Glen Falls Trail

At A Glance

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2.8 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 2.8
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Trail Number: 8
Hikes That Use This Trail: Glen Falls


Three waterfalls along East Fork Creek are collectively known as Glen Falls, and are well worth the effort required to reach them. The trail travels downhill, starting at the back of the parking area. The trail emerges at the top of the first falls, but stay behind the railing for safety. Do not cut switchbacks - this area is heavily used, and the shortcuts are dangerous and eroded! Continue along the trail, with switchbacks, to reach the bottom of the first falls - a beautiful sight and a great place to relax. Be careful; you're at the top of the second falls here. Continue on the trail to reach the bottom of the second falls. The third falls is not really significant or worth the effort to see, and not recommended.

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


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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Glen Falls - Parking to Upper Overlook Spur

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.25 mi

Glen Falls - Upper Overlook Spur

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 268 ft

Glen Falls - Lower Overlook to End

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.57 mi

Glen Falls - Upper to Lower Overlook

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.27 mi

Total Calculated Length: 1.14 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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