together. Hike clockwise to get the "hard" part over with.

There is no trail that I could find at all. Sure you could walk through the mud and weeds along the river but I don't consider that a trail by any stretch. Nice river though good for kayaking or what not but NOT HIKING.

scenic driving
5 days ago

If it was just the overlook trail as a lollipop it would be 4 stars. The fact that it returns on a paved trail reduces it ya start. Otherwise very nice woods walk with plenty of spots to look at the lake

Drove from Ohio on a random day trip to Rock Island. I was so happy to see this beauty in person! But, HOLY moly busy!!! I was grateful the park ranger was gracious enough to let me try to find a spot to park as I had drove 5.5 hrs to come hike! Thankfully there were a few leaving as I was coming in.. I most certainly would not recommend kiddos under 5 (personal preference) lots of rocks and instability going down to the falls! But, WOW! AMAZING SCENERY -- Wear watershoes, bring water and pace yourself and enjoy it

Overall a nice shady hike along the water with several nice views. Started at the road parking lot of Shook Recreation area. The brush growth in this spot makes the trail very narrow for about 50 yards or so. Unfortunately this area also a fair amount of trash laying about. You come up quickly on a spot that is washed out and have to detour to the left but it is not marked well at all. At this point you will find yourself on a road for just 15-20 yards. Look to your right where you will see a blue blaze with detour sign and you are back in business. From this point on the trail with white blazes and it is very clean and well maintained. However, there is a large tree blocking the path about 1 mile in (May 20). You can get over it but it will look like a dead end when you come up on it. (I’ll add pics). The rest of the trail runs mostly parallel to the lake and offers several scenic views of the mountains and the water. It will weave into the woods several times but remains very pretty. The dam offers some really nice 360 views. The AT continues on but this is where we made a U turn to head back. Round trip my watch clocked 7.2 miles.

Great trail. Kid friendly. Beautiful waterfall

hiking
6 days ago

The kids loved the stream crossings. The mountain laurel is still in abundance and beautiful. Look for the flame azalea. There’s several nice displays of it. Can’t wait for Gregory Bald in a few weeks.

Closed as of order 5/14/2020. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd742802.pdf

This started out beautiful but after 1.5 miles it went into a narrow path through the woods. The trails were not visibly marked in some areas. I am assuming that the overgrowth is due to the lockdown after coronavirus.

Per the park ranger, all trails are closed due to recent storm damage.

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blowdown
rocky
7 days ago

Sheww this was a steep trail but worth it once getting to the waterfall

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flooded
muddy
7 days ago

More waterfalls than marked! Beautiful trail, an escape from reality for a bit!

Hard to navigate your way around and pretty sketchy in parts.

Great trail for everyone. Daily 4 mile walk. Trail closed for maintenance near dog park... got creative on obtaining my mileage goal.

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