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Hike Date: 10/6/18

The hike was awesome, as far as we got. The stream crossing is no joke, which we really weren't prepared for it. We did four crossings that got progressively harder and at the fifth crossing, we decided to turn back. I highly suggest bringing water shoes with a good grip and clothes that dry fast so you can just wade through. It might have been easier if it had not been raining as much this summer.

Other than that, it was incredibly beautiful and very secluded. We started later in the day, like 2:00pm, and there was only one other couple and a family coming back down right at the start, probably after turning around at a crossing.

6 days ago

We didn’t actually do the full loop because we were just backpacking in to camp one night by the river. We parked at Elkwallow Wayside and backpacked along the AT for about half a mile, then onto Jeremy’s Run Trail. We saw a bear about a mile into our hike. The path down to the river had a gentle grade then along the river it was very easy. There were several river crossings, and on a few of them we had to work hard to keep from getting our feet wet. We walked along the river for about six miles, then turned around and backtracked to a place we’d passed by earlier that was perfect for setting up our tent. It was a very pleasant night and we were awakened by what sounded like a group of barred owls calling to each other. The next day the hike out was very quick, and we saw a bear along the AT behind Elkwallow. There weren’t very many people on this trail. I think it’d be perfect for a family with young children because you don’t have to go very far before getting to the river.

Great short hike for a fall day (hiked 9/29) with good views. Not too many people on our Friday morning.

The view at the top is great and good for short hike. Not a 5-star though because we were aware of Skyline Drive for the first half of the hike. Trail traffic was moderate on a Wednesday.

A short but steady incline that takes you to some incredible views. This is a popular trail with a parking lot, bathrooms, and water at the bottom. Expect to see people, possibly quite a few if it's a weekend or holiday.

Nice trail. Very rocky path all the way up. I brought my three and a half year old son, and he completed the whole thing by himself (while holding my hand). Good trail for kids as long as they can hold onto you so they don't trip on one of the rocks.

Lovely hike with not too much foot traffic. The AT portion is really beautiful.

Beautiful view - just stunning. This hike I would rate as a little more difficult than moderate- only because my 8yr old daughter had a tough time. So beware if you plan on bringing any children. Take your time and take breaks. Kids aside- rocky but well maintained trail. Most of your view is through the forest of course on the way up- you will pass an old home- chimney remnants. Really cool- once you reach around 3000ft there are views- beautiful once you've reached the rock. Worth it.

Took us much longer than expected. Six-seven hours for the loop. Went after a few heavy rainfalls (ok tropical storm Florence) and the rivers and streams were full. Running water was everywhere, coming out of the ground too! Had to carry our miniature Aussie across a couple times. Wet feet and hungry but would do it again.

A fun hike with multiple stream crossing so be prepared during times of heavy rain to get wet and for the water to be deep. We ended up turning around at the 4th stream crossing where it got hip deep. We'll definitely attempt this again.

Went on a gorgeous September Sunday, saw a few people along the trail but were on our own most of the way which was nice. Did the route clockwise, so we had the stairs right off the bat. They’re tough but it does level out a bit at the top. Not a ton of views bc the leaves hadn’t fallen yet, but still beautiful. Especially loved the small waterfalls on the second half. Overall challenging but great hike! Will come back late fall/early winter to get some more views.

Good hike for rainy day, the last part down to the falls was extremely steep. The ascent on the way back wasn’t too bad except for the first part on the return right near the falls.

Fun water crossings. No real views but nice forested hike.

Not that hard of a hike with great scenery on the way up and a astonishing view at the top. Great for family’s though it will be hard for younger children.

Beautiful trail, with lots of scenery. Most of the trail was in the shade when we did it in the morning with the exception of the summit.

gorgeous views from the top of the rock! didn't want to come down.

Great trail for a 4h-something hike. Went clockwise from the parking lot up. Quite steep in the beginning and the end but beautiful scenery all around, and great views from Mary’s rock. Some small river crossings but nothing too tricky. Wish I had had hiking poles for the way down though. Plenty of chance to fill up your water from the creek.

What a workout!! Rocky uphill climb. The view at the summit was beautiful. Well worth the sweat! Downhill on the way out is a relief, but rocky. Traffic was a bit high today..lots of people on the trail and at the summit. Be careful to follow the correct posts markings, one couple we ran into had walked down the wrong trail and had to climb back up to get back on the trail back. We all burned some serious calories today!! So much fun! FYI They charge $30 to enter national park by vehicle.

The entrance at Jeremies run is closed

Amazing trail! Very rewarding with the views on the summit. Recommended.

Great hike. Be prepared for. Rocky path.

This is a good introductory trail to SNP. It’s pretty short but heavy on the elevation change, with really nice views at the end. You’ll never find yourself alone at the top on a nice day, but there are some small, quiet outcroppings below the peak that are nice for lunch. However, I do love seeing people getting out and enjoying our national parks!

Great trail. We did this trail last month and only saw a few other people hiking it as well. Great views at the top. Added bonus was seeing a black bear on the trail near the parking lot.

Gorgeous and crazy fun. It just takes a long time.

3 months ago

I saw 2 Black Cubs. Overall good trail.

3 months ago

This is one of my favorite day hikes. On today's trip we left with clouds forming over the mountains. I was hoping to get to the cave before it rained, however, I was a mile and half short. We got drenched. Shared the cave with a group of Americorp volunteers who were out working on the trail. There is an awesome discrete campsite off the trail close to the cave.

Great trail - challenging but not overly steep and it’s relatively short. Dog loved it and was able to complete the rock scramble at the top. Beautiful views at the summit but also along the way. Decent tree coverage which helps in the summer - we began our hike at 11 am on a warm July day and the only part that was truly bad temp wise was the summit. Recommend this hike! Trail is pretty rocky (smaller rocks), so make sure to pay attention and keep your balance.

Very nice hike. A steady but not difficult climb, gorgeous views. Lots of bugs for some reason, be sure to bring bug spray. Absolutely camera worthy. More people than I expected but it is mid summer. A good hike if you're recovering from some more strenuous ones and need a breather. Starts at the picnic area, not the overlook. Trail was clearly marked. Saw a deer, lots of swallows at the rock, and bear scat but no bears.

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