2,894 High Shoals Falls Loop Sawtooth campsites r p U p e C T r a i l r S hi nny T a i l I V Y C R E E K H. Q. T r a i l Shinny Creek campsites Upper Falls campsites D A R K T C R E E K K A T H Y C R E E K L I T T L E R I V E R Elev. There are a lot of stairs near the top of the falls, but there are benches if you need a break. Its neighbor, the Jacob Fork River, becomes a haven for those looking to escape the heat. High Shoals Falls is an impressive 50-foot drop over a wide cliff that draws a lot of visitors. took a side trip to bear falls, it's only. beautiful hike including an incredible waterfall, steady climbing on rocks, and through pine trees on the upper half. The trail to High Shoals Falls is probably the most popular trail in the park. Date of experience:June 2020 Ask larrymew about South Mountains State Park would recommend going in the early morning before /family/kids crowd the trail. This fork marks the beginning and the end of the trail's loop. Especially in the fall. Instead continue beyond the waterfall following the Upper Falls Trail along a ridge above Jacob Fork River before descending to Shinny Creek. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This rock outcropping offers a beautiful view of the Jacob Fork Gorge. High Schoals Falls is a beautiful, crystal-clear, 80-foot plunging waterfall. The powerful flow of the river has exposed all of the surrounding bedrock. Either way, the view is absolutely amazing and the trail is exceptionally well maintained. Once you reach the top it’s basically a gradual descend back to the parking area. The ground was covered in snow which added a beautiful ambiance. High Shoals Falls. View more property details, sales history and Zestimate data on Zillow. This short, but steep, and very popular trail takes hikers about a mile to High Shoals Falls. High Shoals Falls A surprisingly high, nearly vertical plunge makes up this waterfall in a part of the state not really known for its falling water. GPS Directions & Map After ascending a moderate grade look for an opening to the left. I've hiked this both clockwise and counterclockwise. 3001 S Mountain Park, Connelly Springs, NC 28612 (1 hour 20 minutes from Charlotte) One of the closest waterfalls to Charlotte, High Shoals Falls, is 80 feet tall and located in South Mountains State Park. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. The beautiful pool at the base leads down into a huge jumble of boulders with more cascades, which you'll pass on your way up the trail. cant wait to come back in the spring and adventure more in the park. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. High Shoals Waterfall and H.Q. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. High Shoals Waterfall and H.Q. There are some constructed wood boxes between stair sets that are filled with mud at least 6 inches deep. GORGEOUS! The 3,191 sq. This trail provided both—it was easy enough for me to casually hike while still gave me a bit of a workout with those wooden steps! It was beautiful and if you go early in the day you won’t run into many folks. it gets muddy on the stairs by the falls, if you have good. Clockwise, you're climbing up steep stairs, counterclockwise you're going up a steepish trail for a while and then going down those same steep stairs. Beautiful and massive waterfall hike straight up stairs. From the Jacob Fork parking area in South Mountains State Park, it is a short 1 mile walk over the Jacob River to the High Shoals Waterfall (80'). Definitely take a walking stick and wear hiking boots to help with that. Absolutely beautiful. Very little internet. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The first half-mile of the trail is the most strenuous section. Great trail and well marked. Explore the best trails in High Shoals, North Carolina on TrailLink. The crowds can get large on weekends, but the weekdays traffic is much lighter. agree with the others to go counter clockwise, couldnt figure out how to connect it with the HQ trail. Definitely not one to miss if you find yourself in this part of NC. The main waterfall is beautiful and powerful.... Do not miss! You may want to download the trail map before you go because the cell service in this area can be spotty. Conditions History. And on the way, the hike passes some prime backpacking campsites and visits the equally beautiful (but smaller) Blue Hole Falls, a single … Length 2.9 miElevation gain 662 ftRoute type Out & back Being a jerk / offensive? Small dogs won't be able to get up the stairs and unless your dog is very agile and used to hard terrain, you'll be carrying him/her in some parts. Here you will have nice views to the South. Fantastic trail. There is water immediately on the trail and some of the most spectacular rock vistas and cascades to take photos of and upon. Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Connelly Springs, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trailhead is in the Jacob Fork Parking area. As you leave High Shoals Falls, continue to head up the trail and you will eventually reach the top of the falls. Add Check-In. I actually preferred the counterclockwise way, even though it is a little longer walk to the actual falls. The falls are beautiful and well worth the effort. Instead, form some sort of customized and longer loop using the other trails in the park to enhance your experience. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Some good winter vistas to enjoy along with the waterfall. If you choose to continue past the observation deck, High Shoals Falls Trail (blue circle) climbs up above the waterfall, crossing the river. A true backcountry experience is offered at 24 backpacking campsites at seven locations. This is a great area to take a break, relax, and enjoy the view from the top of the falls. The trailhead is located in the Jacob Fork Parking Area at South Mountains State Park. - See 107 traveler reviews, 208 candid photos, and great deals for Connelly Springs, NC… Highly recommend! For me counterclockwise is the best way to get there. Loop Trail is a 7.6 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Connelly Springs, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The area is open, very peaceful, and even has a few picnic tables nicely positioned on the side of the river. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. There are many trails through the state park, and the most popular is the High Shoals Falls … Turn right on HQ trail and descend to Shinny Creek campsites. T… Starts at the Jacob Fork parking area on an old road to the right of the picnic area. Beautiful hike. (You can also take the Hemlock Nature trail which parallels this trail but closer to the river for a short distance). An easy one-mile hike along the Jacob Fork River leads to the base of High Shoals Falls in South Mountains State Park. The park is approximately 10 miles from the intersection of Hwys 27 and 18. A bit longer and more elevation gain than advertised, but a real nice hike. They are absolutely gorgeous and the pools they form a beautiful. The trail to High Shoals Falls is challenging in a few places but not that difficult overall. Continue ascending stairs to the top of the falls. Loved this trail. There was a solid climb but the trail was very quiet and peaceful. Been several years since I had been here and I can see improvements made. We did the High Shoals Falls Loop Trail. trail is past the bridge on the right; continue straight. If people are walking faster than you, there is ample room to pass and the descent is very gentle with wide trails. South Mountains State Park In one of the state’s most rugged areas, South Mountains State Park features elevations to 3,000 feet, an 80-foot waterfall, mountain streams and more than 40 miles of trails for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. Rate Quality . My daughter, age 16, and I did it counterclockwise which was the way for us to go I think, it’s almost like the waterfall is your payoff for doing the hike. parts of the trail were very wet, there was snow on the ground, and the stairs were pretty darn icy .. Saves the best for last! Dogs are also able to use this trail. Two of Georgia’s most beautiful waterfalls, on one single trail, and on a 2.5-mile hike, round trip: this is one extraordinary adventure. What I most enjoyed - aside from the incredible waterfalls and river flowing down the mountain - was that it’s mostly a one-way trail since it’s a loop, therefore you rarely, if ever, have anyone passing you going in the opposite direction. It's about a mile to the viewing deck for the waterfall, but includes some very steep steps. The hike goes up several steep steps to the top of the Falls. High Shoals Falls Loop hiking trail in South Mountain State Park, North Carolina. Although the waterfall is only 20 feet high, the scene is impressive. The trail begins at the Jacob Fork parking lot which is a mile or so beyond the South Mountain State Park office. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Several people have South Mountains State Park - 828-433-4772. I wish there had been more Mountain View’s! View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. It’s definitely moderate considering the elevation gain. People considerate with passing. 0 Comments Post Comment. Highly recommend. Loop Trail. I recommend walking along the creekside nature trail on your way out. High Shoals Falls Loop Trail The trail crosses the Jacob Fork River and reaches the High Shoals Waterfall one mile from the parking lot. Salem, NC. Or hike the 2.7-mile loop which includes a short section of stair climbing. Things are busier around the water fall and swampy, but BEAUTIFUL! Counter clockwise is the ticket! Some very muddy parts where we inched our way along the railing. The trail is rocky with roots, but nothing that can’t be handled. The trail follows the Jacob Fork Creek from the lower parking lot, and to reach the top of the falls, quite a few steps must be climbed. High Shoals Falls is created by five successive waterfalls equaling a total 300 ft drop along a 1.2 mile trail with observation decks for two of the falls. 4220 High Shoals Dr , Monroe, NC 28110-7655 is currently not for sale. 2,248 m black diamond singletrack trail. This location is absolutely beautiful. Get here early!! To the right is the longest distance to the top of the gorge but the slope is not as steep as to the left. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. This trail then continues to the top of the waterfall before … Went counter clockwise to avoid the stairs. The High Shoals Falls Trail continues on for another third of a mile alongside the river to a fork in the trail. Beautiful hike with just enough climb to feel the burn. Stairs are very steep but there are a few benches and places to catch your breath. Was a great hike! Secret Falls. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Great trail. Very wet and flooded but we went after heavy rain. Most elevation is by way of stairs. The High Shoals Falls Trail travels through a lush, mossy creek valley to one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in North Georgia. Approximately one mile from the parking area and after climbing a lot of stairs you will reach the viewing platform for the falls. It continues another 1.4 miles up to Chestnut Knob Overlook. I wouldn't just do this trail as your hike, unless you have limited time. We’re pretty icy but with caution definitely doable. Steady moderate climb to the top then down to the falls. The hike to High Shoals Falls is one of the most scenic in western North Carolina. Add Rating. Past the junctions with Chestnut Knob and Hemlock Nature trail, this trail crosses Shinny Creek on a bridge. High Shoals Falls Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hiawassee, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Surface: natural surface, stairs You have two options: hike one mile to the 60-foot waterfall and return (for two miles total). With more than 36 High Shoals trails covering 94 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the Highland Rail Trail or Pacolet Nature Trail. Northern water snakes bask on rocks and are mistaken for Copperheads. Definitely a great hike if you’re trying out new hiking/backpacking gear. From Charlotte, NC, take Hwy 27 West to Hwy 18 North and follow the brown and white signs to the park. Trail was fine, a bit muddy in some places and a bit icy in others. It was classified as a strenuous 2.7 mile hike. After about half a mile you will see signs for High Shoals Falls. This is one of the most spectacular hikes I’ve done in NC, which is saying a lot since NC has some incredible variety. The most popular hiking trail, High Shoals Falls Loop Trail, travels one mile along the Jacob Fork River to the base of High Shoals Falls (see video). You can tailor the experience to fit your plans. One of my favorite places to go for a vigorous hike or relax by the streaming river. Most visitors come to South Mountains State Park during the summer months, when High Shoals Falls Trail becomes a kinetic wave of people. Became quite crowded once I hit the stairs. If you go left you quickly hit water, then waterfalls. Many wet steps so walking sticks are highly recommended. Less than 90 minutes east of Asheville is South Mountains State Park, home to High Shoals Falls and the hiking trails leading up to stunning cascades of water. First off, I WOULD NOT recommend bringing a dog on this trail unless it's a medium to large working breed. Most people turn around and head back to the parking lot or take the loop trail on the other side of the river. It had snowed the day before so some of it was very icy, but with caution very passable. There have been several deaths here. Only saw 1 other hiker until the falls (near the end). Arrived at upper falls and was disappointed (lame) but after descending the steps to the lower falls I was blown away! ft. single-family home is a 4 bed, 4.0 bath property. From Morganton, NC, take exit 105 on I-40 and follow the brown and white signs to the park. This home was built in 2006 and last sold on 3/30/2020 for $308,000. Not overly crowded. The trail continues up steep steps and crosses the river again above the waterfall. It’s much further to the falls but a gradual climb is better than straight up all of those steps. High Shoals Waterfall and H.Q. Mar 30, 2016 near Marion, NC. South Mountains State Park: High Shoals Falls trail is a strenuous hike but with a nice pay off! It’s a really nice office by the way with clean restrooms. 2 miles and a lot less people. From the falls, continue on to complete a 2.7-mile loop and return to the trailhead. A tall, imposing cliff towers above the river right side of the falls. balance, can scale the frame edge of the steps. Chestnut Knob Trail is a steep, wooded trail (climbs 900 ft. in elevation), with views of High Shoals Falls and extraordinary mountain views. Mileage. Average, touristy hike featuring a tall and beautiful waterfall. We went to the right and did the HQ loop first. High Shoals Falls is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Casar, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Junction with the H.Q. enjoy! there isnt a good spot to get a better picture of the falls, but the platform allows you to safely feel its might. Unknown See History. Follow HQ trail back to the Jacob Fork Parking Area. It does get extraordinarily crowded on weekends so plan accordingly. Current Trail Conditions Update Conditions. Continue on Upper Falls Trail until you come to a junction with HQ trail. The trail begins at the Jacob Fork parking lot which is a mile or so beyond the South Mountain State Park office. I would form some sort of customized and longer loop using the other trails in the park to enhance your experience. High Shoals Falls Loop Trail is a 3.9 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Connelly Springs, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. This is probably the most popular hike at South Mountains State Park featuring a wonderful creek, 80 ft waterfall, mountain vista, all in a woodland habitat. Turn right at trail intersections and return to … The hike goes up several steep steps to the top of the Falls. Length 1.8 miElevation gain 265 ftRoute type Out & back This is a much more pleasant hike on weekdays as the stairs are narrow so you'll be waiting on other people a lot if you go during a busy period. More steep steps lead past the waterfall and up to the top for a view of the upper falls. I was somewhat disappointed by the views on the trail; however, the waterfall and state park-managed backpacking campsites were very maintained. Duration ... High Shoals Falls Loop Trail 2.3 mi 3.7 km • 524' Up 159.67 m Up • 516' Down 157.42 m Down. It was classified as a strenuous 2.7 mile hike. Climbing the steps and over the rocks is tough. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Fox Trail campsites Jacob Branch campsites Chestnut Knob Overlook Elev. Please explain. Not sure if all of this hike is good for small children but 10+ should be fine! Our dog loved hopping on all the rocks. Little icy at top of waterfall but manageable. Once you enter the park, drive to the end of the road to the Ranger Station and Jacob Fork Parking Area. Seems most people come in and head right for the falls but don't hike this loop. It’s a steep hike to the top but the trail has stairs where stone steps are missing and it’s well-guarded. First, pick up a trail map from the ranger station. Coming down that way is better than up. The trail ascends 1.2 miles to a scenic view of High Shoals Falls and Hugo Rock. It's located in South Mountains State Park, south of Morganton (about 70 miles east of Asheville). The stairs were pretty icy, I definitely wouldn’t have wanted kids out there. Follow either the Hemlock or HQ trail away from the parking area and upstream. The waterfall was magnificent, and well worth the effort to get there. The park is approximately 20 miles south of I-40. Rest on the rocks and soak your feet, or climb the steep stone staircase beside an 80-foot cascade to the top of the falls. We did the High Shoals Falls Loop Trail. There is no charge for entry or parking. Weather. The bathroom facilities were immaculate. Continue following the trail until it intersects with Upper Falls Trail. This is about an injury or accident Something else? Nevertheless, there is now an official Forest Service trail to the falls, which was called "Big Shoals Trail" after it was designated. I’m a very beginner to hiking, but want somewhat of a challenge. It’s perfect for a good workout and absolutely BEAUTIFUL views. Date. It’s a good trail! Was a good hike. Note: Plan to arrive early, as park can close if it reaches full capacity. Loved the trail! Turn right on Upper Falls. 1. Well maintained trail with great view of the falls. It’s a really nice office by the way with clean restrooms. Be sure and stay on the marked trail. The falls is located at South Mountains State Park in North Carolina. Spam? High Shoals Falls Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Connelly Springs, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. It has beautiful scenery, well maintained trails and pet friendly. A great gem of WNC! All junctions are signed and the tail is well blazed. Mile 0.55 – The trail ends at the base of Bird Rock Falls. To get to the Despite being called "Secret" for a long time, the falls isn't much of one - it's an easy hike to it now - but I can see how locals might have wanted to keep it that way. Next Generation Hiking Trail Maps.

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