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Great winter hike! I went in February and had a great view of the lake most of the hike. It might not be great with kids because some of it slopes sharply towards the water. I went with a friend and enjoyed the day. We missed the turn to left near the lodge on the Beach Road segment and went about two miles out of the way, and there are a couple of places you really have to pay attention to stay on track, but for the most part it was well marked without many trail obstacles. There are many scenic creeks and small waterfalls throughout. It had been very rainy the week up until day before we went and, although there was some mud, it wasn't a big issue. I wouldn't let that be a hinderance. Overall, great hike. I will do it again in the spring.

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rocky
16 days ago

Nice, flat trail for a decently long hike close to the city. Not really much scenery or views of the lake but there are a few small streams and the area seems nice. Would honestly be a pretty cool bike trail but no bikes and no pets allowed. The trailhead is also right beside a small playground and a wide view of the lake which gives more options for families.

We parked in the lot above the trail and took the steps down to the AT. Turned left towards the shelter and crossed a makeshift foot bridge. The trail’s first half mile was very muddy and strewn with garbage, much of it floating at the water’s edge, because of it’s proximity to human shitters. After that though, the trail becomes a forest paradise, with inspiring views of the lake and majestic cliffs. The destination of the dam itself is worthy of at least an hour’s reflection, surrounded on three sides by high rocky faces looking at their reflections in the water below. The lake is stunning. Not a strenuous hike by any hiker’s standards. There are a lot of “Bears in the Area” signs that proclaim the area is closed, but through hikers are allowed, and we didn’t have any problems. Could be rated as a five if the beginning was better maintained, but don’t let that first part discourage you...well worth it!

great hike! great for kids!

beautiful scenery. no matter what part of the trail you take

Nice short little hike! That falls were so so beautiful!

Fast pace, nice weather, few bogs.

hiking
19 days ago

A nice place to visit any time year. Falls are best after a good rain. There is a swimming area at the beginning of the trail. The trail is easy and well maintained.

If you’re gonna go... make sure you jump. It’s a baby drop from the cliffs. It’s worth the little adrenaline rush

mountain biking
19 days ago

Finally a day warm enough for a ride just done the mill creek trail

We'll manicured trails, bridges, etc... There is a big white church when you coming to the 2nd loop. Observe the graves dating to the 1800's. Nice quick hike with some moderate elevations.

beautiful falls but not much other that them

mountain biking
muddy
25 days ago

The French Broad River was running pretty high, so the trail was a bit muddy. Birding was fair. we saw Orange Crowned Warblers, Mockingbirds, Cardinals, Savannah and Song Sparrows, Kestrels, Blue Jays, Hairy Woodpeckers and Carolina Wrens. I think this would be a much better trail in early Spring or late Fall.

on Benton Falls Trail

hiking
28 days ago

This is not an easy trail an it’s not a good one for kids
It’s very rocky as well. An the water fall is small

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closed
muddy
rocky
snow
washed out
1 month ago

A lot to see for such a short hike

Hiked on New Year's Day. A little muddy but overall in good condition. Falls were flowing beautifully. A great short hike.

Very technical trail, but nevertheless, a fun and beatiful trail running opportunity!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to access trail ending with a beautiful waterfall with lots of areas to hammock and enjoy the upper and lower falls. Usually fairly crowded given the easy access but lots of lesser traveled spur trails to access from all sides of the trail. Sandy pines to rhododendron - beautiful!

I really enjoy the great views and proximity to the water along parts of the trail.

Scenic and plenty of opportunities for fishing and kayaking. Hiked, paddled, and camped out on one of the little islands in the middle of the lake. Next day more hiking and some easy white water off of the dam spillway. Definitely would recommend this trail and surrounding area!

Ok, so the views of the lake and scenery are spectacular. Five stars ( for TN ).

HOWEVER.....

When the other reviewers said it was narrow in a few spots...Allow me to translate....

There will be many times for significant distances that the trail is less than one foot wide...and a serious drop if you slip (few feet to 100ft or more). On more than one occasion the path is more narrow (6” or less) and tilted toward the drop off. On two occasions the trail led off into the lake.

I had to rely on my AllTrails map and gps signal to get back on the trail——frequently. It may be the worst marked trail I have been on.

Nice loop not too far from the city. Love this place. Views in winter are great but this time there was a lot of mud. Shoreline trail was underwater in places.

Kid friendly (+6) and scenic with short trails. It is mostly not challenging.

Stayed in one of the cabins with a group of friends (non-hikers) over the rainy, New Years holiday. I attempted to hike around the lake, but gave up after 1/4 mile due to the trail being washed out. Will try again in the spring.

Short and easy hike. Decent view at the top and cool man-made waterfall. Good hike for some who may not be in the best shape.

I don't consider this a hike, but more of a walk. The length can be stretched to around 12 miles by continuing on the trail north of Walnut Grove Road. It's virtually flat. You pass along the Wolf River which runs West/Northwest around the City. While mostly treed, you will observe an abundance of the invasive plant, privet.

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