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This was a nice, short, easy hike. Needed something to do before horseback riding. No real waterfall to speak of, but there was a nice babbling brook. Uphill on the return trip.

Parking half full at 10am on a Saturday mid October. Completely full with cars on the side of the road by noon.

This was an easy trail. I had 2 kids and a baby so we only went about 2 miles. I let the kids walk up the stream so it would be a more entertaining walk. They had a blast!

hiking
private property
rocky
5 days ago

nice, well traveled trail, used by locals as houses are visible from beginning of trail. beautiful view at top, streams do dry up for easy crossing. persimmon trees at the peak!

Quick leg stretcher!

Beautiful views!

Good trail, not many views. Would probably be nice in the spring when there's flowers though!

I drove it

Enjoyed this trail, challenging but not too much. nice views.

Took two kids (4 and 10) on their first hike here. Nice little waterfall and extra climbing. Both were able to complete it in their own. The whole Trail is a Fire road. Good taste for them of what hiking is like.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

There were high and low points to this hike. The majority of the trail was very overgrown and narrow with some fallen trees blocking the trail (which we moved). But we were with a dog and six year old, and so I prefer a wider trail. To get to the overlook, we almost missed the overgrown tail that cuts to the road and ridge, but we got there. Wasn’t a safe crossing for the young and four-legged. I did like the challenge our return trip brought us—mostly uphill and definitely a fun workout. Didn’t hate it, but I prefer a wider, cleaner trail. Lots of ticks and snakes.

Nice overlook at the top of the loop. We saw a black bear and deer along the trail. Well mark and easy to follow. Ran into some other hikers but the trail wasn’t crowed New to hiking- tired at the end but had a good time.

Wasn’t sure where to find trail head so ended up going up towards rectory on 4-H camp grounds and found some stairs that led to the trail loop going clockwise rather than counter clockwise per the AllTrails directions. There was one nice boulder rest stop with a view about 1.5 miles in and I stopped for a break and snack. Saw one AT hiker looking for water, I offered to share mine but she declined and headed for the 4-H grounds instead. I made it to skyline drive but decided to continue along the loop back towards the car rather than going to Hickerson Hollow. If I had completed the whole hike my review may have been different, but the part I did complete was nothing special, thus 3 stars.

Good hike, lots of elevation change. Brought my dog and he did well but was definitely panting at the end. Make sure to bring enough water. No views with the leaves still on the trees, but overall a well maintained trail and good day hike.

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bugs
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Not much to see, not even off the Eastern side. Just a few glimpses through the trees. I’d skip next time.

hiking
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

great hike down to the falls and beyond. the trail between the parking lot and the falls is really rocky from the rain. heads-up it's steeper coming back to the parking lot than you think.

Pretty and glad we did it, but all uphill on the way back.

hiking
2 months ago

Had a excellent time hiking this trail the views were definitely worth it.

very nice and easy hike. Nearly all shaded which was a blessing in August. A beautiful view without a hard climb. Park at Dickey Ridge visitors center which has nice rest rooms, visitors center and visitas. Walk through picnic grounds until it brings you to cross skyline drive. Didnt find one tick or see one bear like other posts.

Came out to bike this trail and realized 2 miles in that this is not meant for bikes. it's hiking only. Why it took me 2 miles to realize this? Because I'm stubborn. Once I start something I want to finish it. Clearly my ego is not my amigo. Anyway, it is a nice hike without a bike. There's a lot of uphill rock scrambles.

hiking
2 months ago

Decent but I probably wouldn’t do it again. Would probably be a bit boring in the winter without the birds and foliage. Good workout on the way back up for me and the dog and the little stream waterfall was cool. Not sure why it says it’s 5.7 miles. It’s 2.2 miles down to the chained off road and then back so 4.4 miles total.

hiking
2 months ago

We misjudged our time available so only made it from the VC to the barn (going counterclockwise), then realized we’d better turn around and hustle back. I don’t recommend that approach - that short section is pretty mundane and without the view for a payoff. Most of the walk is along a fire road with electrical wires running overhead, which Isn’t my favorite.

I enjoyed this trail because we didn’t have a lot of time. However, it is pretty heavily trafficked, sometimes with dog owners who think the signs that say “YOUR DOG MUST BE LEASHED AT ALL TIMES” and “Dogs not allowed on this part of the trail due to an aggressive bear that is particularly aggressive toward dogs” doesn’t apply to them.

hiking
2 months ago

Giving this a three because it doesn’t have any scenic views- the waterfall is nice, but it’s near the beginning of the trail (as soon as you cross the stream, take the side trial to the right of the main path). After the waterfall, the rest of the trail is a steady decline further into the woods. It’s a fire road, so it’s wide and somewhat grassy, and you’re always in the shade, but it wasn’t a very exciting hike. Good for a trail run, especially if you want a hill workout, because the whole return is uphill.

running
2 months ago

Perfect for a trail run- short, nice loop with mostly smooth path, only a few rocky parts. Beginning clockwise to the left gives you a mostly downhill run, although the end is on an uphill. I tried the route counter-clockwise; the uphill in that direction was too much for me to run, so I walked that part. Passed by three families- popular trail for little kids.

hiking
2 months ago

Best to go early in morning. Great for trail run, roughly a 5K round-trip from start of trail outside the park to the first crossing of Skyline Drive, and then back to the beginning of trail. If you cross the road and continue to Dickey Ridge Visitor’s Center, the trail is somewhat overgrown - had to duck under two fallen trees.

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