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Uncle Tom's Trail

Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Yes there are 300+ steps. But its a great sense of accomplishment and the view from the bottom can't be beat. Just make sure you are fit to do it before heading down. The kids loved it and made sure to count every last step.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Not easy to come down, and even worse going back up. But you are closer to the bottom of the Falls than on the north side, so worth it.

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Singapore, Singapore
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Coming to Yellowstone, one may probably wish to experience some tranquility, such as the meadows, valleys or simply meditate in the midst of its vastness. So popping by the falls do provide one with a totally different experience and perspective of Yellowstone as well as photographic opportunity of another kind. Here, one will experience the sound, strength, and even the... More

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Beacon Falls, Connecticut
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88 reviews 88 reviews
26 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This trail mirrors a route used years ago to bring people to a view point at the base of the falls. Uncle Tom would ferry people across the river and use ropes etc to help get people below the falls. The rope system has been replaced by a long vertical staircase. We are in our 60's and did the hike-tough... More

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happyfeetme
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

As other reviewers warn, this is a difficult trek back up the hill. We're from Colorado and used to the altitude and it was surprisingly difficult. Nothing someone in good shape can't handle, just takes a little longer than expected. If you're up for it, it's the best view of the Lower Falls in the park and worth it.

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Shepherd, Montana
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The close up view of the fall is breathtaking. Going down was breeze and going up... well. let's just say I wish there was a breeze. :) You can make it just take your time and pay no attention to those that pass you... lol These are steel steps and they are steep, but it still easier then some of... More

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Harrogate, Tennessee
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A lot of stairs, steep descent, disconcerting if you are scared of heights, worth every step. Take your time and go at your own pace. Not difficult from a trail standpoint but the stairs take a lot. Don't forget you are at something like 8400 feet elevation. Oxygen is not plentiful up there!!! Well worth the time and effort for... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It was definitely a little dizzying, but it was worth the climb down to see the falls up close. Wear proper shoes, not flip flops, and please don't let your kids run as I saw some doing...it's certainly not the place to screw around!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
49 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

You’ve been warned: it’s not the 328 steps leading down but remember you have to make the climb back UP (And there’s no really no places to stop and sit on the way up) But I passed by TWO dads carrying babies the whole way so if they can do it—so can you! IT’S SO WORTH IT! You get a... More

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
17 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

As the sign says, the trail is steep and there are 328 steps, but the view of the Lower Falls is well worth the hike down and the climb back up. I would hesitate doing it in the rain or when the trail and steps are wet.

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