North Harper Shortcut

Harper Creek WIlderness Study Area, North Carolina

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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.
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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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Harper Creek WIlderness Study Area
Distance: 1.0
Elevation Gain: 710 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,524 feet
Top Elevation: 2,524 feet
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: Harper Creek WIlderness Study Area
Elevation Min/Max: 2192/2524 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2524/2524 ft

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."

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Jun 2018