The routing on this map is incorrect. It needs updated. Continuing beyond the point that needs updated the trail turned into tall grass and after pulling not one but two lone star ticks off of me we decided it wasn’t worth it and turned back. A trail better suited for a different time of year If it is not maintained IMO.

Lovely hike with beautiful, roaring waterfalls. Has everything you’d want. Roaring falls, steep ascent for a good work, with beautiful vistas as a reward. Moderately trafficked.

Great day but trail left a little to be desired. As referenced by others there are parts where the trail was narrow along the lower ridge. Some parts very rocky. Could not find Lewis Mt trail cut off. Likely user error but went part area multiple times and on trail for about 1 mile part where the map said it should be. Views limited by trees.

Have been reading reviews for awhile now on this hike. Decided this would be my “coming out of Quarantine” hike. Great start out of BR Summit parking lot. We hiked it CCW from BlackRocks down to the creek and out. Nice grade up leaving BR to Trayfoot Mtn Summit. Decent views I was surprised. Long ridge run down to the creek. The Mountain Laurel was busting it big time after the rains from the last few weeks. Incredible. The rock formations were neat on the way down to the creek. Decent camp sites at Creek it was flowing really good. Clean water. Heading down Paine Run is great. Creek switches back and forth across the path. You will need to ford about a dozen creeks some small, one big shallow one. (Water felt great). Coming up and out of the creek is not fun up to the parking lot that meets the AT. About 8 gnarly switchbacks not bad grade but will wake you up. After the parking lot you’ll get a butt whuppin heading back up NOBO on the AT to complete loop at BR Summit. Would be an outstanding hike for Boy Scouts where you overnight at the creek then finish the next day. Pretty trail that’s under rated.

We did this after Jones Run Falls, it was a short and sweet finisher. Unfortunately it was super foggy so we couldn’t see the view, I definitely want to go back to see the view. The rocks were still beautiful!

Extremely easy/short trail with a great view. Went on an overcast day, so the view was obstructed by fog, but it was still really enjoyable. Trail was easy to follow, and I saw a black bear on the hike back.

Trail closed for Covid 19

Did this as a trail run. Easy to follow route with some good scenery and elevation gain. Trayfoot mountain isn’t actually that impressive, it’s got tons of trees at the top so you don’t have that great of a view; for views, keep hiking on the trail to Black Rock Gap. If I were hiking this I’d probably want to do something different for the amount of time it would take and the elevation you have to gain. However, if you want solitude and nature, this is a great option.

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rocky
washed out
2 months ago

Out & back Blackrock Summit to Furnace Mountain peak, 7 miles. A fun trail to keep you on your toes as there are a lot of rocks, fallen leaves and some washout. Definitely a slippery scary hike if raining/wet. Descended from Blackrock to Furnace, but the return ascent wasn't bad! Easy .5 to Furnace Mtn peak off the trail

Incredibly easy for anyone that exercises weekly. If you don’t exercise at all you’ll still be able to push through the very slight elevation gain sections.

Great trail It was heavily wooded in some areas. The water falls were beautiful it was 10 miles and took us about from 10-2

A very enjoyable hike on a well-maintained section of the AT. The elevation changes were gradual and spread out over good distances, which made them manageable by parents and kids alike. Two-to-three vistas along the route to Loft Mt. make it well worth the time and there are several good camping locations along the way. Water sources were readily available as well.

Really easy and really scenic. Rocks at top that you can climb on and basically a 360 degree view of the mountains around you at the top of the rocks. I’ve been on this trail around 4 times and brought friends of all activity levels with me, who all enjoyed it.

Great hike beautiful views

Accessible hike for all activity levels. The boulder field is a highlight!

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private property
2 months ago

I enjoyed this trail, but it wasn’t particularly scenic or exciting. There are some nice areas on the valley side along the river: little waterfalls, swimming holes, interesting rock formations. The other half is just slogging up and down through the woods. Early March was still quite cool, with a biting wind. The trail was dry except for where it crosses the river several times, but fairly easy to get across with some rock-hopping. Camping areas seemed pretty limited as most of the trail is along steep terrain, however I did find a spot for my one-person tent and settled in nicely. Half the trail is leisurely with very gradual elevation and the other half is quite strenuous, especially with full gear. Overall it was about 7-ish hours of hiking for me, but that was mostly because it was cold and there weren’t many nice places to rest, so I just pushed through.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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scramble
3 months ago

I ran the beginning portion. Climbs about 900 ft first mile. Rocky fields made it interesting.

Enjoyed this easy hike on a slow but beautiful day in early March. Loved the winter views and the rocks. The photos are worth the very little effort it takes to get there (and back)!

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flooded
muddy
3 months ago

Great trail with multiple stream crossings. Use caution of going out after a rain. It is do-able but requires extra caution and would be made easier with gators and hiking poles. I took my dog out and we had a great time. Definitely worth stopping at Blackrock mountains. That view is amazing.

Second time in five year doing this hike and loved it even more this time! It’s a short distance to the top with great views. I suggest taking the loop counterclockwise as the trail is more scenic that way. There is no right way to scramble to the top. Just take your time and really make sure you have good footing, many of the rocks are very wobbly!

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