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
1020 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

South Mountains State Park - 828-433-4772

21 days ago

This trail was hard, but rewarding, the steps going up to the top of the Mountains are very very steep. We done a Half Marathon Trail Race here January 6th, 2018. Great place beautiful Waterfall.

1 month ago

Heavy traffic. Well defined traik

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Everything is currently frozen making for an amazing hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail. The falls were beautiful with ice. As others have said, lots of stairs going along the High Shoals Falls Trail.

hiking
3 months ago

We extended the trail and did 10 miles within the park. A great day!

3 months ago

Go to the left if you want a steep, quick incline. Go to the right if you want a really long gradual climb. Great views and scenery either way.

3 months ago

lots of stairs to climb, but the waterfall was beautiful!

5 months ago

Awesome hike with great scenery! The top of the waterfall is worth the effort.

5 months ago

Beautiful hike with many waterfalls on the way up the mountain and a majestic waterfall at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

Beware if you have a bad knee...some of those steps near the falls are really tall! It's also easy to take the wrong direction right just behind the falls...get a map and pay attention to the trails beyond the one you want to go on to see which way you need to go.

hiking
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago

6 months ago

love this hidden nc gem.just a beautiful place.

hiking
7 months 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
7 months 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

7 months ago

Great trail and waterfall views

hiking
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

awesome trail! stairs definitely kicked our butts!

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing place to get away!

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