Setrock Creek Falls Trail

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Setrock Creek Falls Trail is a 1.1 mile out and back trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.1 miles
147 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips



Directions from Burnsville, NC: Begin on the Briar Bottom Mountain Bike Trail. Travel east on US 19E for about 4.3 miles to an access road to SR 80. Turn right (south) and travel .6 mile and turn right again on SR 80 (south). Follow this road for 11.6 miles to the Mt. Mitchell golf course and turn right on Forest Service Road 472. This road changes to gravel. After it changes, you will arrive at an intersection at which you can go straight or take a right. Turn right on this road (Forest Service Road 472). Travel past a parking lot on the left with a bulletin board with trail maps and information. You can park here and walk to the trailhead. Walk or ride over the bridge and take a left. The trail is a compacted gravel trail which follows the South Toe River up stream. It is on the left.

2 months ago

Perfect directions by SuperTrampGoesWild. I’ll just add that there’s now a trail marker sign for Setrock

4 months ago

Easy hike to a beautiful waterfall, the hike is not too difficult

5 months ago

These falls are accessible by finding your way to the Black Mountain Campground. Park before you get to the bridge on your left. You'll see 3 billboards at the parking area. The trail behind the billboards goes to the River Loop Trail and the Green Ridge to the Green Knob Firetower. Don't take those trails. Walk across the road and across the bridge over the river into the campground. Hang a left to enter the trail systems. You'll see three trail signs. Don't get on the Mt. Mitchell trail. Get on the Briar Bottom Trail. After .10 of a mile you'll take a right a bit parallel to the river and then to the falls.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Trail is kinda of hard to find. (GPS took me about 1/2 mile away to a different place.) I had to stop and ask for directions. After you find the trail though it's a great, quick hike. Falls are beautiful.

Monday, June 05, 2017

The trailhead is available if you drive through the camping area and you actually find it and able to park there. Alternatively you can park outside the camping area where the trailheads cross and plenty of parking space available. Then you walk to the trailhead through the river loop trail (see my recording). The waterfall is pretty, but the forest a bit ruined along the trail.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A very short trail to a pretty waterfall. Do not miss this if you are hiking the River Loop...or an easy walk from the parking area by the Black Mountain Campground.

Monday, September 05, 2016

A beautiful spot, after a bit of a climb to get there. The trail markings aren't great, but it's not too hard to find.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This is a beautiful hike, beautiful waterfall...once you get there. Be advised the trailhead is 5 1/2 miles off of the Blue Ridge Parkway down a very windy gravel road. We felt like we were the only people left on earth until we got to the bottom and came out into a fairly busy campground. Just a short walk from the camping area though, and you are back in the wilderness.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

short but nice... in a great campground... really rough gravel and dirt road... really bad gps signal

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Nice fairly easy hike up to a rather nice cascade of falls.The trail is well marked and easy to follow.There are quite a few roots exposed that make the hike a little harder than easy but all the same it is rewarding at the end with the beautiful cascade of water over the rocks.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Family friendly short hike. Our 3 year old and 10 year old had fun playing at their levels. Build cairns at the falls, very shallow pool area no deeper than mid calf. Kids can play, you can cool ankles from prior hikes!

Monday, April 06, 2015

This trail is for everyone. We brought our 6 year old and 1 1/2 year old. The waterfall is beautiful and the kids really enjoyed it. Check it out.

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