Backpack to Angel Falls Overlook in the Big South Fork

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This amazing, low trafficked trail is an ideal spot to get away from it all and enjoy nature in peace.

Starting at a very small parking space, you head onto a fairly overgrown trail for half a mile. The trail then begins to thin out and is not as overgrown. Keeping a steady incline, you almost instantly feel the burn in your calves. 

At around 2 miles in, there is a single grave from a baby that lived only 3 months, and died in 1932. The grave is marked and has a headstone surrounded by flowers. At around 2 1/2 miles, you will come to a fork in the trail and a sign. To go to the river overlook and rock bluff, continue straight on the path. To go down towards the river and camping site, head right. 

You can feel the temperature drop as you go down the trail surrounded by massive boulders and as you approach the river. While there are no set campsites, many are distinguishable where other people have camped, so try to stay at those instead of making your own. The area has water access for fishing, kayaking (beware of rapids if you are inexperienced), and anything else. Fires are permitted but maintain basic fire safety. The site offers spectacular views year round and has many trees for hammock camping.

Distance

6.4 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

800 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Amazing Angel Falls

Great hiking and beautiful views.

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