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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.

Length 0.3 mi Elevation gain 42 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Fishing Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest River Views Waterfall Muddy Over grown Rocky
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Parking at the end of the road; fills up fast in the summer. Picnic tables.

Elk River Road Newland (Elk Park), NC Closest State Park is in TN - http://www.tn.gov/environment/parks/RoanMtn/ Roan Mtn State Park 423-772-0190 or toll-free 800-250-8620 Elk Park Volunteer Fire Dept 7771 N Us Highway 19e , Elk Park, NC 28622 (828) 733-0516

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.

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Patrick Skarp
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Jill Brown
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Beth Andrews
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Great place to swim! Short hike

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Kim Friedman
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awesome, easy kid friendly hike!

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Connie Reaves
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A peaceful hike to a beautiful waterfall. Go early morning on a weekday to avoid the crowd. It's amazing.

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Terra Hoskins
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beautiful!

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Robert Swope
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Jeffrey Collins
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this trail is not closed. nice waterfall from top and bottom view

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Jodi M
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Nice enough falls, easy to get to but super disappointed in the amount of trash left behind.

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Sara S
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Beautiful short hike and falls but so much trash :(

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Joel Kaatz
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Great casual hike. Leisurely walk along the river and falls with good view of both falls.

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Stuart Condra
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TRAIL IS OPEN 7.14.20.

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Liz Hankollari
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Gorgeous views. Moderate trash which was a bummer. My three year old was able to get to the falls with me holding his hand. No one wearing masks or social distancing FYI. It was crowded but still enough space to get away from groups (but trail is narrow and social distancing was impossible while passing people walking in the opposite direction). Ice cold super deep swimming hole at the base of the falls is just gorgeous. A smaller sandy area with little pools for kids to splash and a “beach” was perfect for my three year old.

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Jeff Fox
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Nice little walk short walk. Pretty waterfall. Not a moderate at all. A lot of trash left around. People pick up after yourself.

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Lana McSwain
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Favorite local swimming hole obviously. Falls beautiful, but parking was very challenging especially with a full size truck. Hard to social distance” today. Too many people. Will not recommend in the summer. Reviewers were right, lots of trash.

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Robert Hunter
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Very muddy after overnight rains. Bucket lister. Crowded

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Jessica Blevins
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Jones falls are beautiful, but the trail is very meh ... happy I did this one but would not go again

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Lela Simms
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easy trail nice falls

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Kim Marcus
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The waterfall is tall and pretty, and the walk is short (not really a hike as others have said). There were tons of people there today, which was somewhat expected. We were just amazed at how trashy the area was: a huge mess consisting of a flattened six pack of beers in the parking area, other beer cans scattered here and there, a destroyed pool raft and a big bag of trash stuffed under the sign at the trailhead, and along the path we found a tree stump crammed full with trash. It was not worth the stop we made after hiking earlier today. #leavenotrace

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Steve Waddell
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short trail,limited parking, beautiful waterfall,there was trash laying around on the trail & at the falls left by some losers. oh yeah, some dog crap on the trail as well. clean up after yourselves & your dogs.

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Brad DeWeese
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Super short hike in; heavier foot traffic but a beautiful waterfall. Significant amount of litter when we visited....clean up after yourselves y’all!

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Fred Dulin
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Trail has been re-opened

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Allie Ahearn
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Closed as of order on 5/14/2020. This is posted at trailhead. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd742802.pdf

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Casey & Kayla Meador
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Real short walk to the falls! Lots of people at the bottom swimming tho. Kinda Hard to social distance down there. Heads up. The rest of the trail was easy to keep apart.

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Jessica Hope
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My kids love playing at this waterfall.

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Megan Bruss
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Absolutely worth it!! pictures can't show the magnitude and sound. be careful, there are no barriers & it would be VERY easy to fall over the falls.

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Tim Carpenter
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Very short hike from the parking area but the falls are exceptional and I think the best in the area. You can see them from the top or from below.

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Jared Jarvis
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