Toms Creek Falls

Pisgah National Forest

A short hike along a well maintained trail takes you to the beautiful 60' Toms Creek Falls.
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In the North Carolina town of Marion in the Northern Pisgah National Forest, is an easy short hike to Toms Creek Falls along a well maintained trail that has little elevation change. It is a perfect hike for families with young children or the elderly. Even a stroller could easily be pushed along the trail to the observation platform. There are also benches along the trail that are perfect for those who need to take a break or want to enjoy the sound of Toms Creek in the distance. The final destination is the picturesque 60' Toms Creek Falls.

The Pisgah National Forest is 800 square miles of beautiful mountain terrain and is located completely in the state of North Carolina. It is home to numerous waterfalls, old growth forests and mountain ranges like the Blue Ridge and Great Balsam mountains. Its vastness supports a variety of recreational and commercial activities including hiking, backpacking, and hunting. It is also the host to a number of signature North Carolina attractions.

The trailhead to Toms Creek Falls is located along Huskins Branch Road just off highway 221 in Marion North Carolina. Huskins Branch Road is initially paved but becomes a gravel road for a few hundred feet only to become paved again. Shortly after the pavement resumes, the gravel parking lot for the trailhead will be on your right. Look for the signboard immediately to the right of the trailhead. Toms Creek Falls is only about 50 minutes from Asheville, North Carolina or about 1 hour 45 minutes from Charlotte North Carolina or Greenville South Carolina.

This out and back hike is only 8/10ths of a mile and starts to the left of the signboard on the right side of the parking lot. Initially the trail is relatively flat and is easily followed as it mostly follows Toms Creek. The only creek crossing is bridged so you don't have to worry about getting wet. Shortly after the bridge, the trail will ascend up a hill via a few switchbacks. After the switchbacks the observation deck for the falls is only a short distance ahead.

The views from the observation deck are good as it provides a slightly elevated platform for observing the waterfall. There is a small path to the right just before the observation deck that leads to an old campsite that provides an even better view of the waterfall. It also provides access to the base of the falls which is a popular spot for wading during the warm summer months. Regardless of where you view Toms Creek Falls, you will enjoy this hidden beauty of the Pisgah National Forest.

If you walk from the campsite to the bank of the river and continue across, you can find an old flooded out mica mine. Walk downstream a few feet look for the large cutout on the right. Walk up the cutout a short distance and you will find the entrance to mine. While it is neat to see the mine, it is definitely not safe to enter. So observe it safely from a distance.

When you are done enjoying Toms Creek Falls, hike safely back to the parking lot.
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Huskins Branch Rd
Marion, NC
35.774024N, -82.056801W
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