Grassy Creek Falls 11-17-15
11-17-15 Grassy Creek Falls can be accessed from the Hooker Falls, High Falls, or Lake Imaging parking areas. I would skip the Lake Imaging way since there's a lot of horse and mountain bike traffic from that parking area. The shortest and easiest route is from the High Falls parking area, so that's where I'll give the directions from. The 1.3 mile hike to the waterfall is family friendly and is along gravel roads until the very end. I hadn't been to Grassy Creek Falls since 2006 and back then, you could scramble down to the bottom of the falls. Before this last visit, I checked the Friends of DuPont site and it says says the Pisgah Trailblazers built a trail to the bottom of the waterfall - great! Unfortunately on my return trip (11-17-15), the trail down towards the base is blocked by a fallen tree that has a "Do Not Enter" sign nailed to it. The main trail just leads to the top of the waterfall and you have the view looking down the long slide as shown above. The volunteer in the visitor center I spoke with didn't have any info for future plans for this trail, but for now - it is closed. It's not likely you will see very many other people at this falls, but go early just to be sure.
Directions to the High Falls parking: From the intersection of US64 east of Brevard and Crab Creek Rd, drive 4.2 miles on Crab Creek Rd and turn right on to DuPont Rd. Drive 4.2 miles (passing the Hooker Falls access) and turn left into the High Falls parking area on Buck Forest Rd. Bear right on the one way loop that brings you around to the parking and the visitor center.
Begin the hike on Buck Forest Rd. Go around the gate and follow the road for about 1/2 mile to the covered bridge at the top of High Falls. You will have just passed the Covered Bridge Trail coming up from the High Falls viewing area. Continue over the bridge and pass the right turn for Conservation Rd. About a mile into the hike, cross Grassy Creek and begin looking for the left on to Lake Imaging Rd. Take this left, go a short distance and look for the Grassy Creek Falls Trail on the left. Pass the Hilltop Trail on the right and bear left on the trail that leads down to the top of the waterfall. The 2 shots below are from my 2006 visit to the waterfall.
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