South Harper Creek Falls

MODERATE 5 reviews
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South Harper Creek Falls is a 3.2 mile out and back trail located near Collettsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.2 miles
492 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



Beautiful woodland walk and awesome 200+ foot waterfall. This is the quickest and easiest way to access South Harper Creek Falls. The trail will begin across from the small parking area on the right. Look for the orange blazes. Walk along the mostly level to descending trail for approximately 1.1 miles to Harper Creek. Stay to the left at any trail junctions you encounter along this part of the trail. Once at the creek, cross and look for the natural stone stairs leading away from the creek. If you look upstream you will see a small unnamed falls. At this point you wil no longer follow the orange blazes. The trail will follow switchbacks up the mountain. It might be hard to find in areas, but follow what looks like the most heavily traveled route. When you get to the top of the ridge look for a heavily rutted and used trail going from left to right. Always stay left and you will come to an overlook with awesome views of the falls. WATERFALLS ARE DANGEROUS! PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM WET AND SLIPPERY ROCKS.

7 months ago

Our best backpacking so far. Planning another trip back.

Monday, June 22, 2015

good camp sites great fishing but exstreamly crowded!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Harper Creek is an easy trail but not marked well. I was told by a few locals to be very careful of the private property and never hike alone, having done so the first time and I am still alive to write about it!

The falls is spectacular and one of the prettiest in the area. The overlook is worth a gander.

3 months ago

Tuesday, September 02, 2014