Explore the most popular waterfall trails near Canton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

I hiked this trail last year and the hike is short but the end with the views are beautiful.

The first half of this hike was amazing. However, then the trail becomes incredibly overgrown and at some point the trail didn’t seem to follow this at all? We are experienced hikers and it took us longer than we expected. So, go at your own risk.

Wife and I walked this trail today and it went to the top of our favorites list. Gradual incline which I love and lots of water features for her. Some nice camping sites for future use, and tons of blackberries for the picking. Very light traffic (6 folks and 3 dogs) besides us. This is a trail you can take friends and family to no matter what their hiking experience level. We'll be back.

Old Butt Knob? More like Old Ass Knob. Literally and figuratively. All the little whoas saying this trail was great literally need to go to the doctor because they are still delusional from the exhaustion this trail induced. This trail is actually utter ass and disappointment, with 2 miles of the most grueling ascent I’ve ever seen and no payoff for it what so ever. Just my opinion tho, this was day 3 of a 40 mile hike and was quite possibly the worst thing to come across after the exhaustion I was already under. Old Ass Knob, you will not be missed, This is a warning to anyone that has any sense at all, except the trail joggers, by all means trip and fall

18 days ago

Easy. Nice clear water swimming hole

Nice trail. The waterfalls are gorgeous but the trail to the upper isn’t well marked. Never saw a blaze and went off the path for a little bit. Fortunately there are a ton of people who you will run into at some point to redirect.

Upper falls is worth it despite wet trail and many offshoots.

Easy and mostly flat.

hiking
23 days ago

Oh my gosh of my favorite falls thus far. So gorgeous. Hike isn’t bad.

hiking
25 days ago

Loved the water fall. Was so much fun!!

29 days ago

A moderate hike but still a nice place to stretch my paws.   

We've had a lot of rain this spring and summer.   Consequently the trail was a little muddy and slightly overgrown.  Still a nice walk to a panoramic view at the top with cell service.  For my two legged friends who don't live in these parts, cell service should never be taken for granted.  Download before you go.

My nose must have been off on Tuesday, I couldn't find a waterfall.   Is it on a connecting trail?

Four woofs for the view.  

Swimming hole!   Bring a towel and get your paws wet.  

This is a must stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway.   Get there early!   The parking lot fills up early.

Theres a fair amount of elevation change.  Fortunately there are stairs at the top, stairs in the middle and stairs at the bottom.  Lots of well maintained stairs plus a bridge and a bordwalk with an asphalt trail in between.   There's really not much of a trail to get your paws dirty.   Thanks USFS!  A great trail for older owners or owners with younger children. 

Four rest rooms in the parking lot if you need to do a quick change into dry fur before resuming your journey.   They're pit toliets but they're clean and well maintained if you need to do your business and can't sniff and pee along the trail like I can. 

Remember to practice safe waterfalling.  Stay at the bottom.  No climbing.  Finally, remember to always keep your owners on a leash so they don't get lost. 

Five woofs.

Swiming hole!!! Much more private than Graveyard Fields just up the road.

An easy hike over a well maintained trail. Easy parking. A must stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Despite the name, wear your fur. Otherwise there might be pointing, giggling, and shrinkage.

Five woofs!

Wow! What a hike. Definitely take a good map and a compass. We took Old Butt trail to Shining Rock and then back down Shining Creek. We went in mid July and there was so much vegetation the trail was almost unrecognizable in places. Old Butt trail is no joke and this is no easy stroll.

hiking
1 month ago

I went in October with a group of friends. First trail I did after breaking my ankle and it was amazing

hiking
1 month ago

Shady trail and nice enough but no great views as you go along. Agree it’s is easy for anyone that can go up and down hills. The real attraction is the falls at the end. Very pretty. The swimming hole is family-friendly and crowded at midday.

Beautiful falls and great time playing in the river.

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike. Again fair amount of people there on a hot day... but definitely not crowded. Bring some water shoes and don’t be afraid to get wet.

Took the huskies. Got dirty. Beautiful views.

Super easy hike to awesome (small) waterfall and swimming hole. It is extremely busy on nice weekends so get there early to beat the crowds!

Great hike with the family! Climb is super gradual and full of incredible natural sights and waterfalls. The top makes a great picnic spot or even camping spot. Will definitely be back and even go further on the trail.

Only had time to go to the lower falls where we soaked our feet after a long day of hiking.

We just did the lower falls trail this time. Beautiful falls and swimming holes. Crowded at midday. This section of trail was mostly paved and steps. Fun short hike. Kinda like a walk in the park, only steep. Would like to do the loop when I’ve got some more time.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful falls with a lot of swim holes on up the falls if you want to do a little climbing to find them. We got there about 9:30 (Mon 7/2/18) and it wasn’t crowded, but it was getting pretty packed by the time we left. The water was definitely refreshing!! Great short hike off the parkway.

hiking
1 month ago

Was a nice little hike. We went late morning when it was not crowded. We took our senior dog, but the trail consisted of too many steps for her to be comfortable. The falls and swimming hole were very scenic. Parking at the outlook across the road made it simple. Had a great simple hike, we recommend going!

Popular loop with optional out-and-back at its west end featuring two nice waterfalls. A lot of the crowds stay near Lower Falls at the east end of the loop, so you will get some solitude if you hike the entire loop. Trail is not blazed, but it is not hard to follow. Encroaching vegetation needed to be cut back in some areas, and other areas are quite eroded. Overall, a good introduction to high-elevation hiking, North Carolina style.

Easily the best loop trail in the local AVL area...no wonder everyone wants to keep it a secret. The biodiversity is simply amazing! Starting out at Black Balsam Road you turn onto the Art Loeb Trail and hike through the blueberry bushes and begin the arduous crawl up to the summit of Black Balsam...it’s very windy but great 360 degree views are fantastic! Take the ridge across the grass (numerous great places to camp) into Greasy Fields and the rhododendrons forests! Cross over and down the mountain to a gorgeous waterfall in the gap and two creek crossings eventually making it up to Sliding Rock. Take the trail back up into Graveyard Ridge before taking the optional MST to make the day long hike extra amazing!!!

I wish I could rate this higher because the upper and lower falls were beautiful but the lack of blazes/signs made it very tricky to navigate. It was muddy in some spots but easy to get around. Great little hike overall!

hiking
1 month ago

My son and I had a great time hiking this trail. It is marked as moderate but it is an easy hike. The only thing I can think of that may be difficult for some people are the rocky parts.

We took the Mountains to Sea Trail instead of the Waterfalls hike . The terrain is definitely moderate , some areas steep . Would not recommend this for young children or if you struggle w hills . We didn’t encounter one hiker & the area is very remote . We Enjoyed the beauty of the woods , but you need to pace yourself . It took us 3 hours round trip . The trails are only clearly marked in the beginning, you must pay attention to the few markers on the trees .

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