Location: North Carolina
Trip Starts: Cold Mountain Gap
Trip Ends: Cold Mountain Gap
Total Distance: 3 miles
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Trails Used: Greenland Creek Falls Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate
Trip Type: Day or Overnight
More Information:

Nantahala National Forest
Highlands Ranger District
2010 Flat Mountain Rd,
Highlands, N.C. 28741
(828) 526-3765


The hike to Greenland Creek Falls begins at Cold Mountain Gap and descends along an old forest road to Greenland Creek. Here it picks up a smaller trail that hugs Greenland Creek heading to the southeast toward the falls. Greenland Creek Falls are impressive and drop roughly 40-50 feet into a heavily forested and rocky pool at their base. From here, backtrack to the old forest road (where there is an excellent campsite at the junction with the Big Green Mountain trail), then loop back to the trailhead by following Greenland Creek to a second set of smaller falls – marked with two blue hashes on the map. From here, turn right to ascend to a massive powerline built and managed by Duke Power. Cross under the powerline, and follow the trail through a meadow back to the trailhead.

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