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Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY
Description: Considered by many to be the best area to view and explore the Grand...
Considered by many to be the best area to view and explore the Grand Canyon.
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One of the best hikes I've done. Diverse and interesting all the way and very moderate.

This was the longest hike we did at Yellowstone and was a perfect hike really. We started by parking at the Uncle Tom's overlook. We walked down the 500 steps or whatever but I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Kansas City, Kansas

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was the longest hike we did at Yellowstone and was a perfect hike really. We started by parking at the Uncle Tom's overlook. We walked down the 500 steps or whatever but I wish we skipped it because views later on were just as good or better and that just started things by wearing us out a bit. We... More 

Milledgeville, Georgia
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65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The South Rim Trail provides and excellent vantage point for photographing the Upper Yellowstone River Falls. The trail is mostly paved and there are restrooms at the parking lot. For the best view of the Lower Yellowstone River Falls, see reviews on Uncle Tom's Trail

Chevy Chase, Maryland
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55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is highly recommended, particularly for the section from Uncle Tom's to the Artist Point. This section is about a mile long and easy, with many lookout places to enjoy the view of the Lower Falls. It takes about one hour roundtrip. It is better to also do the Uncle Tom's trail at the beginning, which gets you up and... More 

Iowa City
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146 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The trail is not long, nor too difficult. There are numerous lookout points along the way, and the iconic view at Artists Point. If you like to hike, this hike will not challenge you, though it still requires some effort for those less inclined to hike. Very glad we did it.

Kansas City
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78 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

No one can take a bad picture from this trail! So much beauty! Make sure to wear sturdy shoes to avoid slips on gravel, although the larger drop-offs are very well marked and have railings.

Carlsbad
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We did this hike starting at the river side and not through the meadow I really recommend doing it this way especially with kids as the first part is most strenuous and the meadow part was easy when nearly finished. The steps down & up were so worth it. This hike had so much variety it was amazing and so... More 

newark ohio
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35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We enjoyed the south rim trail and hiked it early July. The crowds were not a problem as soon as you can find a parking spot! We thought the trail was family friendly as it wasn't too long or had too much elevation gain but hang onto the little ones ear the edge as it was a long way down!... More 

San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We hiked a small portion of this trail: from Uncle Tom’s to Artist Point and back, about one mile each way. This is a pretty easy hike with maybe about 100 to 200 feet of elevation along the way, and 3 small switchbacks. It’s described as paved, but the pavement is so broken up in the middle that I wouldn’t... More 

Sedona, Arizona
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124 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Not as flat at the guide books say but great views of the falls and the rapids above. Few people expect at the Uncle Tom's Trailhead and at Artists Point (lots of crowds). South rim is better for the light and photographs than the north rim; one person we met complained of mozzies but we were not bothered by them.

Titusville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We visited the Grand Canyon last year and both feel this is better you can get closer to the falls see the snow clinging to the sides and generally gaze in wonder

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Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY
Location: United States  >  Wyoming (WY)  >  Yellowstone National Park

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