Explore the most popular Waterfall 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.

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1 day ago

Nice hike so close to Blowing Rock.

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muddy
2 days ago

nice little hike

hiking
3 days ago

We hiked Courthouse Falls August 20. Nice cool hike in a rhododendron forest. We saw Monkshood flowers. Very special. The waterfall was very beautiful in a rock grotto. The water was very inviting for swimming though I did not swim.

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rocky
3 days ago

First and foremost we loved the falls. Overall the hike wasn’t terrible but trail is very narrow in sections, or slick. A number of sections required to travel across roots or rocky sections that you had to take precaution on especially coming back. This is downhill there and uphill back. Added benefit is that there are 2 falls to visit. Each only a short distance from each other. Several age groups and physical conditioning were on the trail.

very easy trail beautiful waterfall

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bugs
muddy
4 days ago

well used trail. this is a rain forest and we got caught in a little but the summit was well worth the climb.

hiking
5 days ago

Scouting hike for possible campsites. Was going to do Greenmountain but middle prong looked a little too spooky for a solo hike. Once again forgot to cut off the recording. Probably right at 7.5 miles. Lovely day!

Awesome trail; however, if it starts raining, the trail becomes a creek. I enjoyed walking through the water and mud, but probably not for everyone. Hope to do it again soon.

Amazing day with my girlfriends

hiking
6 days ago

Kids enjoyed!!

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muddy
rocky
7 days ago

What a beautiful place for a hike and you have the option of seeing the upper and the lower waterfalls. Very well-traveled trails although some spots are very muddy, rocky, and narrow. Sometimes the trail can be a bit confusing as well so really pay attention to the signs. But it’s quite lovely there and a great work out, I would consider this to be an easy to moderate hike but be prepared for a lot of Rocky,rutty and muddy conditions. There is quite a bit of parking, as well as a restroom.

What a sweet waterfall and a great place to get cooled off in the summer months. Keep in mind there are lots of stairs, and the trail is is a little bit muddy and a little rocky. The path is well traveled travel and a half a mile.

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rocky
7 days ago

50, out of shape and overweight... I did it! :-) Easy trail with great paths and pretty falls view. Watch for poison ivy!

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bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
7 days ago

First up, the drive in is off-road and on gravel. You will undergo some major switchbacks and curves while driving in the last 20-30 minutes until the trailhead. There’s no formal parking lot, so be prepared to park alongside the bushes. We hiked this loop counter clockwise which we thought was very easy and doable. In doing so, it was mostly downhill trekking with occasional creek crossings. My hiking group thought this trail was easy. No major challenges or fallouts during the hike. However, the waterfall that overlooks the top view has a huge opportunity for fun and potential danger. We slid down the water-covered-incline and found it was enjoyable (at first). Be wary! One of us ended up continuing down and off the edge where she flew off. She survived with minor flesh wounds. It was all fun and games until it happened. Otherwise, the trail was overgrown, not well-marked, simple and easy.

Made for a fun hour.

It certainly felt longer than 9.3 miles. Great trail, though. Wonderful scenery. Pack a lunch, as this will take 5 hours or more at a relaxed pace. The MST portion is more challenging than the old road, and the hike up Sam Knob, while not too difficult, requires some care. Poles were a big help.

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