Crab Orchard Falls Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews

Crab Orchard Falls Trail is a 1.5 mile out and back trail located near Banner Elk, North Carolina that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
482 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

waterfall

hiking
8 days ago

It was a great hike for a couple hours of the day! Kids enjoyed it. Had a great time at the falls!!!

15 days ago

Great fun! Had baby backpacked and a 6 year old. Beautiful with the snow on the ground.

1 month ago

Fun trail and great waterfalls. Fun with kids

2 months ago

Beatiful and great for kids

2 months ago

Pretty trail...it's either up or down (and some steep), not much flat. Made it easily with kids 9, 7, & 4. Falls are .5 miles in. Waterfall had lots of places to play and explore and we can easily see ourselves coming back in the summer to take a dip.

3 months ago

Great little hike. About a mile to the falls. Beautiful views. I didn't hear anything while walking, which was kind of weird, no birds or other animals. Sat at the falls for a while.

3 months ago

Short and uneventful. Pretty waterfall at the end, but otherwise nothing special.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, wide trail. Nice waterfall. Opportunity to get your feet wet. Great for dogs and off the beaten path. So it crowded, even on weekend.

hiking
4 months ago

Great short hike with our 2 boys, ages 9 & 11 - trail is wide and maintained with gravel mostly. Careful on the slick rocks around the falls! Parking close to trail head, takes 1-2 hours with kids, depending on how long you stop along the way and spend time at the falls

4 months ago

Definitely a calf burner! Beautiful falls though.

hiking
5 months ago

Really nice fall that is easy to get to from Boone! Worth the short hike to view!

5 months ago

Probably great in the afternoon for cooling off, however, it was a wonderful place to visit just after sunrise.

5 months ago

Nice short climb with a beautiful fall that's great for cooling off in.

5 months ago

Steep going for a while at first. It was worth it! Nice place to cool off!

Great workout! Definitely worth it. The waterfall is awesome!

hiking
6 months ago

The description says it is near Banner Elk, but it is actually next to Valle Crucis. After parking at the church a very nice short and could be muddy trail lead to a wonderful waterfall. If you want to extend your hike continue on the trail. It leads on in the very nice forest toward a place called Hermitage. A big rain forced me to turn back before I reached it so I am not sure what it is exactly. The original mast store is less than 2 miles away from this place so you might want to visit it also.

Waterfall was beautiful but could use a little maintenance.

hiking
6 months ago

Over the years my family (including babies and grandparents in their 80s) have really enjoyed this hike and playing in the falls at the end. The "big kids" really love climbing up and down the rocks. We have never had trouble parking and the Episcopal Mission does a bagpipe camp so if you hit it at the right time you can hear bag pipes playing on your walk back :)

6 months ago

Beautiful waterfall at the end

9 months ago

Great hike if you do not have a lot of time but you want to see a cool waterfall and do some rock hopping

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