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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, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 147 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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kid friendly

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waterfall

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful spring day, Blue skies, 72 degrees and an awesome waterfall. Plenty of water. Should go after a good rain for better water flow. Easy hike out and back, about 1 mile.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy, more of a walk than a hike. Pretty but underwhelming falls. Trail head is not initially marked, instead, look for River Loop Trail and Mount Mitchell Trail.

hiking
off trail
4 months ago

Fun trail. Especially when we went off the trail and on the river which was very fun to go through. Recommend that path for people who can physical handle it, as it is more demanding than the normal trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice easy hike. About 1 mile round trip. Nice fall.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful falls. Only a short hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Great Boomer trail, easy, short, water features, smell of pines. Combine with Roaring Fork hike

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8 months ago

Easy hike with pretty falls.

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9 months ago

Nice trail and pretty falls.

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9 months ago

Easy fun beautiful hike, slippery at the falls! Fun to play in at the bottom!

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10 months ago

Nice easy hike for kids and small dogs. Pretty view.

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10 months ago

Nice short hike to lovely falls

hiking
10 months ago

Nice easy waterfall hike before heading up to Mitchell. The new parking lot is all done, so plenty of easy parking is available. Also, don’t listen to Google. You have to go in from State Hwy 80. You can’t ( and wouldn’t want to) take S Toe River Road from the BRP.

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10 months ago

Great for kids! We had four kids in our group from age 2-12, they had so much fun wading in the water at the base of the falls and looking for crawfish and salamanders :) not a long hike there and back, and we had plenty of time to play. Ground is a little uneven and steep near the falls but we were all able to navigate it easily if not slowly

hiking
Wed Jun 19 2019

Another great hike for visitors or hikers with kids. Nice trail along the river and then branch up to this cute creek and nice falls. Nothing hard about this hike except for some uneven ground closer to the falls.

closed
Wed Jun 05 2019

Road to trail was closed just off of Blue Ridge Parkway.

hiking
Mon May 06 2019

Beautiful waterfall! Easy hike! We did park outside and walk to the campground. But we ended up showering and paying for a day pass, so we could’ve pulled up to the campground

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Tue Apr 30 2019

This is one of my favorite areas. I did a loop of the lower river loop to devils den to Setrock falls and back on the road to the temporary parking area. Trees have fallen by the waterfall sadly so it’s not as open and pretty but you can still see the falls and dip your toes!

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Fri Apr 05 2019

The main parking area is under construction and you will see a yellow sign to stop and park .5 miles before you reach the actual campground. You must take the River Loop Trail into the camp ground in order to reach the trailhead for the waterfall. Behind the map/South Toe Fishing Access sign, take the River Loop Trail (blaze yellow) across the footbridge and then turn left. Follow the trail into the campground. You come out near some bathrooms - cross the large field and bear right. You'll see the main campground check in on the left as well as the bridge mentioned in Supertramp Goes Wild's instructions. As you're coming in from the back of the camp ground rather than the front, you'll go right and follow the main gravel road to a grouping of trailheads. Follow Bottom Briar Trail as she mentioned until you see a new marker (on the right, after a footbridge) for the Falls trail. Waterfall at the end is GORGEOUS.

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Sun Nov 18 2018

Very short hike but a beautiful waterfall at the end!

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Fri Oct 05 2018

Great short hike. Car ride in is a little sketch as you hit gravel road but keep chugging. Once you hit the campground you’re there. Not much parking. Waterfall is great and has great wading pools for your little hikers!

walking
Sun Jul 22 2018

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

hiking
Wed May 09 2018

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

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Wed Jul 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.

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Mon Jun 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.

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Sun Oct 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.

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Mon Sep 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.

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Wed Aug 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.

hiking
Thu Jun 23 2016

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

Tue Oct 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.

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Thu Jun 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!

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