Courthouse Falls is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Balsam Grove, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.6 miles
49 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips






Easy short hike. Look for the log on the ground with the word "Falls" painted in white and an arrow. Steps down to the waterfall are narrow and steep. Well worth the trip.

15 days ago

Pretty easy hike- we went on a Saturday and saw maybe two other people. Quiet, beautiful spot. As others mentioned, the path down to the falls was pretty steep but totally worth it.

1 month ago

Nice beautiful waterfall with a good swimming hole. But it is NOT 7 miles.its an easy quarter mile trail of a forest rd. I think the seven mile option is along the sumney cove trail. If you have some off trail experience, you can creek walk up mill station creek to Cody’s falls.

2 months ago

Definitely as others have said, dirt road drive. Guy below was right on the money. Directly after 4th bridge, park and walk to the left down to the falls. Didn’t pass a soul the whole time. Safe logs and rocks to climb on at the bottom w care.

2 months ago

Almost exactly a 3 Mile drive once you get on the gravel road from 215. Directly after the 4th bridge on the left. A short walk with a couple steep spots. follow the red paint on the trees. Amazing view!

2 months ago

First the Falls are beautiful and at the end of the hike made this worth the trip. However the hiking description is not what expected. This 7.7 mile hike is entirely along a gravel road the leads you to the trail for the falls. It can be easily driven to the trailhead and hike the 20 minutes or so to the falls. Also the "trail" mapped goes much further than the falls. Not sure what's going on here. I wish these descriptions were better helping determine this, might have chosen a hike along a trail to another waterfall. At least the fall are beautiful.

2 months ago

I. Loved. This. Trail. Flying solo I wanted to do something unique and quite. This trail was recommended by a visitor I met at Devils Courthouse. I did not see a single human on this trial. I was driving a Jeep Wrangler, which felt 100% necessary given the National Forrest Road needed to access the trail head. You can park at the base and hike the road if you don’t have the vehicle needed, and you can start the road and use pull offs if you feel like it’s getting to be too much. There are several campsites along the road/water as well. There are two trails, the short one to the falls is very easy, but does require some dexterity to get up and down to the falls. There is a rickety wooden stair case to get down. The falls are AMAZING. There are several pools at the base, but the falls are loud, so “relaxing” requires being ok with that noise for a long period of time :) If you continue past the falls, there are a lot of beautiful views of the water flowing away from it. I hiked for a while before coming to a campsite, which was a decent size and looked like it had been used fairly recently. When I saw some large (bigger than my hand) animal tracks, I decided to turn around though! Again, being solo, around a good water source and seeing a well used campsite, I figured I better scoot!
Definitely would recommend this hike!

4 months ago

I have to assume by all of the comments that this trail is NOT 7.7 miles as indicated in the description?? I wouldnt consider almost 8 miles and 1000 ft of elevation as "short"....

Quick google search - hikewnc shows this trail as 1.8 mile one-way which makes sense after reading all of the "short" comments :)

5 months ago

Amazing!!!! Great trail and awesome falls!!

10 months ago

This is a fairly easy walk to a very nice waterfall. Good at any time of the year.

11 months ago

Great hike!!

Monday, September 04, 2017

Short hike to beautiful falls! There are some steep, rocky spots and can be a bit muddy after rain, but well worth it!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

One word, Buttaful! ( :

Saturday, April 08, 2017

we got married here on the 31st August 2012

Monday, March 13, 2017

short trail to beautiful falls with great swimming hole underneath. trail a little worse for wear after the winter.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Well worth it. We did the short 20 minute trail!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

short trail but amazing waterfall. and not busy at all.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

popular trail, very short. Good place for a picnic or to take a new hiker

Monday, July 27, 2015

Short trail, but easy to miss the entrance. The trail is immediately after the last bridge on the left.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The length of the trail is short. Several spots along the way have had trees fall and it seems they are doing some maintenance in those spots. The trail is tucked away under a canopy of trees so there are several places that are muddy. It's a narrow, rocky trail that lead to a set of steep steps that take you down to the pool at the base of the falls. Beautiful 40+ foot waterfall.

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