Upper Falls

Upper Falls

Upper Falls is on a small stream, but it's fairly reliable in terms of water flow, even during the summer. Much higher than it is wide, the stream tumbles over a bumpy, colorful rock face with some free-falling sections. It spreads out over a small ledge near the middle, then begins a long, curving slide above which you will come out on the trail. The cliffs on either side are sparsely vegetated with high-elevation flora, including spruces & firs, mosses, and grasses.

Statistics

  • Height: 50 ft
  • Elevation: 5250 ft
  • Stream: Yellowstone Prong
  • Landowner: Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District
  • GPS: 35.31813, -82.866753

Hike Information

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 2.9mi
  • Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
  • Climbing: Hilly (310 ft)
  • Type:

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Driving Directions

From Asheville, take the Blue Ridge Parkway south past Mount Pisgah and the junction with US Hwy. 276 (27.7 miles from NC 191). Or head up to the parkway on US 276 from Brevard, NC for 15.1 miles, and go south. The Graveyard Fields overlook is 7 miles south of US 276 on the Parkway at milepost 418; park there.

Trail Description

The quickest way to this falls is to take the south side of the loop, located at the left side of the parking area when facing the view. Go down the rock steps; the natural-surfaced trail begins at the bottom and heads left. (The other trail is paved; that's not the one you want). It's an easy descent with a few wet and rocky areas, along with a few boardwalks and footbridges. You'll reach the Yellowstone Prong after a switchback and cross it on a new, sturdy bridge. Past this bridge, the trail goes through a campsite and reaches the junction with the other side of the loop. Go left.

Forest openings beside the Upper Falls extension to the Graveyard Fields loop. View up to Graveyard Ridge.

The trail begins ascending through woods and meadows - but some parts are eroded and wet. The trail will soon begin a steadier climb on a rocky path before going up and over a large jumble of rocks and coming out at the base of the falls. Use caution if you cross the creek here - some smaller cascades are downstream of where the trail comes out on the rocks.