Log Hollow Falls - Pisgah National Forest
Log Hollow Falls

 

10-28-17 - You can see 4 waterfalls in this stop - 2 are kid friendly (Log Hollow and Logging Road Falls) and 2 require a bit of scrambling to get to (Discovery and Upper Log Hollow Falls). Bigger kids may still be able to get to them without any trouble. The waterfall pictured above - Log Hollow Falls - is the main one that is written about and is right next to the trail. If you are just looking for a quick out and back, this one is an easy 1/2 mile hike. If you have the Pisgah trail map, you'll also see other possibilities for hikes in this area. Below is a video showing all 4 waterfalls.

Directions:  From the intersection of NC 280 / US64 / US276 near Brevard, drive north on US276 for 10.1 miles and take a left on FR475B. Drive 1.6 miles on this gravel road to the 2nd hairpin turn to the left and look for a gated forest road 5043 on the right - park without blocking the gate. There's an big brown informational sign here about timber harvest and clean water. If you are coming from the fish hatchery side, it's about 5 miles to this same spot. All 4 waterfalls are accessed from this parking area. The waterfalls are listed in the order that you will come to them.

Discovery Falls - Cross the gate and follow the trail (road) a very short distance through an open area. In less than 1/4 mile from the parking area, come to the first bridge and look for a unmarked path heading up the right side of the creek before the bridge. Follow this trail up for less than 1/4 mile and you'll see the waterfall ahead. I first found this waterfall in 2003 while visiting Log Hollow Falls. There had been a lot of rain and I wondered if there was a waterfall on this first creek also. At the time, there was no trail up the creek and I was very surprised to find this beautiful 50' high waterfall! There's now a very obvious path all the way to the waterfall,but it's not an official trail and is not maintained by the forest service. On my last visit in October 2017, several trees had fallen across the trail, so there will be some ducking and climbing over involved to reach the waterfall. Anyone in half decent shape shouldn't have a problem. There are also cascades below the waterfall, but they are littered with fallen trees and branches. The first picture below is from my 2003 discovery showing what the falls looks like with above average water flow. The second shot is more normal flow, but in drier times the flow can be quite pitiful. The last 2 shots are from my most recent visit in October 2017 a couple of days after a good soaking rain.

Discovery Falls - Pisgah National Forest

Discovery Falls - Pisgah National Forest

Discovery Falls - Pisgah National Forest

Discovery Falls - Pisgah National Forest
Discovery Falls

Log Hollow Falls - From the first bridge mentioned above, continue up the trail for another 5 minutes or so to the next bridge and the 30' Log Hollow Falls which will be on the right. Cross the bridge and look for the side trail on the right up to a closer view of the falls. The leaning tree is kind of in the way of a decent picture (photo at top of page), but you can still get a decent shot of the falls by wading up towards the base and using a wide angle lens. Be sure to note the rock at the bottom part of the waterfall which is very unusual. The first picture below is a shot from the bridge from late June 2014, but there's now a large dead tree that has fallen in the creek blocking the view of the creek in the foreground as you can see in the photo below that. The 3rd image is a close up of the unusual rock I mentioned during really low flow. The last shot was taken in front of the leaning tree.

Log Hollow Falls - Pisgah National Forest

Log Hollow Falls - Pisgah National Forest

Log Hollow Falls

Log Hollow Falls - Pisgah National Forest
Log Hollow Falls

Upper Log Hollow Falls - This waterfall is up creek from Log Hollow Falls. While at the viewing area off the main trail for Log Hollow Falls, look to the left for a faint path heading up the bank, then up parallel to the creek. It's not much of a trail, but you'll go by some nice cascades and in a few hundred yards come to the 20' falls in the next photo. You'll have to scramble down the bank for a closer view and there's not much of an area to enjoy the waterfall, but it's a really nice waterfall when the water is flowing good. You'll need a wide angle lens to get most of the waterfall width in the picture, but you can't see the upper section of the falls from the base. The next 2 shots are from my most recent trip in October 2017.

Upper Log Hollow Falls - Pisgah National Forest

Upper Log Hollow Falls - Pisgah National Forest
Upper Log Hollow Falls 

Logging Road Falls - The last waterfall at this stop is about a mile from the parking, but is still an easy hike along the old road which serves as the trail. Head past Log Hollow Falls for another 10 minutes and the waterfall is right next to the trail. It's about 75' high and somewhat obscured by leaves in season. This unnamed creek normally has low flow also, so is best seen after a lot of rain as shown in the first picture below. The last picture is from a foggy, leafless day. All of these waterfalls look good in the snow also. The forest road is generally in good shape and is a fairly easy drive in snow IF you have a snow capable vehicle. If you don't, it'll be a very expensive tow out of there.


Logging Road Falls 

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