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Harper Creek Falls Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Collettsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 472 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers
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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. 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

Take the first part of the hike slow, it is the steepest part. The trail is only really difficult on the first part, once you pass the ridge the main hike is moderate. This is a family and pet friendly place. The climb down to the falls themselves is quite steep, and the rocks around the falls can be slippery. Have a great time!

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james lunt
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bruce davis
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Rodney Epley Jr.
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Jared Jensen
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my recording is only 1 way. easy hike, beautiful all around

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Solnes Family
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Well maintained beautiful trail. Fairly easy going hike, some spots slightly more technical with ropes, but still not bad at all. Great swimming holes, tons of camping spots. If you backpack alot, it is a nice little relaxing hike. If you aren't used to hiking, just make sure you have on good shoes...

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BUTCH REEVES
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Steep to start but after switchbacks nice trail through the woods. The falls are amazing but not easy to get close to. Ropes to help the accent back to the trail from the bottom of falls. More than just worth it.

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Jondavid Waid
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Jordan Ingram
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Great! Hard to access the swimming holes

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Thomas Steele
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Fantastic, moderately difficult trail with multiple secluded campsites off the trail - enough to enjoy some privacy. The trail ends 1.4 miles from the trailhead at the namesake waterfall. Sept 7, 2020 and the water was very chilly. But totally worth it for the slide down the falls! The hike back to the parking lot is much less strenuous. We brought our dog down to the lower bank and he managed it relatively easily.

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David Miller
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Dangerous in places, but it’s short and the waterfalls are fun to jump off of or slide down.

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Brittany Alice
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HikingMuddyRocky

It was a pretty trail. The previous reviews helped..when you get to some of the campsites and the trails split it gets confusing. I had my 9 and 5 yo kids with me and they managed. We couldnt find where to get down to the big falls via blue/white rope..but still played in the other falls.

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Christy cole
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great trail!

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Sam Hague
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Level hike with a rope to help you down at the end of the trail to a gorgeous waterfall. At the waterfall there is some space to sit down and multiple pools to swim around in.

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Tracy Mashburn
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Kevin Hutcherson
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George Lee
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nice!

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John Golden
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A couple of places where the trail splits signage is either missing or simply not clear. Canopy of trees around the viewing area allows a limited view of what I think would have been an awesome fall. Also, the roads to get to the fall are gravel/dirt, narrow, and hard to navigate. This was somewhere between 8 and 10 miles once you left the pavement.

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Taylor Fulk
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Chris Willetts
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Stephanie Pyle
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Good camping about 1 mile in.

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M Voorhees
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Jamie Wageman
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My boyfriend and I went 2 wknds ago.. great hike and falls ... tons of camping spots.. parking can be challenging because there is only a small parking lot but we asked an officer who was riding up and down the road all day, and he said u can park along the roadway as long as ur vehicle is not in the road.. and they will tow vehicles sticking out in the road.. as a group of young people found out the hard way. We actually passed them several times when driving there, so we recognized the Jeep.. later found them at the falls and let them know that their Jeep was prbly towed but then .. but it is a tight dirt road for several miles and tough to navigate if someone is parked in the way..

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Audrey Kauppila
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Very pretty, almost tunnel-like with the amount of shrubbery/trees. It follows the river but I didn't make it to the end due to thunderstorms. I will definitely be going again though

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Keith Mosteller
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I was up there trout fishing on April 22 and this trail did not appear to be closed, several cars were parked at the trailhead. The Wilson Creek gorge area of the National forest is closed even for day use.

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