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

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hiking
2 days ago

Awesome short hike, beautiful drive in. 0.3 miles round trip!

hiking
4 days ago

easy short hike with a real pow at ebd nice swimming area just dont fet to close to falls area swimming a lot of people have drowned here swimming and jumping. they have put steps at the trail going down the hill now so it is real easy now. Nice spots for kids to play in water also with sand there. even saw a beaver swimming there one time

The trail was short and easy, the waterfall itself was beautiful, but the area was very crowded.

Very beautiful and fun place to swim, but also very crowded with lots of families. Short and easy hike, I would not rate it as moderate.

We were there all of 15 minutes. Within that time period we witnessed 2 complete dumbasses jump from the falls. One of which was covered in Swastika and white supremacy tattoos (he grazed the cliff on the way down).It was crowded with a pretty colorful array of people. We pretty much ran out of there. Skip this

Very dangerous! Please be careful. Multiple drowning deaths have occurred, including two in 2018 alone. Even swimming at the base is dangerous. See article:
http://wataugaonline.com/avery-sheriff-drowning-occurs-at-elk-river-falls-over-the-weekend/

hiking
3 months ago

Not a long hike, but the trail is rough in areas. Worth seeing if you're in the area, but I wouldn't make a special trip.

Nice swimming hole. Don’t try jumping from the falls!

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike but beautiful falls and nice place to just chill out awhile.

Elk River Falls is closed until further notice! They are trying to recover the body of a drowning victim.

nice little tourist stop!

Short walk, great for people with walking problems, took my mom, she loved it!

nature trips
5 months ago

Beautiful waterfall!

cant wait to come back this summer!

So lovely. Childhood favorite.

Great falls to visit year round. Easy to get to in the snow.

Short, easy hike and impressive waterfall

Short walk. Beautiful!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Mixed emotions. The waterfall is beautiful, the hike is short, fun and intriguing. Lots of roots and one of the biggest boulders I've ever seen! However, this waterfall has claimed 15 lives so far. I can understand swimming here but people...please DON'T attempt to jump over this waterfall! The county has done a very good job with posting warning signs. I just dont get why people aren't more cautious. I'll post several pics to give an idea of trail, etc. Definitely want to go back!

hiking
Monday, August 21, 2017

Easy to get to the falls. Great for all ages. Very crowded but nice. Kids, teens and such use this as a local swimming hole. Take your water shoes, swimsuit and enjoy the falls. Enjoy a swim and people watching. We brought our dog, we won't next time, he was a nervous wreck. Lots of larger dogs there. It's beautiful but don't expect a quiet nature day! We will definitely go back more prepared to swim and wade in the water!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Short and sweet! I got there early and no one was there but after 2-3 hours of hiking a lot of people were on the way to see the falls as I left.

If you keep going and hike along the Jones Falls Trail, it is amazing! Highly recommend you keep going along the river but if you just want something short, it is a pretty waterfall to see.

Didn't have phone service as soon as I went down the hill (about 3 miles before the falls) so be sure to leave the directions open in maps!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Beautiful spot but busy and a little trashy

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Very short easy trail with a big pay off at the end!!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Great place to swim and cool off . Had a blast!

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Love this place! So relaxing and beautiful!

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Very short easy trail down past waterfalls to a large pool with a sandy "beach" and rocks for kids to climb on. The climb down down to the sand is about 8-10ft and may be difficult for older or out-of-shape folks. Lots of litter at the trail head and at the falls (ugh some people suck), which detracted somewhat from the otherwise scenic beauty of the place.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Beautiful sight. Easy hike.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Easy hike. Great swimming hole. Awesome place to picnic.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Generally short walk with some slippery rocks. Worth the hike down to take the view in.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

awesome and kid friendly. we had a blast creek crawling!!

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