North Harper Shortcut Professional Review and Guide
"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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