Upper Creek Falls Loop Trail

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Upper Creek Falls Loop Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Newland, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.2 miles
426 feet

dog friendly



nature trips






wild flowers



Great waterfalls, huge boulders and pools, and a large overhanging rock. There are two ways you can start out. Either the Upper Falls trail or the Lower Falls trail. If you start out on one you can come back on the other and make a complete loop. The Upper Falls trail is much steeper. So it is a good one to take down to the falls, cross the creek and go down the trail to the lower crossing and then come back up the Lower Falls trail. As soon as you leave the parking lot, the trails starts to decend rather quickly and very steeply down. The closer you get to the creek and falls, the down slope gets steeper. After you cross the creek using rocks sticking up out of the creek, the trail still goes in a down slope to the lower crossing. The trail crossings are very well marked with signs. This is a state maintained park. The upper falls crossing has a set of man made wooden steps and "bridge" to help you from the falls up to the Upper Falls trail or vis versa, to help you down to the creek side and top of falls. There is one scenic view on the Upper Falls trail to stop and see a swimming hole in the creek above the falls. The view is far above looking very far down onto the creek and small set of the falls above the main falls. There is a rope swing, used by many to swing out and drop off into the "pool", very deep water pooled in the creek. The water stays ice cold year around. You can also use the smaller falls as a slide down into the "pool". There is a spectacular view of the lower valley below the falls from atop the main falls edge. You can see for miles down the river valley. Very pretty during the summer months, green trees lining the mountains for miles down the valley. During the winter months can see snow covered mountains for miles. There are quite a few picturesque views to take. This trail is not for the elderly or weak at heart. Several strenious stretchs of the trail. The Lower Falls trail is not as steep but still down slopeing at points. There is a small area after crossing the creek on the Upper Falls trail above the main waterfall, that some use as a camping or gathering spot. Leveled and cleared out spot in the forest. With a campfire area and large enough area for a large tent. They do allow swimming and camping here. There is a small trail that goes up to the swimming hole and points north of the main falls after you cross the creek into the "camping" area. Turn left and go up the rarely used trail. If you wish to go to the swimming hole area, you can also walk the large boulders before crossing the creek on Upper Falls trail,along the creek side up to the large boulders surrounding the "pool" swimming hole.

23 hours ago

We did this hike with kids ranging from 8-12. Great time. I wanted to note that the first set of pools, just after a wood set of stairs, is the upper falls. We missed it and had to double back. The swimming area is just above there.

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Upper Falls trail leads to a great swimming hole complete with rope swing and sliding rock. Excellent in every way! I will be revisiting this one. Lowe Falls trail is also nice, but more difficult and not as easy to follow.

Enjoyed the Falls and scenery. Upper Falls trail was moderate but if you choose to go out via lower Falls trail it is a little more difficult.

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1 month ago

Great Hike, Great Reward.
with 7 year old and 10 year old.

1 month ago

Good trail and the swimming hole is awesome. Kids had a great time.

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1 month ago

Alright now I'm having fun. IN North Carolina.....

1 month ago

got to eat

1 month ago

Oh shit u see me typing oh yea

1 month ago

North Carolina Very nice

1 month ago

Me and my Girl. In North Carolina. Had a blast..

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1 month ago

Oh yeah u won't a challenge
This is it. N.C

1 month ago

BRING YOUR FAMILY...UR going to love it North Carolina