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Dill and Upper Dill Falls is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Balsam Grove, North Carolina that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 236 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

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Waterfall

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Getting There

Please note: The Forest Service hate is closed December 15 - March 15. Please check with the park website for updates. Dill Falls is a sixty foot waterfall on Tanasee Creek in the Nantahala National Forest near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although it is not a long or difficult hike, this tends to be one of the more secluded hikes in the area. When this area was first settled the creek was named Tennessee Creek, but time and southern accents on the English language altered the pronunciation and eventually spelling.

Note: You’ll come to a gate on FR 4663 at 0.6 mile. The gate is typically closed between December 15 and March 15. If you visit during this period, you’ll have to add 1.85 miles to the one-way hiking distance.

Take the Blue Ridge Parkway south from Asheville to milepost 423, which is highway 215. Turn left to go south on hwy 215 for 2.7 miles and turn right on Forest Service road 466. Follow this road to the parking area at the end, staying left at the fork. There are two trails that come out of this parking area, the one directly in front of you leads to Dill Falls, while the one to the right leads straight to Upper Dill Falls.

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Meagan Hayes
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I don’t have the premium version but I might get it after this go round. Most of our forests don’t have any service available so I took pics of the info on here and used it as a guide. The road isn’t marked to be Bittern, it’s Pisgah Forest rd 4663. A little ways down the road and to the left there’s a sign for Dill Falls and the road goes left down there when it’s open. FYI this is a single lane road and can get pretty muddy. You end up at a dead end with no signage. Two obvious trails are there, one to the left goes to the lower, one to the right goes to the upper. Thankfully we ran into some people who kept hiking up the right trail and couldn’t find the upper. It’s one of those where you think people went off and made their own trail but that’s actually not the case this time. We trekked down towards the upper falls when we noticed a muddy downhill trail toward the sound of roaring water. We found it, it’s beautiful. You definitely need to wear your hiking shoes for gripping. The rhododendrons are in full bloom and absolutely gorgeous. We didn’t make it to the lower because when we got back from our very short hike, there were suddenly 5 cars there.

April H.
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Great trails. Very few people beautiful waterfall. Easy trail to bottom of falls. More challenging trail going to top of falls. Did both and enjoyed the great day and wonderful sites. We saw a turkey but that was all the wildlife we saw.

Carolynn Skiro
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Awesome trail, came in through Brevard since parts of Parkway are closed. Dirt road of almost two miles to get in, but so worth it. We parked before the falls sign and hiked in. pretty easy to walk. Falls were totally accessable, and we had them to ourselves. No traffic driving or walking in. This was good, cause dirt road is a "one car" road.

Susan Kettles
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The Forest Service hate is closed December 15 - March 15. It was closed so hiked from the closed gate to the falls. It was a pleasant gravel road walk. Both falls flowing with lots of water after two days of rain.

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Alyssa Melton
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A great hike, not very long and Dill Falls is beautiful! Some wood fell at Upper Dill Falls so it’s not as scenic, but still a nice falls to check out.

Angela Adams
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Trailhead is actually 0.5 miles down from the 4663 split. Trail to Upper Dill has a few blowdowns but nothing too major. Trail to Lower Dill is an easy constant grade.

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Cheryl W.
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Dill Falls were beautiful but Upper Dill Falls was a waste as a large tree covers most of the fall.

Jessica Epley
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Hiking

Would rate this more as Easy since you drive most of the way and only hike a slight hill once you get there. I just went to the lower falls since the other reviews kept saying the upper falls wasn’t worth it. The waterfall was gorgeous from the lower falls, I could’ve stayed there all day.

Amanda Litts
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Easy hike starting with drive down forest road. You could actually drive all the way to the trail head but there is currently logging going on and I didnt want to have to potentially have to back up to let a logger past. The trail to upper falls cuts off in the middle of a downed rhododendron tree. Upper falls slightly less appealing due to a down tree in the middle of it. The lower falls however are fabulous.

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Jay Williams
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The turn off NC 215 is clearly marked by a Forest Service sign opposite the turn. When you reach public land, there's a gate and a sign. Beware of the rutted bump filled with deep gravel at this point. We parked at the junction where FR 4663B takes off to the left from the main road, so we'd get a little more exercise. The road surface to that junction was well maintained. The map accurately shows the distance from there to the falls foot trails as .6 miles. Our Trails Illustrated printed map showed 4663B as gated, which may have been so at some point, put isn't the case now. We enjoyed a nice walk on the fairly flat road, which gave us a chance to view the surrounding forest. Even though 4663B is not maintained to the standard of the main forest road, it's passable by cars of standard clearance. The trail to the lower falls was easy, even though there was a tree across the trail at one point. We highly recommend this easy hike to a lesser-known, but lovely, waterfall.

Kate Lindquist
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I couldn’t find it. :-( Two roads diverged in the wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. :-)

David L
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Hiking

The trail itself is insignificant. The waterfall is what you'll come here for, and it's worth the trip. Getting there is somewhat confusing. Follow the directions to the gravel road and drive until you come to a fork with a high pass (right) and a low pass (left, marked FS Rd 4663 B) - take the lower/left and drive some more. It ends at a small clearing with room for 4-5 cars. Park and take the path at the end of the clearing for the lower falls. 4WD may be necessary after heavy rain or snow. Low vehicles may not get through without scraping at a few points. A small FWD SUV is fine for normal conditions.

Erica Atkinson
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Well worth the drive out there. Turn at house and go all the way back several miles until you reach a clearing. You go back at least two miles. Park car in clearing and there are two trails. One trail leads up and the other goes down. Head to the one that goes down, walk about a quarter of a mile to the waterfall. Amazing! We sat and ate lunch on one of the big rocks in the middle of the fall. If you go back to your car and head to the other trail, go about a quarter of a mile to see another part of the fall. This upper part isn't quite as large and is challenging to get to. Closely watch for a trail to the left. It is very steep to get down to where you can see it.

Arthur Honer
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Arthur Honer
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Susan Fay
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Mark Wulf
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Mike Smith
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Dirk L.
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Jessica Epley
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Mark L.
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William Campbell
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Ioana Mihaila
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Ali Croft
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Rebecca Bush
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David Ray
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Justin P
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Justin P
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