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7.8 mile 12.5 kilometer loop


Ascent: 1,681' 512 m
Descent: -1,683' -513 m
High: 3,094' 943 m
Low: 1,782' 543 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 52% (27°)


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Some Mud - be sure to stop and appreciate the big wall on the way.

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This hike has everything from scenic waterfall views to extreme changes in elevation and a massive cliff wall.

Gary Roberson

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife


This hike offers a scenic view of Raven Cliff Falls. There are great places to enjoy water from the mountain river, as well. This loop combines the Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11, the Gum Gap/Foothills Trail, the Naturaland Trust Trail #14, and the Dismal Trail #12 for a great adventure!


This is a great workout with a tremendous payoff. You start hiking on Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11 (easy) to Dismal Trail #12. Follow the Dismal Trail to its end, hiking down over 2,000 feet in elevation. Then take a right onto the Naturaland Trust Trail #14 (strenuous) crossing over Matthews Creek at the bottom then beginning your ascent of over 2,000 feet in elevation.

Along the way, there is a great break spot on a ledge (see photo) and the Cathedral formation (also see photo). This section is very steep. We crossed Matthews Creek above the falls on a suspension bridge then took a right on the Gum Gap/Foothills Trail all the way back to Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11 and eventually the parking lot.

This hike is outstanding; you should definitely experience it for yourself. Be prepared, as with either direction this is a hard hike with a well-earned payoff.


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Mar 20, 2019
Mitchell No
Mar 16, 2019
Nandeesh Kadengodlu
Mar 16, 2019
great hike. all good. wear shoes with good grip. 7.8mi — 2h 32m
Nov 17, 2018
Joye Harmon
Jul 4, 2018
Summer Epps
Jun 15, 2018
Sandy Conner
7.1mi — 6h 55m
Feb 23, 2018
Caitlin Smith
great loop. heavy fog in morning that cleared by noon. Descended Dismal trail, ascending Naturaland trust trail was less intense grade broken up wi… 7.8mi
Feb 22, 2018
John Zabelle
Very steep! 9mi

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Just did this hike today. I'm not sure why this hike is always listed as 7.5-7.8 mi. I did the Raven Cliff Falls Trail, went out to the lookout and back and then back to Dismal trail, down and then up to the Gum Drop. It was 9.3 mi on my GPS. Also, I see a great picture of the falls, but never was able to find where I could get that close to them. It really is a fun hike though, the first couple of miles are quite easy, then a good downhill crash to the bottom of the stream. A brutal stretch for the next mile or so where you regain all of the elevation. Great workout on a beautiful day. Apr 5, 2018
Gary Roberson
Greenville, SC
Gary Roberson   Greenville, SC
That really good picture of the falls comes from a spur trail just past the suspended bridge. The hike is 7.8 if you do not go to the lookout point andlook across the valley to the falls. Hope this helps. Apr 5, 2018
Thanks Gary, I think my GPS must have been on before but I have no idea where it could have picked up the extra mile, but my downloads showed about 8 and I did go to the observation deck. I'll have to come at from another side one day and look for that spur trail! Apr 7, 2018

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