Explore the most popular fishing trails in Pisgah National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
9 days ago

The terrain here is beautiful, and the altitude changes nicely (but be careful about loose stones and slippery wetness). If you want to see how the different faces and altitudes of the region affect the trees and local insects (open grassy fields, hickory, berries, oak, various evergreens, bees among the rhododendrons and ragweed, flies on the bear and dog scat), this is a good trail for that purpose over just a few miles. Also, there are several crossing routes and side trails so that you can modify your hike to your needs, but remember to walk the extra mile or two to catch all of the falls.

hiking
13 days ago

Review of Lower Falls, Upper Falls, and Graveyard Fields Loop, hiked with one dog, two children ages 7 and 10 who are intermediate hikers. 

I grew up hiking this trail and today I passed the torch on to my boys (7 and 10). Graveyard fields is a well known and popular hike for locals and tourists alike. During the Summer time and weekends you can expect heavy foot traffic. Being a Tuesday we had the trail to ourselves for the most part. We started off by visiting lower falls just under 1/2 mile from the parking area down several flights of stairs. This area is a popular swimming area and where we saw the most people on our trip today. If you have very young children, older dogs, or anyone in your group with difficulty getting around this will be your go to spot. This spot offers several large boulders to take a breather on or sunbathe. A small waterfall you can rock hop your way up to. There are also a couple of small swimming holes for everyone to cool off in on warmer days. Be sure to rest up and keep in mind the stairs can be tedious on the way back out. If you are looking for a more adventurous hike then head back up the stairs and to the fork you passed on your way in. Keep right to start a 1 mile hike to upper falls. Note this trail is not well marked, and underbrush often takes over the path. You will be forced to hike single file, wade through mud, rock hop across several creeks, and navigate over tree roots, rock steps, and boulders. This trail is not recommended for young children, or pups that might struggle to get around well. Several of the areas are slick from the cooler wet environment and can be challenging to navigate in areas. As you hike you will come to another main fork go left to take graveyard fields loop or veer right to continue on to upper falls. This is where the trail can become challenging, as you make your way to Upper Falls. Once you arrive at upper falls you can choose to stay where the trail meets the water or continue to hike on up either the boulders or along a small trail that will take you parallel to the water and to the top of the waterfall. There are several areas among the rocks where you can wade through the water and admire the waterfall. Be careful though as these rocks are often very slick and can be tricky to navigate. There are several trees that offer the opportunity to hang up a hammock for a nap after a nice picnic. Once you're ready to head out, back trackthe same you came in. You will once again find yourself at the fork for graveyard fields loop which will bring you out at the lower end of the parking lot or you can follow the same route you hiked in on. This hike is a great way to spend the day relaxing with friends and family with beautiful flowers, ample views of water it will feel like your own little paradise. Come prepared to get your feet wet and muddy and bring towels for your four legged family members. 

It was very easy & mostly pine needles & sand which made it nice after a rough rocky hike yesterday & great spot to take my 2 dogs along. Only ran into one other couple & one mountain biker the entire 6 mile loop

The trail was short and easy, the waterfall itself was beautiful, but the area was very crowded.

on Pink Beds Trail

15 days ago

Biked today and only encountered 2 groups. The first thought the loop was only 1 mile  the next 3 mile. We set them straight much to their dismay. Great trail for MBing. 5.94 from parking lot back to PL went left (north) at first split and followed orange blazes. The first split is just a few hundred feet from PL after creek crossing. Several free crosses and bridges. Most were too narrow to ride across (we are beginners on MBs). North side is mostly all down hill or flat and south side same. Halfway point is wide bridge and large camping area with big rock fire pit. Took us about 2.5 hours. Not bad for 55 and 54 newbies to MBing. Definitely would do again!!!!!!!!

Very nice hike. Went to the lower falls then graveyard ridge trail.

hiking
21 days ago

Once again, this used to be a favorite hike for us. That was when there was no restroom and the parking lot held 5 cars but there was usually only 1 or 2 there. Now if it’s a weekend, be prepared to walk from a half mile down the road with the rest of the cars lined up along the way. This is a steep hike at the beginning and end with an easy to moderate hike the rest of the time. You have two waterfalls to choose from, the upper falls or lower falls. The upper falls is a longer harder hike, and the lower falls has a swimming hole. But be prepared to fight for space among the 30-60 other people trying to swim in that one little hole. Also please watch out for rattle snakes. They are very abundant in the fields.

on Hunt Fish Falls Trail

26 days ago

loved it. high water so fantastic falls. hike is kid friendly.

I hiked this with my 16 YO daughter. Uneven rocks and roots, steep-ish going in some places, complicated by muddy spots (it was raining this weekend.) Hiking poles are your friend with this first part of the trail, and other spots further on.
Took it to the river, then continued along the river trail over the ridge to more spots along the river. There's a waterfall where we turned around, and just above it a large cleared area that's obviously over used for camping. Sadly found lots of garbage at the river, we packed out plastic bottles and other garbage. Why do people feel the need to tag the rocks along the river?
On our way back up we checked out Bluff Trail, but came back to Pine Gap Trail, and back up to the car at the trailhead.
Met several folks on the trail, a few headed in with packs, some day hikers. Nice trail, I'd assume typical summertime crowds. Will return to the area when the weather gets a little colder.

Not super hard, but if you are 50 like me you need to be in shape. I did it without issue. I have seen many average cars on the road in and they don’t have issues with it, but if you only have 3 or 4 inches of clearance don’t try the drive in.

Viewed the lower falls and then hiked to the upper falls. The trail to upper was pretty muddy but not at all un-passable. We hiked back to the parking lot by going on the graveyard fields trail to add some variety. Lower falls were very crowded but the hike to upper falls had more solitude and when we arrived at the upper falls we were the only ones there.

I really enjoyed this trail! A nice, shaded walk down to the falls. I would rate it as moderate though. Even though it's short, the hike out is entirely uphill with some steep sections. The falls are gorgeous! I do recommend watching your step while playing around the rocks at the falls. Snakes enjoy sunning there. We stumbled upon two while there. We also saw lots of interesting mushrooms along the trail.

Beautiful trails and waterfalls!

Enjoyed this hike a lot. Only came across three other groups of hikers so we pretty much had it all to ourselves. There are a lot of tree roots to navigate through the first half of the hike and there was a lot of muddy areas but the wild flowers were worth it.

Very beautiful and fun place to swim, but also very crowded with lots of families. Short and easy hike, I would not rate it as moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! easy but little long. May not have great views but scenery changes often. Lots of thing to walk over (bridges, rocks even walk across a tree trunk). I went with my dog and she loved it. I especially liked she was able to cool off at all the water spots. It was very quiet. Not a lot of traffic. Think I came across 5 groups in total. At the trail head I started left and it seemed to work well. I will definitely be going on this hike again!

We were there all of 15 minutes. Within that time period we witnessed 2 complete dumbasses jump from the falls. One of which was covered in Swastika and white supremacy tattoos (he grazed the cliff on the way down).It was crowded with a pretty colorful array of people. We pretty much ran out of there. Skip this

Nice trail. The waterfalls are gorgeous but the trail to the upper isn’t well marked. Never saw a blaze and went off the path for a little bit. Fortunately there are a ton of people who you will run into at some point to redirect.

Upper falls is worth it despite wet trail and many offshoots.

Easy and mostly flat.

Swimming hole!   Bring a towel and get your paws wet.  

This is a must stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway.   Get there early!   The parking lot fills up early.

Theres a fair amount of elevation change.  Fortunately there are stairs at the top, stairs in the middle and stairs at the bottom.  Lots of well maintained stairs plus a bridge and a bordwalk with an asphalt trail in between.   There's really not much of a trail to get your paws dirty.   Thanks USFS!  A great trail for older owners or owners with younger children. 

Four rest rooms in the parking lot if you need to do a quick change into dry fur before resuming your journey.   They're pit toliets but they're clean and well maintained if you need to do your business and can't sniff and pee along the trail like I can. 

Remember to practice safe waterfalling.  Stay at the bottom.  No climbing.  Finally, remember to always keep your owners on a leash so they don't get lost. 

Five woofs.

hiking
2 months ago

I went in October with a group of friends. First trail I did after breaking my ankle and it was amazing

Beautiful falls and great time playing in the river.

trail running
2 months ago

Took the huskies. Got dirty. Beautiful views.

on Pink Beds Trail

2 months ago

Really awesome in fall. Definitely worth it.

Only had time to go to the lower falls where we soaked our feet after a long day of hiking.

Very dangerous! Please be careful. Multiple drowning deaths have occurred, including two in 2018 alone. Even swimming at the base is dangerous. See article:
http://wataugaonline.com/avery-sheriff-drowning-occurs-at-elk-river-falls-over-the-weekend/

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is well marked. Six mile gravel road to the trailhead is scenic. The falls are beautiful and it is a great hang out spot for me and my dogs EXCEPT - SNAKES! Lots of these under the rock ledges today. Great swim spot though - GO EARLY for solitude.

hiking
2 months ago

Popular loop with optional out-and-back at its west end featuring two nice waterfalls. A lot of the crowds stay near Lower Falls at the east end of the loop, so you will get some solitude if you hike the entire loop. Trail is not blazed, but it is not hard to follow. Encroaching vegetation needed to be cut back in some areas, and other areas are quite eroded. Overall, a good introduction to high-elevation hiking, North Carolina style.

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