Big Shoals Trail

At A Glance


0.64 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 0.64
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles


Moderate trail which follows some old road beds and winds onto purpose-built sections of trail. Leads to "Secret Falls". This falls is not so secret anymore.

Big Shoals seems to be one of the original names of the waterfall, but Secret Falls has pretty much stuck as the "real" name now.

This trail is located in the Nantahala National Forest area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Nantahala National Forest trails list page.

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Roger Lee Wilson said: What gives anyone the right to rename The Big Shoals to secret falls. Their name is The Big Shoals my great great grandfather knew what their name is my grandfather was told the Indians named them The Big Shoals. There was even a factory just above them that was a Pin Mill. The USFS could get someone killed if they fall near The Secret Falls and call 911 I would automatically go out 64 East of Highlands NC the Cashiers Road that’s were The Secret Falls are so you can’t have two in the same 911 area. If you care enough to get the history of The Big Shoals us locals can tell you. Roger Lee Wilson 828-526-5106

Saturday, April 11 2020 8:34pm
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