100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina
by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)
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This is a really great hike! It's a 4.3 mile loop with some incredible views from the summit and beautiful streams and mini waterfalls leading up to the upper falls. The old homestead is really cool, and you can sit and watch climbers on the weekends ascending the dome-shaped rock there right beside it. If you're feeling frisky, check out the side trail to middle and lower falls. Lower falls you may have to take off your shoes to cross the creek, but no biggie. Very cool, and usually nobody on that trail. Make sure you're in decent shape, there are 330 stairs leading up to the top of the falls towards the end. It'll make ya feel the burn for sure! Also, check out the Widow's Creek Falls right off the road down past the lower parking area. Very pretty. And if you go to Stone Mountain on a weekday, you'll see deer everywhere in the afternoons. I've never seen them on the weekends, maybe too many people around. They're so cool, so try and go on a weekday when there are less people if you wanna see em. Stone Mountain is just a total favorite of mine. I love this hike!
It was a great hike. I haven't been on this trail in years. Many new upgrades, several places you used to have to cross the creek on the trail they have now built bridges. The climb to the summit used to be pretty bad, but now there is steps almost all the way up. It is a great hike. Great Views. Would recommend it to any one.
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