Yellow Creek Falls Waterfall Nantahala National Forest North Carolina

Yellow Creek Falls – Nantahala National Forest, NC

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On our recent trip to the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina, we stumbled across the pretty little Yellow Creek Falls.  We were on our way to drive 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.

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

The trail itself 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

To reach Yellow Falls, use the address 9041 Tapoco Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771, to find the small parking area.

Yellow Creek Falls is one of many waterfalls featured in Kevin Adams most comprehensive book 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 area include:

One of the giant Tulip Poplars at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Planning a trip to western North Carolina? Check out some of our other guides on the area.

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