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Horsepasture River and Nature Trails

Sapphire, NC
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Ranked #5 of 8 Attractions in Sapphire
Type: Trails, Bodies of Water
Description: Scenic nature trail that features five waterfalls and plenty of wildlife.
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Liberty Township, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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180 reviews 180 reviews
121 attraction reviews
312 helpful votes 312 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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141 reviews 141 reviews
47 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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255 reviews 255 reviews
65 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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Grayson, Georgia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

My husband and I took our nine and twelve year old children on this hike. It was amazing! I must say that it was a little more than we had bargained for, considering we had to cross two large streams and the hike covered both state park and national forest lands. That being said, we are thrilled that we had... More

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