Upper Falls

Location: Western North Carolina
Trip Starts: Jacob Fork Parking Area
Trip Ends: Jacob Fork Parking Area
Total Distance: 3 miles
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trails Used: Hemlock Nature Trail, Upper Falls Trail, High Shoals Falls Loop
Trail Traffic: Light
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
More Information:

South Mountain State Park
3001 S Mountain Park
Connelly Springs, NC 28612
(828) 433-4772


This hike starts at the Jacob Fork Parking Area and follows the Hemlock Nature Trail along the Jacob Fork River to the High Shoals Falls Loop which uses a section of the Upper Falls Trail to access the Upper Falls Trail Campsites, a multi-use area used by hikers, bikers and horse riders. This loop hike has outstanding views of the eighty foot High Shoals Waterfalls from platforms at both the top and bottom of the falls. An elaborate system of steps descends along High Shoals Falls for some scenic views that extend out into the valley below. The route eventually winds back to the Shinny Creek Picnic Area and to the Parking Area at Jacob Fork. It is rated moderate due to some steep climbs from the picnic area.

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