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.

short, nice swim spot, get your cardio coming back out

nice little tourist stop!

Short walk, great for people with walking problems, took my mom, she loved it!

Bushwhacked to the top of the upper falls for a stunning view!

Always love graveyard fields and specifically love this section of the parkway. The Upper Falls are beautiful if you visit them before the leaves fill the trees (spring) and block the view. The best way to use the Upper Falls Loop Trail is to begin the hike at the stairs on the SOUTH end of the parking lot - not the main stairs closer to the building. Follow the trail signs. The trail veers of once in while for the campsites and fly fishing peeps - just stay on the main trail. When you reach the intersection for lower falls & upper Falls - continue to upper Falls ... the last 1/2 mike gets a little rocky, but not difficult. You’ll reach a section to walk out on the rocks to see to Falls - or continue to the top. It’s worth the final climb! When you walk back down, take a left at the loop intersection, to walk back towards lower falls. This will take back to the main staircase UP and back to the parking lot. About 4 miles in all!

Easy hike to the waterfall. Never did find the upper falls because the trails are not well marked- there’s offshoots everywhere and very confusing! I wandered around with my dogs for a while and they liked the river but otherwise do not feel compelled to hike here again.


Trail was covered in horse scat and flies plus the trail was heavily trafficked but... it was a beautiful place and we really enjoyed the beautiful south fork mills river.

Signs or trail markers would have been super helpful as there are multiple forks. It was pretty though!

nature trips
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall!

1 month ago

East going trail ideal for older folks who may be unused to hiking. Can be longish for them. Hiking poles useful for traversing rooted areas. Wild flowers and birds.

I went on this hike with my wife and two younger daughters. We intended to take the trail to the upper falls but strayed right and had to come back after we figured we had gone the wrong way. We eventually made it to the upper falls. I have to say I’m disappointed with this hike as it wasn’t worth the view at the falls. Just our opinion. However, we did the lower falls a few days ago and that one is well worth it. Only .3 miles and the water is much better suited for kids. I’d recommend the lower falls all day any day and will definitely go back during warmer weather with my kids.

This trail was perfectly fine. You have to choose which direction to take several times while signs are there to help about twice. It’s annoying, but not too bad. The upper falls were pretty, but nothing exciting. I would not recommend this because you could find better trails to use your energy on.

cant wait to come back this summer!

I gave this 3 stars because of the careless dog owners! And the lack of posted leash laws! We have pets and always keep them on a leash! Some people seem to think they are above the rules because it’s a national forest! The rules are posted but in only one place! Not every dog likes every human or other dogs! Two large dogs run up on my little girls with no owner in sight! Not a pretty site! This is really crazy! They could have hurt my dogs or one of us! People need to get with the program or stay home! Forestry people in N.C., you need to enforce your leash laws! Graveyard Feilds has always been one of my favorite places! As of now we will not be returning due to the lack of the lash laws! Some human or their pet is going to end up getting hurt! Remember your dogs aren’t the only pets out there!!! I’m done!

So lovely. Childhood favorite.

2 months ago

We really liked this hike lots to see especially crossing the bridges over the bogs

Great falls to visit year round. Easy to get to in the snow.

Beautiful when it is frozen.

Short, easy hike and impressive waterfall

this trail extends outward around the mountain. highly recommend it!

trail running
4 months ago

I run this loop all the time with my Jack Russell Terrier it is usually 5.5 miles from picnic area on my Garmin. Easier to navigate starting the loop from the left. Summer time weekends busy, week days not as bad, always a great run. Tends to get a few mud areas.

5 months ago

Great hike with unique vegetation and gorgeous views. I started off by going down to the lower falls and was pleasantly surprised. It’s less than a half mile down, and has a cool watering hole at the base of the falls. Looking forward to coming back in the summer months. Then I headed up to the upper falls. The trail is well marked and easy for most of the journey. The only reason this trail is marked as medium difficulty is because of the last quarter mile or so. In order to get to the upper falls you have to do a little bit of work and deal with lots of rocks and a bit of mud. Well worth it but you have to go to the top of the falls in order to take advantage of all of your hard work. It was a warm fall day and I only saw few other people on the trail to the upper falls but I can see it getting crowded during peak season because it is so accessible from the parkway.

We hiked this on Thanksgiving... it was a beautiful day. The trail on my health app came up as 6.1 miles, maybe I looked about a lot...LOL we loved the running stream and the trails were nice.
Pretty place lots of diversity.

6 months ago

Great hike today. Rating should be Moderate.

6 months ago

Nice trail. Anyone in moderate shape can do it but you must have confident footing. The trail is much deeper coming up that it is going down and it can get muddy, but worth the effort. Several nice camping spots along the river and along the bluff trail.

on Pink Beds Trail

6 months ago

Well maintained, easy to navigate, level trail. Trail is easy to find and well marked from the road with large parking area. The loop is 5.3 miles, according to sign at start of the trail. Could easily take dogs or kids!

6 months ago

Great hike. We went to upper falls and climbed up past end of trail to beginning of falls for a great view looking east towards Mt. Pisgah. Lower falls are cool to. Oct 3-17

Nice hike. Pretty heavily used and the erosion and changes in the path are significant....otherwise it would have rated it higher. Upper falls are a good payoff.

I have hiked this trail years ago I did not find it easy . ( need to change the rating to hard ) It is nice at the bottom but that walk back out is hard !

Nice views. We went while it was super overcast and foggy so not too crowded!

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