Yellow Creek Falls
6-2-19 - We finally got over to the Robbinsville area for a few days of camping and hiking. There are several waterfalls in that area that I haven't been to and this little jewel was one of them. It's on pages 447-448 of Kevin Adams 3rd edition of his North Carolina Waterfalls guide book and that's how I found out about it. If you don't have the book, he has hundreds of waterfalls listed that you won't see on this site. The main drop of Yellow Creek Falls is only about 15' high, but the cascades below the waterfall really add to the scene. The hike is about 0.4 miles with less than a 200' gain in elevation. It's easy to moderate depending on your abilities. There are some steps, rocks, and roots along the trail, but is basically family friendly. The waterfall is actually on private property, but the public is welcome to come and enjoy the waterfall.
Directions: From downtown Robbinsville, drive west on US129 (Tapoco Rd) for 10.8 miles and look for the gravel parking area on the right. It's a short distance past Yellow Creek Rd and there's an informational sign at the trail head with 'Yellow Creek Falls' in big letters. The obvious and easy to follow trail begins at the sign.
The creek had good water flow when we were there and we could hear it from the beginning of the trail. Soon after we began the hike, the creek came into view and the trail followed along side of it. If you are a photographer, give yourself enough time to make a couple of stops for shots along the creek before you get to the waterfall. There are numerous cascades along the way, but you'll have to do a little scrambling to get shots of some of them. Below is one of the cascade areas.
cascade along Yellow Creek
At about 0.3 miles, you lose sight of the creek during the summer months, but you can still hear it through the trees. Most of the hike has been uphill until now, but the trail descends towards the creek as you approach the waterfall. A large boulder provides the view in the first photo on this page. You'll have to scramble down to the left to get out on the rocks for more views of the waterfall. There's even a small swimming hole, but use common sense for swimming here and at all waterfalls! Wet rocks are very slippery! Below are a couple more shots of the waterfall and a bit of video I shot. Be sure to watch it on my YouTube channel in 4K for better quality!
Yellow Creek Falls
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