Trail Running Takeover at Mulberry Gap: Emery Creek Falls
ElevationAscent: 665' 203 m
Descent: -666' -203 m
High: 1,683' 513 m
Low: 1,032' 315 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“Wet your feet and fill your soul with a visit to Emery Creek's 5 waterfalls!”— Susan Brock
Race - Apr 26, 2020
Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
About 1.4 miles in, you'll meet an old road bed and make a right and follow it for about a tenth of a mile. The trail will climb up to the left (do not go straight and cross the creek).
You'll cross the creek and turn on a short spur trail to the base of the first of them, a cascade dropping 40 feet. Skirt up and around it to see the second falls directly above—a wide 15-footer. Both of these falls have nice pools for splashing around in if you're so inclined, and both make for great picnicking. There is a campsite at the top of the first falls, but it's easy to get chilly here, so bring a layer to put on if you plan on hanging out!
Head back to the main trail and continue up, a bit more steeply. It's not far to three more waterfalls, and soon you'll hear a roar through the rhododendron and see glimpses of whitewater and a definite falls below. Getting a closer look requires scrambling down the bank, but it's well worth the effort. These falls drop 15, 40, and 15 feet, and each has a nice plunge pool.
Return the way you came to get back to the main trailhead. Feel free to stop and play in the rapids along the way!
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