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Beautiful hike, would definitely recommend going after the rain the waterfall is really flowing then!

Nice trail typical of those you will find at Pocahontas State Park.

hiking
18 hours ago

Great wooded trail both people and dogs will enjoy. Goes right along a lake; although you’ll see some houses too.

Awesome and beautiful hiking. Loved it!

Very muddy but passable. Keep your eyes open for falling trees. The wind brought a few down already and it looks like a few more are coming down soon.

we started at high knob tower at about 8:30 on Saturday morning. Carrying a backpack, we hiked to Bart Camp Lake and camped for the night. Sundays hike was real easy. I woyld definately do it again

trail running
1 day ago

I ran the trail today in 4 hours. It was amazing! started at Reid's Gap just as many did. I've run a portion of this trail before, but wanted to knock out the whole loop today. It has very technical terrain and even more so with the snow and some icy spots left from other people packing the snow down - so down hill traveling was very slow. I kept going past the Mau-Har Trail and followed the AT down to the highway (not sure how long that leg was) and the turned around and went back up, this time turning onto the Mau-Har trail. I was not expecting that portion to be as difficult as it was...very steep most of the way up and I was already tired. It was very refreshing to complete the loop and get back to the car by the end!

muddy
snow
1 day ago

Went for a trail run/hike MLK weekend. The trail was well worn. Some areas were muddy, slick, and still snow covered, but nothing boots or goretex trail shoes with gaiters can't handle.

I started on the upper Orange ridge trail, went to the peak, and loved the view. I added a few meters of "bonus adventure trails," thanks in part to snow but mostly me not paying attention. I completely blew past both switchback areas mentioned in the comments:

-The first is a rather clearly marked switchback on Orange; there is an emblazoned forked tree trunk and a small wall of rocks to guide you though in snow it was not clear and there is a trail of sorts on the other side which can lead you heading toward the wrong side of the peak; keep the peak on your right.

-The second is the transition from Orange to Yellow after the peak..today it was marked by blue tape on the trees. I just was on a running roll and flew by it. It was nice to break new snow at least!

The yellow trail bit is best for trail running, but the whole loop was a nice way to disperse pent up energy just enough to then cozy up in a nearby cabin.

If you park at the upper parking area, it ends with a nice steep ascent that today had an odd concentration of horse tracks and manure from the lower parking area to the upper parking area back on Orange. This was the sloppiest part of the entire trail, and I admit it had me huffing and puffing. Good way to end a nice moderate loop!

Took me about 3 hrs, with some running, walking, and picture taking pauses.

Love this trail! Have done both ascend and descend. Prefer the ascend. Trail is covered in snow (roughly 12”) but pretty packed down along the traveled trail.

Great trail and sights. Good for kids. Some drop-offs and walking along the road to watch out for. Overall would do this trail again.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
1 day ago

Did this trail after a big snow storm. Hiked from Cherrydale area, through Potomac Overlook Park, and from there to Roosevelt Island. A nice remote hike in the middle of the city.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail for little explorers. The natural rock chimneys great. Saw multiple woodpeckers throughout walk.

hiking
2 days ago

It’s a great easy hike. My dogs loved it. Beware of dogs off leash.

hiking
2 days ago

Great short hike for the amazing views you get!

Good hike but also nothing special.

Had an amazing time hiking Old Rag. Did it with a group and the trip up and down totaled about 9 hours. Steady incline throughout until the last mile or so and you really being rock climbing. It was quite exhilarating sliding between boulders to get to the next part of the trail. The views at the top were like no other. I love Old Rag and look forward to going back soon!

This was one of my first hikes and it was definitely trying for a beginner. Very steep at certain points and you really have to watch your footing because it gets overgrown and rocky. Once we got to the top we had some great views and only had to share it with one other hiker peacefully reading a book sitting on the ledge. Set up a hammock and spent a nice afternoon there. Definitely would want to go again to spend another peaceful day.

I had a great time hiking this trail. Went on a very windy day so at the summit it was very cold but the views were very worth it. Especially in the fall with the leaves changing colors. Good amount of fellow hikers throughout the trail and at the summit but never felt too crowded and everyone was very friendly. Little muddy and slippery at certain points so make sure to wear proper shoes!

walking
muddy
no shade
3 days ago

was really well maintained. ends abruptly at the water, short trail. lots of seabirds and marsh.

on Dragon's Tooth Trail

backpacking
4 days ago

Good hike. Moderate trail. Some rock scrambles but makes it more of a challenge. Views up top are great on a clear to partly cloudy day.

We hiked this trail in January 2019. We really enjoyed it. The water levels were high enough that we had to wade through the river. Come prepared. The elevation climb wasn't bad at all. As we turned towards the falls, the trail was a bit hard to follow due to fallen tree limbs. There were few people on the trail. We would definitely do it again.

hiking
snow
4 days ago

Trailhead is marked but not much else. Easy to hike in snow by following the existing tracks. Pretty section along stream and nice rolling wooded hills.

walking
5 days ago

nice easy paced trail with many beautiful scenes of the river.

Very Strenuous to the average person like myself (29 years old not in the best shape I could be), but it was worth it! The waterfalls on the incline and decline were all incredible.

Great hike. Challenging with all the fresh snow, but gorgeous and very rewarding.

it was nice walk,then ut srarted getting hard,this was our first trailand over all i will walk it again. my son found this trail to hike

Beautiful waterfall. Trail can be muddy and slippery. Did this trail in June and no issues with bugs. All up hill on the way back, but can stop and enjoy the view as much as you want. Enjoy!

Pretty intense in the snow

What was one of the best and only public places to get outside, enjoy nature, and get some exercise in the area has become a limited experience. You can’t bring dogs and the beautiful viewpoint is closed. Why? I’ve spent my entire life respectfully enjoying this place and even bringing new people to it, always educating them on its history. I’m so sad I can no longer complete a real hike with my dog.

Loved this trail! Definitely steep and strenuous but you can cut off some time by going straight up and crossing the switchback sections. Views at the top were amazing, and it whatever plants are at the top were pretty cool because they were leafy and green even in the beginning of January!

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