Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height for a total of about 145 feet of falling water.
Each tier has its own character, but the top two are the only ones you should bother to see. Those, I recommend highly.
The top tier is a multi-streamed free-fall with some cascades at the bottom as it swirls sideways toward the top of the middle falls.
The middle tier is a wide cascade with lots of individual streams and free-falls over neat, banded rock. Both are beautiful and photogenic, as is the view of Blue Valley from the overlook near the top of the falls.
The lower tier is a small slide that was overgrown and covered in deadfall on my last visit. The upside to it is that you might have it all to yourself.
- Height: 145 ft
- Elevation: 3070 ft
- Stream: East Fork Overflow Creek
- Landowner: Nantahala National Forest
- GPS: 35.030863, -83.238794
- Difficulty: More Difficult
- Length: 1.1mi
- Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
- Climbing: Climbs Steeply (430 ft)
- Type: Out-and-back
GPS Directions & Map
From Current Location or address:
From downtown Highlands, go West on US Hwy. 64 and take a left on NC Hwy. 106. Turn left on SR 1168 after 1.7 miles (there is a sign for Glen Falls). Immediately bear right onto the gravel road which follows the creek downstream to a dead end at the trailhead parking.
Follow the signed Glen Falls trail for just over 1/4 mile to the upper section of the falls. The trail is downhill and moderately rough, so remember that for the climb back out. A short loop leads to an overlook over the top of the falls; stay behind the railing. Continue downhill on switchbacks another 0.15 mi to the base of the upper tier; continue another 0.1 mi to the base of the second tier. Side paths lead to observation areas at the middle and lower tiers of the falls.