Birding · Geological Significance · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The Drip Falls of Norman Wilder Forest are beautiful and make a great picnic spot. From the parking lot, follow the blue blazes marking the Norman Wilder Trail to the yellow trail markers for a moderate, 2-mile round-trip out-and-back run. (Previously, the yellow trail formed a loop around the Drip Falls, but this section of trail was seriously damaged in the 2018 landslides. The yellow trail has been rerouted as an out-and-back.)
Norman Wilder Forest is a 185-acre preserve between Saluda and Tryon. As you explore the running trails, you'll find yourself surrounded by mature forests with majestic, tall trees. In the spring and summer, you can enjoy exceptional displays of wildflowers. The preserve is part of the North Carolina Birding Trail and home to many species including wood warblers, thrushes, and tanagers. Beautiful mountain streams flow through on their way to the North Pacolet River.
Conserving Carolina owns Norman Wilder Forest and is committed to maintaining it as a nature preserve for generations to come. The 185 acres of Norman Wilder Forest were acquired in 1999 by the Pacolet Area Conservancy, one of two land trusts that merged in 2017 to form Conserving Carolina. The forest was named for a lifelong conservationist and environmental educator who served on the board of the Pacolet Area Conservancy.
Shared By: Conserving Carolina