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Hike to Grassy Creek Falls

Spruce Pine, North Carolina

Details

Distance

2 miles

Elevation Gain

300 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Alan Maxcy

An easy hike right next to Little Switzerland off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take a short trip to visit this beautiful waterfall in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Grassy Creek Falls is a beautiful waterfall that lies on private property just north of Little Switzerland's downtown area. The trailhead is easy to find. From Little Switzerland simply go under the Blue Ridge Parkway and the driveway is immediately on the right. You will park at the top of the driveway and begin your hike down the gravel path (Photo above shows where we parked our car).

The first part of the trail is a gravel driveway with a gradual downhill slope. You will pass residential homes on your left and in 1/4 mile you will reach a fork in the road. You will continue on the straight path (there are signs that read "Falls 1/2 mile"). The path will continue down a gravel road, but will become much steeper. In 1/2 mile the path will veer right into the woods. There will be another sign pointing you in the direction of the falls at this junction. You will need to go under/over a chain at this point (this is normal).

The path will take you through the woods for about another 1/4 mile. As you approach the waterfall you will hear the roar of the water getting louder. The waterfall, on your right, can be viewed from two different locations. You can see the falls from the the trail itself, but you can also make your way down to the bottom of the falls. However it is a very steep and slippery bank that you must navigate down. When we were visiting the falls it was winter so the banks were covered in snow. There didn't seem to be a designated path to get down to the falls, but in the summer with higher traffic there may be a clearer way down. If you can make it down the path it is worth the view!

Once you have enjoyed viewing the falls and taken a few photos you can make your way back up the path. One thing to remember when on this hike is that it is private property, so be sure be respectful of their property by removing any trash and parking in the designated areas. After you are done with your hit you can enjoy a meal in Little Switzerland or go shopping in one of their many little shops.

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