Harper Creek Falls Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Collettsville, NC 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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
pretty great hike-just very crowded prob from holiday... like to try again in fall!
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.
Great trail with awesome diving and hiking
Great easy trail, beautiful waterfalls! And good swimming holes!
Nice, easy trail with beautiful scenery and plenty of camping space.
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.
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.
Wonderful hike and beautiful waterfall. Great place to take your friends, go camping, and wake up for a morning swim.
Wonderful trail, my new favorite. The initial climb gets the heart pumping, but it quickly levels out. The Popsicle loves the pools too.
This is possibly my favorite trail near the area in which I live. Ending in Harper's Creek falls, it's a moderately steep, but enjoyable trail, that flattens out after the initial climb, and follows roughly parallell to the river for much of the hike. It has plenty of places to explore, and an abundance of campsites along the way to the waterfall itself.
The waterfall itself has a thick rope leading down to the base of the waterfall. It's a nice place for a dip in the summer. Just past the base of the waterfall is another maybe eight to twelve foot waterfall which drops down into a larger swimming hole.
About halfway to the waterfall itself, as well, is a branchoff leading to the MST. You can follow this to an amazing overlook of the second Harper's Creek waterfall, out over the gorge. It has two pine tree's right on the overlook, which are perfect for a hammock.
About 150 yard before trail seems to end at Falls, look for trail on right. Trail convince on above the Falls. Lots of Creek crossings so beware.
The trail is accessed down a dirt road and just under 2 miles from the visitor center. There's plenty of parking at the trail head.
Hiking is easy with two exceptions - a wash out that requires a little climb & the rope that you take down to the bottom of the waterfall. You can't really see the waterfall without taking the rope, so be prepared for that.
Would love to come back in the warmer months to take a dip!