Schoolhouse Falls, Little Green Mountain, Greenland Creek Falls Trails Loop

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Nantahala National Forest

Schoolhouse Falls, Little Green Mountain, Greenland Creek Falls Trails Loop is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sapphire, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length6.3 miElevation gain836 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsRunningDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeOver grownRocky
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Off the beaten path trail with views and waterfalls.

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Randy Bergfield
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A little muddy and not very well marked. Be sure and download offline map as there is almost no cell service. I recommend taking the loop counter clockwise so the payoff off the falls is near the end. Beautiful scenery along the way!

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Lucretia Pintacuda
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Seth Lollis
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Not the longest or hardest hike but beautiful scenery

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Kelsey Mase
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Definitely study the map beforehand - we used AllTrails pro and it was very useful to follow the trail!! Decided to take a few shortcuts and add length at the end - ended up doing some major scrambling when we went off this particular route. Terrain is amazing and constantly changing - somewhat muddy in spots. Excited to explore more of Panthertown Valley!

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Brittany Allen
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HikingGreat!Muddy

We had a great hike on a rainy day in March. The recent rain made the waterfalls gorgeous! There were 3 or 4 points that were almost impassable - luckily we had taller boots on. Our dog did great on this trail - we hardly saw any other people at all. Mildly rugged terrain with lots of tree roots to grip onto, just have to be careful of your footing. Tranquility point was hard to find, but worth working to.

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Diane Herbert
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Good trail. However we tried an alternate route along Greenland Creek to approach Schoolhouse Falls from the south. Even though the map shows a trail, that trail is not in a good condition. The route shown on AllTrails is good with no wet foot crossing required.

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Scott Nixon
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Schoolhouse Falls is definitely worth seeing and I am unsure why it is not more publicized in Western NC. Maybe because they don't want the word out. Directions to the falls are very limited and thus it is easy to not find the correct trail.

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Don Hutson
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Sonal Sara
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Ruta Prescott
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Easy trail to the falls no serious elevations, did not continue to do the 6.3 loop.

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Brenna Mickey
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We set out with intentions to do the entire loop but turned around at the overlook. We had cell service the entire time and even used all trails to take a path less traveled than ended up in crossing a creek by foot! Turn left at the head of the loop, you’ll get to see a lot along the way!

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Ricardo Tejeda
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Jamie Griffeth
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The trail is certainly tough on the feet. Be prepared for water on the trail and a couple of water crossings on rocks. Some muddy/muck areas Certainly worth the views and take a picnic for the top of Little Green Mountain. Not a single person on the trail today.

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Duane Schroeder
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A bit muddy in places but was an easy hike. But as others have posted, the first 1/4 mile or so had lots of exposed roots on the trail making for easy trip hazards

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SHEILA GOTTSLEBEN
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Rachel Gilmore
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Not marked very well.

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Jori Baker
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A great hike! Would recommend going left when you enter the loop and the first waterfall spot is gorgeous. Definitely icy at a few parts but nothing we couldn’t manage carefully if we took our time. Only passed a few folks but we were excited to witness a wedding at Tranquility Point from afar.

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Amanda Litts
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Apparently I have done this hike before but forgot because I didn't record it. Doh! Anyhoo, it is a lovely trail with a nice swimming spot and an awesome overlook picnic area. Obviously less crowded in the winter.

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Brooke Green
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brady bowlin
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Jon Winchester
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Very nice. A little icy.

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Jared Arrowood
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Victoria Solbert
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Very scenic trail. Diverse forests, waterfalls and Mountain View’s. Pretty wet and icy though, which made things interesting in spots.

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Dawn Eckenrode
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December. Pretty dry trails- still mud in low spots. Easy walking.

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Rebecca McClain
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Little Green Mountain hike is worth the view! The back half of the hike was muddy. Still a great 6 mile loop - very little traffic.

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