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Horsepasture River and Nature Trails

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Address: Sapphire, NC
Description: Scenic nature trail that features five waterfalls and plenty of wildlife.

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Can be difficult in areas, but unlike many such adventures, the falls make it worth the while. I particularly like hanging our at Turtle Back Falls. Miss the old entrance via... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2014
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Belmar, New Jersey
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Belmar, New Jersey
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83 reviews 83 reviews
38 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Can be difficult in areas, but unlike many such adventures, the falls make it worth the while. I particularly like hanging our at Turtle Back Falls. Miss the old entrance via the fire road. In the early Spring, there are these incredible miniature wild iris growing. Take you time, you will need it and soak in this incredible area.

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Liberty Township, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

not quite what it sounds like, very nice rolling small river thru many gorges and over waterfalls. went right past the resort we were staying in.

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Seneca, SC
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Some of the best hiking and trails around.. and if you park in the right places, it's all free... Have fun.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Don't let the other reviews scare you. If you are moderately healthly/ not overweight this trail is not that hard. There are some steep sections and can be slippery when wet, but the half of the trail in gorges park is very well maintained with a gravel path. The second half is packed dirt with staircases at the end going... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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220 reviews 220 reviews
146 attraction reviews
371 helpful votes 371 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

The Horsepasture River is one of the most scenic rivers in western North Carolina and there are several beautiful waterfalls along the river to see. It used to be possible to park on the side of NC-281 to access the river, but it is no private property and no-parking is enforced. Instead, park at the Grassy Ridge Trailhead in Gorges... More 

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Brevard NC
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156 reviews 156 reviews
50 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Horsepasture River is one of the most beautiful rivers in Western NC.

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Brevard,NC
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

I love to hike but if you don't like harder hikes this is not the place for you.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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93 reviews 93 reviews
30 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

The waterfalls here are very impressive. Several of them seem to be 100 feet tall or more. The volume of water flowing from the river is pretty big as well, compared to other falls in the area. I understand that you can bushwack down the Horsepasture to see even more falls.

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Sapphire, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

The new parking area is very nice, but if you went there years ago, its a little confusing. Most of the maps in the area have the waterfall names in the wrong order, but its not hard to figure them out when you see them. This is not a hike for beginners or those with low stamina, this is rated... More 

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Cleveland, Georgia
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308 reviews 308 reviews
66 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

Gorges State Park may still be under construction, but the waterfalls on the Horsepasture River are outstanding.

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