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Beautiful river playground

Bring a tube! There are some little rapids off the trail all along the river that land in great... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2018
moondrops
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north carolina
Nice mostly shady walk along river

Enjoyed a leisurely walk. Easy access, fairly flat. Many stop off points to climb out to the water... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
wanderingwanda2016
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Buford, Georgia
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24 Aug 2018
“Beautiful river playground”
20 Aug 2018
“Nice mostly shady walk along river”
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Junction of US-25 N/US-70 W and NC208, Hot Springs, NC
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

The trail starts beside the gravel parking lot on US 70, just south of the junction with NC208. It follows an old railroad (all removed, just the track bed left) alongside Laurel Creek for just under 4 miles to the junction with French Broad River....More

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Reviewed 24 August 2018

Bring a tube! There are some little rapids off the trail all along the river that land in great swimming holes:)

Thank moondrops
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Enjoyed a leisurely walk. Easy access, fairly flat. Many stop off points to climb out to the water. Busy weekend trail.

Thank wanderingwanda2016
Reviewed 28 July 2018

This is a super easy hike but it is really pretty by the river and it is fun to get in the water and relax.

Thank siefke6
Reviewed 10 July 2018

This is an easy going walk along the river, easy for almost everyone. Dog friendly and photo worthy. I have walked this trail many times with my dog and sometimes other humans. Even in the winter when the river is full of ice it is...More

Thank NanciLuann
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Great easy hike. You walk by the river the whole time. It was beautiful. There are so many places you can get in the water on a hot summer day.

Thank paigeseaton
Reviewed 7 October 2017

This was a beautiful hike! Do be aware that the distance is 3.5 miles out and then 3.5 miles back. I felt like the end of the trail was more neglected compared to the earlier sections but still passable. Many others using the trail and...More

1  Thank C M
Reviewed 5 September 2017

This is a fairly easy trail that follows the river along an old railroad bed. For the last 1/2 mile or so the trail narrows and is flanked by poison ivy. There are a number of places in the river to swim or picnic on...More

2  Thank Susan T
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This was so much fun for the kids! It was not difficult at all. Though it rained on us a couple of times, we enjoyed playing in the water in multiple locations and searching out wildlife (caterpillars, butterflies, etc.). It would probably be boring to...More

Thank Lorraine G
Reviewed 6 August 2017

This is not so much a hike but it's a really nice, easy walk along the river. There are lots of spots where you can very easily get out into the water, so it's a nice place to walk in the summer especially.

Thank stephensX3096CP
Reviewed 25 July 2017

This is about a 4 1/2 mile hike that goes in and comes out. You don't have to do the entire thing but it relatively flat so a pretty easy hike (although kinda of rocky is some places) The Laurel river runs on the side...More

1  Thank lthrel
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