High Shoals Waterfall and H.Q. Loop Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Connellys Springs, NC that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
South Mountains State Park - High Shoals WaterfallTrail Loop is a 5 mile loop trail located near Connellys Springs, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate/ difficult. The trail is primarily used for camping, fly fishing & hiking and is accessible year-round.
Definitely worth the drive for people who love waterfalls. The trial itself is not hard at all and is about 30 minutes.
Loved it, weather was beautiful and the hike was difficult but pleasant. Park Rangers were extremely nice and informative about the different trails in the area. Two things that need to improve is the map of the trails, a little difficult to follow and have a bike trail for beginners.
Solo hiked on October 6, only saw a few people and I got to take in the falls by myself!
We went on Sept. 28th and we absolutely loved the trails. Very informative information along the way and the waterfall was well worth all those steps!
great trail, great scenery
great view of falls, love this trail
This is a nice area and great trails, it can be a little crowded at the beginning but really thins out as you get past the falls. most people are there to see the falls.
Great trail. Really challenging for our whole group (ages 10-46) yet doable - even for those of us who are out of shape. Great view of the falls, beautifully kept trails and plenty of spots to explore!
Awesome area to go hiking! You're gonna be hiking upwards towards the end so be prepared for that. You'll feel great once you see the waterfall at the top!
Not bad take the HQ trail then come down the stairs to the waterfall. If this hike wasnt that bad for you hit the grandfather/profile at grandfather mountain for a good 10 miler.
We climbed this trail after the visitor center attendant recommended it. She was very sweet to highlight the map, while explaining it was 450 steps to the waterfall, then however many more if we go to the top of the falls. We had never been to the park so I was amazed at how precise her description was. I was thinking, "450 steps- wow. That isn't very far... let's check it out, then we'll have time to do another one." Oh my... I thought I was going to DIE! Die from exhaustion- toppling backwards from virtigo... Geez. It was very steep! The majority of the climb was on rocks/rock steps. Once you get closer to the falls, you climb a narrow wooden staircase that snakes the mountainside. Some of the railing was loose, too. All that being said, it was a great hike with beautiful views. We hiked the whole trail and were so pleased with ourselves when we were able to look back and say, "Holy moly, we just climbed that!" Good stuff. We will definitely do it again this summer!
Loved the scenery... Beautiful well maintained trail. The waterfall route was only 3 miles round trip.
Great hike, lots of different obstacles. Steep stairs, and rocks to climb over. Great work out!
Very cool trail! The waterfall is not the only highlight. Start off on the Hemlock trail to stay next to the water the entire hike.
Good overall. Very crowded. But great if you get out on the desolate trails!