Buckhorn Gap Trail to Twin Falls

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Buckhorn Gap Trail to Twin Falls is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pisgah Forest, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 416 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Beautiful woods along a babbling creek. Well marked trail. Lots of roots and rocks to watch out for. I would consider the trail an easy, there were a couple up hill scrambles, but nothing too strenuous. The water falls were beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous day, shared the path w bikers...very cool

hiking
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

This was such a fun trail! I did it in the rain yesterday and honestly it made the perfect day! The trail seemed to be muddy anyway due to the little creek running through it. There are a lot of wooden bridges and some you can by pass by using the horse trail. The signs are pretty clear so look for them. I took the orange trail to the yellow trail to get to the fall. On the way back I took yellow to orange to blue. The blue is the Avery trail and adds maybe another .5 mile. It will take you to the gravel road and make you turn right to get back to your car. The waterfall had a lot of down trees and very slippery rocks. Please be careful when getting closer to the falls. This feels like a ‘back country’ trail, so bring bear spray.

hiking
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

This was such a fun trail! I did it in the rain yesterday and honestly it made the perfect day! The trail seemed to be muddy anyway due to the little creek running through it. There are a lot of wooden bridges and some you can by pass by using the horse trail. The signs are pretty clear so look for them. I took the orange trail to the yellow trail to get to the fall. On the way back I took yellow to orange to blue. The blue is the Avery trail and adds maybe another .5 mile. It will take you to the gravel road and make you turn right to get back to your car. The waterfall had a lot of down trees and very slippery rocks. Please be careful when getting closer to the falls. This feels like a ‘back country’ trail, so bring bear spray.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

The trail is easy to find and well maintained but parking can be difficult. A lot of bikers use the trail/area so I had trouble finding a spot to park off the road. Follow the orange trail blazes until you get to the fork where there are a bunch of fence posts to tie up horses. Take a left and follow the Twin Falls blue trail blazes for a short hike to the falls. Today we went right instead of left by mistake and ended up hiking to the top of Buckhorn Gap Trail. It ends up in a grassy area and you just have to turn back around. It is a beautiful trail that is pretty easy and is very quiet through the woods. If you just do Buckhorn Gap Trail plus the Falls split off it ends up being about 9.5 miles. Luckily it was so temperate that we didn’t mind today however I am sure my legs will hate me for it tomorrow!

hiking
3 months ago

Nicely maintained trail that was a good deal easier and faster than anticipated. We ended up taking some of the ridge line trails back to the car so as to make a 7mile loop in total. Nice view of the falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, I would say it is easy and not moderate. Pretty waterfalls.

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike! I got very very lost so pay close attention to trail markers (orange) and once you go to Twin falls (about exactly halfway with yellow markers) turn back around and go back the way you came. That would have saved me. There are narrow creek crossing bridges so dogs are a bit tricky, but it’s doable. The trail was nicely marked, but I just must have missed a turn somewhere. Little foot traffic and just a beautiful forest hike to some nice falls. Pretty easy in terms of elevation.

Nice meandering trail. Not too difficult and nice view of falls at the end. Saw a few courteous riders.

hiking
5 months ago

Really nice waterfall not much else

hiking
5 months ago

Look out for the bees! We got stung after going down a concrete slope, a nest was just off the left and our dog found it! Other than that, easy hike with wide trail, lots of narrow but sturdy bridges, good for dogs. Falls were pretty.

Awesome trail with great waterfall views. Watch out for yellow jack nests in the ground.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Buckhorn to Avery Creek to Twin falls then stay on Avery Creek all the way for return and a short hike on gravel road back up to car. 5 miles

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

Very nice trail. not overgrown unless you cut off to the swimming hole. Nice scramble at the end to get to Twin Falls. Lovely little fall before that that you can go behind. Easy to get to trail head. Not crowded.

hiking
6 months ago

Best under drier conditions, but an enjoyable 4 mile hike (full loop) with beautiful falls at the end. Completely shaded trail and light traffic due to 3 mile dirt road drive off highway to get to trail head. Well-worth the hike to the falls.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome

hiking
8 months ago

Great reward at the end of trail with 3 waterfalls. Fairly easy hiking, but did encounter some homeless folks staying along the trail. Takes some effort to get to trailhead via car.

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

My wife and I took our small dog on this trail and had a great time. It’s easy enough for kids, dogs and less-fit hikers to have a nice adventure AND not too easy for more serious hikers to still have an awesome time. Multiple water crossings and the 100+ ft. falls provide plenty of natural beauty to enjoy. We were fortunate to have the trail mostly to ourselves, which made for a tranquil couple hours.

hiking
10 months ago

Loved it! Water on the backside

hiking
10 months ago

I would recommend this trail for people who have bad knees. beautiful water along the trail. some areas muddy but we managed ok. lots of stream crossings . kids would find it adventuresome.. Will do again

A modest, mostly flat (but not completely) trail. It runs next to a stream for much of the first half. Good for breaks or a picnic. Not a ton of elevation gain but it is a fairly lengthy hike. Would be shady in the summer. Wasn’t heavily trod by others the day we visited. Very limited parking although you could park at the horse stable several hundred yards south of the trail head and hoof it from there. We’ll hike it again.

hiking
Sat Nov 03 2018

Beautiful hike, especially in the fall!!

Mon Sep 03 2018

The twin falls part is really the only part that loops. It’s more of an out and back trail to a loop. The falls make it worth it!!!! It was awesome. The trail doesn’t have a lot of parking so it’s not a busy trail. It’s very shady with lots of trees so it’s not to hot either!

Sat Jun 30 2018

Hard to find no signs of any kind. But very fun!

hiking
Fri Jul 07 2017

We do this trail as a loop from Buckhorn Gap trailhead to Twin Falls side trail, Clawhammer, Clawhammer Cove then Avery Trail back to Buckhorn. About 5.75 miles.

hiking
13 days ago

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