Hike to Douglas Falls

Rate this Adventure North Carolina Douglas Falls Trailhead

Added by Nathan Szwarc

Hike to a 70 foot waterfall you can walk right under and behind.

The trail begins at the back of the parking area, and is marked by a trail sign. Once on the trail it is a straight shot to the waterfall with no turnoffs. Overall the trail is very easy and is a slight descent all the way down. Around .3 miles into the trail  you enter a forest of now dead hemlocks this will let you know that you are closing in on the waterfall. From here continue down the trail and you will see the waterfall. You can easily walk up to it, below it, and even in it if you want to! Just be sure to be careful as some of the rocks are slippery surrounding the waterfall. If you want to turn this into a much longer trail, the trail does continue up and to the left of the waterfall all the way up to the Craggy Gardens visitor center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although not from experience, the this trail is supposedly very difficult to follow as well as very strenuous so make sure to come fully prepared if you plan on extending the hike. If you are content with seeing the beautiful falls and heading out simply follow the trail back up. Once again there are no turnoffs on the way up, however it will be somewhat more difficult as you are going at a slight incline for most of the .5 mile return trip. As always make sure to pack out any trash and leave the trail in a good condition! 

Pack List

  • Daypack
  • Appropriate hiking clothing
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Tripod (for long exposure)
  • Appropriate shoes (trail is often wet and muddy after rain)
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1 Miles

Elev. Gain:

240 Feet

Features:

Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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Added by Nathan Szwarc

Avid hiker, backpacker, and aspiring photographer living in east Tennessee.

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