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hiking
12 hours ago

Great easy hike. Most of the beauty of this trail is in the 1st 2-3 miles as you follow a beautiful cascading creek. Steady but shallow climb out and all downhill back to the parking area.

Good, steep hike. Not the best maintained but it's doable. Can access stamping ridge and Unaka mountain from this trailhead.

beautiful

I really enjoyed this easy trail! The waterfall was bigger than I'd expected. Nice surprise!!

I love this trail! I have completed it from both sides multiple times and the view never gets old!

I loved all the beautiful wild flowers and the aroma from them was intoxicating. Blooms were falling from the trees and I felt as if I was in a mystical land. I hiked to the end and was so glad I did. However the "easy" rating in my opinion is wrong. It really isn't suitable for small children with the steady incline and with roots and rocks sticking up from the ground it would make it difficult, One of my favorite hikes.

This hike was HARD, and I'm a pretty experience hiker. Funny enough, the way up was rough, but I was in way more pain on the way day. It's a constant ascent up, which was hard on my lungs, but it's a constant descent down, which was relentless on my knees and ankles. Ugh. It's also a pretty darn rocky trail with a ton of roots just waiting to turn your ankle. Oh, and there had apparently been a fleet of horses that had just been up since we had to avoid all kinds of poop piles the entire way.

However, the view is pretty spectacular. The fella and I had to stop quite a few times on the way up, so it took us a good 3.5 hours to get up. We hung out at the fire tower for about 20-30 minutes eating a snack and taking in the view. Then it took us another 2.5 hours to get back down, moaning and groaning the whole way because of our old legs.

backpacking
6 days ago

Loved this hike! Took a rookie backpacker to break in and it was a perfect first timer! My only complaint is that the 50' metal bridge that crosses Laurle Creek all the guides talk about is no longer there and we were very confused with no bridge and no blazes visible on the other side. One guide suggested exploring the first section (mining area) on the way in so you are not too tired to explore on the way out. We did it on the way in AND the way out and still felt like we could have explored more so be sure to not pass right by this wonderful area. I uploaded some images we took. April is perfect with cool nights, not so hot days, wild flowers everywhere, falls with good amounts of water, enough greenery to add to the beauty but not enough to hinder views of the falls, and dogwoods in full bloom. The trail was easy to follow most of the time but with so many spur trails, don't let down your guard and neglect watching for white blazes. Rock scrambles can get tricky but so worth it!

hiking
7 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail, it's rated moderate because of the length the incline isn't bad at all. Wear hiking boots as there are lots of rocks in places. Get there early. We took 3 hour 38 minutes with a little break at the top. The falls aren't sign posted. You come to a wall and can turn righ or left take the little trail on the right, it's narrow but takes you down to the fall. Lovely trail lots to see along the way.

backpacking
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

great intermediate hike. taking the right fork so you come back along the river is the way to go.