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Gorges State Park

Highway 281 South, 976 Grassy Ridge Rd (Visitor's Center), Sapphire, NC 28774
+1 828-966-9099
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Awesome hike, LEED certified visitor center, and waterfalls

We have been here a few times and this has become one of our favorite places. When you arrive at... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Greenville, South Carolina
Was Worth The Wait to Fully Open

The first time I was at this park was several years ago. The road was in place and the visitor... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Norfolk, Virginia
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Highway 281 South, 976 Grassy Ridge Rd (Visitor's Center), Sapphire, NC 28774
+1 828-966-9099
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We have been here a few times and this has become one of our favorite places. When you arrive at the LEED certified visitors center you are greeted with a beautiful energy efficieint building and views of the nearby mountains. The also have a bathrooms...More

Thank onemichael
Reviewed 1 week ago

The first time I was at this park was several years ago. The road was in place and the visitor center was under construction. When it was finally opened, I went through the center and was amazed at the information that they had about the...More

Thank rockdoctor48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful information and education center! Our hike included 3 waterfalls that were absolutely gorgeous. Highly recommend this park.

Thank Holly S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The visitors center at Gorges SP is not to be missed-- start your day there. They will help you plan your visit and suggest which walks and hikes will suit you best.

Thank terrysH7743ST
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't have enough time to fully enjoy the impressive information center and just grabbed a map. We did the hike to Rainbow and Turtleback falls, while challenging SO rewarding! Very well maintained trails and clearly marked! We had a lovely picnic overlooking Falls, so...More

Thank whatagreatlife
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

There are 3 major waterfalls that you must take a hike to see! The first is Rainbow Falls, the second is Turtleback fall where you can slide down and swim and the third is only partially visible. The third is on private property so your...More

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 16 August 2017

This is a fairly moderate hike in. Nothing too strenuous, but it is up and down and over 1.5 miles in. Then, you don't want to miss Turtle Back Falls above it. Together, you will be walking over 4 miles out and back. Turtle Back...More

Thank RickCreel
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

The visitor center is so well done. Lots of info about the area, some history, geography, and souvenirs of course. We took the hike to Upper Black Wallow Falls. It was a half mile each way. Going down wasn't too bad but I did get...More

Thank Terry P
Reviewed 3 August 2017

On a hot Saturday morning in July we hiked to Rainbow Falls and then on to Turtleback Falls (sliding rock). The parking was already full at 10:00am - but the rangers were there directing everyone to the overflow parking. Turtleback is a must see/do for...More

Thank m2links
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Gorges State Park has a great Visitor Center with Bathrooms,Gift Shop and outdoor area with views and rocking chairs. The Bearwallow Trail/ Area has a picnic shelter and a 1 mile round trip trail to an observation deck to see the falls(not so much). The...More

2  Thank Marty H
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Stephanie M
16 January 2017|
Response from Tiburon09 | Reviewed this property |
Just backpack camping.
Joanna W
9 October 2016|
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Response from Kim Y | Reviewed this property |
Yes it would be a great ride
roseann l
1 August 2015|
Response from matmul45 | Reviewed this property |
There was not a fee for using the trails etc. I don't know about the campsite as we didn't need to campover night there.