Discovery Falls is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 564 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

no dogs

1 month ago

sign at trailhead saying trail is closed. possible 5k fine if caught. pretty bummed

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1 month ago

easy hike along a forest service rd. discovery falls is beautiful. when you get back to the fs Rd, turn right, go across bridge and go 1/4 mi to another beautiful unnamed fall right next to the trail.

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1 month ago

This was almost entirely a fire road. While it is very pretty, don’t expect this to be a rough hike for the hills are gradual and you’re walking on a dirt road. The only time you are on a trail is going off the fire road up a narrow and steep bath leading to a tall water fall. If you stay on the road you will see another large waterfall.

1 month ago

Awesome trip. after you go to Discovery falls back track , go over the bridge and walk about 1/4th a mile and there is another beautiful waterfall on the right. It's a 2 for 1.

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1 month ago

I was hiking solo today and just needed to get in thebwoods so a forest service road was ok. As others stated, if the gatebwas open it would be not much of a hike. All in all pretty easy. The small path to the falls could be slick after rain but otherwise it is fine. I think my city slicker friends could make it. Falls were beautiful. Seating spots are limited but luckily the Rona has most folks at home.

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2 months ago

Hiked with my 4 year old and she did a great job. It was much longer because of the gate closure immediately after turning onto 457. The last .1mi was very steep and narrow with drop offs. I would not recommend for younger than 4 years old unless you are interested in carrying them. Discovery Falls was beautiful and we enjoyed a little picnic perched against a tree.

2 months ago

The directions doesn't lead you to it.

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2 months ago

What a great quiet hike! I’m glad I had my app and service, or I wouldn’t have found this one. Be sure to know the route before you head out.

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2 months ago

Awesome trail. aAs some have said it is possible to drive to the steep portion of the hike, but apon my arrival the gate to drive up was closed so we hiked the acess road and then the portion to the falls. The last portion is very noticable with one minor water crossing. Beautiful waterfall.

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3 months ago

I did this hike back in Feb. along with the other 3 falls on this trail - road. Beautiful falls. The last .1 is kinda steep. Way taller then the pictures show. I'll be back here again next winter.

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9 months ago

wasn't horrible just a short hill climb at the end , beautiful waterfall today in early August not a lot of water flow .

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Sun Jun 02 2019

Not a bad hike. Falls were great. As one reviewer mentioned it doesn’t have to be a 4 mile hike. The bulk of the mileage is a service road that you could drive to the trail head that leads to the falls, which is a short, uphill hike. There was nobody out there on a Saturday in late spring which was great. Only passed a few motorists on the road. If you’re looking for a canopied, backwoods trail, this may not be your best bet. However if you’re looking for a trial that’s not too challenging, good for dogs and kids, with a scenic falls this would be a rewarding choice. The trail to the falls has recently been cleared so there were no obstacles on the way. If you have some hiking experience and want to challenge yourself, on the way back hang a left on the Case Camp Ridge Trail. It’s a little over a mile, uphill, and leads to the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Cherry Cove Overlook

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Mon May 27 2019

Beautiful falls at the end of a short but steep climb. The deadfall has all been cleared recently so the trail is pretty easy to walk. Definitely worth the trip.

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Mon May 06 2019

A beautiful waterfall that we picked up after walking down forest road 5043, accessible via forest road 475b. Trail on right and unmarked before a bridge, A moderate, dirt path and about 18 inches wide. Lots of obstacles like climbing over and under fallen trees, can be muddy and need to cross over river via logs. Worth the hike! Gorgeous

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Mon Apr 22 2019

This is not a four mile trail. You can drive up a gravel road to a fence that’s approximately 0.5 miles from the falls. As others have stated, walk through a small open field and on to a spot just before a bridge. Turn right and it’s about a five minute walk up to the falls. It is steep and awkward at the very top, but it’s a beautiful waterfall.

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Mon Mar 11 2019

great waterfall! had to hike the service road for longer than we would have liked but it was worth the sight. this is a less traveled trail and odds are you’ll have the waterfall to yourself. there is a small trail to your right before you hit the bridge on the service road and then you’re almost there. that part of the trail had many obstacles and was very muddy still very cool and one of our favorites!

Sun Nov 25 2018

First time hiking this trail to see the waterfall. It was my husband and I (25), and our boys (4 & 1), and my 4 year old handled the trail with ease. The only difficult part is as you get to the waterfall because of the slicker rocks, but that should be expected. Wonderful view of the falls and a beautiful hike overall. The trail to the falls is not marked when you veer off the main path just before the bridge, but there is definitely enough of an impression from other hikers to make it easy to navigate your way there and back out. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to "chase waterfalls".

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Sun Sep 30 2018

Beautiful trail. Slight incline before you get to the falls. Be aware as you begin to go up toward the falls, on the right of the trail there are some downed trees and there is a huge yellow jackets nest in the logs and in the ground. One from our group was swarmed and attacked by them at least seven times.

Fri Feb 23 2018

The only moderate thing about this hike is the last 200 yards up to the falls. Other than that it’s a nice stroll on a gravel road with a slight incline at first. Keep walking until you see the national forest management sign and the trail goes off to the right on a dirt road. Then from my picture you can see part of the bridge and where the unmarked section up to the falls start. When you get on this section it is unmarked with tree limbs in the way at parts, but you can easily tell where others have gone before you from the ground being pressed down.

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Thu Feb 15 2018

This is a beautiful waterfall and looked like it had very little traffic. It's a bit of a hike and the climb up is steep, wet, and a challenge. You'll find a lot of trees blocking the trail, which makes it more difficult. The falls are beautiful. The trail to the falls is unmarked and turns off the forestry road to the right just before the first bridge. If you have difficulty with challenging trails, you may want to skip this.

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