Douglas Falls Trail TR 162

The trail leads to a 70 foot high waterfall and has multiple access points.

Total Length: 0.5 mile to 2.7 miles

Total Elevation Change: up to 1,200 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Beginning Points: NFSR 74 and the Blue Ridge Parkway

Ending Point: Douglas Falls

Average Hiking Time: 1 to 1.5 hours (one way)

Amount of Use: Heavy

Blaze Color: White

Area Trail Map: South Toe River, Mount Mitchell & Big Ivy Trail Map

USGS Quad Maps: Craggy Pinnacle and Montreat

General Information


From Burnsville, go east on US 19E for 0.5 mile and turn right (south) onto NC 197. Stay on this road through Pensacola and Cane River Gap to Barnardsville (stay on NC 197 for about 25 miles). Turn left at the intersection of NC 197 and NC 2173 (Dillingham Road) remain on NC 2173, which becomes NFSR 74. Follow this gravel road to the gate. This gate is approx two miles from the trailhead. Three access points are available from Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 363 and 368.


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