After several emails and reading more trail reviews I am changing our route. We will still start at Visitor Center (still meet up at Folk Art Center) and start on Mountain to Sea Trail (440) but will not do Douglas Creek Fall trail but stay on MTS trail to Glassimine Overlook and return on same trail - about 7 - 8 miles. Douglas Falls trail reported as for experienced hikers and very rough rocky trail.
Object of this hike is to view Craggy Gardens area. so I am changing route. After this hike, if the group wants, we can drive about 1 mile up the BRP to Craggy Dome parking lot and do 1.7 mile RT hike to observation area with 360 views.
I think this will be more enjoyable hike.
We will keep a good pace,
YOU MUST HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE - may be a lot of people driving parkway and in this area as is peak time so we will deal with a crowd if there is one. Also I have not done this hike so mileage may be off. Would be great if someone who has done this hike will post comments.
Meet at lower parking lot of Folk Art Center at 9:15, leaving promptly at 9:30
These high elevation summits are home to spectacular floral displays. June and July are usually prime times to view the pink and purple blooms of rhododendron, but don’t despair if you miss the peak bloom. Violets, blackberry, May-apple, and Turkscap lily burst onto the scene with color in this high-altitude portion of the Parkway.