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

My husband and I drove to this trail today. We paid the $5 fee at the entrance, drove another 20 yards and then encountered a sign that said ALL TRAILS CLOSED. Would have be nice if the put the sign before the spot where you pay to enter.

I would say this was a moderate to hard hike in rain. Elevation wasn't a huge deal, pretty average considering you're going down to a waterfall and back up to the trailhead. The rain though had washed out some chunks of the trail. Also, it wasn't cleared out very well in some spots. Had to weave through some downed trees. Well worth the trek though. I came in via Walkingstick Rd. I don't have fourwheel drive and was slipping on the loose gravel. Definitely need an SUV or truck if you come that way. Supposedly you can also come down from 28 and it's a lot better road.

lived this hike and falls!

beautiful trail - took 2.5 year old daughter and 4 month old son and was easy enough to carry both and enjoy the views

Wow. Great run/hike. Enjoyed this one lots! What a view on a clear day

21 days ago

This trail was very cool- you start off on the top of a waterfall and zig zag your way down. You run into the waterfall about 3-4 times at different spots on the way down and get to play in a pool at the bottom of the falls. This was a perfect hike to bring a water dog on!

hiking
28 days ago

Very well marked trail. Some trees are down after Irma.
Pretty sleep elevation gain, so it was a great work out. We did it on a foggy rainy Sunday and didn’t meet any single person.
Flowers along the way and mossy trees.

Beautiful hike and amazing views at the top.

walking
1 month ago

short and sweat little walk. great for anyone.

Gorgeous view but hard to find the trail.

Great views fun hike

Great hike with a great view!

The road to get there was very narrow and all gravel. Extremely difficult to have a car going each way. We ended up turning around because we couldn’t find where the trail began and the road getting there had us uneasy.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, falls are beautiful with 3 or 4 different viewpoints. Keep going down, it’s worth the work to climb back up.

A fantastic hike. We took it really slow and enjoyed the views, stopped for some hot tea at the summit and had a wonderful time on the trail. It is an easy to moderate hike if you start the loop by going left when you reach the top of the stairs. A moderate hike if you go right. Watch out for ice if you go in cold weather. I slipped on a patch and took a little spill, but was no worse for the wear. The views are great. We saw a Peregrine falcon in flight and lots of beautiful ice on rocks. If you don't hike much and are on the fence about doing this one, you can hike in by taking the loop to the left, summit, and backtrack the way you came in...giving you a gentle slope all the way up and all the way down.

walking
2 months ago

This is the perfect little path for older visitors and very little ones who can’t do a hike and but want to see one of our waterfalls up close and walk behind it. We come a few times a year to check it out and show our visiting friends and family.

hiking
2 months ago

We found it by accident but definitely loved it.

Definitely a tough challenge! Worth the experience especially at the top!

My grandmother was Essie McCall and born in 1898 near Walking Stick Road above Big Creek.
Why it is called Secret Falls is beyond me.I have hiked the Three Forks Trail and the Big Creek Trail.
There are 18 waterfalls in the area. I discovered some of these waterfalls by talking to the Owens and McCall's.

Great hike. We did this with our 8 and 13 year old. They both enjoyed it!

this is a cool trail. great views at the top along the rock face. some 700ft drop? people were repelling off of. very crowded though. camping isnt allowed. lots of steps. a hammock might be nice at the top though.. huge birds flying at the top

hiking
3 months ago

This waterfall is located near where I grew up and it is called The Big Shoals. Please don't go trying to change the name of our waterfalls!!

3 months ago

This is a forest service road, not a hiking trail.

Great, short hike with beautiful views!

hiking
4 months ago

Perfect distance for what we were looking for. Took the dog and have great views at the top - there is not Summit sign to say you made it but once the trail starts heading down you’ll know when to stop.

my hike was in total fog. but will go again.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail with a beautful view. This trail is most definitely NOT a loop, and is longer than the distance given. Just follow the blue blazes (which are spread out) and you'll be fine.

In my opinion, the best way to come to the falls is from the bottom of the mountain. It's way cooler than just walking down the stairs.

Most of the hike is basically walking up the street in a neighborhood which isn’t terribly exciting. However, the trails at the top are quite beautiful and have fantastic views. It’s too bad you can’t drive and park by the trail entrances.

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