Bard Falls Hike is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Collettsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 524 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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nature trips

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bird watching

river

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waterfall

Hike to Bard Falls from Pineola Road (FS464), following North Harper Shortcut to North Harper Creek Trail to Bard Falls and back.

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flooded
4 months ago

Nice small trail down the ridge to the creek. Creek crossings.

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8 months ago

Great scenery and not crowded but the river crossing was a little deeper than expected due to heavy rains the week before. Had to roll pants to my knees but it was doable for me and a larger dog.

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10 months ago

This was a great hike with varying terrain. The ferns were some of the most beautiful I have seen. Be prepared to get wet, the water crossing require you wade through. Our dogs loved them and they kept us cool. Finding the cutoff to get to the falls was not easy, it was down a washed out, rocky spot, more like bushwhacking. Would do it again!

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11 months ago

Good woodland hike to a scenic river. Most crossings made over rock, but one requires getting boots wet. Several good swimming holes along river.

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Sat Apr 27 2019

Yellow buck mountain a hefty climb. Views were nice at the north end!! Pineola road was gravel. The Harper creek trail was unforgettable!!! Flowers, cascades, butterflies. 8 creek crossings. Crotch depth at maxi

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Fri Mar 08 2019

This trail is great. It does cross Harper creek in the last half, so probably wouldn't encourage a winter hike unless you have tall boots or waders. Very remote. hiked twice this summer and never ran into another person, even when the rest of the trails in the area are booming. Unique waterfall.

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Sun Apr 22 2018

Nice hike to a waterfall that involves one creek crossing. The first mile along North Harper Shortcut Trail runs gently downhill and ends at a neat campsite near the intersection with the North Harper Creek Trail. Take a left and follow the relatively flat North Harper Creek Trail for 0.5 relatively flat miles, with a creek crossing (somewhere between ankle to knee high depending on water level). The waterfall itself is pretty and unique. The short 25 yard scramble to get down to Bard Falls from the trail is not difficult but it is a bit tricky.

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Wed Mar 21 2018

Any hike by water and ending with a waterfall and swim gets a good review from me! Beautiful hike along a wild river (after a mile, or so) . Saw no one else the whole time- peaceful! No really steep areas except the little descent to the fall from the trail. Slow incline the last mile back up, but not bad!

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Tue Nov 14 2017

Another of the many trails in the area that features a great waterfall and swimming hole.

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Sat Mar 23 2019

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