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    4 days, 18 hours ago
    If you want a challenging 4-Wheeling experience this is a good on. Start ant the north end and come down. About half of it is improved dirt road. When you get to old house gap, you better kick the 4 wheel drive and have some traction boards. We went after a week of rain so it was super wet.
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    5 days, 20 hours ago
    Decent trail. Good camping and fishing. Some rocky spots but no too bad.
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    1 week ago
    The hike is invigorating and the view is stunning!
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    2 weeks, 4 days ago
    Awesome view at the top! I must see in the fall.
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    Not good. Too small. No fish. N

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    1 month ago
    Creek too small. I did not go up.

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    1 month, 1 week ago
    Second time doing this hike. You can go counter clockwise and have the views towards the end of the hike or go clockwise and get to Slate Rock near the beginning. We went counter clockwise both times. That direction provides a cardio climb over 600ft then you level off towards the lookout. Slate Rock views are awesome. Many people hike to Slate Rock clockwise and return same way. Depends on your fitness level. Parking area is about 6.6 miles on right from where the gravel forest road begins.
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    1 month, 4 weeks ago
    The hike starts at the parking lot off Black Balsam Knob Road. The trail starts out fairly level. Then you go down a set of wooden platforms and stairs to the meadow. At the end of the meadow, turn right to stay on Sam's Knob trail. The trail soon ascends. This part of the trail is narrower and has lots of roots and rocks. It's an easy trail to follow to the summit of Sam's Knob. Great views await.
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    2 months ago
    This is definitely a beautiful hike and quite a journey. Gorgeous waterfalls throughout the hike up and down and once on the Art Loeb, the Mountain View’s are breathtaking. Shining Rock is a large area of quartzite that is so cool! Definitely unexpected in a forest of evergreens. This was the hardest hike we’ve done in a day- it was long but also very strenuous. We were required to cross the stream several times, basically climb up rocks in some areas and steep declines were also a big element. Shining creek is the hardest of the entire hike- it’s worth getting that one over with in the beginning as the Big East Fork is much flatter.
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    3 months ago
    Hiked on 2/22/20. Snow was on the ground and it was beautiful! Highly recommend!
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    3 months, 1 week ago
    Beautiful hike with lots of laurel and rhododendron. Distance might be an issue for some hikers, but I would in no way rate this as difficult. Relatively little elevation change.
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    4 months ago
    We hiked this section back in September 2019. What was to be a 2 day split overnight trip, we ended up crushing in a single day. Two of us were rookies, and two of our group were veteran hikers. We had a great time and the views are awesome.
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    4 months ago
    Beautiful area. 4X4 probably a good idea especially if it’s wet.
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    4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Blue ridge parkway was closed so we made a loop hiking mtn seas to trail then back on blue ridge parkway. Would not recommend hiking blue ridge parkway when there’s traffic.
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    4 months, 4 weeks ago
    Hiked this on New Years Day, which may have attributed to a crowded trail. The hike starts and ends steep, but the trail is well-maintained. There is a gravel road that also leads to the tower, so you may encounter non-hikers at the top. The view from the tower is fantastic on a clear day.
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    4 months, 4 weeks ago
    Great OHV trail. Made it relatively easy in a Raptor but full flex in some areas. Would recommend going when it’s been dry for at least a few days.
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    5 months ago
    We were closing the MST from 276 to the Arboretum. Beautiful hike on a beautiful day with a beautiful woman.
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    9 months ago
    Very busy parking lot. Started the hike a bit later than usual, around 1:30. Still had plenty of time to do the trail to Black Balsam Knob. Beautiful views even though clouds rolled in during the hike. Quite a few rocky climbs but not too strenuous.
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    10 months, 1 week ago
    Actually a 3-mile hike (2.95 on Garmin and iPhone). First two mikes a moderate climb. Then a bit more rocky and rigorous. Nothing too bad. I’m 65 with an arthritic knee. View is tremendous!
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    10 months, 2 weeks ago
    Great hike, close to town, easy to navigate, with a rewarding view. There are toilets and hand washing in the camp right past the bridge just beyond the trail head. Not great for running, since it's covered, moderately rocky, slick, steep, and with downed trees. Many streams en route, bring a steri-pen. Glad we used Gaia- we got a few hundred feet down a trail offshoot on the way down and had to backtrack. Some bushwhacking near the summit but underneath a clear path. Is the view to the SE an old volcano crater?
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    11 months ago
    Hike to the top of Sam’s Knob was totally worth it. Nice boggy area near Flat Laurel Creek. All stream crossings were rock-hop-able.
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    11 months, 1 week ago
    This hike is not for the faint of heart. Had to end up calling emergency services for an assist. The rim trail on the east is worth the trip but unless you really want a challenge avoid the gorge trail. Lots of steep descents and ascents around stream crossings, lots of rocks on the trail and trail easy to lose in places.
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    11 months, 1 week ago
    Epic Pisgah gnar.
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    11 months, 2 weeks ago
    Excellent hike through Rhododendron‘s,mountain laurel,fields of ferns along streams. Relatively flat. Some beautiful areas. Not much elevation changes
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    11 months, 2 weeks ago
    Great scenic drive completely gravel. Saw plenty of 2wd cars. Not sure how cars make it as there are lots of exposed rocks and deep ruts! Definitely worth an overnight.
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    11 months, 2 weeks ago
    Not a hike. 26 mile gravel ride.
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    Great scenic drive completely gravel. Saw plenty of 2wd cars. Not sure how cars make it as there are lots of exposed rocks and deep ruts! Definitely worth an overnight.
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    The difference between this hike and the identically named trail marked as “easy” is that this one includes the Johns Rock Loop. Even with that included I wouldn’t rate this as hard, maybe moderate. I’m not in great shape and didn’t think it was that tough. Well worth doing. Cool river views, waterfalls, and the lookout on Johns Rock is awesome.
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    Very steep in the second half. Avoid when raining, as the descent could be quite dangerous. Awesome view though.
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    I didn’t hike this trail. I accidentally tapped a star and now I can’t delete it.
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    This trail was seriously tough with the high elevation change, and actually its 3 miles in 3 miles out not 2.7. However this trail was also very cool. I did it on a cool, wet and foggy day and it made for some spectacular views of the mountains in the fog. The higher up the mountains i got, the foggier it got! Near zero visibility at the top! Made trying to look out off of looking glass rock at the top impossible but thats also what made it cool! Sloughed my cooler up the mountain with me and had lunch as i stared out into the foggy abyss. 10/10 would do it again, just on a dryer day. Since it was so wet, it was a mudhole going up the mountain and made some of the fallen trees difficult to navigate without slipping off the face of the trail. I was pretty muddy by the time i got down.
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    1 year, 3 months ago
    Nice trail and beautiful waterfall
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    1 year, 4 months ago
    Early winter mornings are perfect for this hike. Complete solitude with my pup on the way up and at the top! Met many groups coming up as we were descending. Some of the granite surfaces were very slick from the freeze/thaw cycle.
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    1 year, 5 months ago
    This is a good walk for some exercise but not much in the way of scenery hence the four star rating. It starts an ends at the Davidson River Campground parking lot and is 5.6 miles long. Across the bridge the left onto the exercise trail along the Davidson River for a mile then right at the Art Loeb trailhead. The trail is initially steep and steadily uphill before it moderates somewhat after about half a mile. The Art Loeb section is 1.7 miles and intersects FR 5002 where you turn right and head downhill for a pleasant stroll that will bring you to a gate across the road at the Schenk job corps property. There's a sign depicting a hiker with No Throughfare written on it. Through the gate take an immediate right onto a grassy road which almost immediately becomes dirt and gravel and follow that until you see a trail on your right that will reconnect with the exercise trail on the Davidson and then left and return to the parking lot. There are a few trails connecting to the exercise trail from the Schenk property so if you miss the first one you'll still have a few more opportunities. This is a pleasant walk with a nice up and then a gradual downhill and good trail conditions throughout with no stream crossings or obstacles.
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    1 year, 6 months ago
    A challenging climb to the summit but the view makes it well worth the effort. I was a little disappointed in that I missed the fall color change but that aside it’s a great hike... When you finish be sure to travel towards sliding rock and view the Looking Glass Waterfall...
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    1 year, 6 months ago
    10.8 miles, 3000 foot elevation gain, very steep climbs/descents, tough terrain, very remote - no cell service, beautiful scenery and views of river and gorge. Recommend counter-clockwise route. Take GPS map, free download availabe from Avenza maps app. Can be occassionally easy to lose trail if not careful and have GPS.
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    1 year, 7 months ago
    Hiked on 10-7-18. Was hoping for more fall color but it is a little later this year. Hiked this same hike a few years back on first Friday of October and colors were at peak. Easy hike. Mostly flat. Very muddy after any rain at all. A lot of secondary trails have been made by hikers to go around the bigger mud holes. Falls had much less water on this trip compared to a few years back. Can get crowded on weekends. I hiked out to falls about 4:30 PM and passed more people than I could even count who were returning from the falls. When I arrived there were only two couples at the base and a few people above the falls. Within 10 minutes they were all gone and I had it to myself.
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    1 year, 8 months ago
    Great trail. I’ve been hiking this one for years, teook my nine-year-old daughter for the first time this past weekend. Trail is still well-maintained. Challenging with a nice view at the end.
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    This is a very pretty waterfall, and a nice, short walk from the parking area. On this trip, we went at too busy of a time, and it was nearly impossible to get a photo without other people in it. Still, make a point to take the user trail over to Little Moore Cove Falls, which is much less crowded.
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