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Pretty easy hike- we went on a Saturday and saw maybe two other people. Quiet, beautiful spot. As others mentioned, the path down to the falls was pretty steep but totally worth it.

Nice beautiful waterfall with a good swimming hole. But it is NOT 7 miles.its an easy quarter mile trail of a forest rd. I think the seven mile option is along the sumney cove trail. If you have some off trail experience, you can creek walk up mill station creek to Cody’s falls.

2 months ago

Definitely as others have said, dirt road drive. Guy below was right on the money. Directly after 4th bridge, park and walk to the left down to the falls. Didn’t pass a soul the whole time. Safe logs and rocks to climb on at the bottom w care.

Almost exactly a 3 Mile drive once you get on the gravel road from 215. Directly after the 4th bridge on the left. A short walk with a couple steep spots. follow the red paint on the trees. Amazing view!

2 months ago

First the Falls are beautiful and at the end of the hike made this worth the trip. However the hiking description is not what expected. This 7.7 mile hike is entirely along a gravel road the leads you to the trail for the falls. It can be easily driven to the trailhead and hike the 20 minutes or so to the falls. Also the "trail" mapped goes much further than the falls. Not sure what's going on here. I wish these descriptions were better helping determine this, might have chosen a hike along a trail to another waterfall. At least the fall are beautiful.

2 months ago

I. Loved. This. Trail. Flying solo I wanted to do something unique and quite. This trail was recommended by a visitor I met at Devils Courthouse. I did not see a single human on this trial. I was driving a Jeep Wrangler, which felt 100% necessary given the National Forrest Road needed to access the trail head. You can park at the base and hike the road if you don’t have the vehicle needed, and you can start the road and use pull offs if you feel like it’s getting to be too much. There are several campsites along the road/water as well. There are two trails, the short one to the falls is very easy, but does require some dexterity to get up and down to the falls. There is a rickety wooden stair case to get down. The falls are AMAZING. There are several pools at the base, but the falls are loud, so “relaxing” requires being ok with that noise for a long period of time :) If you continue past the falls, there are a lot of beautiful views of the water flowing away from it. I hiked for a while before coming to a campsite, which was a decent size and looked like it had been used fairly recently. When I saw some large (bigger than my hand) animal tracks, I decided to turn around though! Again, being solo, around a good water source and seeing a well used campsite, I figured I better scoot!
Definitely would recommend this hike!

great hike! wear sunscreen, theres not a whole lot of tree cover in most areas

The turn off NC 215 is clearly marked by a Forest Service sign opposite the turn. When you reach public land, there's a gate and a sign. Beware of the rutted bump filled with deep gravel at this point. We parked at the junction where FR 4663B takes off to the left from the main road, so we'd get a little more exercise. The road surface to that junction was well maintained. The map accurately shows the distance from there to the falls foot trails as .6 miles. Our Trails Illustrated printed map showed 4663B as gated, which may have been so at some point, put isn't the case now. We enjoyed a nice walk on the fairly flat road, which gave us a chance to view the surrounding forest. Even though 4663B is not maintained to the standard of the main forest road, it's passable by cars of standard clearance. The trail to the lower falls was easy, even though there was a tree across the trail at one point. We highly recommend this easy hike to a lesser-known, but lovely, waterfall.

4 months ago

I have to assume by all of the comments that this trail is NOT 7.7 miles as indicated in the description?? I wouldnt consider almost 8 miles and 1000 ft of elevation as "short"....

Quick google search - hikewnc shows this trail as 1.8 mile one-way which makes sense after reading all of the "short" comments :)

Amazing!!!! Great trail and awesome falls!!

5 months ago

The trail was overgrown and had lots of trees down. Otherwise it was a lovely, easy walk and you hear the rushing water the whole time. The end of the hike is at the convergence of two creeks and it is lovely. Seeing the actual kiesee falls was a steep and slightly dangerous climb straight down and even then the water was rushing so much that I didn’t venture out into the stream where I’m sure the best view would have been. I recommend this trail for the adventurous hiker though as it is lovely and obviously little used.

I couldn’t find it. :-( Two roads diverged in the wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. :-)

10 months ago

This is a fairly easy walk to a very nice waterfall. Good at any time of the year.

on Courthouse Falls

10 months ago

Great hike!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The trail itself is insignificant. The waterfall is what you'll come here for, and it's worth the trip. Getting there is somewhat confusing. Follow the directions to the gravel road and drive until you come to a fork with a high pass (right) and a low pass (left, marked FS Rd 4663 B) - take the lower/left and drive some more. It ends at a small clearing with room for 4-5 cars. Park and take the path at the end of the clearing for the lower falls. 4WD may be necessary after heavy rain or snow. Low vehicles may not get through without scraping at a few points. A small FWD SUV is fine for normal conditions.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Short hike to beautiful falls! There are some steep, rocky spots and can be a bit muddy after rain, but well worth it!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Well worth the drive out there. Turn at house and go all the way back several miles until you reach a clearing. You go back at least two miles. Park car in clearing and there are two trails. One trail leads up and the other goes down. Head to the one that goes down, walk about a quarter of a mile to the waterfall. Amazing! We sat and ate lunch on one of the big rocks in the middle of the fall. If you go back to your car and head to the other trail, go about a quarter of a mile to see another part of the fall. This upper part isn't quite as large and is challenging to get to. Closely watch for a trail to the left. It is very steep to get down to where you can see it.

on Courthouse Falls

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

One word, Buttaful! ( :

Saturday, April 08, 2017

we got married here on the 31st August 2012

Monday, March 20, 2017

This is a great hike! Started at 475 and headed up Art Loeb, following clockwise to Farlow Gap (didn't go all they way up to the Parkway) and the upper portion of Daniel Ridge. The first 6 miles are the most intense with great ascent and decent portions and some terrific views. The second half of the hike is more mellow but offers lots of water and beautiful landscape. Had to hit the road to get back to the car but the rest of the day made it sufferable.

Monday, March 13, 2017

short trail to beautiful falls with great swimming hole underneath. trail a little worse for wear after the winter.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Well worth it. We did the short 20 minute trail!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

short trail but amazing waterfall. and not busy at all.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

popular trail, very short. Good place for a picnic or to take a new hiker

Monday, July 27, 2015

Short trail, but easy to miss the entrance. The trail is immediately after the last bridge on the left.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The length of the trail is short. Several spots along the way have had trees fall and it seems they are doing some maintenance in those spots. The trail is tucked away under a canopy of trees so there are several places that are muddy. It's a narrow, rocky trail that lead to a set of steep steps that take you down to the pool at the base of the falls. Beautiful 40+ foot waterfall.

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