High Shoals Falls Loop Trail (CLOSED) is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Connellys Springs, 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 year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Wonderful creek, 80 ft waterfall, mountain vista, nice woodland walk This is probably the most popular hike at South Mountains State Park. Hike during the week to avoid the crowds. First, pick up a trail map from the ranger station. Follow either the Hemlock or HQ trail away from the parking area and upstream. After about half a mile you will see signs for High Shoals Falls. Approximately one mile from the parking area and after climbing a lot of stairs you will reach the veiwing platform for the falls. Continue ascending stairs to the top of the falls. Be sure and stay on the marked trail. There have been several deaths here. Continue following the trail until it intersects with Upper Falls Trail. Turn right on Upper Falls. After ascending a moderate grade look for an opening to the left. Here you will have nice views to the South. Continue on Upper Falls Trail until you come to a junction with HQ trail. Turn right on HQ trail and descend to Shinny Creek campsites. Follow HQ trail back to the Jacob Fork Parking Area.
Trail was open on Saturday. Took the kids, ages 6 and twins 5, on their first hike to see the waterfalls. They loved it and keep asking when we can go hiking again.
12/28/16 - Park and all trails are closed for repairs due to wildfires in November. This info is not posted on the ncparks.gov site, at least for Stone Mountains, so check the News section for updates. At this time you cannot enter the park at all.
Really well marked and maintained trail, it was a very nice hike!
This was a beautiful well maintained trail. I really enjoyed the views of the river on the way up to the falls. I can't wait to hike here again.
lots of climbing.
this is a very beautiful hike! the first part up to the waterfall has a beautiful creek with huge rocks to climb and is very scenic. At the top, the waterfall is about 60 ft tall and beautiful. The hike back on the otherside is not as scenic, but is very secluded and peaceful. hikinh the whole is worth it. The loop is only 2.6 miles by the way
Easily accessible waterfalls. The trail was very well marked at intersections, and well blazed. Good construction. The stair areas have handrails. Not "treacherous". Upper Falls Trail Campsites is very close off the trail. It has a giant clearing, great access to the river fork and well stocked with cut wood. The outhouse even had TP in it! Folks please douse your fires- we came on one that still had embers; I restarted it with my breathe.
Steep! But worth the climb!
Lots of steep steps but lots to see along the way and the waterfall was beautiful. We also liked the giant rock that we passed on the way in. Nice hike!