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

hiking
14 days ago

The parking lot is unimproved dirt and is medium sized so it fills quickly. (I was almost the first car in the lot when I got there and after hiking Hooker-Triple-High Falls the lot was packed and cars lined both sides of the road.) Hooker Falls Trail leads to a popular swimming area at the base of the falls and is only minutes from the parking lot. After an easy walk to view this small falls, double back, cross the bridge, and head uphill to the beautiful Triple Falls and further up to High Falls. At Triple Falls there is a long set of wooden steps that lead you to a flat rock landing between the 2nd and 3rd falls and is an excellent spot to view and photograph all three of the Triple Falls. (Don't miss this.) The viewing area has a single wire cable preventing visitors from straying too near the falls but kids could walk right under it. High Falls is a beautiful, long double cascade with a covered bridge at the top and can be easily seen from the viewing area along the trail.

hiking
22 days ago

Great trail and can be done with kids!

hiking
26 days ago

The hike is super steep so wear the right shoes. Gorgeous falls and completely worth the hike.

Quick walk if you just want to see the falls.

Great views throughout the hike. Pretty easy for the most part. There are some awesome photo opportunities with the falls in the background as well!

hiking
1 month ago

This use to be one of my favorite waterfalls but they had it roped off at the bottom of the stairs so you couldn’t walk out and chill on the rocks anymore.

A lot of fun

This is a fun and easy hike. We saw a number of multi-generational families enjoying the trail today. Definitely suggest adding the Hooker Falls hike to this loop. Hooker Falls has the best place to get in and enjoy a short but cold swim. Wear closed-toed shoes fir the hike though. The gravel is killer.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was great! A little longer than expected. Also Holly Trail was closed last week so we weren’t able to get back to our car that way. We had to walk by the highway to get to the parking lot. But other than that, it was a great workout. Now that we’re more familiar with the way, we will definitely be going back!

trail running
1 month ago

Nice trail if u want to run and hike. Too difficult to run the entire trail. Great if ur in this mood.

Beautiful area! It’s a great place to spend a day and wade in the water. Can be crowded but if it’s a rainy day there’s hardly anyone there. The waterfalls are gorgeous after a good hard rain.

Beautiful waterfalls. Very popular hike

Easy hike, even for our kids and little dog. Well marked and maintained trail!

Fantastic, great hike with incredible views.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is beautiful to walk on there are a few lookouts that you can stop at along the way. I when to little bald mountain also which branches off from buck spring trail. It is a little steep but well worth it as the summit is amazing.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful scenic hike with easy to navigate/clearly marked paths. We hiked all the way up to the covered bridge at High Falls with our 5 and 7 year old. Definitely a workout - but so worth it!

beautiful

Nice trails even in the rain. BTW there are clean;ish) port a potties!!!

Pretty easy trail but highly trafficked. Viewing points of the waterfalls where pretty awesome. Trail is really well kept.

Trail was easy to hike with 4 kids ages 3-9. Most of the trail is gravel, so we kept getting it in our keens. We recommend boots or athletic shoes to prevent that. Pretty views. No suitable place for little kids to enter and play in the water.

hiking
3 months ago

Clean, easy trail with an awesome river view and steps that take you down to the base of the falls for a nice close up of this beauty. It can get crowded, especially in the spring and summer months...early morning or late afternoon hike is recommended.

Beautiful views! Great to combine this trail with High Falls and Hooker Falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Great short hike with really lovely falls. Not crowded but it was mid week.

hiking
4 months ago

Trails are wide and clean. Beautiful location.

hiking
4 months ago

A well-manicured and often over-populated trail to a stepped falls. Not as impactful as High Falls, but a nice easy hike for families. Go early in the day or late to avoid the masses.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty!

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely breath taking! Very easy and short hike to get to the falls. You can sit on the rocks at the second level and enjoy the view. Would highly recommend!

don't come at this trail from the west side of yellow gap road during the winter unless you're prepared to walk an extra 3 miles. they close the road. otherwise, it's a great hike. beautiful views of sone small creek falls and the further up you get some good views of the inn and parkway. coming back though, make sure to have your GPS ready because it's really easy to miss your turn and you end up on pilot rock trail.

hiking
6 months ago

First, my review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

Second, the trail itself is easy to find, well maintained, generally dry and free of obstructions such as roots and rocks. The trail is not marked but even a novice can stay on it. All the trail junctions are posted and point to major landmarks.

Third, most of the trail is typical eastern US forest and is nothing special, with the exception of the two waterfalls, Triple and High. I feel the Triple has the better composition potential. Make sure you take the stairs down to the creek. On the “con” side the falls are open, not shaded and you are shooting into the sun. Try to visit on an overcast day to reduce the extremes in contrast.

If you want to save some time and effort just do Triple Falls and bypass High. But if you also want to do High then you may also want to take the Covered Bridge Trail. At just 0.2 miles (one way) it’s worth seeing.

Beautiful hike. Tons of water features. Can’t wait to go back. Portions of the trail are not suitable for small dogs. We had to carry our pups!

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