Picklesimer Rock House Falls is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length1.2 miElevation gain164 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingForestViewsWaterfallWildlife
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Robin Carney
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Great little hike; however the directions to get to the trailhead are not!!! Thank you to everyone who made comments about how to get to the trail. I would have never found it otherwise.

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Matthew Gieraltowski
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Easy trail, mostly along fire road, well maintained trail. A few stream and washout crossings that are muddy. Worth the hike.

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Daniel Johnson
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Easy trail to a really cool spot!

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Angela Adams
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Megan Jandy
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Quick but beautiful hike to the falls and cave. Getting closer to the falls it gets a bit muddy, but there are some half rotted log bridges to cross some small streams. As far as getting there, google maps is wrong. Once we got to where it said our destination was, I flipped over to the all trails map and we drove until we got to the trailhead. Very little parking off to the side of the road near the trailhead.

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Ken Askew
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If using google maps refer to directions in comments. Need to go the extra 1/2 mile to find trail head on right side

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Jennifer Leonard
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Gorgeous hike and falls!! Easy to moderate in difficulty. Allow plenty of time for pics at the Falls. Also, continue past Turtleback another short distance to Bust Your Butt falls.

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Malinda Apanay
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A secluded gem that was worth the drive and muddy hike! Towards the end there are some trees to climb over. Beautiful waterfall!

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Katie B
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Loved this trail. We had the entire trail and waterfall to ourselves the entire time - it was awesome! Highly recommend. TIPS: If you’re following google maps, it will tell you you’ve reached the trailhead when you haven’t - keep going down the dirt road. When you get to the Ranger Maps, take the road to the left and go about 0.25-0.50 miles. Eventually you see an unmarked trail that on the right (the trailhead is marked once you hike up the hill about 1 min). You can park on the side of the road to the left. The beginning of the trail is easy to follow, uphill, and very muddy. When the trail levels out, it gets narrower and more overgrown - there are a couple of places where you’ll need to go over or under fallen trees. The waterfall & cave are beautiful and fun to explore.

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Alina Crews
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Great hike! The hardest part was finding the trailhead - if you’re following google maps, you will keep driving past where the map ends, but the pin for the trailhead is in the right spot. As another reviewer said, take the left fork at the information sign and the trail will be on your right. There’s a small parking pull-off on the left. One of the trees across the trail has been cleared, but there’s still one to go over/under, some muddy spots if it has rained, and a creek to cross. My 9 year old whined some but the 4 year old loved it all. The waterfall and cave was well worth it!

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Joe Innis
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This was a fantastic trail. It's fairly easy with a few technical spots, but nothing our 13, 7 and 5 year olds couldn't handle. The trail head is to the left once the dirt road forks at the information sign. You'll see it about a quarter of a mile on the right. It looks like an old rutted road that goes up hill. It's not marked until you start hiking up that road a few yards. Well worth the hike. We'll definitely go back in the Fall.

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Elly Hutchinson
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i had no luck finding this trail! I wandered about in the woods for 15 minutes and nothing. I did find about a pound of chanterelles, so it wasn't a total waste.

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Whitney Clemons
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Good short hike..remote and a bit buggy, but worth the hike to the falls.

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Julie Ann H.
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A relatively easy hike but it may be a little challenging for some at the end as you have to go over and under some fallen trees. There was no one else on the trail or at the falls when we went (late Friday morning). The trail was a bit buggy - none of us got bit but we did use big spray. Nice waterfall and “cave” area to play in at the end.

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Christine Pate
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Great short trail, was easy for my 4 yo and we all enjoyed the waterfall and the adjoining cave type rear. Listen to previous reviews and be VERY careful of snakes. About 150 yards from the trailhead we were rattled at by a large rattle snack right on the trail.

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Matt Elliott
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Very short hike. Beautiful and unique falls.

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Jennifer Moss
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Great short hike! We had the directions on Google Maps and it didn’t take us quite to the spot (definitely rely on the AllTrails map). Trail was pretty clear til right near the falls. Couple of trees across the trail. Thoroughly enjoyed examining the rock in the cave.

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Kim Craig
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currently, there are two very large trees that have fallen from the top of the falls into the Ravine below. Since it is a small venue, the Fallen trees take over the view of what I know would be beautiful. the short hike to see the falls is unique and varied. be prepared to walk through a grassy field where there is very little cleared space. Be on the lookout for snakes.

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Matthew Clayton
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Wonderful short for the whole Family! We did this hike in a light rain with and 2 and 4 year old and had a great time!

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Tashana Gustafson
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pretty hike. would love to go back in the spring.

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STACY STANFA
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What's not to love. Gentle walk to a beautiful little waterfall.

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Kerri Hatcher Fickling
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Warning! The yellowjacket nest mentioned by another hiker is now making the trail IMPASSIBLE. Sadly, the nest is just before you get to the waterfall, near the end of the trail. The trail is very flat, easy traversed UNTIL you pass the big field. Right where the trail becomes a narrow, woodsy trail, just after the field, is where the bees are. we all got stung and ran back to the car. :(

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Tracey Whitlock
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Heads up there is an active yellowjacket nest on the trail, (going towards the falls it is not far past the open field) The waterfall itself is amazing. The trail is not bad, a fairly clear path. However there is no signage at all and if not for this app we never would have found it.

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Brian McCarty
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True wilderness experience in an intimate setting. The trailhead is remote and the trail itself, while easily discernible, is at times little more than a narrow path through rhododendron (especially near the base of the falls). It’s a great place to get away from the crowds and dunk your head beneath a really scenic waterfall.

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Christopher LaFleur
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The trailhead is a bit remote but a very easy stroll through peaceful woods and a brief scramble through a rhododendron thicket leads to the base of a delicate but geologically impressive walk-around falls.

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Gail Ledford
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I grew up in this area and this is called The Picklesimer Rock House, not pickle Rock. Please don't go trying to change the names of our falls. This is the second one in my area that is listed wrong. Nice trail and neat little waterfall.

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Matthew Gieraltowski
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Justin P
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John Gooch
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