Soco Falls

Soco Falls, Maggie Valley: Address, Phone Number, Soco Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

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Fitness-Ring
Crawfordville, FL43 contributions
Oct 2020
I really loved seeing this fall! It is steep and not for those who can’t go up and down stairs well or have balance issues. Halfway point isn’t bad but getting down to the bottom is very steep and very slippery and muddy after a rain! I would definitely not recommend that climb for those who can’t climb well, have balance issues, any injuries, or for little kids! My 6 year old had trouble holding onto the ropes and slipped a lot and we needed to hold his hand constantly so he wouldn’t fall down the path. It is beautiful at the bottom though!!
Written October 11, 2020
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Esther A
Fair Grove, MO124 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
There is limited parking and a wooden platform to view the beautiful falls, but getting there is not for the fearful. To go to the bottom of the falls there are guide ropes, but you better be sure footed! In the late afternoon there was a beautiful rainbow in the falls to view from the platform. Worth the effort!
Written August 12, 2021
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Paul S
Marion1,565 contributions
Dec 2020
This beautiful and free twin 100 foot waterfall is as high and as scenic as most of the falls within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is also much easier to reach than Ramsey Cascades, Hen Wallow, Abrams, or even Indian Creek and the others that are better known because of their location. The only falls within the park that are as easy to access in fact are the place of a thousand drips along the motor nature trail and the sinks which are located right on the road between the Sugarlands visitor center and Cades Cove. There is a dirt parking lot with room for about two dozen cars and a fence to keep the cars out of the creek on the downhill side of highway 19 as you climbing up out of Cherokee towards Soco Gap, the Quallah boundary and the Blue Ridge parkway. If you are coming from Maggie Valley or the parkway, please continue on to Cherokee, find a safe place to turn around, and then retrace your route to the falls. They are beautiful, but not worth getting in an accident turning left over a double yellow line on a blind curve. If you are in a low clearance car, you also want to go slow over the edge of the pavement to the parking area. Once you are safely parked, you can glance through the fence at the falls below. The short (150 yards or so) steep walk is a dirt path with several steps. However, there are no steps are handrail where it is needed most- the first ten feet from the edge of of the fence to the sharp right turn to the overlook. If you are not completely mobile, enjoy the view from the fence and do not attempt the trail. If a knee gives out there is nothing to stop you from sliding down the hill and into the creek right at the top of the falls. It was very slick on a December afternoon but we made to the viewing platform and got some spectacular pictures. There is a crude trail from the edge of the platform to the very edge of the falls and on down to the creek at the base, but travel at your own risk. With snow on the ground we did not attempt it. Nearest rest rooms are in Cherokee or Maggie Valley. If you have time, also plan to visit Mingo Falls near Cherokee. They are also free. involve only a short (1/4 mile) hike, and at more than 200 feet are taller than anything in the national park.
Written December 31, 2020
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Jayjay099
Cartersville, GA575 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
We are a couple in our 60’s and thought this was an easy 120 yard hike to the platform. It rained the night before, yet, it might of took us 10mins. to decline. NOT much different going back up even with the incline. Very little parking and could be dangerous pulling out, the worse thing about stopping and looking at the falls.
Written February 14, 2021
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Larry L
107 contributions
Dec 2019
Located 10 mins from Cherokee a beautiful double falls right off of US 19 in Maggie Valley. The trail down to the viewing platform is uneven and rocky when its wet it can be very sketchy hiking poles wouldn't be needed when dry but on the day we went it was very wet so my 68 year old mother used the poles to keep her balance. Getting down to the base of the falls can be very difficult when its wet thankfully there are guide ropes to hold on to. I used them to go down backwards like rappelling the rope down to the base. I had my backpack with my camera gear so I could use my hands. For the better photos you want to get down to the base of the falls. My insistent mother slid down on her bottom. I read that there have been some deaths as a result of people climbing the falls and slipping when we were there we witnessed a family climb up to the top of the falls and it looked super sketchy and not worth the risk.
Written January 9, 2020
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Brian
3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Great stop, parking is not easy but people do not stay super long so if you wait, most likely you’ll get a spot. Worth the minor hassle of parking! Hiking ropes for safety are set up already, it is a steep and slippery climb but with a little patience it was easily done with a 7 year old. All the kids really enjoyed the falls. Would say if you are here for sure check it out.
Written August 1, 2021
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WenT777
Morrison, CO117 contributions
Oct 2020
The waterfalls were beautiful. It isn't an easy climb down to view it from the river, but doable if you have the proper footwear and are a sure footed, fairly fit individual. There is a viewing area above for those unable to climb down. The climb to the bottom is more dodgy after a rain, which is when we did it. It can be very slippery and muddy. Be sure and use the ropes, and have three points of contact at all times. Hold the rope with both hands, and be sure to slide your hands and not go hand over hand. If you are able, the river view is quite lovely.
Written October 18, 2020
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FiveTrips
Corning, NY74 contributions
Aug 2020
This is a popular sight so you likely will encounter numerous cars stopped along the roadside parking area. But don't bypass it. The walk to the observation platform is not difficult. The falls and scenery are outstanding. If you proceed on down to the stream, use care. Wear secure shoes because it is slippery.
Written August 16, 2020
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BFTlady
Beaufort, SC21 contributions
Dec 2021
My family with young kids were visiting the Maggie Valley area and Soco Falls was recommended for an easy waterfall visit (since the 3 year old in our group wasn't up for long hikes). Soco Falls is right off of the highway - just steps away from the winding road, only a few stairs down. Fair warning, though - this mini hike is NOT for those who can't handle slippery rocks and muddy trails. The kids loved that they had to use ropes to walk down the steep path but it was a little treacherous for the youngest in our group. It's a great adventure but be ready to use your hands and knees (and don't go right after a mountain rain unless you want to get dirty!).
Written January 1, 2022
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Kathy B
Haines City, FL147 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
This is a beautiful double waterfall and there is a viewing platform just off the road but I am not sure how good the view will be from up there. We instead braved the arduous journey down to the bottom using ropes to hold onto. Would not recommend for those with small children, elderly or those who have any physical limitations. Make sure your shoes have tread and a hiking stick wouldn’t be a bad idea. Parking is also limited.
Written October 18, 2020
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