The Big Falls Trail is very short and because of heavy use, very easy to follow. The trail ascends with wooden stairs and follows Elk River downstream. Before the trail's descent to the falls' bottom, there is a rock outcrop on the right that goes out to the top of the falls. The trail then descends some steps and terminates at a rock outcrop on your right. The falls empties into a large pool with amphitheater-lie rock walls.
Directions: From Burnsville, NC, Travel east on US 19E for 35 miles through Spruce Pine, Minneapolis and Cranberry. Turn left onto SR 194 (which is also US 19E). go less than 2 miles and turn right on Old Mill Road. Take a left on Elk River Road. This road turns into a gravel road. Follow this into the Big Falls parking lot.
Elevation: 2,810 feet
Elevation Gain: 70 feet
Distance: 0.1 miles
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