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Beautiful as always!

I have been here many times and always love it! It's a fairly simple hike although having my son... read more

Reviewed April 7, 2019
SabrinaL489
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Bluff City, Tennessee
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Nice short hike

It’s like climbing a several flights of stairs to the top. Nice views of river and forest. It takes... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Jconger
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Irmo, South Carolina
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Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

I have been here many times and always love it! It's a fairly simple hike although having my son with me made me nervous. He's a bit of a daredevil and the walkways are narrow on top in places and have dropoffs. We also saw...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 30, 2019

I'm not sure why people are calling this a hike. You park in the parking lot and walk up some "steps" and you're at the top. If you can climb 1 1/2 -2 flights of steps you can easily do this. The area is pretty...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

It’s like climbing a several flights of stairs to the top. Nice views of river and forest. It takes 30 minutes to complete.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

This is a great must-see when the weather is cooperating as it is not advisable to experience when it is wet or raining. Once up on the Rock via steps and sloping walk ways, one has a great steep down view. Fortunately there is a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 10, 2018

This beautiful rock formation and short trails around the area and the waterfall located here are beautiful! It is definitely worth a quick day trip to visit the area and maybe picnic. Walking to the top of backbone rock is worth the view and the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed January 2, 2018

I've been visiting this unique spot for decades. I had an uncle who actually was on the CCC team who developed it (as a park) back in the 1930s. It is a great place to picnic... to swim... to hike (you can go on top...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Ed M
Reviewed November 14, 2017

Stopped here with our southern family. Pretty impressive rock. Definitely climb up the stairs and walk to the end of the rock. Don't bother doing the falls trail unless there has been alot of rain.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed November 5, 2017

It was definitely worth the stop if you riding down 133, but nothing spectacular that I would recommend going much out of your way for. The rest of the scenery along 133 is nice though, from the streams to the mountain views. The area between...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank red g
Reviewed September 6, 2017

Amazing that that slim strip of rock is standing. Tunnel is neat to see but the trail going up and over the "backbone" is the real star. Just a tip, the North side of the Tunnel has a trail that has fewer steps and less...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Gary M
Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

Stopped by on a Sunday afternoon. The place was hopping! We parked, walked around a bit, but didn't go up to the top of the rock. We will save that for another day. Beautiful place, the river is gorgeous. Will be back for sure.

Date of experience: June 2017
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hh2019
July 5, 2018|
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Yes! Several places! Bring tubes to play in the small waterfalls
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Response from M G | Reviewed this property |
From the white top start it's about 21 miles.....you are better off going from Damascus, it is only 4 miles south of Damascus
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