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Well maintained and beautiful falls

The trails to Rainbow and Turtleback Falls (and Stairway, etc) are well maintained trails that take... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2017
TripTipDad
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Atlanta, Georgia
A Superlative in a Region of Superlatives

It has been a number of years (too many) since I last visited this area. So the June 2017 date is a... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2017
SharpestJim
,
Alachua, FL
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Scenic nature trail that features five waterfalls and plenty of wildlife.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“wet rocks” (2 reviews)
“main trail” (3 reviews)
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Sapphire, NC
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

The trails to Rainbow and Turtleback Falls (and Stairway, etc) are well maintained trails that take you about 2 miles in and then back again. Please note: when you walk down... you gotta walk back up... so plan accordingly. Take plenty of water with you...More

1  Thank TripTipDad
Reviewed 1 June 2017

It has been a number of years (too many) since I last visited this area. So the June 2017 date is a lie. More like June 2000. But if you love the outdoors, it doesn't get much better than this. Please heed all of the...More

Thank SharpestJim
Reviewed 19 June 2016

If you enjoy waterfalls this is worth every step. The first falls, Stairway falls, is easy to miss. There's a metal stake 50-100 yards past the border of Gorges Park on the Rainbow Falls Trail (actually called the Grassy Ridge trail) which you follow off...More

2  Thank Tom B
Reviewed 15 October 2014

Can be difficult in areas, but unlike many such adventures, the falls make it worth the while. I particularly like hanging our at Turtle Back Falls. Miss the old entrance via the fire road. In the early Spring, there are these incredible miniature wild iris...More

4  Thank Ted E
Reviewed 9 July 2014

not quite what it sounds like, very nice rolling small river thru many gorges and over waterfalls. went right past the resort we were staying in.

4  Thank Tony C
Reviewed 4 December 2012

Some of the best hiking and trails around.. and if you park in the right places, it's all free... Have fun.

6  Thank Barry_in_Seneca
Reviewed 2 September 2012

Don't let the other reviews scare you. If you are moderately healthly/ not overweight this trail is not that hard. There are some steep sections and can be slippery when wet, but the half of the trail in gorges park is very well maintained with...More

6  Thank BekyD
Reviewed 29 July 2012

The Horsepasture River is one of the most scenic rivers in western North Carolina and there are several beautiful waterfalls along the river to see. It used to be possible to park on the side of NC-281 to access the river, but it is no...More

17  Thank jmpncsu
Reviewed 4 June 2012

Horsepasture River is one of the most beautiful rivers in Western NC.

1  Thank FrequentTraveler0308
Reviewed 20 March 2012

I love to hike but if you don't like harder hikes this is not the place for you.

4  Thank CraigCMiller
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