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

What a terrific route. The weather wasn't the best, but the waterfalls made up for the overcast misty weather. The portion of the route up the stairs to the top of the waterfalls was challenging more like a stair stepper challenge. Good cardio, great views as you are working your way up the falls, but more climbing stairs than hiking. From there, the route up to the top of the ridge is still a good gain in elevation on a more typical trail. In short, the first 3 miles are all up and a good workout. The 2.5 miles back to the parking area is just a pleasant hike back down to the parking area.

Great trail with such great views year round. Follows the river to 2 different falls.

Beautiful day to be out at 62 degrees on a Saturday in February! Tried this Trail for the first time. I'm used to more rugged terrain but it's definitely a workout,nice park and saw some deer!

This is a shorter easier hike in the park for when you don't have the time to do the entire loop.. great hike!

I love this trail because of all of the water drops and the waterfall at the top. There is something for everyone to enjoy. You can follow the nature trail along the river and it is easy with lots of stops along the way with small stands with information about the birds fish and mammals of the area! continue to the falls and the river has so many
beautiful rocks with water coming down! So beautiful in any season. Be careful if you are hiking in freezing temperatures because the trail along the water is very icy and slick.. especially on the steps and platforms!

26 days ago

Nice moderate hike. There weren’t many views from the ridge line but the waterfalls were stunning.

this trail is simply amazing, the view is gorgeous all the way, have a lot camping areas and lots of trails I walked for almost 2 hours..the next time I want to have a reservation to pass a night there

trail running
28 days ago

The park is amazing. There is something for everyone. Whether you want a well manicured easy trail or you want rock scrambling and high elevation waterfalls, it is all here. From the ranger station to the benches everything is well maintained and even during the winter months is a beautiful place to visit. With 47 miles of trails, camping, picnicking and more you will not be disappointed.

Beautiful views of the water falls. Most of trail covered by trees. Extreme solitude. Multiple options for trail lengths. Rough and slippery terrain.

Great trail, but those stairs are killer on the legs! Be prepared for a steep climb or ascent depending on which way you go, I find both equally challenging.

Loved this hike. We started with HQ, which was a much quieter trail with a steady incline. The falls were much more crowded but beautiful. It was a great workout - lots of steep stairs. Watch out for slippery steps and mud, especially if you go after it’s been raining. The whole loop took us under 3 hrs.

Love this hike. The waterfalls are some of my favorites in North Carolina. Be careful on the slippery stairs though.

this is a good hike that is moderately hard. water fall is the best part of this hike.

this is a good hike that is moderately hard. water fall is the best part of this hike.

I hike this trail at least once or twice a month since it’s so close to my house. Other than the stairs to get to the waterfall it’s fairly easy.

Gorgeous views of the river and waterfall. The perfect hike for a beginner that wants a challenge. We were pressed for time so we only hiked to the waterfall viewing platform and came back, but we crossed a cool bridge, a lot of rocky terrain, and the views of the creek alongside the trail were beautiful! Plus, we visited in early November so the fall foliage was picture-perfect!

3 months ago

Super fun hike if you enjoy waterfalls! Lots of stairs but worth it once you get to the viewing platform

Starts off easy, then a bit of a challenge and the closer you get to the falls the stairs seems to go straight up making it a strenuous hike. Lots of boulders and tree roots to maneuver over. Lots of smaller falls on your way to the big one.

4 months ago

If you want an easier hike with a few waterfalls along the way I would definitely suggest doing this trail. Also take a swim in the water if it’s not winter!

on High Shoals Falls

4 months ago

One of the best trails along a mountain stream that I have ever taken. Very scenic and many educational stops along the way. It’s worth the hike to see the waterfall at the top.

Good hike with kids. It was tiring on the way back.

My family and I had a wonderful time experiencing Mother Nature. We shall visit again soon.

I did this trail on Labor Day, which the Park itself was super busy. This particular trail wasn’t busy at all. The hike was challenging but enjoyable. The waterfall never disappoints. Some areas are more congested than others but the trail is wide enough to pass people. The roughest portions of the trail is at the beginning so keep pushing through and it’s all down hill after that.

There were some beautiful parts of the hike, such as the waterfall and the creek. However I was disappointed that there wasn’t as much of a scenic view. It was a strenuous hike and had some steep areas that made it nice and challenging. Overall, I don’t think I would do the hike again but if you’re looking for a strenuous hike filled with steep hills and a waterfall this would be your go to trail.

so pretty! quite a few stairs and a lot of rocks/boulders, but it was very pretty and worth it. I am a beginner and not in very good shape, and I was able to do it. Will be going back!

6 months ago

Very peaceful and I didn’t see anybody the entire time I was on the trail. It has a nice summit about half way through that gives you a nice bench with a view and a nice breeze to cool off.

The trail is narrow in most parts. Make sure to bring plenty of water.

Great trail, beautiful waterfall, stairs were a little tough, only downside really was the amount of people—a LOT

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