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hiking
1 day ago

If you are looking for a solid overnight hike with friends I would check out this trail. We parked at the Overnight Trailhead parking and proceeded along the lower loop trail. There is a segment where you will take the paw paw trail to the remaining lower loop. As others have stated, doing this loop counter clockwise is the way to go. I would encourage anyone who is doing this loop to start here and follow the lower loop trail to campsite 1 and then down into the gorge. The gorge is absolutely treacherous so take your time here. The mileage to Campsite 1 is super flat and very quick, the gorge should take about as much time as the hike to it. On the other side of the the gorge that crosses Cane Creek, you will find Campsite 2. That is the campsite you want for your overnight trip. The hike out is about 7 miles and gets pretty dicey towards the Nature Center. Just follow the white blazes the entire time. It is very hard to find the rest of the loop, but stay with the Nature center on your left and you'll see the rest of the trail. The last 2 miles basically follows the road and pretty much sucks.

Campsite 2 has a working water pump and some dilapidated outhouses. It has great areas for hammock camping and open meadow tent camping. I would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the terrible break down of the trail near the Nature Center.

Hiked Upper Loop. It still has a lot of garbage and even signs from an endurance event a month ago all over it. Lot of downed trees. I lost count of how many we climbed over. Missed a turn and had to back track cause a tree had fallen on a sign. The AllTrails app got me back on the trail. Good white blazes on one half of the trail going counter clockwise but the last 1/8 of trail had minimal red emblem blazes. The garbage really needs to be cleaned up. Any future events should require the participants to trek out their litter. Also should note, there is really no scenery on this hike. I only took pictures of the many water crossings. I saw zero people all day, but I went during the week.

backpacking
5 days ago

Overall this is a great backpacking loop. There is no log book at the trailhead, apparently if you don’t book a site, they don’t know if you’re out there. We started at the overnight lot and hiked to campsite 2 passing campsite 1. The first 3.5-4 are super easy to campsite 1. This took us about an hour and a half. We hung out at the bottom of the gorge for a while as all the waterways were rushing with water after a week of rain. The ascent up the gorge kicked our a$$. This definitely makes the trail a hard trail if you’re doing it with a full pack. Campsite 2 comes at the perfect time and I thought everything was well marked to campsite 2. There are two outhouses at campsite 2 along with a well that we used iodine tablets just to be safe. #3 is the best campsite I would say at campsite 2. From campsite 2 to the overnight lot was overall pretty easy. The reason I rated this a 4/5 was because the trail markings became sparse after hitting the fall creek falls area and especially the nature center. The nature center is under construction and we had to guess where to go. There was also an area where you had to go on the road that wasn’t clear before getting back to the trail. We ended up just taking the road back to the parking lot. Overall a great trail, I would probably pack lighter for that ascent in the gorge as it took almost as long to go that last mile as it did the first 5. Overall my Fitbit said 6.17 miles in 4:15 to campsite 2 then 7.22 miles in 3:57 to the parking lot.

hiking
11 days ago

There are several areas of the trail that are difficult to follow due to fallen trees. A few fallen trees were trees that once marked the trail but the blazes were on the ground- not very useful. I would recommend doing this clockwise, so start on the paw paw trail part and then continue. It’s rough for a one day but kind of easy to split into two days. If you go clockwise and stay at the last campsite you’ll get about 10-11 miles in and only have about 2 to hike out. Those sites are backcountry 1 I believe. The section of the trail near the nature center is closed but you should be able to circumnavigate this, or just begin the trail at the nature center instead of the overnight loop trail head

The Woodland Trail is a beautiful well tracked trail that starts with at the Nature Center with a cool suspension bridge overlooking a beautiful stream and waterfall. I would rate this trail as a moderate hike until you get to the part of the trail that leads you to the base of a huge waterfall then the trail becomes difficult. We loved this hike and did it as a day hike. The Gorge Overlook branches off the Woodland Trail and is also a beautiful moderate hike. There are a couple of very difficult spurs off the trail that lead you out to some of the prettiest views in Fall Creek Falls State Park!!!

Great hike ...trail is good but the way down to the falls can be difficult, if it has been raining .very slippery a lot of people park at the top and are not really prepared to hike down. The weekend is busy.

A great short hike. My wife and I went with our 3 and 5 year old and the kids loved it. The woodland trail was very easy, and the trail down to the falls was not bad. The overlooks are amazing.

This would be an awesome trail but it is dire need of some clearing and if there is a detour it should be more clearly marked. At the very least there should be some warning about the detours when you check in. If the government can demolish a 300+ room hotel and rebuild it then a little funding for trail maintenance should be a no brainer. Mile markers would also be very helpful.

Many trees are down across the trail,approx.30 or so.Overall a great trail, Need to be in great shape,and have plenty of time... Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice day hike. The trail itself is fairly unremarkable, the two things that make it great are the Cane Creek Overlook and the harrowing trip down the cable side trail to the base of Cane Creek Falls. We will definitely be back.

Well worth the drive and a great hike for children. The swinging bridge and falls made it well worth the trip. We had a 70 year old and a 7 year old and the hike was enjoyable for all.

Nice trails, main trails well traveled and wide; would have liked more blazes along the trail. Some overlooks were narrow and not well defined. Some had great views, others had views obscured by trees. Nice swimming near the nature center and suspension bridge. Very crowded after lunch - especially by the bridge and at the main falls. Get there early and you'll practically have the trails to yourself.

The Gorge Overlook Trail, Woodland Trail, and Base of Falls Trails are actually three separate trails, though you can do them together. I don't know why All Trails insists on lumping them together!

Woodland Trail is out-and back, leaving from the Nature Center, which is currently under construction. Signage is spotty, but start by crossing the suspension bridge. Mileage according to the park website: .75 mi each way, for 1.5 mi total.

Gorge Overlook Trail branches off from and rejoins Woodland, with a few spurs. Published as .65 mi, not including the spurs.

Base of Falls Trail can be accessed from the Woodland Trail or the parking area on Scenic Loop Road. It is .4 mi each direction, for .8 mi total.

This trail was good after some tougher trails earlier in the day. There was some up down but nothing crazy. The overlooks were amazing. One side did require you to scramble down some rock face to view the gorge. The view was awesome! It would be an amazing spot for a picnic. The nature center is at the beginning and end of this loop and is currently under construction. There was a lot of traffic at the beginning of the trail do to the swimming holes.

Hiked this trail to add more mileage to the Lower Loop Overnight Trail. Beautiful trail! very scenic!

backpacking
3 months ago

Great Trail, very scenic and well marked. Great for backpacking! The only section of the trail that needed improvement is around the third suspension bridge that crosses over the cascades. It was very crowded and a lot of litter. Overall a great experience and I would highly recommend this Trail.

This trail is best hiked in fall when the foliage starts turning colors. Very simple to navigate, no rough spots. Good for all ages and pets. The falls vary in strength due to however much rain the area gets. They won't be much if it hasn't rained in at least 3 days.

**HEADS UP: The lower loop trail is partially broken up due to renovating the Nature Center. Instead of taking the Overlook trail, take the Woodlands trail instead.

Otherwise an awesome trail. Hiked this one day and the Upper Loop the next. Enjoy and LNT!

backpacking
4 months ago

Nice trail, very bland in sections but worth it for the views around the rim. The center bridge is a little iffy, boards are looking their age. The hike down and back up is the only hard section but it is very steep. Great overnight trip. 6/8 -6/9

Easy Trail. A little overgrown. Overlooks are not impressive. Lots of down logs and obstacles. Never saw another person. Ticks. Good change of pace from the heavily traveled nearby trails.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy. Saw no one. Lots of downed trees and some ticks. Not well maintained but worth it for the solitude.

backpacking
4 months ago

My Wife and I did this trail as beginners and I have to say it was the best hike of our lives the trail is very well marked till you get closer to the falls and nature center which are closed and no one at the camp check in told us but we finally made our way out breath taking views we took a few other trails on to get the full experience needless to say if your planning on this hike definitely go counter clockwise the climb up after the rope bridge crossing the river is very steep much easier to descend than ascend but all in all if your wanting to go backpacking this is the trip to take

Beautiful falls! You may have to wait in line to cross the suspension bridge depending on the season (number of people), but it’s worth it to hike around down by the falls. The overlook view is gorgeous as well.

a great trip for experienced backpackers

backpacking
6 months ago

We did this hike in April. If you go counter clockwise then campsite #2 is pretty much the halfway point. That’s where we stayed. It’s a pretty nice area, and there is a well there, but we still filtered the water just to be safe. The only really difficult part of the entire loop was hiking up out of Cane Creek gorge. It wasn’t all that bad, but it was fairly steep in some spots. Altogether you cross 3 suspension bridges on this loop, so that’s cool.

hiking
6 months ago

First time on this trail. Went because it said it was hard. It says overnight, but is easily done as a day hike by anyone with enough time or experience. My total time on trail was 5h20m. Honestly, the trail is pretty boring, and just mileage, with the exception of the gorge (which in spring was gloriously flowery) and the falls (which, ya know, are falls) A word of advice I either missed or wasn't there. To hike the upper and lower loop, they want you to have a permit from the camper check in. No cost involved, just some paperwork for your dash and to keep on your person. It's basically like the sign in sheet at your usual trail head, only requires more effort. They say it's for safety, it was just a 15 minute delay to me. To get to the check in, overshoot the last left and drive straight until you see a building with camper check in on it. Just past the last left, on the left, is a friends of the park depot. They have maps and other souvenir type things. Got a magnet for my efforts there.

Man this hike was pretty! Pretty easy trail, wear good hiking shoes though.

Went over the Easter weekend. Quite busy and had to wait to get across the suspension bridge. Great views of the waterfall. Like that you can go right down to the water.

backpacking
7 months ago

easy hike, trail well marked.

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