Explore the most popular river 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
4 hours ago

I tried this trail while visiting the falls. This was a wet trail most of the way due to the rains. It was shady most of the trail. I did not find much of interest on this hike other then going around the water puddles and muddy areas. I got a good work out though.

What a beautiful hike. And quite a workout! Definitely go see Calloway Peak and sit for a bit at the nearby overlook.

Great hike! It was wonderful hike! The waterfall however isn’t on the trail, it’s on the road. Such an amazing view at the end. You’re walking through a dense forest of white oaks, ferns, magnolia trees, and red maples, then all of the sudden it just opens up to an amazing view of the near by blue ridge mountains. Say a while and enjoy the breeze and maybe a slight rain shower.

Absolutely beautiful view makes this hike well worth it! Like others, clocked this at around 6 miles, not the 5 advertised. A fair amount of switchbacks going uphill and the last 1 mile has some steep patches for moderate hikers. My husband had torn a muscle in his leg the week before and found this challenging but not impossible. Loved this hike!!

Really nice short hike with a slight incline through the woods until you reach the big multi-level falls. The mist felt so nice on a hot (and hungover) day. A little crowded for a Sunday afternoon but not too bad, the beautiful falls were definitely worth it!

literally almost lost my life And my dogs life's. tails is not marked!!!!!;
stay away!!!! please

1.) we got to the trail head at 8 am and were the only car in the lot. When we got back 4 hours later, the lot was completely full and there were cars dangerously parked all along the side of the curvy roads
2.) my watch said 6.4, all trails says 5.5, and my girlfriend's all trails say 5.3 miles. No matter what, it's definitely longer than 5.0 miles so be prepared.
About 21 switch backs if we counted correctly.
3.) Since we got there early, we were the first ones up. We enjoyed our peace and quiet for about 30-45 min when a swarm of people made it to the top.
3.) If you're taking your dog, please be responsible and make sure your dog can handle it. We saw several dogs over heating on the way down.
4.) there were an unbelievable amount of people who had absolutely no gear or preparation or water for the 6 mile hike. On top of that we passed someone SMOKING A CIGARETTE. Unreal. Please respect nature and the reason we're out there people!
Would have given a 4 out of 5 but not for the traffic and the people.

Great hike, took our four year and and our dog. They loved it. Waterfall is beautiful

This is a strenuous hike, but it is very well worth it. There is an incredible view at the end and lots of beautiful flora and fauna along the way.

What a great hike (May 12th) and what spectacular views from Calloway Peak! This is a well travelled route with the first third easy to moderate, the middle very strenuous as the upward slope seems to endure a very long time and the last third a mixed portion of climb and plateau. Give yourself 6-8 hours to complete this hike (we logged 270 floors climbed and 24000 steps), bring some energy bars and a lunch and lots of water. About 2/3 up is a trickling freshwater spring where you can fill your water bottle for the way down ... and don't underestimate the energy you require for the downhill portion. The views were spectacular from the 4 lookout points at the peak and the few small ladder portions (max ladder height was 6 steps) weren't an issue at all - they're solid and well secured. We were exhausted by the return to the parking lot, but we set ourselves a pretty solid pace clocking complete just over 6 hours!

I must have hit this trail before the crowds started for the season. It was a perfect May evening. We hiked up with packs and landed one of the only three campsites that I saw. This site was about 100ft. from the lookout and the incredible sunset on the lookout made the strenuous hike up completely worth it.

really good spot, easily accessible and falls were impressive. great short afternoon hike following a long morning hike. would recommend.

Short hike. Well maintained. Over all very pretty.

6.2 miles, round trip. The last mile before the peak is the toughest. Nice hike. SImilar to Stone Mtn NC when you hit the top...just not as much real estate. The trail peaks, then you have to hike back down before you hit the viewing rock face.

Easy 7 mike out-and-back. Don’t let the profile fool you; it’s virtually flat the entire way. Lovely views of river including several nice swimming holes and a few class3-4 rapids.

A little crowded even on a Monday, but the waterfalls are worth it.

just hiked this again for the second time this week with my girlfriend. amazing waterfalls but it's a bit crowded on the weekends

Amazing waterfall!! Best one I’ve seen on the east coast, hands down. Well worth the hike to the top!!

Very easy walk to a beautiful waterfall! Wasn’t very relaxing as there were quite a few people and screaming children there. Don’t forget to check out the old mica mine!

easy trail .. beautiful waterfall..

this was my favorite trail we did on our Asheville weekend. waterfall is better than expected and most of it is an easy walk out.

Good trail with very nice views. Trail is fairly clear and marked up to waterfall. When you are driving to this location its hard to find. Google just marked a spot i couldnt get to. So when you are going down the dirt road you cross a 1 lane bridge. About a mile down there is a horseshoe parkinglot. The trail head is there and marked with a sign!! Follow orange blaze...then follow orange white blaze. when you get to the top of the hill you see MST to right. Only follow if your staying on the loop. Stay st on orange blaze to go to waterfall. Trail does have wash out in spots but overall I thought was decently marked and there was a clear path!

very easy flat wide trail along the river to an amazing waterfall-pictures don't do it any justice. trail to upper falls is closed but always see people going up.

nice little tourist stop!

nice short walk to pretty falls. Backtrack to the campground and continue out (mst/orange) beautiful views, multiple river crossings, and the reward of the much more challenging south harpers creek falls. trail is 5.5 end to end but after the so. falls, loop back around via raiders camp trail for 2 more waterfalls. lovely area

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

Bring a lot of water! This hike is very strenuous with many boulders and unconventional changes in elevation.

The views are good but this is more of a challenge rather than one you go for views. This is due to the fact that land devolpment is viewable from most of the side of the mountain that this trail on.

Connect this with the grandfather trail and leave a car at each side for an easy all the way hike that you dont have to hike all the way back from. Or you could head down the mountain if you really dont want to feel your legs the next day.

Hard hike but so worth the views!! Spend some time on the top, it only takes about 30mins to climb back down.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice hike at the higher elevations and going along some nice waterfalls.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice waterfalls in Pisgah National Forest. The trail is not very difficult and well worth a hike.

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