Toms Creek Falls Trail

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Toms Creek Falls Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marion, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 82 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

Very pleasant walk to the base of the falls. Several nice areas for camp sites along the creek. 14 day maximum camping per month posted. Old waterwheel base off to the right of the trail.

hiking
7 days ago

50, out of shape and overweight... I did it! :-) Easy trail with great paths and pretty falls view. Watch for poison ivy!

hiking
10 days ago

i spent 2 months in September & October of 2017 tour six southern states checking out all kinds of trails & historical site. started my day here. tom's creek falls has to be the easiest trail i have ever done. its a straight line to the falls. less than a mile with almost no elevation gain. you can walk it blind folded. but still nice to see this 80ft multi-cascade falls with a small plunge pool. if you walk the trail in the spring A variety of wildflowers grow among the hardwood forest. i meet a really nice couple here and they told me there is also an old mica mine just downstream from falls but i didn't have time to check it out. all in all a great little spot to add to any day trip.

hiking
13 days ago

Grated trail covered in ground rock. Stroller and possibly wheelchair accessible to observation deck at bottom of falls. A couple of swimming holes. If you desire a longer hike, go past the falls up to the right and follow until you get to forest road and take right (~2 miles).

hiking
26 days ago

easy, pretty waterfall with nice little pockets to picnic at.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful waterfall easy hike in and you can walk on up to top and beautiful little area up there also.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walk to a beautiful waterfall. We saw dozens of butterflies also. there's an opportunity to play in the falls and in the stream along the way. Parking at trailhead is tight.

hiking
1 month ago

fun short trail too a beautiful waterfall. great for kids.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for young children, with a beautiful waterfall at the end. We enjoyed wading in the pool at the bottom. Easy to get to from Marion and ample parking. An uncomplicated outing with a big payoff.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect trail for young kids with the creek flowing parallel the entire length and open to their exploration. Area in front of falls was enjoyed by all and the temperature dropped a good 10 degrees in front of the lower section (which made for a nice cool down on a hot July day). Keep an eye out for snakes as we saw what looked to be a juvenile copperhead literally at the base of the falls on a rock. Also saw a good sized crawfish climbing up the rocks underwater. Remnants of an old waterwheel are about 50 yards from the falls on the left heading back toward the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail Good to take kids on Would be great for dogs too I went with my 12 year old daughter and 6 year old son. You must know this...my son doesn’t EVER want to get out of the house and we had a hard time getting him to leave this place. The water was easy to get into and there were so many spots all the way up to the falls where we could wade into the creek safely. So fun and so beautiful. We saw lots of butterflies near the waters edge too. So fun

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy and well maintained trail. Beautiful falls at the end. Children and dogs will have no problem

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for everyone! Easy trail. Waterfall is beautiful! Several people arrived in bathing suits. You can bring the kids or your dogs to splash around.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun easy hike and the falls at the end of the short trail are well worth the short walk. The trail takes you to the base of the falls. Care should be taken if you walk out into the pool at the foot of the falls as the rocks as very slippery. Sad to say that we did not see the waterwheel, mica mine shaft or the narrow gauge railroad pier that were mentioned in other sources. The trailhead is well marked.

hiking
2 months ago

This was our favorite hike! We went at 8 am and we were the only people there! We hiked with our 3 young kids and it was a super easy short trail. Lots of camping sites along the hike that made for interesting sights to see. The hike was shady most of the way there — wide trail with tall Forrest canopy overhead. Also lots of mica along the path which glittered in the sun. The kids loved exploring the rocks (read more about it at the trailhead). The falls were beautiful and lots of space for the kids to play in the water. The photos of this waterfall don’t do it justice. It’s huge! Can’t recommend this trail enough. Just go early in the morning!

hiking
3 months ago

Fun shot trail Beautiful view

hiking
4 months ago

Great short hike, been out here numerous times since winter.

nature trips
4 months ago

Easy hike to bottom of the falls. Can be crowded at times. You can hike to the top of the falls, but the path is a bit steep and rugged.

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful well kept trail leads to a beautiful water fall. Hike to the right side to get to the top of the falls.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful falls. Always a few people. Sometimes a lot. Great for a summer day. The mine is very interesting and worth a look but be warned the overburden is unstable and could collapse. Use caution.

hiking
5 months ago

another short easy falls worth exploring and surprisingly bigger than I thought. the trail is well maintained ,lots of shades, benches to just sit and enjoy the nature, streams to cross.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice waterfall

5 months ago

Well-maintained mostly gravel flat trail. Beautiful waterfall.

6 months ago

Just completed hike for second time. Thursday afternoon and not a soul in sight. Tip: From the parking area you cross over a little footbridge look to your right and there's an old logger trail that actually heads to the top of the falls. You can get there also by making a right before the observation deck but that is over steep terrain and rocky outcroppings. I live 4 miles from here so it's a perfect after work hike. very scenic and the falls are breathtaking with a short easy hike to get there Great payoff for a little work

walking
7 months ago

Beautiful!

7 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous waterfall!

7 months ago

Easy walking trail with beautiful falls

10 months ago

Beautiful short hike to the waterfall with little boulders perfect for the kids to climb along the way. We hiked up past the falls to get a good look from up above.

hiking
10 months ago

Super short and easy walk through the woods for an awesome view under the falls. I went mid-week while it was raining after the tropical storm came through and the falls were beautiful. Only saw 2 other people mid-week. Highly recommend after a good rain if you’re close by or for a slight detour. The path only had a minor amount of flooding that was avoidable.

11 months ago

Not sure I'd actually list the trail as "wheelchair accessible," due to a very steep climb with a number of switchbacks the last quarter mile or so, BUT a beautiful trail and falls.

walking
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

This trail is an easy walk to the falls which are pretty and easily accessible. I gave this trail 3 stars ONLY because of the large number of people and children present. There were so many children and parents in the water at the bottom of the falls that is was difficult to get pictures without people in them. For me, it would be a great December walk to some nice falls.

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