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

hiking
7 days ago

Road going to trailhead is very very rough. The falls are easily accessible and very pretty. Did not go on the south (right) fork since most reviews say it goes nowhere

Probably didn’t plan (food mostly) as well as we should have for a 13+ mile out and back but once we started we were committed to reach Big Bald. Gave it 3 stars bc it’s 95% forest with only 1 vista before the summit. While it was a good physical challenge it got monotonous at times. Didn’t see much wildlife - one deer, a few birds and some butterflies. Big Bald was glorious so there was THAT! Took us 6 hrs including a 20 min rest at the top. Saw only a handful of people the entire trek.

Very tough trail. Harder than I thought it'd be. View from top is gorgeous.

hiking
14 days ago

The falls are beautiful, and well-worth the short hike. However, the south branch trail doesn’t really seem to go anywhere. Also the signage directing people to the falls could be better. We had this app, but both groups we encountered on the south trail totally missed the left fork to the falls.

Good clear path with no trash on it...always good to see responsible hikers. Counted 4 water crossings that could be challenging for some to cross and stay dry. Waterfall at the end was great even though there had been a dry spell

it took me a mile to find the trail !!Hiking is not marked until you go to the back of the camp.Beautiful trail !!

This is a great enduring hike. The entire hike is generally uphill and rocky at some points. Because it had rained a lot the week we went we had to cross over 3 or 4 creek crossings which ended up soaking our shoes. Keep that in mind if it rains prior to your hike. the falls at the very end is gorgeous and was so powerful given the rain. Beautiful!!!

Excellent hike! I really had to push myself towards the end where it was steep and exhausted from the humidity. Thankfully, the vast majority of this trail is tree covered, which significantly lowers the temperature. It was a little confusing finding the trail head. There are signs for everything except the hiking. Go towards the back, away from the road. The signs for the trail will be near the camping area.

hiking
21 days ago

This trail is beautiful and very fun to walk on! We walked both the North and South Sill Branch trails. The north branch of the trail(the one on the left, if you walk up the trail until it splits into two branches) is shorter and easily walkable, with only one creek crossing before you reach the falls. There are cascades on your left side and the waterfall is gorgeous. If you double back and turn to the south branch, you'll see more cascades and scenic forest views, but the trail is much more technical. There are many creek crossings and the trail continues uphill for quite a while before dead-ending at deadfall. At least, the trail as far as it is recorded on the AllTrails app did...the trail itself continues for who knows how long but it's overgrown. The last half mile or so of the trail is very steep and continues straight upward with no switchbacks or flats, so it's pretty rigorous. And we didn't find anything at the end, which was confusing? Anyway, both trails are worth doing (especially the north branch!) but if you do the south branch of the trail you may want to cut it shorter than the AllTrails app suggests.

Pretty strenuous hike. The trail is visible and lake level is low. Fun adventure hike.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike was rocky and steep a lot of the time. The waterfalls were a great bonus. The large falls at the end was thundering and multi tier. Great shorter hike. It’s a couple of miles out and then back. I’d definitely do it again.

Do not listen to the IOS directions in maps. Get on Clark’s creek rd and the trailhead will be on your left. Chigger branch and Buckeye Falls is down past that

Quick hike yet beautiful. Have been twice, once with show on the ground and today after 13 days of rain.... hasn’t disappointed me yet.

This hike was beautiful but a little tougher than I planned on. Also mileage I recorded was 13.5, every .5 mile counts. Beautiful at the summit.

on Sill Branch Falls

1 month ago

Great little hike. Pretty steep climb once you pass the creek, but totally worth it. My 3 toddlers under 5 years old walk it with no problem. The waterfall is beautiful!!

hiking
2 months ago

The traiL is Longer than what it says... it's a good hike up to The big FaLLs... well worTh it... oohhh.. it's so beauTiFuL... there's a couple of small falls along the way... ♡♡♡ greaT daY hike.. w/ the kids... ♡♡

hiking
2 months ago

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Beautiful hike along the creek for the majority of the time with quite a few crossings. Multiple waterfalls.

Great hike past multiple waterfalls! The majority of the hike is uphill but not too steep with several stretches of flatter ground to break it up. Plus there are so many nice breaks along the creek that it’s nice to stop. There are really two falls on this hike, so after you pass the first large waterfall keep going further to an even better one!! Heard from other hikers that it’s even cooler to go during the winter time because the waterfalls completely freeze over! Will be back to see that. Also wear waterproof shoes during the spring season because you have to cross the creak four times, not difficult but will get regular sneakers wet.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful beautiful falls and trail, lots of spring wildflowers!

hiking
3 months ago

I used Google maps and got to the trail head no problem. the road there is really rough so go slow! The hike to the falls is lovely (left at the fork) the right fork is just beautiful.
on the right fork you cross the creek several times. Some of those crossings are very iffy. Unless you want to go UP a very steep incline to no where special turn around when the trail turns and starts following a small feeder creek. The last 1/3 of a mile or so is very steep with lots of loose rocks and leaf debris. Even with poles I slid once descending.

hiking
3 months ago

First off, do not follow the directions to this trail using the link provided here. You will spend more time looking for the trailhead than it takes to hike this trail when you finally find it using some other app or website. Once you get there, this is a lovely trail that gives you a couple of options. For an easy, spectacular view of the falls, head left at the fork. The falls are a few meters ahead. If you are more ambitious and can do a moderate 2 Miles (one way) at a steady incline and with numerous creek crossings, take the right fork. Enjoyed both immensely!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice gentle walk along a beautiful creek. There are several small water falls along the way. My wife and I enjoyed the views going to the falls as much as we enjoyed the falls. The trial is a little confusing. When you come to a “Y” in the trail, go to the left and you will immediately cross a small creek. The falls are straight ahead after crossing the creek.

very nice in winter

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great little trail that really comes alive in heavy rain seasons. Water features are awesome and great spot for photography in many areas.

hiking
4 months ago

This is an easy hike! Have visited this area many many times! The best time to go is now after all this rain! I love this place!

Trail is very easy to follow and a nice waterfall at the top as long as water levels are not too dry.

hiking
6 months ago

Great little trail to an impressive waterfall! It was almost all frozen and truly beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

This hike isn't for everyone! Its almost straight up & you cross the creek several times, but once you get there its totally worth it! The first waterfall you come to is not that far, but is so beautiful! Will definitely hike again!

The trail up to the AT shelter was approximately 4 miles. Our group was three relatively fit adults (20-23), but adult life has taken its toll it seems because it was one of the more grueling hikes we've done in recent memory. Another nearby hike we do regularly is Margarette Falls, but I'd question classifying that as an intermediate trail, whereas I'd rate this one more like intermediate+ to the low-end of difficult.

It was rocky in the beginning segments, and after the first bridge crossing its relatively leisurely, but after the 2nd or 3rd bridge it's straight uphill the rest of the way. At least 2 miles are straight up the side of the mountain. It's beautiful, for sure, even now in the early part of winter.

If you're an experienced hiker, or confident in your level of fitness I wholeheartedly recommend it. It's a fun and pretty trail with variable terrain and isn't *very* heavily traveled, but there were some nice older ladies who put us to shame when we went. We felt like we were dying on the final leg up to the shelter.

I guarantee I will be very sore tomorrow.

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