North Harper Shortcut is a hiking trail in Avery County, North Carolina. It is within Harper Creek WIlderness Study Area. It is a mile long and begins at 2,524 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 710 feet. The North Harper Shortcut Trailhead Parking is near the trailhead.
North Harper Shortcut Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is one of the most enthralling falls on the Blue Ridge, and you can soak in a little pioneer history at the hike’s beginning. First, the North Harper Falls Trail traces an old forest road past a mountaineer homesite a short distance into the walk. Continuing down, you will reach the imposing granite slope that is North Harper Falls, a wide-open, 200-foot stream spill. Mountain vistas enhance the watery splendor. It takes a few minutes to absorb the entirety of this cataract. North Harper Falls first cartwheels as a long slide, culminating in an archetypal drop and pool. Furthermore, the hike to this falls is dry-shod, making it doable in any season, unlike other falls in the greater Harper Creek area that require wet fords. Finally, a drop of a little more than 200 feet makes this out-and-back hike easy."
--Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro, Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press).
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