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Steels Creek is a 11.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Morganton, North Carolina that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.8 mi Elevation gain 2,375 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Waterfall

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kyle walker
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Lauren Watkins
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This was a challenging trail!! Very well marked. You’ll have to cross a few streams so wear shoes you don’t mind getting soaked. The end of this trail spits you at a campsite though. The waterfall along the way is the best part.

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Kenneth Yearick
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Hiking

Wonderful hike. A trail runners dream. Beautiful taste of early fall in the leaves. The waterfalls were rough and bold. A long hike but pleasant with ever changing terrain.

David Foley
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Running

Great trail run with tons of elevation and well marked!

Nancy Mick
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Hiking

The full trail measured closer to 12.6 miles. Follow the MST blazes. There are 5 wading water crossings on this trail. The first you can boulder hop. The other 4 are in the second half of the trail and are very close together. The waterfall is a couple of miles before the end of the trail. You can’t miss it. Trail runs right beside it.

Laura Burton
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Confusing information about this trail. I read that it was a short hike to the waterfall, we went 3.1 miles out to a tiny creek, then turned around. Never saw any waterfall. Realize you can go almost 3 miles further but wasn’t planning for an 11 mile RT that afternoon. It is a well-groomed trail, not awful coming back up but gets your heart rate up for sure.

Joshua Sheets
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Great Hike! My girlfriend and I along with out two pups had a great day on this trail (besides running into a yellow jacket nest). There were a few more folks on the trail than we expected but it was a holiday weekend after all. I would definitely recommend taking a look if you are in the area

Angela Postigo
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gorgeous hike! will do it again and next time camp.

Pammie Edwards
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The road down into this hike is dusty, graveled and sorta bumpy in the curves. I wouldn't bring a low rider to a Subaru fight. lol. First off.... hike this trail dry, or risk some rather slippery situations . Have you ever done slide rock? This trail could be called Steel slide trail after a good rain , in two or three spots. Now, this place is chock full of surprises! It begins feeling like you are hiking in Georgia, and end out like you are hiking in Oregon ! The terrain and surroundings change constantly, making this a very interesting and beautiful walk. If I were a runner , this would be a little slice of heaven going in and down, and ...well , then you gotta come back up, right? The trail head is tame and wide. Then the Laurel and Rhodies canopy over and the trail narrows down a little. You will come upon stairs , cross a branch, and then take a left at the large fallen log. A small camp site is to the right with another trail , I think, which will lead back up to the road. Eventually the trail will become close and steeper.... with areas you will want to watch your step carefully, or end up down hill quite a ways! Lol. Single file only. Then the rhododendron give way to a pine and hickory wood which is total enchanting.... literally , you feel like the brothers Grimm probably just passed thru . The trail gets steeper thru this phase, with lots of nice toadstool and fern variety. As you finish into the bottom , you can hear Steel creek and there are numerous areas to camp. The "bear tree" you can see in my pics is just to the entrance of one camping area . There is a small stream to cross and then "stay right as you go along... as the trail will become part of mt to sea trail" , we were told by a very serious and experienced hiking lady. I really have no idea . We never did find the falls that are shown in other photos. But we didn't care too much by then....just shucked off our shoes and settled into the cool mountain Steel's creek, up to our ears. The water was full of fish and crystal clear. Heavenly! I'm not big on hiking in 90 plus temps and so humid you could cut it with a knife, but the stream was cold, the sky blue and quiet was broken only by bird call and the water tumbling. (totally sappy , I know...sorry) Coming out wasn't too hard... as long as you stop and let the fire go out of your calves once in a while. It is really steep , but not so steep that you need your hands touching the ground in front of you , if you know what I mean. I would carefully consider bringing anyone on this trail who has a history of cardiac issues, all joking aside. So, just when you think you are gonna "keel over right here and now", the trail will level out, and gives you a breather . Evidentially the grade softens considerably and the , "this may not be much of a hike , honey" feels awfully nice at about your tenth mile. By this time , if you are still alive, you will feel awesome ....the theme from Rocky , or Freebird, or Shady grove, or Appalachian Spring or something playing in your head! I looked for a good bear track to photo... no luck, but they are plentiful in this area , per the local folk. Take plenty of snickers and water. Steel's Creek trail was awesome ! Happy Hiking! Pammie

Jamie Hall
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great little falls with lots of character. very easy & short walk to get to falls.

Donald Houdeshell
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dogs loved it

Tina Wolfe
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Hard trail. Downhill from the Table Rock road and 1430 elevation on the way back up. I went out and back for 6.67 miles. I ran down but had to walk a good portion back up. Beautiful and worth it.

Ken Darty
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Hiking

Very difficult trail but awesome experience. Me and my wife are in very good shape but it was challenging. Waterfalls are really nice.

Mike Smith
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Beautiful. A bit challenging of a hike but well worth it when you get to the falls.

Brian Seaford
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Jenna Seaford
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Jamie Long
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Jamie Long
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Aaron Elkie
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matthew shook
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Jason Arney
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Jan Lane
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Ryan Martin
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