Explore the most popular Via Ferrata trails in United States with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

There's a hiking trail out here along with a lot of mountain bike trails. I did a combination in mid-February where the weather was perfect and only ran into two people on bikes the day I was out here (late Sunday afternoon). This one actually feels like a hiking trail unlike many of the others in the area. There's some elevation gain (for Florida) and a lot of the trail is covered in pine needles under a good canopy. It's relatively short, but this is a better true hiking experience than what you'll find at the western entrance of the Graham Swamp Trail off Old Kings Road a few miles away.

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snow
10 days ago

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rocky
washed out
20 days ago

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washed out
1 month ago

bridge by teahen road is flooded out.

backpacking
2 months ago

awesome hiking, very nice trail conditions

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hike. Quite a bit of foot traffic, but everyone pleasant enough. Very well marked.

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of the nicest trails in the area. Nice topography, decent trail, not too muddy or too steep. This is one of my favorites!

hiking
2 months ago

Not exactly the elevation gains that I'm used to, but this trail has some steep hills, especially for Florida. The sandy terrain was a bit challenging, but a welcome change of pace from the icy rocks of the Catskills. Trail is very well marked and maintained.

this is a short trail. 2.2 miles if I remember correctly. for Florida this trail is amazing. several hills and a few twist and turns. some elevation gains. much of the trail is under a canopy. the day I went out it was 90°F, and I it was pleasantly cool on the trail. saw 3 snakes and a large turtle which was nice. tons of birds. check it out.

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3 months ago

Lovely trail that was not at all busy in the late morning/early afternoon on a cold but partly sunny colorful Fall day. Occasional noise of leaf blowers when the trail passed by houses on dirt roads, but mostly quiet. I would rate the trail as somewhat easy when traversing it counter-clockwise. Perhaps it’s more moderate in the clockwise direction. I saw no bikes while I was hiking but in the mid-afternoon I saw a number of bicyclists starting out on a ride.

Awesome climb! NROCKS guides Jared and Steve were amazing! They were encouraging, upbeat, and engaging . Spectacular views. We did the optional climb to the top with Jared. I would high recommend it we would definitely do again. Make sure to bring the recommended items from NROCKS they know their stuff!

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4 months ago

Amazing run

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rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Spectacular views and a moderately challenging hike. Highly recommended.

SO much fun!! I hiked it alone in the afternoon, and NO ONE else was on it which was amazing. If you’re not familiar with climbing gear/technical skills I would hire a guide. I’m not a great climber but it was extremely easy for me none the less

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing hike, highly recommend it if your the adventurous person, I’d recommend a guide for your first trip on the via Ferrara. Our group used the mountain club and Kristine was great guide with so much knowledge of the area. I highly recommend her. I can’t wait to do it again!!

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5 months ago

The Via Ferrata is one of the most incredible things my husband and I have done together - top five hikes for sure! We parked in a very small lot at the end of the trail and started hiking up the road at 9am. It was a pleasant surprise to walk right up to the base of Bridal Veil Falls! Once you get to the trailhead make sure you pay attention to where the all trails map takes you - we accidentally got sidetracked and walked down to the area that has some abandoned mining things; not a huge detour and we found the trail easily! The views from this trail really cannot be beat - we climbed with helmets, harnesses and high ropes lobster claw lanyards. My husband and I rock climb, so we were ready for the more challenging portions of the trail - I would recommend that if you haven’t ever rock climbed before to either do this with someone who has or book to do this with a guide. 10/10 recommend doing this!

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Incredible experience!! Nothin like hiking vertically across a cliff. Harness involved for safety.

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5 months ago

A nice walk

Amazing hike! Not as scary as we thought it may be. Definitely recommend a guide unless you are an expert. Went with Kristen with Mountain Trip. Would do again in a heartbeat!

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing hike and climb but not for people afraid of heights!

hiking
6 months ago

Always a pleasure to come out to the Penosha trail. The woods were beautiful at 9am this morning. Mosquitoes were bad, as one should expect in August after a rain. Trails were in good shape. Pictures are geo-tagged to my 20190821 track; more and higher resolution versions at https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks/Brighton-State-Recreation-Area/Brighton-SRA-Penosha-Kachin/

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6 months ago

Beautiful wooded trail. Surprised how hilly it was for this area. Very enjoyable.

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6 months ago

Lots of greenery, Very well marked trails. Had to walk the road for maybe 100 yds. No bikes. Decent trail

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closed
6 months ago

Road is closed for repairs from 5-8 Aug, which cuts off all access to both entrances to the via ferratta. I'm sure it would have been a great outing!

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing experience, would 100% do this again! We parked at the very bottom lot before the 4wd road and hiked the extra 1.5 miles to the start of the trailhead. The start of the Via Ferrata is at the third large switchback and the second big waterfall (not bridal veils). There’s a bridge that goes over the waterfall and the trailhead is to your right and straight up. We acaribeanersre climbers so we used our own slings, but I’d recommend double-length or extra long slings! We also used our own locking caribeaners but this made the hike much slower for us. Everyone else had special via Ferrata slings that made the process much faster! There were some clips that were a stretch of a reach and it would have been easier with a longer sling, esp on the exposed parts of the climb. This hike is not for the faint of heart! There are a few sections of the trail where you’re not clipped into a cable that felt sketchy if you’re not an experienced hiker. The trail is very narrow and exposed at parts and definitely not for a beginner or clumsy hiker. If you’re afraid of heights, don’t do this hike! Bring your helmet, harness and two slings and you’ll be all set! It’s pretty long so bring extra water too, esp if you park at the very bottom parking lot. This is the best option if you only have one car cause the end of the hike will lead you back to the parking lot. I highly recommend the Via Ferrata and if you’re a climber or have the gear, you definitely don’t need a guide. 10/10 would do it again!

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bugs
6 months ago

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