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hiking
5 months ago

So after my last review, I decided that I was going to go all the way to the end of the trail even though we couldn't find the blazes the last time. we ended up veering to our left after the 3rd stream crossing, and when the forest opened up. look for a blaze next to a rhodedendron then travel directly west (you'll go uphill a bit) until you see a log sawed in half. after that, you can see the trail. Be warned though, there are some very long and steep climbs in the near future. the trail is actually 5.0 miles exactly from the trail head to High Butte. so make sure to pack enough water and snacks (also a small trash bag because you dont want to litter). there is no stream once you cross it the 3rd time so I cant stress enough to bring a good amount of water. I brought a 2L bladder and almost went through it all.

the overlook is mesmerizing, though. well worth the hike. I would give this hike a hard rating, though because it is definitely not for the faint of heart. be prepared to climb over some tree and twist your ankles through an old dried up creek bed.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing trail. beautiful scenery. only thing is, after you get through the 3rd stream crossing, the forest opens up into almost pure hardwood - the blazes then disappear and there no service to check to see where the trail will continue. aside from that, it was a lot of fun! not too technical after the first stream crossing and the landscape plateaus once you get past the first crossing as well. makes for an easier trek.

edit: see updated review

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

the trails were so grown up with weeds...nevermind the tree blocking the path. we gave up and turned around. however the sights at the beginning were beautiful.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

All I found were Forrest roads. The description says camping but there were very few places you could even use to camp. Nothing to see but a steep wall on one side and a steep drop off on the other. We drove forever and just pulled off onto one of the few places you could actually pull over and set up for the night. Left as soon as we got a break in the rain. Very disappointing after visiting Pisgah National Forrest trails in NC.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Expect bear.

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Great trail. Wide open paths that taper down to narrow ones for a short time. Mostly up and then down on the way out. A lot of fun!

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hike was good, trail needs more markings. Bear scat on trail on 2 places going up and 3 places returning down. Good thing we missed it.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Awesome trail. Wear pants and watch for bears.

camping
Friday, August 21, 2015

Wonderful place to camp, nice campsites with fire pits and good tables, maintained toilets and a bathhouse, also has a group campsite, and has a beach in the small lake,

hiking
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pretty area, just stick to the trail. ;)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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