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Fun trail that leads to a beautiful, accessible waterfall. Will definitely be returning!

Loved the tranquility and dappled sunlight. Surrounded by beautiful green foliage. Wish we could get closer to the water, but still lovely. The blue trail offers insight into history which adds to this hike's value.

Nice hike. Lots of poison ivy. Plenty of tulip poplar trees. If solitude is what you are looking for, this is your trail. It is very lightly trafficked. The waterfall was a little disappointing. Some challenging upgrades.

Great hike!! Not too heavily-trafficked a lá McAfee’s or Dragon’s Tooth. Gorgeous view of the falls. The little gem of a side trail off of Knight to the creek is lovely. The only thing that bugged me is that the trailhead is CLEARLY marked ‘No Dogs’. But coming back there were a few ‘dog people’ on the trail who clearly didn’t care about the rules or the social compact (not leaving dog poop everywhere!). The Nature Conservancy has that rule for a reason you thoughtless, selfish twits.

1 month ago

Love this so much. So peaceful!!

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1 month ago

Beautiful setting, moderately challenging hike. You’re probably gonna get your feet wet in the creek crossings and take bug spray!!!!

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1 month ago

Nice trail. About a mile of walking down a gravel road to get to it. You have to cross the creek 3 times. It had been raining a few days before we went so no way to cross without getting wet. Looked like there could be a dry crossing if the water wasn’t up.

I did this hike with my 5 children (ages 13-4). it is definitely family friendly which was really nice. I took other's advice and we went up the blue trail and back home on the red trail. the trails were extremely well marked and very well maintained. because of the heavy snows this spring very little was in bloom yet. I was a little disappointed because I thought we were hiking to a waterfall similar to what we experienced hiking the Cascades but instead we hiked to an overlook that looks across to the other mountain where the waterfall is. you can only see the waterfall from a distance and I'm not sure how well you can see it once the trees bloom. we did have a lovely day and enjoyed the woods very much.

Bottom Creek is a good solitary hike. I've hiked this trail several times and each time find myself in a soul-searching sort of mood. this hike is good to help you work through any issues in your life. Very tranquil.

loved it hiked the blue to the red and back tracked down the yellow ,we did it with my 9 month old ,very shaded peaceful hike

Very peaceful. Trails clearly marked. Saw a couple of deer.

Great place. They respectfully ask for no dogs on this trail. Trails are well marked. Lots of wildlife. Great view of the falls. Would like to find the house and the cemetery.

7 months ago

Certain areas are iffy but a good challenge. A little difficult with a hunting bread dog.

Definitely haunted

Our hike came after several weeks of drought so the waterfall was not active, but the hike was beautiful nonetheless. I recommend doing the loop clockwise making the trail quite easy.

Was a great hike for the family! Definitely will go back soon!

The trail says no dogs but I've taken mine and they were able to keep up, and no one said anything about us having the pup with us.

10 months ago

this was an incredible hike to a beautiful waterfall!! I went with a group of friends at the beginning of June and the water was quite refreshing, the hike was pretty easy, and we were in and back by lunch time.

Falls were a bit dry this year but the overlook to them was great! Knight's trail was really overgrown though but still easy to follow the markers.

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11 months ago

Getting closer to the waterfall would have been nice!

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11 months ago

Great trail. I hiked 5.06 miles from parking area at front gate. You have three choices, the red blaze trail (shortest), yellow blaze and the blue blaze. I started up red blaze, turned left onto yellow blaze, a nice stairway down to the rapids on this trail, rejoined the red blaze to the overlook of a 200 ft. Waterfall, 2.6 miles to here. Ate lunch at the falls overlook, back on red blaze, soon turned on blue blaze. Huge grove, thousands, of old growth hemlocks on the blue blaze. Rejoined red blaze back to parking area. Took 2 hours, elevation change from 2,559 ft. To 2,137, to 2,657, then back to 2,559.

Love that it was family friendly for my 7 year old, and just strenuous enough to keep things interesting for the rest of the family. The view was great, but it would be nice to get closer to the water.

beautiful day hike, it snowed which was a bonus, the gorge was impressive

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Nice trail but a little below my expectations. Being able to get closer to the falls would be better.

This hike was short, but beautiful. The gorge was more than I expected, and quite breathtaking. It is suitable for families. I would highly recommend and plan to return.

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Monday, May 08, 2017

One of my favorite hikes, beautiful no matter what time of the year you go. A couple different trail choices, 2nd highest waterfall in VA, some remains of homes/farms of Civil War deserters. Highly recommend going mid spring or fall.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Great hike! Took our two kids (4 & 8) and we did the Blue Trail loop to the falls overlook, then hiked the red trail back to trail head. Awesome views of the falls!

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Fun, easy hike, with a nice drive to reach the trail head. Love that there are no dogs!

Great family hike and the waterfall is incredible ❤.

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