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

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!

Nice short level hike to a tall waterfall. easy but kind of steep going up and there is a small waterfall and pool to cross at the top. the trail continues to a third waterfall, and makes a nice loop with pine ridge or harpers creek.

short easy walk, beautiful views any season

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

Harper Creek Falls Trail was an excellent hike. It was very beautiful! I highly recommend going there on a hot summer day. Jumping into the water at the base of the falls was refreshing to say the least. There is many campsites along the trail that looked ideal for future visits. A permit is required to camp along the trail. I will be going back.

backpacking
26 days 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
1 month 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!

literally almost lost my life And my dogs life's. tails is not marked!!!!!;
stay away!!!! please

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.

started from the kawana side, about 8.5 miles and counted 6 waterfalls. Beautiful loop, highly recommend.

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.

love love this trail, tons of water crossings (mid calf to mid waist in late spring) many waterfalls (many not on map) primitive campsites from one end to the other.

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

this is #258 Wilson Creek and 258a Wilson Creek spur on the WNC trail guide. Lots of downed trees when we went, gets narrow and not well blazed but easy to follow. A couple hidden waterfalls if you don't mind going of trail a bit.

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!

Started the hike April 28 at 9:45AM. Took the right fork in the trail at the Y intersection. Hiked 4.9 miles and made camp. Trail is not well kept as we are used to on our Appalachian Trail hikes. Just keep following blaze marks on trail. Many water crossings where u will get wet, water up to knees or above. We took Water shoes to keep our boots and socks dry, and kept water shoes on for several crossings. Made camp at 2:00PM. Hiked 8.6 April 29. Most beautiful hike I have ever been on. Very challenging but rewarding. Do not get in a hurry on this hike. Some trails are no more than a wash out, going up the side of mountain. Beautiful waterfalls and a very high rock wall. Trip would be more difficult if left fork is taken at Y intersection, about a mile from start. Water crossings where u will get wet every 1/10 mile in some areas. I would not recommend for kids. Overall very satisfied. 4 stars well deserved . The only reason I didn’t rate a 5 Star was some of the trails not easily marked, but it is a wilderness hike, and we were never lost!

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!

Beautiful trail, but the 8 miles listed above is wrong. My GPS clocked this loop at over 12 miles, and I met other hikers who said the same thing. The west and north sides of the loop were very poorly maintained, so bring a compass and pay close attention to your map. Also, there’s a really bad washout on the west side of the loop that was almost impassable as of April 21 2018. There are over 12 stream crossings on the north side, so avoid this trail if the water is high. When the water is low be prepared to get wet up to your knees. If you like adventure, this trail is for you

Tried this hike and was unable to get past either of the first creeks. Got to the one on Raider Camp and it was high and running hard. Decided to try the other way and the first crossing on Harper Creek Trail was higher and faster. I'll go back in the summer! Don't miss the side hike to Harper falls though, that was worth the trip.

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

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