Little Bird Falls is a very beautiful and photogenic waterfall located just a short distance off of Highway 215 in Pisgah National Forest. There is no “official” trail to the falls, but there is a trail leading from the road to the falls.
Highway 215, between Bethel NC, and the Blue Ridge Parkway is not only a wonderful scenic drive, but also provides access to a number of great waterfalls and hiking trails. One of them, is Little Bird Falls, located 5.7 miles from the Parkway, north on Highway 215.
Little Bird Falls is a beautiful cascade over some large rocks, that is about 20-30 foot tall. Below the falls are a number of smaller falls as well, along the creek. The area surrounding the falls is exquisite and green during the spring and summer.
To access the falls, park in one of the small pull over areas on both sides of Highway 215. They area small, so they may be full. If so, drive a little further north on Highway 215, and there is a larger parking area on the right, where you can park and walk up.
The falls are visible from the road in the winter and early spring, but once the foliage completely grows in, Little Bird Falls is difficult to see from the road. The creek itself is visible though, and flows through a metal pipe under the road. There is guardrail in front of the area.
To the immediate right of the guardrail is the trailhead. Little Bird Falls is not a well known place, so the trail isn’t obvious and is a bit rough in places, especially in the summer. Just follow the creek up and you’ll see the falls, it’s a few hundred feet from the road. The “scramble” trail from the road is short, and leads up to an old logging road bed. From there it’s easy going.
The name Little Bird Falls, comes from a small sign you’ll see as you walk up the trail. Beyond the sign, we’re not sure why it’s called Little Bird, but that name certainly works for us.
Tread lightly as you climb up the trail and explore the creek and waterfall. There is lots of moss, small trees, plants, and especially wildflowers all along the trail and around the falls. Due to the lack of visitation and associated traffic, the area is pretty pristine and natural. Please leave no trace, and leave this gorgeous area as is for others to enjoy.
We spent a good hour here just taking photos, and sitting on the rocks, enjoying the sites and sounds of the area. The amount of green here is almost magical. We visited in the spring, after some heavy rains so the flow was strong and vibrant. The flow will diminish considerably in the summer and in dryer conditions.