Upper Waterfall on Hickory Branch
The waterfall is located in the new (as of 2023) Mackey Mountain Recommended Wilderness area in a remote, serene setting. A bouncing cascade, which starts out steep and gets shallower as it comes down. The rock face is ledged and mossy, and the north-facing cove is filled with lush evergreens.
- Height: 30 ft
- Elevation: 2200 ft
- Stream: Hickory Branch
- Landowner: Pisgah National Forest, Grandfather Ranger District
- GPS: 35.693263, -82.184389
Hike to the Waterfall on Hickory Branch, then continue up the Hickory Branch trail for just under 0.3 mi. The trail crosses a fork of Hickory Branch and turns south, then reaches a switchback to the left. The waterfall is on a side path leading straight ahead just a few feet at the end of the switchback.