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Avery Creek Falls NC

Avery Creek Falls is a pretty and photogenic waterfall, located off of FR477 near Brevard, NC in Pisgah National Forest.  The hike to Avery Creek Falls is only 0.5 miles from the parking area, and this is one of 3 waterfalls you can see on a longer 3.mile roundtrip hike out Avery Creek Trail.

Location: In Pisgah National Forest on FR477, off Highway 276 between Brevard and the Blue Ridge Parkway
Roundtrip Distance: 1 mile
Difficulty: Moderate – The very first part is downhill, but it then flattens out. The short side trail down is falls is steep.
Handicap Accessible: No
Dog-Friendly: Yes
Features: Waterfall, Forest, nice and scenic backroads drive
Directions: From The Blue Ridge Parkway, take the NC Highway 276 exit at MP412.2. Take 276 South right at 4 miles, and turn left on FR477. Follow FR477 for 4.5 miles, until you reach some small pull over areas, the trailhead for Avery Creek Trail your left. Park in the small gravel pull-overs to the side.
Recommended Gear: Standard Day hiking essentials, [easyazon_link identifier=”1566953324″ locale=”US” tag=”blueridgemountainlife-20″]Pisgah National Forest Ranger District Trail Map[/easyazon_link]
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Hiking to Avery Creek Falls

From the Avery Creek Falls trailhead in Pisgah National Forest, which is blue blazed, begin your moderate descent down the trail, along a ridge.  At about the .25 mile mark, you’ll reach a footbridge, and shortly after the trail will T.  Head left, and follow the mostly flat trail for another .25 miles to Avery Creek Falls, which will be on your left – You can’t miss it.   To get to the base of the falls, just to the left of Avery Creek Falls, is a small side scramble trail that decends steeply down the base.

Avery Creek Falls

Avery Creek Falls

Avery Creek Falls is a smaller waterfall that is short and wide.   The cascade into the shallow pool below is about 10 feet.  The waterfall itself is probably 30′ foot or so wide.   Avery Creek Falls is very photogenic, and the areas below and above the falls provides many different viewing and photography angles.

This is a great short hike and waterfall for families with small children, as the shallow pool below the falls makes for a great wading area in the warmer summer months.

One of the unique features of this waterfall, that you’ll notice almost immediately is the spherical cut at the top left of the waterfall.  This unique cut gives the waterfall character and makes you wonder what caused it.

Avery Creek Falls

Avery Creek Falls Video

Here is a video we captured of Avery Creek Falls while visiting:

Other Area Waterfalls

To make this hike a little longer, you can hike an additional 3 miles up to Twin Falls, then back.

>>See all of our Waterfall Guides on our Top Waterfalls Page.

About the author

Larry Deane is co-owner of Blue Ridge Mountain Life. He has spent more than 20 years exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and has a deep passion for nature, history, storytelling, and adventure. Along with his wife Jenn, they combined these passions to create Blue Ridge Mountain Life, a travel guide to these stunning mountains they are fortunate to call home.

Larry has more than 20 years of experience as a writer and journalist, and has established himself as a leading voice and expert for Blue Ridge Mountains. He is also an avid hiker, photographer, and videographer. He loves sharing his mountain adventures and knowledge with more than 500,000 people per month on Blue Ridge Mountain Life.


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