Elk River Falls Trail

MODERATE 89 reviews
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Elk River Falls Trail is a 0.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Elk Park, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
0.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
52 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

muddy

over grown

rocky

From intersection of NC194 and US19E near Elk Park, drive 0.7 miles west on 19E and turn right down a hill, then immediately turn left on SR1303 - Old Mill Rd. This turn is easy to miss. Proceed another 0.3 mile and turn right on Elk River Rd. Continue on Elk River Rd for 4 miles into the Pisgah Forest where the road ends at the parking area. Parking is limited and you may have a hard time finding a place mid day on a summer week end.

hiking
1 day ago

Easy to get to the falls. Great for all ages. Very crowded but nice. Kids, teens and such use this as a local swimming hole. Take your water shoes, swimsuit and enjoy the falls. Enjoy a swim and people watching. We brought our dog, we won't next time, he was a nervous wreck. Lots of larger dogs there. It's beautiful but don't expect a quiet nature day! We will definitely go back more prepared to swim and wade in the water!

Short and sweet! I got there early and no one was there but after 2-3 hours of hiking a lot of people were on the way to see the falls as I left.

If you keep going and hike along the Jones Falls Trail, it is amazing! Highly recommend you keep going along the river but if you just want something short, it is a pretty waterfall to see.

Didn't have phone service as soon as I went down the hill (about 3 miles before the falls) so be sure to leave the directions open in maps!

5 days ago

Beautiful spot but busy and a little trashy

hiking
9 days ago

Very short easy trail with a big pay off at the end!!!

11 days ago

Great place to swim and cool off . Had a blast!

hiking
17 days ago

Love this place! So relaxing and beautiful!

hiking
21 days ago

Very short easy trail down past waterfalls to a large pool with a sandy "beach" and rocks for kids to climb on. The climb down down to the sand is about 8-10ft and may be difficult for older or out-of-shape folks. Lots of litter at the trail head and at the falls (ugh some people suck), which detracted somewhat from the otherwise scenic beauty of the place.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful sight. Easy hike.

Easy hike. Great swimming hole. Awesome place to picnic.

1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

Generally short walk with some slippery rocks. Worth the hike down to take the view in.

2 months ago

2 months ago

awesome and kid friendly. we had a blast creek crawling!!

hiking
2 months ago

A nice fairly easy access Waterfall in a awesome nature location. Lots of nice local sedimentary geology.

4 months ago

Great but very short. If you try to hike past the falls the trail is overgrown and not well marked

4 months ago

Loved the trail! Kid friendly. No hike needed to reach this beauty!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful. Must go.