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.

1.5 miles
295 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


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

25 days ago

Very beautiful waterfall! We went to top of Chimney Rock in the elevator after checking it out and hiking to exclamation point we then we went down the stairs that is marked ...Hickory Nut Falls. (Instead of starting at the trailhead) After hiking to the falls we skipped walking back up those stairs and went straight which took us back to the parking lot. Much easier than those stairs! The hike to the falls is good for anyone, past the stairs. It was pretty crowded. The park cost $15 a person to get it. Worth it for the views and of course for this great waterfall!

27 days ago

The hike is easy to do and the view at the end is amazing! Love this trail.

1 month ago

Enjoyed the hike. Took the smaller kids and they made it just fine. We headed for the trail but didn’t realize it was inside the park so we got to experience the whole park as well. Fees to get in are a little higher than should be. But all in all a good time. The falls were nice but employee on duty at falls so couldn’t cross border to get in water. Was our first trip to Chimney Rock so was well worth the day. Lookouts were nice.

3 months ago

Beautiful waterfall just a short distance and an easy walk, just round trip of 1.5 miles. Nice wide path for a leisurely walk.

3 months ago

Yes, the fees are higher than normal for a state park, ($15/person/adult), but there is a reason.

Holy cow! This place is amazing, and if you are going to go more than once, get the annual pass for $28/person/adult.

I believe people when they say that it can get crowded here - why wouldn't it!? Our personal experience was that we entered the park around 2:30 on a Thursday in July. Not crowded. Waited for the shuttle bus to take us to the top. The shuttle bus was full when it unloaded, but only 20 of us on it to the top. Didn't have to wait for the elevator.
Hiked to Hickory Nut Falls. Many people coming down the trail. We were the only ones going up. Arrived at the Falls. We were 2 of 7 people there. Had ample time to explore and photograph. Magical.
Hiked down Four Seasons Trail to the parking lot when we realized we still had time before the park closed (7PM). Going down Four Seasons Trail is easy.

Amazingly, the park is dog friendly. They provide poop bags at random spots. There are more recycling bins and trash receptacles along the trails than I have ever seen in a park. Trails are wide and well kept. The entrance fee is at work everywhere. Highly recommend. Will be back.

3 months ago

I think the fees to enter the park are outrageous.

3 months ago

Nice spot, but it can be a bit crowded. There is a fee to get in, but it's reasonable especially considering all the other things you can do in the park. Waterfall is alright.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike to beautiful falls. Kids made it easily

4 months ago

Loved this trail, some areas that you would definitely need to keep an eye on kids. No rails and some very steep drop offs along the way. Love the waterfall, and the fact you could enjoy getting in so I would bring a towel, swimming attire, and water shoes. Be in the look out for snakes seen 2 the day we hiked. Overall LOVE this trail!

4 months ago

Go anywhere else in the state if you want to see waterfalls. We were shocked to find out that the fee is $15 per adult and $7 per child just to enter the park.

Fees are set by a private company that the state lets manage the park. As far as we can tell, it’s the only state park in NC with such fees.

Want a better waterfall hike that won’t cost an arm and a leg? Check out upper Bradley Falls, which is fee and a lot closer to Asheville.

5 months ago

Really nice climb out and back. Gorgeous waterfall and the kids took a dip in the pools at the waterfall base. Beautiful! We took the connector trail down to the parking lot...it was a great little hike. Lots of stairs going down.

6 months ago

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

7 months 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.

7 months 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.

10 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.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Beautiful waterfall! Nice light walk too.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

lots of folks doing this one

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Definitely a cool waterfall to check out.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Easy ans enjoyable trail.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

heavy traffic today. pretty walk.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

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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