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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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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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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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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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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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176 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 487 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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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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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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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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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