The remote, but easily accessible, 50ft high Dill Falls.
Way off the beaten path, in the Southern section of the Pisgah National Forest, sits the remote, but easily accessible, Dill Falls. This is an exceptionally beautiful waterfall that, while it is remote, isn’t too difficult to reach and is absolutely worth the trip. Pictures and movies really don’t do this waterfall justice. You have to experience it to really appreciate it.
The trailhead to Dill Falls is located on the remote unpaved forest road 4663B which is about 2 and 1/2 miles off highway 215. We made the trip with a low-clearance 2 wheel drive vehicle without issue but if the road deteriorates any, you will probably need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to reach the trailhead. If the road does become bad, you could hike the last 1/2 mile to the trailhead if necessary.
From highway 215, you will turn onto forest road 4663 which is an unpaved road between two houses and it kind of looks like a driveway or a private drive. Forest Road 4663 is about 2.5 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway or 14.5 miles north of Highway 64. Forest road 4663 wasn’t too bad during our trip and you stay on this for about 2 miles. At 2 miles, look for the turn off to forest road 4663B which is right on a turn and easy to miss. There is a sign but it is difficult to see from 4663 until you actually start to turn onto 4663B. The quality of the road on 4663B is much worse and this is likely where low clearance vehicles are going to have a problem. Take your time and either drive or walk the remaining 1/2 mile to the end of 4663B where there is a decent sized parking area. There are no restroom facilities onsite with this hike.
From the parking area, there are two old logging roads on the right side of the lot. One leads up and one leads down. The path to Dill Falls is the path that goes downhill. Follow this trail through the woods for just a short distance and when you encounter a creek, you should see Dill Falls just upstream. It is only about a 1/4 of a mile walk down to the falls from the parking area and the descending path is easy to follow.
The 50ft Dill Falls is an absolute beauty and is framed perfectly just upstream from the intersection of the creek and the trail. This spot is spacious enough for you to find a spot, drop your backpack or any gear you brought, and then boulder hop the creek while you enjoy the view of Dill Falls. It is possible to get right up to the base of the falls; you will just need to be careful as you traverse larger boulders as you go farther upstream. All in all, the remoteness of this area really adds to the beauty of the falls and makes it a perfect spot to plan on spending a little extra time. Maybe bring a picnic and enjoy lunch while Dill Falls performs its endless show in the background.
This is an out and back hike so when you are done enjoying Dill Falls, hike safely back to the parking area.