Upper Falls Trail
ElevationAscent: 790' 241 m
Descent: -313' -96 m
High: 2,500' 762 m
Low: 1,807' 551 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“This trail divides the South Mountain State Park in North Carolina into its north and south parts.”— Charles Pulse
Upper Falls begins with a descent through a hardwood and pine forest for .5 miles to Jacob's Creek. Here a wet stream crossing is required through the creek. You may encounter people fly fishing up and downstream as you make your crossing. Once across the stream, you'll immediately emerge into the Upper Falls backpacking/tent only camping grounds. The trail runs through the middle of this 5 tent site camp and starts its ascent.
The climb is steep, at this point, and stays that way for about a mile. The path, however, is wide with a surface that is free of roots and large rocks. The trail passes through a hardwood and pine forest, up to a mountain ridge line where it provides vistas of the South Mountains in both directions. The trail stays on the ridge line, continually climbing until it ends on the Lower CCC Trail.
The Upper Falls Trail is shared by horses, hikers, runners, and bikers.
Land Manager: North Carolina State Park - South Mountains State Park