Harper Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 50 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.

2.9 miles 574 feet 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.

backpacking
4 days ago

nice little hike in with the first part being a rough uphill climb especially with lots of gear. after that it's a fairly simple steady hike following the river. multiple good spots to camp along the way but would recommend the first campsites past the falls. very nice spot on the river with a sandy beach and fire ring, as well as a short walk following the river to the falls, be careful not to go over though. the first falls is a horseshoe shape and falls about 10 feet Into a deep pool with about 30 feet of water before the 30 foot falls. very nice places to sit and meditate or medicate ☘right by the falls. all in all great trip to a beautiful spot.
dropped a camo portable speaker down the big falls, let's see if you can find it...

hiking
8 days ago

10 days ago

Great trail with a awesome water fall and swimming hole

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful hike

28 days ago

Super day hike for my young boys. We could play up there for days. Looking forward to making some memories in the Gorge this summer.

28 days ago

in/out trail - 3 miles with my tribe. Awesome boulder playground next to creek before the lower fall summit. We loved it! Lots of places to camp.

1 month ago

Short but fun hike with a great swimming hole for the summertime and beautiful waterfall all of the year

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6 months ago

Beautiful drive since this is near wilsons creek. The rope climb to the falls is not for everyone but it is a great spot to see. Tent and Hammock camping spots are a few hundred yards before the falls near the water. One of my top 3 favorite hammock camping spots I have found.

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hiking
7 months ago

pretty great hike-just very crowded prob from holiday... like to try again in fall!

hiking
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hiking
9 months ago

We attempted this "easy" trail and found it not to be so. The initial ascent is longer than 100 feet and is rocky. While the rest of the trail is relatively flat, there are some tricky bits and ankle twisting roots, so you need to be careful. There are also several slippery stream crossings. I and my hiking companion (both 60) found this to be a more moderate trail. It was an interesting walk, with lots of birds, flowers, and interesting terrain. We turned back just before the falls (we were not sure we were in the right place and had about hiked our limit when we came to the ascent near the end) and will do it again, but for those looking for easy, you should probably consider both the distance and the steep ascent both at the beginning and then as you approach the falls. I would rate this trail as a moderate.

9 months ago

Great trail with awesome diving and hiking