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Definitely a nice hike through the quiet woods of the Pisgah. One tiny little waterfall on the trail. Always hang a left no matter what. It was nice, but I probably wouldn’t do again.

We prepared after reading reviews (especially Toby Brannan) and upgrading the AllTrails app. If you haven’t done that, I highly recommend it!

After walking through seriously overgrown trails (trails were about 6” wide because of so much growth), ending up on the gravel road was a welcome reprieve.

Our pup wasn’t happy about crossing so much water, but we loved it.

If you are looking for a private trail, this is it. We saw no one all day and it was the 4th of July!

Wide, level trail with multiple waterfalls, several can only be seen in winter. It is a nice loop with harpers creek #260 and 2 more waterfalls

backpacking
1 month ago

We chose a hot summer day to hike and camp on this trail. Crossing the creek was challenging as you're gonna need to go barefoot or have water shoes if the water is high. Have a walking stick handy for balance.

Made camp on the creek about 1/3 the way up the trail and hiked the rest of the trail without gear the next morning. Steady incline heading out, without gear it wasn't too bad, but if you're out of shape you may need to rest along the way. It's mostly shaded in the summer which kept it cooler, but we were still sweating pretty good.

There are lots of turn-offs from the trail and it seemed like the actual trail wasn't always clearly marked, so I'd suggest getting a map from the Wilson Creek Welcome Center, we were glad we did. Even still we didn't end up at the waterfall marked as South Harper's Creek Falls, according to pictures. We ended up at a small cascading waterfall, so we missed the trail marker. We didn't mind, still took a dip and headed back out as it was getting hot.

Use bug spray, we did but still pulled a lot of ticks off two of us and our dog. Be wary of mountain bikers and bring water. Took us about 1.5 hrs to hike from the creek crossing to the west end of the trail, and about 1 hr the way back to the creek crossing, as it was mostly downhill. Pretty enjoyable hike, lots of flora and fauna to discover. I would do it again, maybe in cooler weather.

Moderate hike, glad it wasn’t steep the whole way. Beautiful falls but difficult rope climb down to the base of the falls. A lot of people were swimming there and some even slid down one of the lower falls.

Nice trail. Nice view of waterfall. If you want to go farther take the MST onward

great place to ride

hiking
2 months ago

Short and sweet with a nice overlook. Parking area has great view of Grandfather Mountain. We were there on a very foggy day but when the clouds cleared for a few moments it looked amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views at the top. Very steep climb. Not quite an easy rating. Not very busy with people. Will be going back to this one.

short, nice little beauty spot. must see all 4 seasons

Backpacked the loop and camped for 2 nights along the trail. Several great camping spots with fire rings, most along the river for easy water access. I will say, there are several spots we had to pull out our map because there are several forks that are not well marked. Definitely make sure you’re looking for the color coded blazes, and look for the pink flagging to see where to cross the creek. GET A MAP BEFOREHAND!! Lots of roots and stumps to trip on so watch your footing!

Good trail with very nice views. Trail is fairly clear and marked up to waterfall. When you are driving to this location its hard to find. Google just marked a spot i couldnt get to. So when you are going down the dirt road you cross a 1 lane bridge. About a mile down there is a horseshoe parkinglot. The trail head is there and marked with a sign!! Follow orange blaze...then follow orange white blaze. when you get to the top of the hill you see MST to right. Only follow if your staying on the loop. Stay st on orange blaze to go to waterfall. Trail does have wash out in spots but overall I thought was decently marked and there was a clear path!

this loop is 271a, 266 and 239 with some time walking the road on the north end. multiple creek crossings, may stay dry depending on the time of year. take the time to go down to the base of North harpers creek falls, it's worth it.

this trail doesn't exist in the Wilson Creek or WNC trail maps, the map seems to be a combination of yellow buck, harpers creek and raiders camp. That being said i love this area and these trails. but...stop at the visitor center, get a real map, have the right info and a plan before you go out. then go out and get lost proper lol.

nice short walk to pretty falls. Backtrack to the campground and continue out (mst/orange) beautiful views, multiple river crossings, and the reward of the much more challenging south harpers creek falls. trail is 5.5 end to end but after the so. falls, loop back around via raiders camp trail for 2 more waterfalls. lovely area

birding
2 months ago

Beautiful views of the sky and surrounding areas for a short trip!

There is also a rock wall just off the main trail that is frequented by the rockclimbers that set up shop nearby.

And if your lucky youll see tons of birds! :)

backpacking
2 months ago

Great trail just not marked clearly, didn't get to complete the trail because of the confusion. it intersects with multiple trails. this was for N.harper creek falls, blaze color is yellow, then changes to blue and from I read it changes to orange after blue before completing the loop. really good camp site at the beginning of the trail, and another really awesome creek side site about 3 miles in give or take.

on Beacon Heights Trail

2 months ago

Super short hike with amazing views. A must do!

I need to mention that the directions on this trail description are not correct. If you do choose to come in via the Blue Ridge Parkway,,, you will not turn right onto SR464. You will actually turn left onto SR464. You will know this road because it has a small church at this junction. Long Ridge Baptist Church. If you are approaching this area on Hwy 181 from Morganton,, you do not need to go all the way to the Parkway,, but instead when you reach Jonas Ridge,, make a right onto Mortimer Road,, which happens to be SR1518, and right across the road from the Marathon station, go about 2 miles and then right onto SR464. Hope this helps someone not add extra miles onto their navigation as I did.. You will likely not have the benefit of a phone signal for gps navigation. Great trail,, Beautiful waterfall, great camping spots. Enjoy!

This little gem was very fun! It has all the adventure.. follow the orange trail markers. The trail gets narrow and steep in spots but if you follow the trail to the left you will come to 2 areas when you can use a rope to get right on the water. Be careful the rocks ARE slippery even if they look dry. ( the trail to the right takes you up to a nice view of the falls but then the trail just ends.) very narrow).

Beautiful diverse terrain

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike. Did it with fresh fallen snow. Challenging because of it but good. Beautiful views at the end. Great beginners.

hiking
4 months ago

Any hike by water and ending with a waterfall and swim gets a good review from me! Beautiful hike along a wild river (after a mile, or so) . Saw no one else the whole time- peaceful! No really steep areas except the little descent to the fall from the trail. Slow incline the last mile back up, but not bad!

One of the most beautiful waterfalls we have seen yet!

Great road on a dual sport motorcycle

Did this in winter... wear waterproof shoes! Worth the very short hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Such a beautiful view for such an easy, relaxing hike. Even in the winter the view was absolutely stunning!

Short, steep hike with amazing views at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

My husband and I got up super early and hiked in the semi dark so that we could be at the top of Beacon Heights at sunrise. Totally worth it!

Great on dual sport motorcycle

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