Hike to High Shoals Falls

North Carolina Jacob Fork Parking Area

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This 2.7 mile loop through South Mountains State Park leads to the observation deck for 80 foot High Shoals Falls (80').

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'). If you choose to continue past the observation deck, High Shoals Falls Trail (blue circle) climbs up above the waterfall, crossing the river. Keep right at the intersection to loop back to the parking lot.

Photo Credit: Stanislav Vitebskiy

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  • Water
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Spring, Summer, Autumn

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2.7 Miles




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15 days ago

Beautiful Falls, Short Hike, too Crowded

I went on a Sunday, weather was great. This feels too "commercialized" The access to the water is very limited any where but the creek at the bottom. There were too many people going up and down the stair (100+).. Really beautiful spot, not the best for us. The hike up was tough with all the steps but it was still short, used to 5 miles in/out with greater elevation having just moved from AZ. Recommend this hike for newer hikers and people who aren't looking for an all day event, we took our time and did whole loop in an hour.

15 days ago

8 months ago

One Of My Favorites

This trail is a great workout with beautiful scenery along the river. The waterfall is beautiful and the trail is well maintained. This is one of my favorite hikes because its strenuous about 40% of loop, but its right along the waterfall so you have something beautiful to look at while taking a breather. Great place to bring the dog too!

8 months ago

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