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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.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 147 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Views

Waterfall

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Getting There

North Carolina Div. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171

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.

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Susan Levy
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HikingGreat!

Easy walk to the falls from Black Mtn. Campground.

Joann Menzer
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HikingGreat!

Easy, beautiful! We got an early start so pretty much had it to ourselves

Sean Bo
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Hiking
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Melissa Mauldin
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Hiking

Short trail to a beautiful waterfall. Not super clear on how to find the trail. After parking at the South Toe trailhead, enter the Black Mountain campground and go left on the gravel road. You will see signs for Black Mountain trail, but not Setrock. Setrock is marked ahead on the right, off the campground drive.

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Laura RM
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Hiking

Not busy at all during our visit. Beautiful hike to the falls with other hiking opportunities nearby.

Lenae Scafidi
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Short and easy walk on a well kept trail (group of trails). Had the falls to ourselves.

John Shea
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Hiking

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.

Bernie Weese
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Hiking

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.

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Jayson Moorman
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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.

Bobby Black
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Hiking

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

Kenneth Yearick
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Hiking

Beautiful falls. Only a short hike.

Robert Hunter
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Hiking

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

Crystal Rose
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Hiking

Easy hike with pretty falls.

Tommy H.
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Hiking

Nice trail and pretty falls.

Shell Bell
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Hiking

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

Crystal Franquero
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Hiking

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

Lisa Doerr
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Hiking

Nice short hike to lovely falls

Christopher M
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Hiking

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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Sarah Pruitt
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Hiking

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

Gabriel Cade
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Hiking

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.

Valerie Pourtaimour
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Closed

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

AllTrails User
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Hiking

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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Maggie Pelick
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Hiking

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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Morrgan Meadowes
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Hiking

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.

Rebecca Dracup
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Hiking

Very short hike but a beautiful waterfall at the end!

Michael Keel
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Hiking

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!

Ashlee Mooneyhan
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Walking

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

Jean-Claude Linossi
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Hiking

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

Jeremy Atkins
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Hiking

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.

Istvan Karsai
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Hiking

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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