Douglas Falls Trail

HARD 50 reviews
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Douglas Falls Trail is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Barnardsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2076 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

29 days ago

Most memorable trail I’ve done. Extremely difficult, but rewarding! Pack a lunch and eat it when you finally make it to the falls.

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1 month ago

Hiked this trail from Craggy Gardens to the falls and back out. Great time on an awesome trail! The falls is well worth the trip, and the trip itself was as enjoyable as any I've hiked. Very narrow, natural trial with many stream crossings. It's not for the couch potato but any moderate to experienced hiker should have no problems. Irma left some trees across the trail as you get close to the falls. Pay attention to relocate the trail after bypassing those obstacles.

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3 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike and agree with the difficulty rating. We accessed from the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center and out and back was between 9 & 10 miles. Elevation was challenging in both directions and the waterfall was worth the trip. Trail was pretty narrow at some points. We went on a weekday and had the entire trail to ourselves.

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3 months ago

Great hike, it wasn't a super warm day and that helped. I love to hike but I don't consider myself an experienced hiker. It was difficult in some places but really worth the effort. Enjoy the beauty and the views if you decide to try this trail.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

We were initially planning on the Mount Mitchell summit trail for the day but were hindered by a rock/mud slide on Blue Ridge PKWY just past Craggy Gardens. We stopped at Craggy Gardens, walked out to the Craggy Gardens, and then continued down to Douglas Falls. The trail wasn't really a down-and-in and up-and-out trail. Each way had a considerable amount of elevation gain and loss. Beautiful stream crossings and the falls were a flowing that day. The elevation gain was something to account for as well. Very foggy and brisk on the ridge and warm and sticky at the bottom. The rest of the day included us driving back to the campsite, eating a light meal, and passing out.

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5 months ago

If you go to the waterfall and back it is 6.6 miles not 10. The map shows an extended trip. Even this 6.6 is not easy due to the rocks on the narrow trail. Even without the very nice waterfalls the forest itself worth a trip. Exceptionally nice old mixed forest with gnarled trees.

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