Hebron Falls via Boone Fork Trail

MODERATE 239 reviews

Hebron Falls via Boone Fork Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Blowing Rock, 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 114 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

rocky

This trail can also be made into a loop by following the Boone Fork Trail past the falls. This route is also on AllTrails as "Boone Fork Trail".

hiking
13 days ago

Nice hike!

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muddy
rocky
20 days ago

This trail is rated moderate, and at first we couldn’t see why ! About the first 1/2 mile in , it’s flat with a good path that runs along a beautiful stream. There are a few places that is a little muddy but not to bad. The trail starts getting rocky, with some large boulders you have to climb around and go over. There is one place where there’s a ladder made out of tree logs (very sturdy) that you have to use to stay on the trail. The ladder is between two large boulders. There are several small waterfalls along the way. The trail is nice but has lots of tree roots, so watch your step. It was a good hike, we went on past the falls further up and turned around because the trail seemed to end even though we thought we were doing the loop trail. We still hiked a good 4.5 miles total. There’s bathrooms in the park at the trail head, and picnicking tables. Lots of parking unless it’s a holiday like today was !

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rocky
20 days ago

Lovely trail and sweet little waterfall but you have to climb up the rocks to get up close. A nice well traveled trail, wide path with rocky conditions and roots. Plenty of parking and a restroom.

hiking
27 days ago

QUESTION FOR HEBRON FALLS AFFICIANADOS: Does an informal hike route exist (I dont see it on the map) on the right-hand side of the water that one can hike from the MTS bridge down to the head of the 0.3 trail that leads out to Old Turnpike Rd?

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muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous trail!

Great trail! The falls were not what I expected, the rocks were hiding the water but it was fun to play on. The rocks are pretty slippery, so I probably wouldn't let little kids play on them. However there are great side trails with places to access the river.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail. Went with my 4 and 6 year old and they had a blast. There are plenty of openings to areas with water to get in and cool off, so dress appropriate. Distance is marked every half mile.

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muddy
1 month ago

I really loved this trail, and will go back when the rhododendrons are in bloom. I took my dog and we went out and back to the falls. There are lots of roots, and a reasonable amount of mud, despite not having rain recently. I was very thankful for the reviews on here about trail conditions (wear waterproof shoes and/or shoes you don’t mind getting dirty), parking (Price Picnic area - trail is behind the first bathroom), and not taking the metal bridge (go over the big rocks by the bridge and you’ll see the trail continue). We started around 9:30am and there were maybe 10 cars in the lot. By the time we got back around 11:30 it was completely full. We met lots of kids and dogs on our way back.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of dogs, short bursts of rocks lead out to a beautiful small falls and giant rocks for climbing and taking in the scenery. Recommend!

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muddy
1 month ago

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muddy
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Did this as my first hike ever. was super fun and the view at the end made it so worth it

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scramble
2 months ago

This is a great trail for lovers of the outdoors, hikers, and even families. There’s lots to see and do along the trail, and many spots to take a dip in the street. When you get to the falls, you will want to plan to get wet in the river as well as scamper up the rocks to the top. We had a blast and are already planning on when we can come back to do it again.

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bridge out
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

A great hike and the falls are beautiful. Saw a snake sunning when you first cross the bridge to start the walk. Easy trail.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is part of the Boone Fork Loop Trail which you can continue on for a long hike. Otherwise it is an in and out hike to the Falls. I hiked this on 6/16/19. To get to the falls, it seems that the closest departure point is Julian Price Park, located at milepost 296.7 on the Blueridge Parkway. I hiked this on a Sunday so the park was packed and there were many people on the trail. There is not great signage so maybe this will help. After entering the park, go behind the first bathhouse to the left and cross the wooden footbridge over the creek. You will come to a trail fork in the field (left towards campground, right toward waterfalls). As you continue along the trail following along the side of creek you will come to a bridge (approx. 1.2 miles in) that crosses the stream to the right. Do NOT take this if you want to go to the falls (this is the Mountains to Sea Trail). Continue along left side of stream. At about 1.5 miles you will see a sign pointing to Hebron Falls to your right (a spur about 200 meters long). This part is the only main elevation change that I remember. When I hiked this, there had not been a lot of rain recently and there were still some muddy spots. The trail follows along some water runoff flows so be sure to wear shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. The falls and rocks are worth the hike. Great place for a picnic and to spend some time. Other than first 300 meters of the trail, it is in the shade of the forest.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful access to large rock outcropping sand falls but definitely a harder section when climbing back up. Still well worth the effort.

hiking
3 months ago

park in the picnic area and the start of the trail is behind the restrooms.

hiking
3 months ago

HELPFUL HINTS! Bring your hammock :) Per the Park Ranger's advice - park at the Julian Price Memorial Park. Go to just behind/side of the bathrooms and you will see a wooden map/legend. Walk across the small bridge and down the path. We decided to take the 'short' way to the Hebron Rock Colony which is the 'main attraction' of the loop. It has been a lazy winter/spring so I was a bit rusty. Recommend at minimum sneakers. There hasn't been rain in about a week but there WERE muddy spots, wet rocks/paths. The trail goes along the stream for the most part so you can pretty much always hear water. We saw a congregation of dozens of butterflies. There are some spots where you have to think about footing due to the overgrown roots or inconveniently laid rock. We saw plenty of pull offs along the trail; people made hang outs off of short foot paths. At one point after you pass the (mountain-to-sea trail) bridge you come to a opening in the trail were some people scaled down to the larger river rocks. HOWEVER - this is NOT the Hebron Rock Colony - keep at it! You cannot miss Hebron, unless of course you don't keep walking, as there is a trail sign that points 'right' to the entrance. Now enjoy the serenity and roar of the falls.

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muddy
4 months ago

Great trail to do with kids. Muddy. Watch for snakes this time if year, saw 3.

hiking
4 months ago

Great family hike. Even though it’s five miles it’s nothin too strenuous.

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muddy
5 months ago

Trail is mostly easy. Only gets difficult when you are within about 0.25 mi of the falls. It was a very lovely hike. Kids have a lot of fun climbing on the rocks at the falls.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun hike with descent paths through rhododendrons. The falls is worth the hike since you can climb out onto the boulders and find spots to cool off.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful out and back, easy to moderate. Beautiful in springtime, can be busy on weekends during summer

9 months ago

Nice trail, beautiful scenery!

hiking
10 months ago

This is a pretty easy hike. Its just long. Once out of the woods your in a field then the campground for probably the last mile or so. Beautiful river and falls.

hiking
11 months ago

Ez, quiet hike following the stream up to the falls. After the first couple hundred yards it’s a heavily shaded hillside trail so if you go following rain, expect lots of muddy spots; nothing strenuous, not much scenery, just an unspectacular short hike. Best in the late spring with the rhododendrons in bloom or only if the water is really running.

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