Took 2.5 mile "strenuous" mountain trail from trailhead. My brother, Mark, and I hiked this trail. He had experience on the App Trail in VA. I am not used to that elevation stuff - I live in FL. A BIG thanks to sister-in-law, Holly for driving to summit to meet us.
I was exhausted after the 2.5. BUT it dumped us into another trail which was another mile more strenuous than the final part of the first trail. Whew!
Other than getting real exhausted, it was a good hike.
Take a map of the park with you.