Wintergreen Falls Trail

EASY 74 reviews
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Wintergreen Falls Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hendersonville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
265 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

A nice downhill hike to a 25 foot waterfall. From the Guion Access Area proceed south on the Tarklin Bridge Trail. There is a trail map posted at the parking area. The trail is predominantly downhill and marked with red blazes. The trail is wide and can accommodate horses, mountain bikers and hikers. Numerous boulders that have broken from the surrounding mountain sides are scattered on both sides of the trail giving the area a very primitive look. At the Grassy Creek Trail, go left until it intersects with the Wintergreen Falls Trail. From here it is a short 1/4 mile hike to the base of the 25 foot waterfall. Wintergreen Falls has a few flat rocks to sit on for a lunch or a nap. Backtrack out the way you came in for a total hike of about 3 miles.

1 hour ago

one of my favorite easy trails .has interesting points of interest and the falls are small but refreshing..Lots of interesting flora..Not too heavily used the many times I have walked/run it..nice for easy biking, too

hiking
5 days ago

Super easy and fairly short trail to the falls! There’s a few rocks that are perfect for a lunch while listening to the falls. As others have said - not the most grand waterfalls in the park, but it is much more private. We were there on a Saturday and only had 1 other group of people at the Falls with us. There’s also some spots for swimming, not just at the falls but also along the trail in the river depending on how you get back to the parking lot!

walking
16 days ago

Easy fun walk from spacious parking lot. Slight downhill to falls. Nice little swimming spot at base of falls, and another little swimming hole just below that basin.

Have to do a bit of climbing over roots and rocks at the very end to get to falls, and walk back is slightly uphill. We had no problem, but if you aren't accustomed to physical activity, this would be a moderately challenging hike.

Also, the map in the app is awesome. Several other trails and bike paths crosscross, but the app made it easy.

hiking
28 days ago

This is not the best waterfall in DuPont but maybe the most private. The trails are nice and shady most of the way. Absolutely check it out after you've been to Bridal, High, Triple, and Hooker Falls! There's no place in DuPont That isn't worth checking out.

1 month ago

The directions to the waterfall were very unclear. Ended up backtracking and trying a different route, found the top of the falls, & found a little walk through water area but that was all. Not my favorite

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail and with a sweet little falls that empties into a pool of water before it rushes out into a rather loud fast flowing river.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy short hike along a wide trail. Comfortable for walking two abreast. Will come back with a picnic lunch when the weather is warmer

hiking
8 months ago

Nice quiet trail; great for biking too; lovely waterfall at the end.

8 months ago

great trail for kids

hiking
8 months ago

Easy trail and nice short hike if you just want to get out for a couple hours. Nice falls at the end. Not very busy, only a couple hikers and bikers seen on the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Very pretty & nice hike (not too strenuous). Beautiful waterfall at end. Always nice to have something to look forward to.

hiking
10 months ago

Hike with Marsha, Francis and

11 months ago

One of my favorite falls

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

An easy hike but it was not clearly marked. More of a walk than a hike but it leads to a great swimming spot.

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

This is a nice easy trail that is dog friendly and has some pretty waterfalls at the end.

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Easy enough for our 4 year old. Just watch out for horse poop!

Friday, April 28, 2017

The trail was okay, definitely easy. The waterfalls were a real surprise. There were at least three significant levels to the falls. There is a more difficult trail to return to the parking area, if you choose to take an alt trail back. Sadly, the alt trail is unmarked, but it does provide excellent views of the various levels of the falls.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

The falls at the end are gorgeous! Paths are wide and maintained well. Great for a group

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The maps at the parking lot helped us a lot. It is a great easy trail. About 30-45 minutes to the waterfall. Will definitely do this one again! :)

hiking
Friday, October 28, 2016

Nice easy walk to a beautiful waterfall.

hiking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

First of all, the waterfall is just ok. The hike is through a pretty part of the forest but not along any srream...down hill going in and up hill coming out. When you get to the waterfall, you have to boulder jump or climb up a 4' rock at a short, tight, rocky trail to get a good view of the falls!. So, not for the less mobile! When you are in front of the waterfall, it's a small area and is crowded with even a few people. Don't even try the path to the right just before the caution sign. It is the trail to nowhere...and goes on forever! There are just better waterfalls and hikes in the Dupont Forest/Pisgah area. But if you need to check this off your waterfall list, have a nice hike!

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Very easy to traverse. Pretty nice, but relatively small waterfall at the end. Rocks near falls can be slick!

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

The GPS takes you to the gravel parking lot. The trail is not really marked well but the trail is located right beside the parking lot. When I went there was a butterfly project with signs at the trail head. Down hill going in and uphill going out. The trail is marked at all important turning points. The trail is mostly used for horse riding and mountain biking. Not as crowded as the main area of Dupont. I found it hard to get to the actual waterfall at the end as it takes some rock climbing. Overall great hike!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

My family and I enjoyed this trail and we will definitely visit again. It's definitely downhill in and uphill out, but nothing we couldn't handle. The wading pools at the falls are worth the whole trip.

hiking
Monday, July 27, 2015

Nice, easy hike that's downhill out and uphill back. At the couple of trail/road intersections there are signs to keep you on the right path. One thing: there was lots of horse manure on the trail so if you bring kids or dogs, be prepared. The trail ends at the creek. Turn left and climb up a short, but steep, rocky path to get up to where the falls are. If you have lower body joint issues, hiking poles would be helpful. Scramble over some boulders, or push your way through some rhododendrons and you're there. Beautiful spot. I did this on a Sunday at 8 AM and the spider webs I kept walking through let me know I was the first one on the trail for the day. I spent almost an hour there before anyone else showed up. I highly recommend going early.

hiking
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I needed an easy hike to get my body out of winter mode, and this hike seemed to fill the bill. The hike is nothing spectacular; the path is mostly a service road, used by bikers and horse riders. There are very few markings, leading first-time hikers (like myself and one other hiker I encountered) to question whether vital turns had been missed. But at the strategic points, there are large signs that would be really hard to miss. The waterfall is pretty, located in a secluded spot. For the purposes I had on this day, it was just what I needed.

hiking
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pretty and easy hike in early March. Great for beginners! The trail starts behind the welcome sign, past an open field, to the left of the parking area.

I went with two friends, their teenaged son and my dog. My friends are non-hiking flat-landers, and they had no problems completing the out and back. The waterfall at the end is small, but really pretty. The pools are very soothing for your feet. We sat on the rocks and ate a little picnic lunch. There were not many other hikers out, we saw maybe a dozen other people, but it was a weekday. Good short hike about 45 minutes from downtown AVL.

hiking
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Very nice hike in February a few days after a large snowfall. Few hikers and wonderfull scenes with snow. Easy hike not too long and enjoyable falls at the end - can't beat that!

hiking
Saturday, August 10, 2013

Great trail for the family very easy lots of other hikers and horses. The waterfall is worth it!

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