This is a somewhat rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation known as Wolf Rock, traveling through immense stands of hardwoods and abundant mountain laurel. Special considerations: With two outstanding vistas, add plenty of time to your itinerary for enjoying the views.
A few friends and I did this loop which is about 4 miles, with an option to make it about 5 miles if you wanted to see one more vista point. There is no view from Wolf Rock, but the view from Chimney Rock was awesome. Chimney rock was big enough for you to sit and eat lunch as well. We took our time and finished in about 4 hours. The trail itself is a bit rocky, so wear good shoes. I would definitely go back here and I would also like to explore other areas in the park such as the lake and falls Visited on Sep 11, 2014
My 14 year old son and I set out on this around noon. It was a cloudy day, with mild temperatures. The rain waited until we were just starting the trail and rained the entire loop.
The trailhead started in the parking lot of the ranger station/visitor center where we grabbed a topo map. The trail was decently marked but there were some areas where we needed to consult the map or head off in the wrong direction. (get or bring a map).
The trail was mildly rugged, boots are strongly suggested for ankle support and protection. The last two miles of the loop back are tricky and not marked well beginning at the switchbacks.
Very nice view, nice historical sites, intermediate trail, I dont recommend small children at all. We crunched it out in 4 hours only carrying minimal gear and two brief stops of 10 or less min.
Theres alot to see, I'll hike it again. Visited on Aug 27, 2011