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Yellow Creek Falls – Nantahala National Forest, NC

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We stumbled across the pretty little Yellow Creek Falls on a recent trip to the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina. We were on our way to the infamous Tail Of The Dragon, but were taking our time to enjoy some of the stops along the Cheoah River. That’s when we found the tiny parking lot for Yellow Creek Falls. The hike was only .3 of a mile (one way), so we figured we would take a quick look.

It’s a gorgeous find if you’re in the area, with a nice and short leg-stretcher hike.

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The parking area is literally a small pull-off on the side of the road. Though there is a sign, you’re likely to miss it. You can use the address 9041 Tapoco Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771 for your GPS, so you can find it easier.

Yellow Creek Falls Hiking Trail Signage, Nantahala National Forest North Carolina

The trail is primitive, but very easy to follow. It starts near the creek, but quickly curves up and gains around 200 feet of elevation before curving back down towards Yellow Creek. 

Though some rocks and roots lie across the trail, it’s a relatively easy walk. The only spot which could offer a bit of challenge is around the .1 mile mark. A tree lies over the trail and requires a short scramble over.

Yellow Creek Falls Hiking Trail, Nantahala National Forest North Carolina

A small rocky outcrop provides a lovely view of the waterfall. To get closer, use the rock path along the left side of Yellow Creek. Below the waterfall is a small swimming hole, but of course it’s a ways from any medical help, so consider the risk carefully. 

Yellow Creek Waterfall, Nantahala National Forest North Carolina

Other Waterfalls of North Carolina

If you plan on spending more time in North Carolina, you may want to get a book on the area. Yellow Creek Falls is just one of the many waterfalls featured in Kevin Adams most comprehensive book on North Carolina waterfalls which can be purchased on Amazon.

Other Attractions Near Yellow Creek Falls

Yellow Creek Falls is not far from some of western North Carolina’s best outdoor attractions.

For something really spectacular, head over to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, only 20 minutes away. It’s here that you will find the giant Tulip Poplar Trees.  

Other attractions in the Nantahala Forest and surrounding area include:

If you’re planning a trip to western North Carolina, check out our other guides.

One of the giant Tulip Poplars at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
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