Douglas Falls Trail

HARD 17 reviews
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Douglas Falls Trail is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Barnardsville, NC that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.

10.4 miles 2466 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent short family hike. The reviews indicate a hard trail however it was on the easy side of moderate. Beware the long 8 mile drive on a Fire Service road that gets old fast. Would have loved to catch it flowing more.

Modified update. Apparently I did not hike down off the BRP.

2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This was a good, challenging hike. Unfortunately it is pretty overgrown and there are very few trail markers.

hiking
5 months ago

The hike was great overall, was not marked very well (yellow blazes) especially at the forks which there are three where the MST come into the trail amongst others.Also there are three little river crossings and a very steep decent when coming up to the falls that wasn't mentioned either. I do agree this hike is not for beginners and the way down was 100x easier then the way up, talk about workout!!!!

5 months ago

Trail is challenging. Finished in 3:10. Pace yourself and watch your footing in both directions.

hiking
1 year ago

What a great trail! We started at the Craggy Gardens picnic grounds and backpacked to Douglas Falls. I was surprised by the lack of established camping spots along the trail, and the couple that we did see were not near water sources. The trail was, for the most part, in good shape, though parts are getting overgrown; lots of stinging nettles. The trail is not well marked except for a handful of yellow blazes. It was key having a map with us. The falls were beautiful and well worth the hike down to it. We camped there at the falls and made the long hike back up the follow morning. Not the easiest thing with a pack on getting back! LOTS of uphill. I would do it again, but I echo what other reviewers have said already - this trail is for experienced hikers who are fit. It wasn't easy.

hiking
1 year ago

This is a great trail. I would not recommend it for inexperienced hikers though. Very technical. There is not many established camp sites along the route and the ones that are there are a good ways away from water source. You really need to pay attention to your map and the trail together because there are several trails that come together but it is not blazed very well. I loved it. What a workout on the return trek.

1 year ago

Nice climb up

birding
1 year ago

This trail ain't no joke. It's beautiful and fairly easy on the way down to the falls, but the walk back out is very steep. It is very well maintained and you will have a good time just be ready to feel the burn.

hiking
3 years ago

A lot of wet rocks and water. Great hike if you are not in a hurry. Saw very few people and the falls were very secluded. Worth the view at the end.

hiking
5 years ago

We have hiked this a few times and the trail is rugged and steep in places. Most of the trail winds thru a forest and opens to Douglass Falls at the bottom of the trail. the hike out is difficult being slippery and steep.

hiking
5 years ago

Hiked this trail at the end of September from the ranger station at Craggy point. The hike down is not too bad and the falls are worth the trip very nice. Bring lunch and a camera. The way up though is a grind especially the last third of it. You must be careful not to lose the trail as it is not well marked and footing is difficult so you will be looking down for good footing. We lost the trail once and ended up on game trails but found the true trail quickly. One other word of cation is to watch out for yellow jackets and the underground hives. My dog stumbled on one and was stung close to a dozen times as well as people in my party. The nettles can be bad as well and I would agree with some of the other reviewers as to bring apple cider vinegar to relive the stings. All and all this is and advanced trail that should not be done late in the day or for the inexperienced hiker. Bring water and feel the burn. Also there seems to be a little confusion about the length of the trail, I've read from six to nine miles but it is most likely around the seven that it is rated at here.

hiking
5 years ago

I started at Craggy Gardens in a foggy morning, took my jolly time and reached the falls in about 2.5 hours. The fog was quiet dense, but cleared out the further downhill I went. The trail is overall very secluded and peaceful, and there were several small streams to cross to make things interesting. The trip back up to craggy was more strenuous, but if you keep at it, it will take about two hours.

hiking
6 years ago

We hike into Douglas Falls from the Barnardsville side. You drive out Dillingham Road until the end (if the gates are open, I don't know when the gates open and close?), then there is a short hike, maybe 1 mile, to the falls.

hiking
6 years ago

Leaving Craggy gardens, it's a moderate hike down to the falls, although you will encounter a few small streams that need to be negotiated. Coming back uphill, it tends to be a little more difficult. Save some energy for the end, as there are several large boulders to be dealt with the last 1/2 mile or so. Very peaceful hike, with a nice destination at the falls. Takes about 7 hours.

hiking
6 years ago

This is a nice trail. You can walk behind the waterfall.

hiking
6 years ago

This is a good short day hike we started at craggy gardens, 3 miles to the falls the trail is not that well maintained in places with some over growth and slick in some places with some tight rocky places not recommended if your not sure on your feet. We did not hike the full trail it goes on another half mile or so. You can start at either end of the trail to get to the falls.