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“Nice place for hiking”
Review of Lye Brook Falls

Lye Brook Falls
Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Manchester
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West Long Branch, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Nice place for hiking”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Great hike for the entire family. Approximately 5 miles round trip, Takes you through the Green Mountain National Forrest wilderness area. Mostly a gentle incline, with a few steep, slightly rocky areas. There is turnoff for the falls on the right. There is a sign, but it's higher up on a tree. The reward is seeing a very pretty waterfall, especially after periods of rain. Don't forget food and ample drinks,since this is a great spot to sit, relax, and have lunch. Good hiking shoes are highly recommended. Hiking sticks are suggested, especially for older people. Bug spray is a must. Pets are permitted. Make sure you bring a camera. Don't forget to sign in when you start the hike, and to sign out when you are done. If you forget to sign out, forest rangers will come looking for you.
Use extreme care on the entry road. It's in very poor condition.

Visited June 2013
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North Plainfield, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Moderately difficult hike”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

This hike was much more difficult than I expected but the waterfall was amazing. The trail took a lot of Irene damage and hasn't been repaired well yet. There are some very steep areas and some spots where you have to water hop on rocks. But the waterfall payoff in the end is gorgeous.

Visited June 2013
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NJ
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful waterfall”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

Relatively moderate hike to beautiful waterfall. Trail is well marked.
Very scenic trip. Parking available at the base of the trail

Visited July 2012
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Beautiful winter walk through snowy woods”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

I did the hike to Lye Brook Falls with a friend of mine whom I was visiting in the area on a snowy morning in March and it was kind of magical. It was snowing lightly when we parked in the area by the trail head so the trail itself was already covered with fresh snow. This was a double-edged sword. The popularity of this and other hiking trails in the area result in ice-covered trails by late March when we did it, and a fresh covering of snow makes for pretty treacherous footing. We spent a good deal of our time off trail but close enough that we could still see where we needed to go.

The trail climbs a good bit but never at a precipitous angle so this is a relatively easy hike for someone who wants to get his heart rate up but not exhaust himself. There are places where it flattens out a bit where you can recover a bit and then it rises again. Some of the trail did get quite narrow and very close to a drop off into the lovely ravine through which the brook flows so on icy trail in those areas you really need to watch where you step.

We were unable to make it to the very end due to a major slide that apparently occurred during the deluge of Hurricane Irene a couple years ago. The slide could probably be easily crossed if it weren't covered in ice but if you are there at the time of year we were, you need to know that to cross it you would need ice axes, crampons and possibly rope.

Even without making it all the way to the falls though, this is a very rewarding hike. The eery quiet of a winter walk through dense woods when the only thing you can hear is the sound of the waterfall below you is quite special and this one is accessible for most people who are in decent shape for hiking.

Visited March 2013
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Jamaica, Vermont
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“The destination is worth the trek”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Go in early spring when the cascading waters are at their peak. Don't forget your camera. You'll be on an abandoned railroad rite of way as you wend your way to the falls.

Visited April 2012
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