North Harper Shortcut

Harper Creek WIlderness Study Area, North Carolina

Elevation Gain710ft
Trailhead Elevation2,524ft
Elevation Min/Max2192/2524ft
Elevation Start/End2524/2524ft

North Harper Shortcut

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. This trail connects with the following: North Harper Creek Trail.

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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 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." Read more

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Trail Information

Harper Creek WIlderness Study Area
Nearby City
Harper Creek WIlderness Study Area
Julian Price Memorial Park
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Dec 2018