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Horsepasture River and Nature Trails

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

Scenic nature trail that features five waterfalls and plenty of wildlife.

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4 impressive waterfalls in 2 mile (each way) hike. Bring bathing suit

If you enjoy waterfalls this is worth every step. The first falls, Stairway falls, is easy to miss. There's a metal stake 50-100 yards past the border of Gorges Park on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2016
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

If you enjoy waterfalls this is worth every step. The first falls, Stairway falls, is easy to miss. There's a metal stake 50-100 yards past the border of Gorges Park on the Rainbow Falls Trail (actually called the Grassy Ridge trail) which you follow off to the left. Once you're back on the main trail, the next falls is Rainbow... More 

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Belmar, New Jersey
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44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 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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3 Thank Ted E
Liberty Township, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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3 Thank Tony C
Seneca, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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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5 Thank Barry_in_Seneca
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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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5 Thank BekyD
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 640 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 95 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 34 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 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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3 Thank corvus_12
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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