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This hike is hard enough without a foot + of snow on it. But with the snow, Maryland height's evil stepsister is flat out brutal. I had tried to get up to the overlook during Wednesday's snowstorm, but turned around 3/4 of the way to the top. Today, I noticed someone made it to the top of the mountain, but turned around. So today I carved the path to the overlook.

The overlook at split rock cliff, really all four overlooks were absolutely stunning. I am so glad I fought through the snow to get to them. It was well worth the effort, though I didn't stay too long at any of them as there was a strong wind.

Great hike! The loop is not quite as loop-like as I was hoping. But the overlook is beautiful! Would do again!

We took our dog from the visitors center up to the overlook. Its a beautiful walk about 9 miles round trip. Well marked with very clear paths. We went in March and I bet in warmer months it gets popular on weekends, so be prepared for crowds.

Beautiful views. Great day hike! Just enough uphill to make it a little bit of a workout, but not bad. The rocks twist a little under the boots so have to watch your footing. It was a little of a busy trail...definitely not the busiest we have been on.

mountain biking
5 days ago

Loved this trail as well as Twin Pines, Old Holler, and others in this area!

Nice scenic walk. Lots of people on nice weekend days...

Great trail! Went out on St. Patrick’s day for an overnight trip. Saw a good amount of people. Great hike to get some elevation without super strenuous uphills. Excited to come back and do this again.

5 days ago

Just climbed to the top yesterday (March 17) and it was wonderful! I'm from Michigan where our land is flat, so the sights here were absolutely breathtaking. Good winter hiking- it's not as humid in the mountains. This was an easy, well-maintained trail. View at the top is great and you can climb the rocky part of the Western peak without gear (though I wouldn't recommend it unless you have experience, as it is quite narrow and windy). 100% will return to climb the Eastern peak of the crag

Easy short hike to breathtaking views. We went the morning after a rainfall and it was muddy and slippery so be cautious!

8 days ago

Great trail, I have hiked it many times. Beautiful views of the Gorge, the bridge, and of rhododendrons. Great for rock-climbing as well. The trail is on the 2nd largest natural rock wall formation in the world.

10 days ago

Great trail with amazing views at the end!

Beautiful from start to finish and the park is always improving it. The views are something you'll wanna keep going back to see. The one and only downfall is it can get crowded sometimes so go on a work day and an odd time and you will get to enjoy it alot more

12 days ago

Beautiful very worth the short hike the end is beautiful

One of my favorites - Alligator rock is a guaranteed winner for kids

12 days ago

More moderate than easy, but worth it. Good for kids - not too long and good variety - stream, woods and rocks

Super steep hike up but worth it. Follows an almost-vertical creek most of the way to the top. There's a gas road up there and good views, but don't lose sight of the trail.

Awesome view of the wv snow covered mountains in the distance, nice little challenging trip up too.

I’d give this a 3.5. Very accessible, not strenuous, with nice views at the end.

Neat and easy trail if you're looking to get outside without the exercise getting to strenuous. Ton of people on the day I went which was expected as the park gates were closed and this was the closest trail to the parking area.

17 days ago

Went here twice in the last couple months. It’s a great trail even in the snow (I thought it actually added a beautiful charm). Worth driving out to. Beautiful view at the end with a nice flat overlook spot so we brought some sandwiches and had a picnic.

Great hike, can be challenging for a beginner but we still loved it and the views were absolutely incredible at the top. Kind of rocky in places so watch your step.

Hiked it last weekend great trail with a even better view at the end

rock climbing
19 days ago

A fun little hike, especially if you enjoy bouldering. The trail is pretty flat, but the “rock city” is enchanting and provides some fun climbing, so bring your shoes and a crash pad! We went in the late fall and saw only a few other hikers.

good easy walk awesome views

Amazing trail!!!

WAY too many people walk this trail now. Even in the winter.

Great view and hike. Can’t wait to go back when it’s not windy

23 days ago

Good hiking. Nothing too crazy. The First mile or so is a good incline. The entire family did it and we had a great time. Ages 5 to 68 year old.

Thia is the easy way to get to the high knob fire tower. Try going down to the Brandywine recreation area, and get on the high knob fire tower trail in the back of the campground. That is still the shortest, hardest hike Ive yet to find, with almost 0 switchbacks and a HUGE elevation gain in about a 5 mile hike.

...if you get tired at points you have to lean your back against a tree to keep from going backward..m

So far so good!

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