Hickory Nut Falls Trail

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Hickory Nut Falls Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Lure, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
295 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Not too much water in summer. Probably more in spring or after rains. Nice hike

15 days ago

Short easy hike to a spectacular waterfall! Wish I’d planned better and brought a picnic!

1 month ago

Went in the early spring, 70 degrees and sunny. Trail is well maintained with lots of gravel. The falls are beautiful. Had it been a little bit later in the season we would have all tried to get in. Tip: bring a towel so you have the option to go in.

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1 month ago

Nice gradual climb to massive cascade-type waterfall. Definitely best to come in the spring or after a good rain; otherwise the waterfall will be a waterdrip. Good hike provided you did not already use up all of your energy climbing to Chimney Rock.

4 months ago

Short, easy, great rock features along the way. Well maintained. Falls are impressive. Must pay 13 dollars to access trail in Chimney Rocks Park. Parking just past trailhead.

7 months ago

Great views, only a few people there at 8 30 in the morning in September. the trail is easy to hike but the view of the falls and the gorge are very nice.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful waterfall! Nice light walk too.

hiking
8 months ago

lots of folks doing this one

9 months ago

Definitely a cool waterfall to check out.

hiking
9 months ago

Wide trail with minimal inclines to a waterfall and views. Dog friendly.

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10 months ago

Last trail of the day, and with a thunderstorm approaching, we decided to take a quick hike up to the base of Hickory Nut Falls. The trail is pretty easy, a gradual climb to a viewing platform. The falls were rolling but not thundering and you can get a picture with the whole falls to the top if you stand on the flat rock to the left just before the platform. The view is much better from the platform at the top of the falls, but it appears the trail past Exclamation Point is closed for either repair or just for special groups now. This trail is short and the falls worth a visit.

10 months ago

Easy ans enjoyable trail.

10 months ago

Get here early to avoid big crowds, even on the weekdays. The rock formations are cool to look at while you walk, the trail itself is mostly gravel and easy. The waterfall is nice and makes for good picture but overall it's kind of a boring trail.

10 months ago

heavy traffic today. pretty walk.

hiking
11 months ago

Chimney Rock State Park is great but the Hickory Nut Falls trail was the best part. The trailhead is located on the curve just below the main parking lot up by Chimney Rock. It is well-marked with an arch and large sign so you won't miss it. There had been particularly heavy rain in the area the night before for the falls were particularly full and beautiful. The walk to the falls from the trailhead was easy. It's a very gradual incline on a wide and relatively smooth path and there is a fenced in observation area at the base of the falls. Try to plan your visit for a day after a rainstorm!

hiking
11 months ago

Gorgeous waterfall hike. I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Chimney Rock State Park.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

This is a really easy trail, short and not too much of an elevation change. If you are just getting into hiking, its a good trail to start with. The waterfall at the end tends to be at its best in spring or after it rains.

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