Douglas Falls Trail

Buncombe County, North Carolina

Distance2.7mi
Elevation Gain2,113ft
Trailhead Elevation4,367ft
Top5,303ft
Elevation Min/Max4185/5303ft
Elevation Start/End4367/4367ft

Douglas Falls Trail

Douglas Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 4,367 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,113 feet. The Douglas Falls Trailhead Parking Area parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Big Ivy Road.

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Five-Star Trails-Asheville-2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jennifer Pharr Davis
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"The trail to Douglas Falls weaves steadily downhill through a dense hardwood forest. After you turn off the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST), you will not cross another trail intersection or road on your journey to the falls, making this a very quiet and remote hike. You will cross several streams before reaching a grove of large boulders and a 70-foot-long rock ledge. The thin but picturesque Douglas Falls drops over the ledge into a small pool. After leaving the waterfall, the hike back to the trailhead presents an unrelenting uphill climb. It is imperative that you allow ample daylight time for completing this hike, particularly because of the tiring uphill climb on the return leg." Read more
Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press)
Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro
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"This waterfall trek starts near Craggy Gardens, a Blue Ridge Parkway recreation area that is famous for its balds, supporting wildflowers, grasses, and shrubs such as rhododendrons, laurels, and flame azaleas. Don’t miss seeing the balds between mid-June and early July when the pink and purple blooms of the native rhododendrons star in the most dazzling flower pageant on the Parkway, coloring the slopes and peaks of the Craggy Mountains. Spring is also an ideal time to hike to Douglas Falls: The waterfalls are robust, and wildflowers color the highlands." Read more

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Trail Information

Buncombe County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Waterfalls
Features
Blue Ridge Parkway: 828-298-0398, nps.gov/blri; Pisgah National Forest: 828-257-4200, www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc
Local Contacts
National Geographic #779 Linville Gorge, Mount Mitchell, USGS Craggy Pinnacle
Local Maps

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Dec 2018