High Shoals Waterfall and H.Q. Loop Trail

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High Shoals Waterfall and H.Q. Loop Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Connellys Springs, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1200 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

South Mountains State Park - 828-433-4772

hiking
2 days ago

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7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

We loved this hike! Fairly easy hike, minus the stairway! Stairs might be difficult if you are not in fairly good shape. The trail and waterfall is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful foliage and huge rocks lining the river. We will go back!

hiking
14 days ago

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15 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike! Plenty of places to get in the water and cool off... Got a little lost on the way down and ended up taking a way shorter loop. Get there early! by the time we left at 130, it was packed. Am trying to convince my fam to go!

hiking
21 days ago

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24 days ago

love this hidden nc gem.just a beautiful place.

hiking
24 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was well maintained, and pleasant until we hit the High Shoals Falls loop. The steps to and from the Falls were really crowded. The Falls itself was fine, but not worth the hassle - I would definitely suggest skipping it in favor of some of the less busy trails - specifically HQ!

hiking
1 month ago

I loved walking this trail. There aren't too many people walking and all trails are pretty easy to follow. The stairs are a bit difficult, but they should be no problem if you take your time. Lol

1 month ago

Great trail and waterfall views

hiking
1 month ago

High shoals falls is really beautiful. I did the loop. Prepare for really steep, choppy steps!

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

1 month ago

awesome trail! stairs definitely kicked our butts!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing place to get away!