South Harper Creek Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
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South Harper Creek Trail is a 11.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Collettsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2696 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Lovely creekside hike, many nice backpacking areas, large waterfall, covered Start the trail off of SR 464 and descend on the Mountain-to-the-Sea Trail until it intersects North Harper Creek. Turn left (East) and follow the nicely wooded trail through open campsites, unnamed waterfalls and steep walled canyons until intersecting with South Harper Creek. Caution: your hike time will vary greatly depending on how long it takes you cross the North and South Harper Creeks. You will have to cross the creek at least 10 times and rock hopping is not advisable. Plan on getting wet to at least up to you knees at some crossings. Turn right on South Harper Creek and ascend to the top of the creek to view South Harper Creek Falls. Use extreme caution here, since the drop is over 200 feet and the top of the falls can be slippery. Cross the creek about 50 yards above the falls and continue to head East on the white marked trail blazes. Eventually join Raider Camp Creek Trail and continue east to the parking area on SR 1328 (1.3 miles south of Mortimer).

hiking
7 days ago

2 months ago

Spectacular views

2 months ago

Hiked entire loop c my 12 yo daughter. Fabulous hike...beautiful. It went way faster than I had initial impression. Had a big thunderstorm drop lots of rain that made creek crossing fun for a boater, horrifying for non-water people. Takeaway points: 1) GPS exquisitely helpful or good map skills, 2) whoever is leaving flags on the trees kudos 3) as a paddler the bush-whacking is pretty easy and stream crossing is a definite possibility if it rains in the watershed. That being said I can see how people could be overwhelmed pretty easily at some spots. Would have no issues taking our dog as long as we weren't sliding down the second slide at Harpers as a diversion ...that is steep, slick, and my dog can't climb ropes(though her backpack harness would work fine)

backpacking
3 months ago

Hiked to the falls and back out. Several good camping sites about 1 1/2 miles in. Then a creek crossing that was knee deep. One good camping site just below the falls but it's kinda treacherous to reach with your gear on and most of the firewood is gone at this spot. Loved it, beautiful area great hike.