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Flat Creek Falls

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Area Location: Nantahala National Forest

Trailhead Location: end of FR 4662

Trailend Location: same

Hike Type: In and Out

Hiking Distance (miles): 7

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Range (feet): 2700 / 3500

Total Elevation Gain (feet) : 1300

Total Elevation Descent (feet) : 1300

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Trail Description: We hike for about 3 miles on some trail and mostly old and new forest service roads. Then a mild bushwhack down to an old unmaintained trail/road some blowdowns, dog hobble and stream crossings but not difficult if the water is low. The last 300 feet is scrabbling over boulders at the base of the falls. At last we see the 200 foot Flat Creek Falls. There is a beautiful upper 80-foot curtain that drops into a pool (not visible) and then a 120-foot cascade to our lunch spot. One of the best!!!

Topos: Big Ridge

Other Maps: Panthertown trails map

Challenges: WC100

Special Features: Waterfalls

Special Flower Season: Late April

DriveHead: Westgate Shopping Center

2nd Meeting Place: Bi-Lo, Pisgah Forest

Driving Distance(Miles-RT): 125

Driving Directions: I-26 E to Exit 40; right on NC 280 S. Continue straight on US 64 W; R onto NC 281 N; L onto SR 1140 (Rock Bridge Rd); R at the Y-junction onto FR 4662; Go to the end and park by the campsite.

Notes: 1 There is a confusing network of old roads and trails in this area. Be sure to carry maps.

2 There are four wet-foot stream crossings in each direction. The first at the beginning of the hike can be waded or crossed on an uneven two-log bridge that does not have a handrail. The remaining crossings are near the waterfall, crossing and re-crossing Flat Creek on rocky slippery surfaces in fast-moving water. It is impossible to avoid getting wet.

The hike is nearly all on Forest Service property. Due to the large number of intersecting roads/trails, it is important to go with someone who knows the hike route.

Edit History: BB 6-1-13

Hike History: W1202

Click on the date below for details of a previous, scheduled hike. ( (c) means the hike was canceled.)
Hike Type Hike Name Hike Leader
May 4, 2014 Weekend Flat Creek Falls Sawako Jager
Apr 18, 2012 Wednesday Flat Creek Falls Sawako Jager

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