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Elk River Falls Trail

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 3.7 (3)

A short run with a big reward.


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0.1

Miles

0.2

KM

90%

Runnable

2,824' 861 m

High

2,782' 848 m

Low

3' 1 m

Up

42' 13 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Swimming · Waterfall

Please do not jump off the falls!

Description

This is a short trail to one of the best waterfalls in northwestern North Carolina. From the parking area, head north on Elk River Falls Trail for 0.1 mile. On USFS mapping, this is referred to as Big Falls.

The trail is very busy during summer months as the falls basin is a popular swimming hole. Please do not jump off the falls! The water is plenty deep in the basin but the falls have a strong undertow that has claimed several lives. Be smart so the Forest Service does not fence off this wonderful falls area.

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Shared By:

J.D. McNoldy

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Elk River Falls.
Jan 19, 2018 near Banner Elk, NC
Elk River Falls entrance.
Jan 19, 2018 near Banner Elk, NC

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