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
11 days ago

Beautiful hike. Well worth it when you get to the top and see the falls.

I definitely wouldn't rate this trail as hard. It was just slightly uphill until you come to a tree on the left with a blue circle, after you take that left you're just a few steps away. We skipped the left at first and continued about 3/4 of a mile up the trail it was a beautiful walk but no water or mountain views.

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked with 5 friends. It rained hard the night before we hiked. The 4 creek crossings were a little difficult due to the high waters. The falls were beautiful and the the woods were lush and green. Perfect hike!

hiking
1 month ago

have been here one time and would like to go again. went with friend and two of my grandkids there was ice still in places. the waterfall is beatiful. basically an easy hike other then the length

on Sill Branch Falls

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike with an amazing reward! Getting to the falls is very easy a hike. Just make sure when you come to the split to stay on Sill Branch North that will take you directly to the waterfall. The south part of the trail follows the creek and makes for a great day hike.

I’ve always wanted to revisit this section of the trail since I thru-hiked the AT in 2007 and I wasn’t disappointed. Big Bald is one of my favorite spots on the entire Appalachian Trail. It is a very challenging hike, but the 360 degree views make it well worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty easy to moderate hike, follows the creek most of the way up and well kept. The back end of the trail gets steep and rocky so you gotta be cautious on the decent. I definitely plan to go back after a good rain so that there will be more water at the falls.

2 months ago

very nice hike really pretty in the winter

Pretty easy overall. I’d recommend this for anybody looking for a high payoff for a short hike.

Any skill level can do this hike. Those with knee trouble should take a sturdy walking stick as there is a steep incline/decline.

I hiked this today (9/7/18) in a rush. It only took about 20 minutes of actual walking to get there and back. I will definitely go back and take the whole family.

lil steep in a part or 2 but worth it super short trail

Good hike. Go after lots of rain so that there will be more water in the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely an easy, quick hike that can be combined with other hikes in the area.

2 months ago

steep Rocky but worth the pain the trail is by the tent camping towards the back of the tent camping area it was hard to find the trail from the recetation center

on Sill Branch Falls

2 months ago

short moderate hike

Great workout. You're climbing all the way up to the "pond". Would not recommend driving small cars up to the parking lot. The road get really rocky and is bit like off roading. There is now a sign on a tree that clearly marks the left turn you will need to make to keep following the trail. The pond, however, was almost dried up and wasn't much of a view, but it was a nice area to have a picnic. Definitely kicked my butt on the way up.

I hiked this trail in late August up to the
Curly Maple Gap shelter about four miles in from the river. Very well kept and easy to follow. The hike is a bit strenuous because of the steep incline but other than that pretty simple and makes for a great day hike!

nature trips
2 months ago

The road up there was gravel and bumpy, but any car can make it. The hike itself was beautiful. Definitly wear good shoes because some spots are slick. Beautiful was tho. Make sure to take North Side trail. I'm a chunky woman and it was still easy for me:)

hiking
2 months ago

We've started taking our 6 year old son hiking and he absolutely loved this one. We used Google maps to get there and it took us right to the trail head. He loved getting in the little pools of water hiking up to the main fall. This trail is definitely kid friendly.

A really nice trail. The waterfalls at the end are excellent but the trail makes you work for it. Trail is a mix of flat walking and quite rocky. There are 4 water crossings which were manageable even with the wet summer.

This trail is PERFECT for the beginning hiker who is in average physical condition. The falls are beautiful and worth the walk!

hiking
3 months ago

Hadn’t hiked the falls in probably 8 years or longer, but had a blast. Took the kiddos (4 and 6) and they did very well. Trail is in good shape, creek crossings were fairly deep in places since all the rain lately in the area. The falls were beautiful, again from all the rain lately they were flowing heavy! I definitely recommend this trail for some beautiful scenery. I have hiked this trail since I was a kid and have always loved how it follows the creek up the mountain.

This trail was great. It is mostly shaded the whole way up. It was mostly on an incline till you get to the top, so some in the group had some struggles. We only saw two large waterfalls, but they was magnificent. I will definitely do this hike again.

Great trail not too hard and awesome view the entire walk but but not marked well so make sure you just keep to the right at every turn on the way up. Taking the left goes up rattlesnake Ridge and hits no water and a very like hike still a great view but much harder and no waterfall

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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!!!

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