• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

Distance: 1.4 mile out-and-back. Elevation gain: 1000 ft. Scenic waterfalls. Wonderful photography opportunities. Parking available. Dog friendly. Fun for the whole family. Easy day hike.

The trailhead for this hike is at the same parking area for the Flat Top Trail. From the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, travel north up the Blue Ridge Parkway for about 3 miles, where you will come to small parking area. It is quite tiny, and probably holds around 10 vehicles, but there was only one other car there when I went. It's probably like that most of the time except maybe the weekends. From the parking lot, walk across the road to where the trail starts. The whole trail is about 1.4 miles roundtrip, so it's fairly short and fun for the whole family.

Once you start on the trail, it is a steady downhill for most of the .7 miles in, so it is uphill coming back. The trail is well maintained and can get a little rocky at some points, but has stone steps and rest benches along the way. Once you reach the falls there is some washout on the lower falls, so caution is advised.

The upper falls is the pinnacle. It's not the biggest waterfall, but it is definitely spectacular to see. The water flow down the falls will depend on the season. It's a peaceful place to relax or do some exploring to find the best photo angles. Then it's .7 miles back out the parking area.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Good hiking shoes/boots
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Hammock
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I loved hiking this!! It’s a really easy hike to fit in on a slow morning because it’s super short but there’s lots of places to just chill along the trail. Especially pretty in the fall after it rains but peaceful all the time

3 months ago
3 months ago

If driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, this waterfall is worth a short side trip. It isn't too difficult to walk down to the falls. It would be best to visit either during winter or right after a rain to have higher water levels because the falls can become more of a small trickle in the summer.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Lucas Moore

Just a young follower of Jesus looking to explore and capture some sweet photos

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