An excellent hike, especially the way we did it. My 9-year-old son accompanied me (he has no problems with the rougher terrain, but this hike had a little surprise!). We actually hiked parts of four different trails on this trek, for a challenging loop through some beautiful terrain. The start was on the Raven Cliff Falls Trail, which begins just past Ceasar Head State Park on Rte. 276. The initial Raven Cliff trail is wide and easy, but take the Gum Gap Trail for a bigger challenge. The Gum Gap takes you to a beautiful, wooden suspension bridge which crosses right above the falls. Cross the bridge and make your way back down through the valley on the Naturland Trust Trail, then, after crossing the creek on a two-line cable bridge (not indicated ANYWHERE on the maps - a big surprise for a 9-year-old, but he did it!), start heading back up hill until you hit the Dismal Trail. The Dismal Trail is just under a mile long, but is very strenuous as it switches back and forth as you climb from about 1,000 feet of elevation on the valley floor to almost 3,000 feet at trail end. Dismal Trail end puts you back on to the Raven Cliff Falls Trail (easy and wide), a welcome relief after the climbing just finished, then you follow it back to the trail head. Total distance is approx. 8 miles, but give yourself at least six hours for the hike, to enjoy the scenery and take much-needed breaks. Trail is well-marked and easy to follow, with plenty of strategically-placed hand- and footholds where needed.