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Stunning waterfall Prettiest in area

I give this place a 5 for the beauty of Gods creation and it is a must see. BUT....unfortunately... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2018
Kimberly S
Daytona Beach, Florida
Beautiful and amazing falls

The drive to get here is somewhat long and very interesting. The "hike" down to the bottom of the... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
Geoff E
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All reviews swimming hole beautiful waterfall parking area short hike worth the effort easy hike enjoy the beauty parking lot jumping path rocks treacherous footing climb float picnic scenery
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

I give this place a 5 for the beauty of Gods creation and it is a must see. BUT....unfortunately there is a lot of trash polluting the water. Not sure why, some reviewers say partying people but we did not see that. Mostly hikers and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kimberly S
Reviewed 12 August 2018

The drive to get here is somewhat long and very interesting. The "hike" down to the bottom of the falls is short but can be slippery when wet. View once you get here it is amazing. Easy for just about anyone to walk down.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Geoff E
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Awesome picturesque location, great for a hot summer day! It does get a little crowded on the weekends though. As a resident of Avery county who has been to the falls at least 50 times or more i will say this DONT JUMP OFF OF...More

Date of experience: July 2018
4  Thank lovesmesomegoodfood
Reviewed 29 July 2018

First off, every falls presents a danger if you act irresponsibly. That being said, this is a beautiful area to visit. We recommend getting there early, around noon it got packed with people, many laying out for picnics. A short hike and some careful footing...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank VanFan3131
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

We stopped here after the manager of our hostel recommended it! It was an easy drive (kinda long but not bad!) and the walk from the parking area was short. The falls are very big and pretty! However, do NOT swim in the big pool!...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 205maryclarep
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

I remember visiting the falls in the 1980's and it hasn't changed much at all except there are more visitors now. I guess the word got out. Still a fun walk to the falls. The walk is a little scary in spots so you'll need...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank melodyofplylerhill
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Second death in less than 6 weeks happened yesterday. Numerous deaths have occurred at the Falls over the years, from swimming in the lower pool and jumping from the top, despite warning signs. If you doubt this assertion, a simple google search will confirm the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Janie V
Reviewed 28 June 2018

This is a perfect swimming hole and wading creek. It does take a bit of time to get there and you think you've gone into the mountains but it's worth it. College kids and locals spend time here soaking up the sun and wading. You...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank kwevery
Reviewed 27 June 2018

The hike to the falls is easy, so if you aren't in the mood for an intense hike this is the one for you! The falls are worth the effort. The only disappointing part of our visit was seeing all the trash in the area....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 499JulieS499
Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

Elk River Falls is a beautiful area on the edge of the western North Carolina border. Whether traveling with young kids or senior adults, you’ll be rewarded with a fairly easy hike to enjoy the beauty of the falls. Keep an eye on overly energetic...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Micah H
27 July 2018|
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Response from melodyofplylerhill | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not. I had a hard time and I drive a Kia!
15 July 2018|
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Response from melodyofplylerhill | Reviewed this property |
Yes. But DEFINITELY have them on a leash! Trails have lots of roots and rocks and no railings or ropes along the edge of the trails. If your dog pulls at his leash I would NOT take him. A great place to take dogs for a walk... More
Heather R
16 February 2017|
Response from Bob M |
A very short easy hike. Just remember the current is swift, especially after a lot of rainfall.