Harper Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews
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Harper Creek Falls Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Collettsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles 574 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Short hike to one of the popular waterfalls/swimming holes in the Wilson Creek area. Waterfall with two nice swimming holes. The bottom swimming hole is larger than an Olympic size pool, so you can really swim. Both pools offer swimming, wading, diving, or simply floating. The pools are very deep and the water is cool and refreshing. The upper part of the falls cascades into a deep pool, and it is not uncommon to see people slide, jump, or dive off into this pool. This is a popular place in the summer so expect to see people here on the weekends or holidays. The campsite at the end of this trail is hidden away from the crowds, and is above the falls.

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3 months ago

Beautiful drive since this is near wilsons creek. The rope climb to the falls is not for everyone but it is a great spot to see. Tent and Hammock camping spots are a few hundred yards before the falls near the water. One of my top 3 favorite hammock camping spots I have found.

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4 months ago

pretty great hike-just very crowded prob from holiday... like to try again in fall!

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6 months ago

We attempted this "easy" trail and found it not to be so. The initial ascent is longer than 100 feet and is rocky. While the rest of the trail is relatively flat, there are some tricky bits and ankle twisting roots, so you need to be careful. There are also several slippery stream crossings. I and my hiking companion (both 60) found this to be a more moderate trail. It was an interesting walk, with lots of birds, flowers, and interesting terrain. We turned back just before the falls (we were not sure we were in the right place and had about hiked our limit when we came to the ascent near the end) and will do it again, but for those looking for easy, you should probably consider both the distance and the steep ascent both at the beginning and then as you approach the falls. I would rate this trail as a moderate.

6 months ago

Great trail with awesome diving and hiking

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6 months ago

Great easy trail, beautiful waterfalls! And good swimming holes!

7 months ago

9 months ago

Nice, easy trail with beautiful scenery and plenty of camping space.

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1 year ago

Great hike! The first 100 or so feet is steep but after that it levels out and is an easy hike. Great place to hike or camp. Plenty of areas to stay the night.
Water is cool and cold.

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1 year ago

Excellent running trail once you are past the first 100 meters. This trail follows the creek most of the way and has an excellent waterfall with ropes set up to access the bottom from the trail. There is also plenty to explore off the trail in many spots.