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High Shoals Falls Loop Trail

Waterfall on Jacob Fork River at South Mountains State Park
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Clear Creek Reservoir and Lakeview Trail    

The water level at Clear Creek Reservoir has been lowered to perform maintenance. Fishing and boating access may be affected through July 2021 by the low water levels as the current shoreline is muddy and rocky. 

Lakeview Trail includes at least one creek crossing that is difficult to cross safely without getting your feet wet during or immediately following heavy rain. Please plan ahead.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

High Shoals Falls Loop Trail

The trail crosses the Jacob Fork River and reaches the High Shoals Waterfall one mile from the parking lot. The trail continues up steep steps and crosses the river again above the waterfall. Turn right at trail intersections and return to the parking lot via the “backside” of the loop. Backpackers may prefer going up the less steep backside to reach backcountry campsites.

Trail Location: 
Starts at the Jacob Fork parking area.
Trail Point of Interest: 
Views of the High Shoals Waterfall. By far the most popular trail in the park.
Trail Length: 
2.70 miles
Trail Type: 
loop
Trail Difficulty: 
strenuous hike
Trail Use: 
Hiking
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
blue circle
Bridle trails:

OPEN TODAY

Bike trails:

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Map of North Carolina – South Mountains State Park


Contact the park
 

828-433-4772

south.mountains@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Jacob Fork access
and visitor center

3001 South Mountain Park Ave.
Connelly Springs, NC 28612

GPS: 35.5963, -81.6000

 

Clear Creek access
(day-use only)

5999 Branstrom Orchard St.
Morganton, NC 28655

GPS: 35.6424, -81.7524
 

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