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Quick hike we did with a gap in our day... Beautiful views at the top, very quiet hike!

Fantastic trail to begin on! Hiked this our first day. Moderate trail with a bunch of rock scrambling that made the hike so much fun... a little preparation for hiking Old Rag! Very worth it to hike

I loved this hike! It’s fun and quick which made it the PERFECT sunset hike.

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scramble
5 days ago

Loved this trail. Be aware there is some rock scrambling and ridge walking. Worth the Beautiful view. Great trail for kids that are used to scrambles and a little climbing adventure. Meets up with the Appalachian Trail.

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bugs
rocky
5 days ago

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rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Great trail! Definitely NOT a moderate one . If you’re afraid of heights stay away from it.

Love this little trail! I hiked clockwise so that the scramble was first, which I recommend. Even though the loop trail continues going a bit further after the rock scramble, your best views will be the 360 on top of the rocks there. Well worth doing as a loop trail, with an easy return on the AT.

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rocky
scramble
10 days ago

Had already knocked out Old Rag the day before so I was prepped for another rock scramble. This ones a bit dicey since the scramble doesn’t leave much room for mistakes. We did it after a heavy rainfall too so it was nice and slow climb. Would have been better if it wasn’t so foggy.

The rock scramble has one of the best views in the park!!

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over grown
private property
12 days ago

One of the locals said that this trail is beyond a locked gate and on private property and that the owners raise hell when they see anyone they don't know on it. Judging by all the "no trespassing" signs and similarly-charming yard decor, I was not tempted in the least to flirt with that. The local said that following a flood in 1996, the trail has gone entirely without maintenance. Do not come here.

hiking
13 days ago

**This review is for the loop WITHOUT the rock scramble.** We chose to skip the rock scramble because my elderly mom and 4 year old was tagging along. The viewpoint at the top of this loop was disappointing. Much of it was covered by trees. Next time we will do the scramble for sure and I’m certain that would make it 5 stars!

It was a race against the storm. I hiked this trail late in the afternoon, with thunder off in the distance. I only met one other hiker, so if your looking for solitude then this is it.

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blowdown
over grown
16 days ago

Rocky Mount/Gap Run trail is NOT maintained except for the trailhead. The foliage has overtaken large portions of the trail and there are MANY MANY trees over the loop portion of the trail. Wear long pants and take plenty of water. There is a stream to top off your water on the Gap Run trail. I would say Rocky Mount/Gap Run is a high reward (fantastic views!) and high pain trail. I was spent by the end of this trail and thankful to reach the trailhead. The five stars are for the views! Rocky Mount/Gap Run should be a well-traveled trail just for the mountain views which I think are some of the best in the park! On Gap Run, I spotted three bear cubs who immediately shot up a tree, so I backed down the trail and thankfully they came down and ran to mama (didn't see her) allowing me to pass on the trail. By this time on the trail, I had done enough bushwhacking and climbing over trees to last a lifetime. NOTE: This is a fall, winter, or early spring trail. NOTE: For me, this was a HARD hike. Start early because this is not a trail you want to be coming out of after the sun goes down.

Such an incredible hike!! Not at all scary. You reach the summit so quickly. A little hard work for an incredible view.

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rocky
19 days ago

Amazing views but very short

Nice walk. 3 good climbs, can extend and go around Lewis Falls just before returning to BML

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rocky
scramble
25 days ago

Short rail to great view, BUT there is a short scramble with some verticals drops within 1-2 feet of trail making it daunting for the novices or anyone afraid of heights! For those that make the effort it is well worth it!

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rocky
scramble
25 days ago

super fun scramble

hiking
26 days ago

Easy trail, short with nice views at the top. Less know and less crowded, close to the park entrance.

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rocky
scramble
30 days ago

We took this trail because it seemed like a short trail to get to the top of a mountain, but don’t let the 1 mile length or “moderate” rating fool you. The trail contained A LOT of fairly intense rock scrambles that went on for a long way (at least for a casual hiker with three teenagers). There was at least one scramble that if you fell backwards you’d fall down the mountain, so avoid this trail if you’re scared of heights. Overall, it was a great trail for family “team building” in helping each other through the scrambles. You get almost 360 degrees of truly amazing unobstructed views at the top, and you’re at the top for a good portion of the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I got to this trail late so I hiked up to the summit as quickly as possible and enjoyed the sunset view before heading back down with strong flashlight in hand. This trail has a very small roadside parking lot and the trailhead is on the east side of the road marked only by a cement marker with no other sign. To be honest I found myself thing "is this all there is?"

hiking
1 month ago

great short hike if you need something else to do after other trails in the area.

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