waterfall on Barnett Branch Trail
This is a very easy waterfall to get to, but is virtually unknown and not listed in very many references to waterfalls in the Pisgah Forest. It's a very easy 10-15 minute hike up a maintained trail and is kid friendly. The 25 foot waterfall is on a low volume creek so looks it's best after some recent rain. It can be barely more than a trickle in drier weather.
Directions: From the intersection of NC 280 / US64 / US276 near Brevard, drive north on US276 for 11.6 miles and turn right on the gravel FR1206 - aka Yellow Gap Rd. If you are coming from the Blue Ridge Parkway, head south on 276 for 3.2 miles and turn left on FR1206. Drive 1.3 miles on FR1206 and pull off where the blue blazed Barnett Branch Trail crosses the road. There's only room for a couple of vehicles here.
Take the Barnett Branch Trail to the left and hike about 10-15 minutes to the waterfall. There's a very short side trail to the base of the falls right before the main trail begins switchbacking up the mountain. Getting a good shot of the waterfall is tricky and summer vegetation will obscure the view. Please do not climb on the moss covered rocks for a better shot or view! You can tip toe out to the area in front of the falls for a shot, but the creek spreads out here and you may get your feet wet.
If you would like to see a couple of other lesser falls on this creek, continue up the Barnett Branch Trail past the main waterfall. The trail heads up to the right, then switchbacks to the left and over a log bridge that looks like it needs some updating. The trail arrives back at the creek at a slide, then continues up a short distance (less than 1/4 mile from the main waterfall) to a 30' falls covered in downfall.
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