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Be careful going at night

You can get to a high section of the hike and see the beautiful stars and night sky without taking the last half mile to the tip. Wouldn't recommend going passed the point where there's warning signs if you're an inexperience hiker because this part of the hike can be very dangerous, especially at night. If you prepare properly with lights, proper gear and take your time, you should be fine.

Secluded

Very easy mild hike. We were able to finish everything a little over an hour. If you like going on trails with nobody around this is the hike to take. I went at 1:00pm on a Saturday in July and had the whole trail to myself. When you get to the top, make sure you explore/get on the rocks to the left in order to see the best view. If you're in the area, this is a great hike to do, but I wouldn't come here if you are traveling long distance.

Allison Foyles

about 1 year ago

Not as difficult as people say!

Don't let the 8.8 miles keep you away from this hike - it's really not as bad as it seems! The first three miles are a breeze. The last 1.2 miles are a little harder but nothing extremely challenging. Very photogenic area, good hammocking spots at the top as well. Highly recommend going sunrise or early. This is one of the most popular hikes in the state so it gets busy really fast. PARKING - is another reason to get there early. THE LOT HAS LIMITED SPACE AND FILLS QUICKLY.

Johnston Canyon

Beautiful trail/falls! This is a VERY popular area so go early to avoid crowds. The guided path takes you along the river to both of the falls and it’s very easy for all ages. There’s a natural cave you can walk through to get really close to Lower Falls to make this place even more special.

Gibbon Falls

Easy to access along with parking. Right along the road making it a great quick stop to add when you’re driving.

Sharp Top Trail

Mild hike - but there are a lot of steps. The top was astounding and well worth it. Awesome opportunity for some amazing pictures. The storm shelter at the top is pretty big and even has a fireplace in it. Side note: We actually discovered a plane crash from 1943 off the side of this mountain and it's about fifteen minutes away from the top. Very cool!

Ginnie Springs

This is definitely a park to come to when you have more than a couple hours available. Really big and a great day trip with the family! Currently it's a 15.00 dollar entrance fee per person which is a little pricey. But all springs are beautiful and clear. And on another positive note, I had at least 5 turtles swim past me at different times! So cool!

Manatee Swim

Pros and cons: Pros - You WILL see manatees and it is MAGICAL. Make sure you go in the winter because they are everywhere! I found better luck getting closer to them in a kayak. However, swimming with them you get a better viewing. The water is AMAZINGLY clear as long as you don't stir up the sand at the bottom. Cons: Some sections of Three Sister Springs are often blocked off due to sanctuaries for the manatees (rightfully so). However, many manatees will hide in these sanctuaries meaning no interaction. If you choose to do a tour, be careful with which one you sign up for. Many tours go in big groups where everyone goes to the same spot. If there's too many people or too much commotion, the manatees will not approach the group. If you have an open mind - you will have a wonderful time. If you plan on touching a manatee or have one play with you, you might be in for a disappointment. Keep in mind these are wild animals and a personal interaction might not always happen - tour or no tour.

Marble Yard

What makes this place so unique is there's no set path once you reach the marbleyard and it's a very easy trail to get there. Once you get to the marbleyard you can choose to start climbing the rocks at the bottom or you can follow a path to the side of the mountain and jump in at any given time. Very fun playground for all ages - but be very careful!

Arnold Valley Pool

Super fun! It is a little difficult to find though. If you're driving in the direction of Devils Marbleyard parking on your left it will soon come up on the stream located on the right. If you start driving up and around the mountain you've gone too far.

Humpback Rock

Very steep hike but well worth it. Fun trail on your way up. If you want to opt out of the steep hike you can choose to take an easier trail but it's a little more than double the time. This is a very popular hike so leave early to avoid it being crowded!

Cliff Walk

Very easy pretty stroll. The waves crashing along the rocks are beautiful and the pebble beach is very unique.

Chittenango Falls

Beautiful waterfall! Parking right next to waterfall, very secluded. Steps that lead down to waterfall are very steep. Due to endangered snail enclosure you are not able to get up close and personal to the waterfall so swimming is not allowed. But it is still beautiful to take pictures at. Great overlook from the top.

Castle Hill Lighthouse

Easy simple path to get to the back of the lighthouse but be careful walking on rocks around it as they can get very slippery. Be sure to bring a camera, you will get some amazing pictures.

Bearfence

From the parking lot to the top of the mountain took about 20 minutes. Two options on how to get there: moderate and easy. Moderate has a rock scramble which I personally didn't think was too difficult - just really fun! The easy route is a trail that doesn't include rock scramble and it's just as fast to get to the top that way. Perfect area for sunrise and sunset - 360 view. I did go during winter time at the end of January but the views were still incredible. I also had the pleasure of having the entire trail to myself. However, it's a great hike year round!

Crabtree Falls

Did this hike March of last year - not many people. This hike is pretty unique since you're hiking next to the waterfall the entire way up. Many opportunities to stop and take pictures. Perfect for all ages.

Grand Canyon

You can't go wrong no matter what direction you take here. Breathtaking from every angle! Just be mindful what time of year you go. I went in Mid September and temperature was still terribly hot so make sure you bring a lot of water!

Dragon's Tooth

The first part of the hike is a trail through the woods. Eventually you'll come to the section where you have to start climbing up rocks. I HAVE YET TO FIND A HIKE MORE FUN THAN THIS ONE. I was not expecting the rock climbing to be as great as it was. It's tiring but not difficult. As for the top - not the best view I've seen around the area but still stunning. Highly recommend.

Letchworth State Park

All three waterfalls that you come across are HUGE. Definitely breath taking. I went early October and practically had all of the waterfalls to myself. The state park has a ton of other trails as well and there's beautiful scenery every step you take.

Beavertail State Park

Really awesome place! You can explore and climb along the rocks and check out the lighthouse there as well. The water was surprisingly super blue and pretty clear when I went. I got some INCREDIBLE shots here so I definitely recommend bringing a camera.