Norman Wilder Forest: Drip Falls

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Norman Wilder Forest

Norman Wilder Forest: Drip Falls is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tryon, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.8 miElevation gain383 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsForestRiverViewsWaterfall
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Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.

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Cindy Cheney
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The cascades on the way to the falls were more impressive than the falls. Got caught in a downpour when we got there.

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Courtney Gordon
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HikingGreat!

Trail was clean and easy to find. I saw other reviews saying they had a hard time finding the trail but we didn't have any issues. There was one section leading to the cliffs that was very steep and we had to crab walk down to avoid slipping. I did this with a 4, 7, and 8 year old and all did fine.

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Joshua Peckman
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Limited parking spaces but I had these trails to myself this morning! Well maintained and mostly dry. The markers do start a little late and are inconsistent, but are placed at all the potentially ambiguous places including a short part on a paved road. Blue trail splits off to yellow and red. Yellow is well-marked, weaves through a few streams, and leads down to Drip Falls with a nice rock for sitting. I thought red was pretty tough and agree that the cliffs were a little underwhelming, but still worthwhile in my opinion and a perfect spot to rest.

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Scott Jackson
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Not a bad hike. Falls are appropriately named. Cross several little streams that have little falls as well. Easy to follow trail

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M.E. Farmer
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Very nice trail! Blue, red, and yellow markers are clearly visible and nice elevation changes. We went after there had been much rain in the area, so the falls were flowing nicely. Pretty small waterfalls along the trail too! Dog and family friendly.

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Olivia Neal
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HikingGreat!IcyPrivate property

I loved this hike! It was short and easy to do. It was a little confusing at the beginning, but marked better further down the trail. The name is appropriate, as the water was dripping, rather a full stream. There were a lot of icicles, which were beautiful! They were huge up close-some 3-4 ft. tall! Also a cool little cave-like area below the falls. Just be careful for falling ice! We took the yellow path to the left. We will try the red next time! Limited parking, fyi

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Cheryl Wilber
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If there was a term for less than drip........ At the falls you can follow a trail down to 176 and walk the road back to parking lot if you don’t feel like retracing.

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Chris Liersaph
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Chris Williams
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Great short hike with decent elevation change for the area.

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Christine Rutter
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HikingGreat!

This was - great little trail. There is only parking for ~6 cars at the trailhead, so we went into Tryon until we could park. We did the red trail to the cliff first. It is an uphill grind that gets steeper as you climb. There were some rest stops. The cliff is pretty, drips water, and is covered in moss. The yellow trail (drip falls) was my favorite. Very pretty hike was relatively easy with only a few muddy/tricky bits. The falls are modest, very serene, and very pretty. Nice little afternoon hike.

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Jennifer Kouyoumjian
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Charles Runge
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HikingGreat!

Well maintained trail that I would consider easy. “Drip Falls” is appropriately named because there is not much water going over. However, from the bottom, it is interesting because it looks like a bigger fall where the water has been turned off. There are a large number of trees that were blown down or snapped off when the hurricane went through here this fall, but the trail has been cleared.

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Johnny Jewell
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The trail is well marked and the downed trees were removed from the trail. Follow the blue trail until the fork of the red and yellow trails. The yellow trail takes you to the falls and is pretty cool to climb up and get some great pictures. The red trail is disappointing as you have an arduous climb without reward in my opinion. Nice hike nonetheless.

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Matt Lucarelli
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HikingGreat!

Trail had a lot of downed trees from recent storms but it was well-maintained and the waterfall was worth the hike.

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Jason Cole
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Nice trail! Good forest setting and a pretty waterfall at the end. You can hike a little further closer to the waterfall than the Trail End sign for a better look.

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John Hughes
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Catherine Wylie
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Great And fun hike! The waterfall is really cool and not to hard of a hike. If you are able definitely recommend hiking to the cliffs as well but be warned it is HARD.

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Leigh Rose
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Beautiful and truly a treasure

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Lizzy Bridwell
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Fun quick hike !

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Robert Hunter
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Pretty trail, passes old homesteads, falls at end has very little flow

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Seda Nesrin
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Hiked May 7th 2020.

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Becca Gregg
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Fairly well maintained, not busy, beautiful scenery

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Ali Dozeman
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Hiking

This trail was okay, probably won’t hike it again. It was more strenuous then had originally thought. The end was uneventful. We were walking on the trail and all of a sudden there was a sign that said trail ends here.

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Amber Tillman
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Nice place to spend with family. The trail is not maintained, but was still clear for main attraction. Wear pants bc trails not maintained you could still walk on.

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JC Knott
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Excellent trail to hike, neat foundation and rock chimney to a old house at the beginning other than that, not much to see though, enjoy!

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Tim Pittman
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Took this hike on a beautiful sat. morning. Nice out and back. A unique rock formation near the end of the Yellow marked trail.

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