Harper Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 74 reviews
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Harper Creek Falls Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Collettsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
574 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Short hike to one of the popular waterfalls/swimming holes in the Wilson Creek area. Waterfall with two nice swimming holes. The bottom swimming hole is larger than an Olympic size pool, so you can really swim. Both pools offer swimming, wading, diving, or simply floating. The pools are very deep and the water is cool and refreshing. The upper part of the falls cascades into a deep pool, and it is not uncommon to see people slide, jump, or dive off into this pool. This is a popular place in the summer so expect to see people here on the weekends or holidays. The campsite at the end of this trail is hidden away from the crowds, and is above the falls.

hiking
5 days ago

Stop by the Wilson Creek Visitors Center for a great topographic map of the valley, and some good pointers to stay on trail. This trail shares part of the MST so keep to the orange blazes. There is a rope down a steep rock face to the base of the falls, but I didn't attempt it as I was alone and it was very slick. Enjoy!

hiking
8 days ago

3 tier water fall. Would download the map and mobile app from AllTrails if you get lost easy. This waterfall may be my new favorite.

hiking
15 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Amazing waterfall! Not marked very well so keep your eyes peeled for the trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike - oh what a day! 100% worth the rocky road drive, heart pounding hike, and rope traverse down to the water. Made wonderful family memories today! Could have done without seeing the snake, but he was a baby and scurried away so no worries! (thank goodness!)

hiking
1 month ago

Decent trail. Not marked well at all. Very wet and slippery in places. Stay straight at first fork. Second fork go right. Third fork stay straight and the falls will be not far past last fork. I didn't go down the rope because i had my two year old on my back. We went back further down stream and played there. Water was ice cold and refreshing! Was very hot and humid and buggy today. Road the trailhead is on is gravel.

2 months ago

great place

2 months ago

Great hike. The path is not clearly marked in the open area, so stay to the trail that leads to the right up the hill. Beautiful waterfalls at the end. It's the perfect spot to cool off. The rope repel into the falls is adventurous.

2 months ago

Definitely a pot of gold worth seeking at the end of this rainbow! The falls are simply amazing. The first quarter of a mile is an uphill climb but the trail levels out and is no problem. The trail is skinny and not marked at all so stay on the path. I took my 3 daughters, all under 10 years old and they all did the trail with ease.

hiking
3 months ago

Hike was nice. Rocky and steep in some parts but the falls are worth it

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3 months ago

We hiked this trail today. It was great. The kids loved being able to swim when we reached the falls. The rocks are slippery at the waters edge and make sure to use the rope going down and up from the falls.

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