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Great short hike, some climbing. Wear good ankle supporting boots

took this hike Saturday march 31 fantastic weather and very clear. it's a pretty strenuous hike hike but it was worth the effort and the views at beauty spot were Incredible. l will be doing this one again in the near future

hiking
2 months ago

This is a really cool trail, but packs a punch. Climbing down to the falls can be very sketchy in wet conditions. I would not take kids on this trail as a fall could result in death in some spots. We did see a black bear on this trail. Parking area is hard to find and no sign.

hiking
2 months ago

Deep woods trail that makes you feel like you are deep in the wilderness. Which that isn’t far from the truth. I prefer to cut off this trail and go visit Lower Dicks Creek Falls.

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely more of a climb than hike but well worth the effort if you love waterfalls and be sure and go all the way to the bottom

More of a climb than a hike. Could be very dangerous in wet conditions.

hiking
6 months ago

DO NOT TAKE YOUR DOGS! I know other reviews and even the description says this, but seriously, don't take your dogs, unless they are well trained and don't need a leash, and even then, it may be a challenge. There will be times on this trail that you will be on your butt going down or on all fours coming up. I chose not to read and/or listen to this advice and my wife had to turn around and the take the dogs out as they couldn't make it and were pulling us down the slope.

All in all it's a great, short hike. Probably a half a mile in to get to the Falls. Even in dry conditions the ground can be slippery so be careful. Great main waterfall and some beautiful smaller ones around as well to see on the way.

hiking
7 months ago

Please take note that this trail can be tricky to locate. After you turn onto Red Fork Rd., it is roughly 1.1 miles. Look for a wide spot on the right side of the road. (if you come to a gravel road, you have gone way too far) When you see the wide spot, look for a faded red dot that is painted on a tree. Just down from that red dot is a trail that is supposed to be for an ATV. This is where you need to be. You will cross a creek 2 times on your way to the falls. On the way, you will be treated to several small little water falls that is very pretty. Once you arrive to the Red Fork Falls, you will arrive at the TOP of the waterfall. Although it is a tricky climb down, it is so very worth it to take in the view of this waterfall. It is so pretty! Be very careful...it is rocky, full of tree roots, and wet and slick. Keep a firm grip on trees that are growing close on the trail - you'll need them to pull yourself up and just to keep a steady hand. I would definitely do this trail again. I highly recommend it. In my group we were all women, our ages ranged from 21, 41, and 62 and we all did just fine. All of us managed to fall at least once and wore some mud as badges of honor. Definitely wear waterproof hiking boots. I personally would not recommend children or dogs on this trail because of the slippery rocks and tree roots that makes tripping so easy to do. The 300 ft waterfall is indeed spectacular. I'll be doing this one again.

horseback riding
7 months ago

We followed gps to this location with a loaded 20 ft horse trailer and the road leads to a private driveway (with not very understanding landowners) and had to back the trailer 1/4 mile to a place to turn around

Nice hike. Will be back next year when the mountain laurel is blooming. Trail is lined with hundreds of plants. Beauty Spot is phenomenal!

great short hike. Alot of climbing with 5 falls with pools to swim in. Look for the red Dot on the the tree and a pull off area on the right coming from 107. Cross the first creek and a little way down look for a creek to the right and cross it. There are actually rocks on the ground spelling out falls with an arrow but everyone seems to miss it

hiking
10 months ago

Trailhead isn't clearly marked nor is the trail itself but you can somewhat make out the trail but it is overgrown. Not very heavily hiked, as I have been three times and have not encountered a single person. So it's nice to let my dog off his leash, but definitely put the leash back on around the waterfall as it is very slick and steep.

I was unable to find the trail-head even with GPS. It is easy to find the Carver road, but after few hundred yards it disappears and all you see small roads that lead to houses.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike. Trail is not marked clearly. Cell service was bad and that's why I recommend downloading the map or printing it out. Don't forget your hiking poles. Two creeks to cross.

If you go to the other direction (see my recording) you will see a very unique forest on the top of the mountain.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Slick rock scramble but great view.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

great short trail with some climbing and beautiful views

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fairly steep climb most of the way. Compared to other trails on this site I've hiked classified as "Hard", I think this hike is more than "Modetate". I enjoyed the challenge and solitude this trailed offered.

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Fairly short hike! The directions take you right up to the trail head, look for a tree with a reddish circle on it. Park there and walk down the trail and cross the creek. Immediately go right then cross a second creek. A couple trees were marked with pink string. Continue right and there's some pretty intense climbing down to the bottom of the falls but it's worth it!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Well it was a good hike I like to fail I do have a bad ankle but it was fun someone told me it was an easy hike just keep in mind that it's not but have fun

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

The directions at the top of this page say turn left on Hwy 107, but you actually turn right and then Rock Creek Road is on the left. This is a good hike, but very rocky and uphill most of the time. It seemed longer than 1.5 miles, probably because of the steepness, but my Fitbit measured it at 3.1 round trip. I would like to do this hike in the fall when it would be cooler and not as humid. Good, moderate hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Well worth the short, but tricky hike to the bottom of the falls. My hubby and our two boys 8/10 made it, but it was slippery. Make sure you pick your lines carefully and stay left on most of the trail.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

It was fairly strenuous, solid up hill climb. Great for a nice workout for my 40's age body. However, if you are older and/or have any medical issues just be careful because it's a long uphill hike. Nothing exceedingly treacherous or dangerous though. We did the hike in the heat of the day in July. Decent amount of canopy helped a lot, But still hot and tiresome at points. For some reason there are 2 Rattlesnake ridge trails listed? We went expecting to see a waterfall. We were disappointed to discover there was NO waterfall after all our efforts. We located an overlook at the end of the trail with a nice view, however, no waterfall? The waterfall hike is apparently on a different trail. Rock Creek Fall Trial has the waterfall.

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

I got more than 3.6 miles out of my gps as well as another hiker I met at the top. I registered 4.6 and they were around the same.

This trail is demanding and keeps an elevation gain all the way to the top. For a second you loop into Dark Hallow trail and then continue on up. It isn't until the end that you see that you come to a parking lot but the demanding hike is worth it. I would suggest a nice cool day for this trail. I did it on July 2nd in the morning and it got a little too hot for me and my pup Banjo.

hiking
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Great

Saturday, May 07, 2016

This is a beautiful waterfall that I keep returning to. Easy to moderate hike

Beautiful views, enjoyed this section of the AT. Easy to find, clearly marked parking areas.

Beauty spot has become my favorite place for views. The first time I went we hiked because the service road is closed during the winter months. I'm probably not in the best shape but the hike was difficult for me, I had to make many rests, but in the end it was more than worth it! The views were breath taking and we made a new friend on the balds as well. Coming back down was a breeze.

Great challenging hike. It was foggy the entire way. I hoped there was a survey marker at the top since there were no views but I didn't find one. There was a very green pine area at the top. Views at Beauty Spot are normally spectacular but it was foggy today. Once I reached the top a cold front came in that left frost and a lot of weeds and twigs which made for some awesome pics on the way back to the car.

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