Hidden Lake and Lower Higgins Creek Falls Hike

Morganton, North Carolina 28680

Hidden Lake and Lower Higgins Creek Falls Hike

Hidden Lake and Lower Higgins Creek Falls Hike Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike takes place on one of the most significant remaining Southern Appalachian lands to be purchased for and open to the public—the 10,000-acre Rocky Fork tract. You will visit two important aquatic features here—60-foot Lower Higgins Creek Falls and Hidden Lake, a rare highland tarn. It is an easy and short trek to Lower Higgins Creek Falls, but the pull up to Hidden Lake is tougher.

After tracing an old logging road to the falls, the hike climbs more, making a few creek crossings, then turns up steep Birchfield Camp Branch. There you pass an unlikely and rusted truck from the logging days. Emerge from the rhododendron and find Hidden Lake, sitting at 4,000 feet in the shadow of Frozen Knob."

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Trail Information

Morganton
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Cherokee National Forest, Watauga Ranger District, 4400 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, TN 37692, (423) 735-1500, www.fs.usda.gov/cherokee
Local Contacts
National Geographic #782 French Broad & Nolichucky Rivers, Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests, Rocky Fork Trail map; USGS Flag Pond
Local Maps

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Dec 2018