Bearpen Gap Waterfall
ElevationAscent: 626' 191 m
Descent: -627' -191 m
High: 5,551' 1,692 m
Low: 4,928' 1,502 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A quiet, secluded run to a small waterfall.”— Jake TheDawg
The first part of the trail is a connector trail to the Mountains to Sea Trail, Bearpen Gap Trail #442. Start in the northeastern corner of the parking lot. Follow a well-worn blue blaze connector trail to the MST trail. At 0.42 miles, cross a sequence of very small creeks (weeps). At 0.62 miles, join the MST.
There is a carsonite sign indicating the MST goes right and left. Turn RIGHT. At 0.75 miles, cross a stream. It's the confluence of the smaller streams (weeps) that you crossed at 0.42 miles.
The next carsonite sign is at 1.36 miles (35.317585, -82.968782). Leave the MST and follow an old forest service road that goes perpendicular to the MST. The forest service road goes south/southeast at approximately 163 degrees.
At 1.6 miles, reach the creek and waterfall. The old forest service road continues past this point, but its best to turn around after enjoying the falls.
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Land Manager: USFS - Nantahala National Forest Office