Harper Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 68 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
3 days 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.

16 days ago

great place

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.

1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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

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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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2 months ago

Loved this hike. Very steep climb in the beginning but so worth it when you reach the falls. Absolutely beautiful and extremely deep swimming hole. It's one of my favorite hikes.

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3 months ago

view at the waterfalls is worth it.

backpacking
4 months 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
4 months ago